Tojan B. Rahhal, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Tojan Rahhal was appointed President & CEO of Engineering World Health in August 2020.
Tojan brings an innovative perspective to Engineering World Health with her unique background and experiences, as well as her passion for creating a more inclusive world. In August 2021, she was named one of “10 to Watch,” nonprofit leaders by United Way of the Greater Triangle for her proven impact and unique potential to shape the future of the community.
As the Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering, Tojan actively worked to create a culture of inclusive excellence, with efforts focused on recruitment and retention of faculty and students traditionally underrepresented in engineering. She was recognized as a Women of Color History Maker in Diversity for her leadership in efforts to catalyze change to help engineering students from underrepresented populations overcome historic barriers.
Tojan also served as an adjunct assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Missouri, where she developed several award-winning programs and curriculums to address diversity and inclusion in STEM. Her consulting firm, Alliance Professional Development, received a 2021 Leaders in Diversity award from the Triangle Business Journal.
Tojan is a Biomedical Engineering graduate of North Carolina State University and has a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she worked on engineering therapeutic nanoparticles for pulmonary delivery alongside clinicians. Tojan’s expertise in strategic planning, cross-cultural awareness, and programming have proven vital in her role as CEO.
Megan Lavery, B.S.E.
Senior Projects Manager
Megan joined EWH in December 2018 after participating in the 2016 Summer Institute in Rwanda. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017 with an interdisciplinary degree focusing in biomedical engineering and international studies. While at VCU, she worked on a start-up organization to match donors of biomedical equipment in the U.S. to hospitals in developing countries. After graduating, she worked as a biomedical technician based out of Richmond, Virginia. In her spare time, Megan enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, and generally being outdoors.
Rachel Goforth, MNO
Manager, Communications & Development
Susan Hyman, MA
Institutes Project Manager
Cozy Brents, BA