After Aanjalie's family immigrated to Canada from Sri Lanka, she began noticing frightening gaps in mainstream coverage of the Sri Lankan civil war - particularly the failure to report on the country's pervasive health challenges. Aanjalie has been committed to raising the profile of global health issues, writing for the NATO Council of Canada's Journal of Women, Peace and Security and The Cambridge Globalist on issues ranging from refugee access to reproductive health services to chronic malnutrition among South Asian farmers.
Most recently, Aanjalie was the Global Communications Fellow at IntraHealth International in Washington, DC, where she created diverse communications materials designed to translate dense research on the needs of health workers in developing countries into compelling content demonstrating the value of health workforce investments to key decision makers. At IntraHealth, some of her key achievements included successfully leading all communications activities for World Health Worker Week 2015, spearheading new advocacy efforts condemning violence against health workers, and creating a US State Department podcast on the needs of Ebola frontine health workers.
Aanjalie holds a Master's in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge and a BAH in Global Development from Queen's University in Canada.