Aranka holds appointments at several academic and not-for-profit institutions, from which she serves community and promotes evidence-based research and projects.
Aranka won the United Nations World Food Programme Global Impact Challenge to attend Singularity University at NASA Ames Research Park, Mountain View, CA. Along with 90 entrepreneurs from 42 countries, she graduated from an immersive 9-week Global Solutions Program about use of exponential technologies to positively impact 1 Billion lives. Aranka is currently Ambassador of Singularity University‘s Vancouver Chapter, which convenes local corporate and entrepreneurial thought- leaders to exchange latest insights about technologies that can solve the world’s grand challenges.
Aranka is a Research Fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, where she collaborates with colleagues worldwide on global health research. This research explore the characteristics and effectiveness of public health interventions ranging from food security, harm reduction and public health programming to novel technologies for accelerated diagnostics, therapeutics and surveillance. Aranka presents regularly at academic and professional conferences, and mentors graduate students.
Aranka started her career in global health with international humanitarian agency Doctors Without Borders. As an Association Member, she continues to promote the neutral, impartial and independent delivery of medical aid to populations facing violence, neglect, natural disasters and epidemics. In alignment with Doctors’ Without Border’ mission of ‘témoignage’ or bearing witness, Aranka uses her work as a scientist and entrepreneur to raise awareness about human rights abuses and the need for humanitarian aid to protect life and restore dignity among populations in need.
APHA speaks out on public health issues and advocates for policies backed by science. As a member of the International Health Section Leadership Team, Aranka promotes knowledge transfer of emerging evidence for public health interventions; performs scientific peer-review of annual APHA conference abstracts; and serves as advocate for the development technically, scientifically and politically sound approaches to international and global health research.