Fumi Kurihara


Research/Project Officer for Polio, Global Health Centre

Fumi Kurihara is a Research and Project Officer at the Global Health Centre. She is responsible for both the research and organizational aspect of the Polio Project.

Prior to her work at the Global Health Centre, she worked as translator and interpreter for TV Asahi in Japan, and as research assistant for COHESION in the analysis of the double burden of NCDs and NTDs in Nepal. She has also interned at the Permanent Mission of Japan where she was deployed in the context of two Human Rights Council Sessions.

She obtained her Master’s degree in International Affairs (MIA) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, with a focus on Civil Society and Transnational Issues, specializing in Global Health. At the Graduate Institute, she further served as the class representative of the Master in International Affairs Cohort of 2016 – 2018. Before coming to Geneva, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Arts at Waseda University, School of International Liberal Studies (SILS), including a year abroad at Sciences Po Paris, France.

Her particular areas of research interest include the intersection of gender, health and human rights – particularly concerning leprosy – issues related to children’s health and education, as well as the double burden of NCDs and NTDs.

She is fluent in English, French, and Japanese.