Myriam has a well-established background in public health. She has a degree in Environmental Engineering and a Masters in Water and Environmental Management. She is also one of the two people in the world who completed a Doctorate in Public Health specializing in behavior change for hygiene which she obtained from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
“Bringing affordable and accessible hygiene and nutrition to families across the world has always been a passion of mine,” says Sidibe. Myriam is from Mali and grew up in over 20 countries following her diplomat parents and has a professional career that has taken her to all corners of the globe.
Over the past fifteen years, Myriam has worked across Africa, Europe, US and Asia (Swaziland, Uganda, Burundi, UK, Rwanda, Mali, East Timor, India, Indonesia and Kenya), specializing in the implementation and evaluation of public health programs with a direct relevance to hygiene promotion programmes. She has used her expertise to work with various NGOs and UN organizations such as UNICEF and the World Bank both in relief and development settings.
Myriam joined Unilever in 2006 and leads Unilever’s pioneering Social Mission work. “Our campaigns promote Lifebuoy products and encourage better hygiene practices by washing hands with soap and today we will promote good breakfasts by making our margarines healthier,” she explains. Myriam is currently a commissioner for the Lancet on looking at the future of health for sub Saharan Africa and interested in bringing her experience of the private sector in bringing social change across many other sectors. She was also recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of Water Aid.
- RBF Africa 2017: Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing