About ICF

Nisha Marles

Senior Manager, Global Health Security
Nisha is a global public health professional with more than 15 years of experience in policy and program management with a focus on overseas placements and projects in sub-Saharan and West Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe.

Nisha Marles (Dr.P.H., M.P.H.) is a global health security and infectious disease expert with more than a decade of professional experience in the global health and health policy sectors. She worked on programs in sub-Saharan and West Africa, South and Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe.

With a background in laboratory systems strengthening and health workforce capacity development, Nisha implements programs in low- and middle-income countries that align with current needs and priorities within the laboratory and health sectors. She also provides technical support to the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) project to several IDDS country teams across Africa and Asia. In addition to her applied work with locally based colleagues, Nisha has extensive experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Earlier in her career, Nisha was a senior program officer with the American Society for Microbiology, working on laboratory capacity-building efforts in collaboration with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Defense, as well as international organizations such as the World Health Organization and the Fleming Fund.

Nisha holds a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago in public health management and leadership, a master’s degree in global health policy from The George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from University of Rochester.

  • Dr.P.H., University of Illinois Chicago
  • M.P.H., The George Washington University
  • B.A., University of Rochester
  • “World Zoonoses Day: Five Strategies to Prevent Outbreaks and Safeguard Public Health,”, Science Speaks, 2023.
  • “Global Health Diplomacy Training for Military Medical Researchers,” Military Medicine, 2014.