Shafi Bhuiyan is an adjunct professor, co-founder and leader of the Internationally Trained Medical Doctors (ITMD) bridging program at Ryerson University. Since 2012, he has also been a faculty member at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. In addition to his academic appointments, Shafi is an internationally-recognized leader on improving maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) and on the empowerment of women through MCH Handbook. Bhuiyan received his MBBS from the University of Dhaka, an MPH from Mahidol University in Thailand, a PhD in Global Human Sciences from Osaka University, in Japan and an MBA in global health management from TRSM Ryerson University, Canada. He is a founding board member of the International Committee on MCH Handbook at Osaka University, board treasurer & co-chair of the capacity building committee of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, and is actively associated with the Canadian partnership for women and children’s health.