Tamara Hafner, PhD, a principal technical advisor in the USAID MTaPS program, serves as the program's research advisor and technical strategy lead for the Cross Bureau portfolio. Prior to joining MTaPS, her research and analyses helped client organizations define program strategies and develop assessment guides and tools for health systems strengthening.
As an assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University, Hafner taught courses in international development policy and research methods and conducted research on issues related to innovation, trade, and access to medicines. Hafner holds a BS in zoology and biochemistry from the University of the West Indies and a MS in environmental biology from SUNY-ESF. She worked in bioprocess development in the pharmaceutical industry before returning to graduate school to earn her PhD in public administration, with a concentration in global health policy and science and technology policy from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.