As Associate for Health, Strategy and Management, Benjamin Bechtolsheim manages a wide portfolio of projects at CIFA, working closely with the executive and program team to lead public health and research programs in sub-Saharan Africa. Benjamin currently oversees CIFA’s multi-year study in sub-Saharan Africa on the engagement of religious leaders in the implementation of new HIV-prevention technologies, with a specific focus on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). He works closely with CIFA’s partners in South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya and Nigeria, and has traveled widely across Africa.
Benjamin began his work at CIFA through a fellowship program jointly administered by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and Interfaith Youth Core. Prior to joining CIFA, Benjamin started and ran a community-based health education program in northern Uganda. The program, which worked with village leaders to provide recourse for women who were survivors of domestic violence and to prevent violence against women, continues to this day. Benjamin continues to consult to the project.
Benjamin graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Politics from Brandeis University. He wrote his honors thesis on decision making practices within international humanitarian organizations. Benjamin currently serves on the board of directors of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation and has significant experience as a Jewish educator. He teaches youth and adult education courses at a Jewish community in Washington DC and leads alternative spring break programs in the developing world with the American Jewish World Service.