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Knaul has approximately 250 academic and health policy publications and her research focuses on global health, cancer care and control (particularly women’s and pediatric cancers), women and health, health systems and reform, health financing, access to pain relief and palliative care, poverty and inequity, gender equity, female labor force participation, and children in especially difficult circumstances.
She has held senior federal government positions at the Ministries of Education and Social Development of Mexico and the Colombian Department of Planning and worked on health reform and social development in both countries. Dr. Knaul also worked as a consultant and advisor for bilateral and multilateral agencies such as the World Health Organization and the World Bank.
Knaul received her BA in International Development from the University of Toronto and MA and PhD in Economics from Harvard University.