Lois Privor-Dumm, IMBA
Director, Policy, Advocacy & Communications, International Vaccine Access Center, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Lois Privor-Dumm is the Director of Policy, Advocacy and Communications at the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Lois leads a group responsible for supporting global, regional, and country-level advocacy and immunization policy efforts. Her team focuses on the translation of evidence to policy to facilitate vaccine decision making and support advocacy in low- and middle-income countries, including India, Nigeria, and Pakistan. For nearly ten years, she has worked with stakeholders in India to synthesize and communicate evidence to build public and political support, as well as expert capacity for new vaccine advocacy and policy making. She has trained hundreds of pediatricians and public health professionals in multiple countries to build their skills in advocating for pneumonia and diarrhea prevention. Lois and her group have been catalytic in founding and supporting global and national advocacy efforts, including the ROTA Council and World Pneumonia Day, which have leveraged champions to raise awareness and political support for the funding and implementation of programs to prevent childhood disease.
Previously, Lois was the Director of Access and Implementation for Gavi’s PneumoADIP and Director of Communications and Strategy for the Hib Initiative, both based at Johns Hopkins and with the mission of accelerating vaccine introduction to reduce serious childhood diseases. She joined Johns Hopkins in 2005, after spending eighteen years working in various industry positions. She led a team that introduced Wyeth’s (now Pfizer) Prevnar® pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in the U.S. and in other countries. Lois’s experience spans many regions around the world, including the U.S., Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Lois holds a Master’s degree in International Business Studies (now IMBA) from the University of South Carolina, studied European politics and French in Louvain-la-Neuve and completed her internship at Merck Sharp & Dohme in Brussels, Belgium. She received her Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Albany, majoring in Business Administration and Spanish. She completed a study abroad program in Madrid, Spain.
See also: A Conversation with IVAC's Lois Privor-Dumm