Our Global Chapter Coordinator Ishu Kataria was featured January 13th on the RTI International website:
Five Questions with Ishu Kataria
January 13, 2017: Ishu Kataria is a post-doctoral fellow with RTI Global India working on RTI's Global Noncommunicable Diseases initiative. She is also the global chapter coordinator for the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network.
Why did you decide to go into your field of work?
Having seen people around me suffer due to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and knowing that the diseases could be prevented or treated was one of the major reasons that I decided to work in the field of NCDs.
How do you connect your job to our mission of improving the human condition?
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for more than 38 million deaths globally. Working as a post-doctoral fellow for RTI's Global Noncommunicable Diseases Initiative gives me an opportunity to do my share of combatting the burden of disease through research, advocacy and awareness, all aligning to the organization's mission.
Do you live by any motto or philosophy?
My philosophy in life is to work hard, stay humble and be thankful for what I have.
Do you volunteer for any organizations?
Yes, I volunteer as the Global Chapter Coordinator (executive team member) for the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN) - a global multidisciplinary community dedicated to policy analysis, advocacy and social change for NCDs. At YP-CDN, I work with young local community leaders at the grassroots level, doing advocacy campaigns on NCDs and access to medicines.
If you could invite any three guests to a dinner party - living or dead - who would they be?
Charles Darwin, an English natural scientist who laid down a framework for the theory of evolution; Vincent Van Gogh, a post impressionist painter and one of the most famous artists of all time (I am in awe of the Starry Night!); and Mirza Ghalib, one of the most popular and influential poets of the Urdu and Persian languages during the Mughal Era. Biology, art and poetry all at once - what more could I ask for?