- Age: 34
- | Grant Recipient
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Gvantsa Khizanishvili is passionate about improving health systems and addressing inequalities.
Gvantsa was born and raised in Georgia. She received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Tbilisi State Medical University and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. As lead for the Tbilisi program at the City Cancer Challenge Foundation, she is responsible for improving access to quality and equitable cancer care in Georgia. Her work is centered around using innovative, multisectoral and partnerships approach and leadership to create solutions for complex healthcare systems challenges. She assists Georgia in mobilizing stakeholders and generating knowledge, insight, and quality data to better inform decision-making on cancer, and shares the experience with cities around the world. Previously, she has worked with international organizations, governments, and private healthcare organizations in identifying gaps and finding sustainable solutions for global health challenges and healthcare systems.
Gvantsa is proud to have been part of the first class of Women Deliver Young Leaders. She has been awarded the US Department of State Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship and served as a visiting fellow for the European Association for Cancer Research at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. She also led the World Contraception Day Ambassadors project for Eastern Europe and Central Asia region and implemented several projects in her country. Gvantsa is also the Board Member of the Global Advisory Board (GAB) for Sexual Health and Wellbeing since 2016.
Gvantsa advocates for girls and women because “I believe girls and women are already powerful; we need to change the way the world perceives it.”
In her free time, Gvantsa enjoys traveling, discovering new places, talking to people, running, hiking, yoga, cooking, and hosting food events for friends and people she meets.