The 7th Annual Social Enterprise Symposium

Friday, February 27th, 2015
Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland


Shira Shafir, Director of Social Innovation and Impact

Shira ShafirShira Shafir, PhD, MPH is the Director of Social Innovation and Impact at TOMS, an industry leader in social business.  The role is focused on innovation and external and cross-functional partnership efforts for TOMS' global social innovation and impact team. Two core components of this role are leading the sight giving program and new giving development.  She is also focused on guiding and building a body of evidence that illuminates and supports the positive and compelling role of all aspects of TOMS Giving Strategy (currently focused on footwear, sight and water giving interventions) in areas such as health, education, well-being of children and economic impact in the developing world and the United States. 

She also oversees the TOMS Podoconiosis Initiative, a program in which TOMS serves as a catalyst to effectively eliminate this neglected tropical disease, which affects more than 4 million people. 

Dr. Shafir is also an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, and former Assistant Vice Chancellor of Research at UCLA.  She holds an MPH in infectious diseases from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Epidemiology from UCLA.  Her postdoctoral training, in global health, was also completed at UCLA.  Her field of research is infectious disease, particularly the neglected tropical diseases and the neglected infections of poverty.  While on the faculty full-time at UCLA she developed and taught courses in Responsible Conduct of Research in Global Health, Foodborne Disease Epidemiology, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Principles of Control of Infectious Diseases, Global Health and Tropical Medicine and Introduction to Epidemiology- some of which she continues to teach. Dr. Shafir was also voted Professor of the year by the Public Health Students Association four consecutive years while she was at UCLA full-time.