Philip Amara is the Project Associate Manager for the Lifecycle of Health Data: Policies and Practice Project and the Knowledge to Practice Optimization Program in the Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS). Philip has over 15 years of research, management and policy development experience. Prior to joining DLHS, he served as Research Assistant in the Office of the Dean of the College of Public Health, University of Nebraska. He was a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Specialist at the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health. He coordinated the development and implementation of the early phase of the post-Ebola response and recovery plan for the 2014 Ebola outbreak. He served as Country Director at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in the Ghana Country Office, where he worked with local partners to identify priority research questions, and with IPA researchers to design and implement relevant impact evaluation studies.
He also served as the Director of the Economic and Social Statistics Division at Statistics Sierra Leone where he worked for nine years. As Director, he was responsible for supervising economic and social surveys and routine data collection for the compilation of economic statistics. Philip was the National Coordinator of the 2003-2006 rounds of the International Comparison of Prices Program (ICP-Africa) data collection for Sierra Leone.
Philip received a Master of Public Health degree with a specialization in Epidemiology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a Master of Science degree in Survey Methodology with Social and Psychological Concentration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Philip is a Fulbright alumnus and Kish Fellow. He is married with two children.