As a Research Manager for Agriculture and Livelihoods, Romita conducts research and analysis that informs the Foundation’s strategy to help smallholder tobacco farmers transition to alternative livelihoods in tobacco-dependent economies, with an initial emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa.
Romita’s experience in global risk analysis and policy development includes roles at public and private organizations in Singapore, India, and New York. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as a Senior Analyst at Control Risks where she developed customized in-region advisory services and mitigation strategies for global corporations, international institutions, and government agencies, with a focus on emerging markets in South and Southeast Asia.
While serving as a contributor to The Economist Intelligence Unit, Romita assisted with the delivery of in-depth research reports and country risk analyses for the company’s consulting clients and subscribers. Earlier in her career, Romita worked for the Singapore government, the United Nations Association of Singapore, and General Electric.
Romita is based in New York. She obtained her Master of Science in South Asian Studies from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Honors from the National University of Singapore. Romita is fluent in several South Asian languages, including Hindi and Bengali.
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Three world famous economists — Amartya Sen, Raghuram Rajan, and Abhijit Banerjee — recently took to The Indian Express to push for aggressive government spending to curb the loss of lives and livelihoods to COVID-19. While their argument is certainly applicable in every country caught in the throes of this pandemic, their focus on India’s susceptibility […]
Many experts are quick to point out that the agriculture sector in Malawi faces challenges. At a time when global population is rising rapidly and the adoption of modern diets is increasing swiftly, experts project that the demand for food will double over the next three decades—and that food production is unlikely to keep pace. […]
Over the past two decades, global patterns in tobacco production and trade have shifted dramatically. Considerable research has gone into detailing these shifts, elucidating their drivers, and understanding their implications for tobacco control. One area of research that remains relatively unexplored, however, is how these changes have altered the global flow of tobacco and the […]
Progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to noncommunicable diseases requires concerted action to end adult smoking. The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (hereafter, referred to as “the Foundation”) is ready to accelerate work to improve global health by ending smoking in this generation. The Foundation believes that the SDGs provide a thoughtful and […]
WHO reveals that in 20 years, they have failed to make meaningful progress to reduce #tobacco consumption. No matter how you spin it, there are still 1bn smokers worldwide. Derek Yach @swimdaily comments on @WHO's new report on the global tobacco epidemic: https://www.smokefreeworld.org/newsroom/president-derek-yachs-statement-on-the-whos-global-tobacco-epidemic-report/
Illicit cigarettes are dominating the low-income areas of #SouthAfrica, a direct result of the 2020 #tobacco and #alcoholban. Now tax revenue is plummeting, and crime is skyrocketing. David Janazzo explores the data in a new blog post: https://www.smokefreeworld.org/conflicting-signals-in-south-africa/
Will WHO wake up to realities of tobacco? @SamratTHR @INNCOorg @GerryStimson @rnsharan @ChaunceyGardner @timesofindia @SmokeFreeFdn https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/newshound-tales/will-who-wake-up-to-realities-of-tobacco/
When it comes to #harmreduction, policy is often far behind the science, whether it be seat belts, drugs, or most recently mask mandates. Derek Yach (@swimdaily) uses the history of harm reduction to predict the possible future of #tobaccocontrol.
The @WHO has failed to live up to the promise of the #FCTC @FCTCofficial Dr. Derek Yach (@swimdaily) a key architect of the treaty puts this failure in perspective & suggests a road map. #mustread #tobacco #harmreduction https://dr-derekyach.medium.com/tobacco-harm-reduction-time-to-change-attitudes-df7285542b36
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