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13 December 2017

Movers & Shakers

Meet Mayur Mandalia, Research Assistant at IDF Europe

Mayur mediumMayur joined IDF Europe in February this year to work on the 4th edition of Diabetes, The Policy Puzzle. A UK citizen from Indian origins, he took the path of public health early on. At 25, Mayur holds a master's degree in Public Health from the University of Warwick, has worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross and WHO, and was a volunteer in educational, environmental and health-related projects Mauritania, Costa Rica and Nepal.

"Since spending a year in Mauritania, I have been incredibly passionate about public health. What drives me is knowing that I am making a difference, big or small, to the health of many. Another motivation is the enjoyment of working with people who share your passion; it makes what I am currently doing very worthwhile," he says.

Apart from working on a subject he's passionate about, Mayur enjoys the international context and multicultural team at IDF Europe. "I have always wanted to work in an international context, so being at IDF Europe allows me to engage with people from across the continent on key issues in diabetes. Of course, the team at IDF Europe is fantastic, if a little loopy, but I know that most days my colleagues provide some amusement!," he adds.

When asked about his plans for the future, Mayur expects more travelling, while continuing to be involved public health. "I'd really like to work and travel, simultaneously. I have grown up in different countries and for me moving is a constant. For now, I am lucky and can say that I am nearly there, but not quite. But another big dream is to start up my own health NGO in Mauritania. I have many friends who will become doctors around the world, and I would love for them to come and work there for a while, to help, learn and also have a unique life experience."

Favourite quote: "Not yet" at the end of Gladiator.

Favourite book:  "The catcher in the rye", by J.D. Salinger. "As I also went to boarding school, I can relate to the main character in the book. However, that’s really the only thing we have in common. I like the book due to the themes and stories Salinger describes. A must-read!"