Director, Policy, Advocacy & Communications, the International Vaccine Access Center, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Lois Privor-Dumm is the Director of Policy, Advocacy and Communications at the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her team focuses on the translation of evidence to policy to facilitate vaccine decision making and support advocacy in low- and middle-income countries, including India, Nigeria, and Pakistan. For nearly ten years, she has worked with stakeholders in India to synthesize and communicate evidence to build public and political support, as well as expert capacity for new vaccine advocacy and policy making. She has trained hundreds of pediatricians and public health professionals in multiple countries to build their skills in advocating for pneumonia and diarrhea prevention.
Previously, Lois was the Director of Access and Implementation for Gavi’s PneumoADIP and Director of Communications and Strategy for the Hib Initiative, both based at Johns Hopkins and with the mission of accelerating vaccine introduction to reduce serious childhood diseases. She joined Johns Hopkins in 2005, after spending eighteen years working in various industry positions. She led a team that introduced Wyeth’s (now Pfizer) Prevnar® pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in the U.S. and in other countries. Lois’s experience spans many regions around the world, including the U.S., Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Lois holds a Master’s degree in International Business Studies (now IMBA) from the University of South Carolina, studied European politics and French in Louvain-la-Neuve and completed her internship at Merck Sharp & Dohme in Brussels, Belgium.