With Indian, Kenyan, Pakistani, and Canadian roots, Rahima grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied global health, healthcare management, South Asian Studies, and Asian American Studies. Rahima worked at PwC Advisory in New York as a healthcare and public sector strategy consultant after undergrad, where she earned an early promotion and the firm's MVP award. After three years in management consulting, Rahima moved to Malawi, in Southern Africa, with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to assist the Ministry of Health with global health programs. She initially worked to accelerate the introduction of new vaccines into Malawi, and then managed a team to increase access to HIV and TB diagnostics. Rahima also lived in Myanmar, helping CHAI to launch its offices in Yangon and Nay Pi Daw. Rahima has lived and worked in seven countries and has traveled to 55. She is an avid photographer, artist, chef, gymnast, and volleyball player, and is also a certified yoga instructor.
Rahima earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MPH in global health from the Harvard School of Public Health, where she was a Zuckerman Fellow through the Harvard University Center for Public Leadership. After graduate school, Rahima worked in Boston as a social impact consultant at FSG. She currently works for the United States Agency for International Development in D.C., where she is a Market Access Advisor at the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact within USAID's Global Health Bureau.
Rahima has been doing admissions coaching for over nine years. She has helped students gain admission into Harvard and Hopkins for medical school, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Hopkins, and UNC for public health school, Harvard, Stanford, Ross, Yale, Johnson, HEC, Carroll, Tuck, Stern, Fuqua, Booth, and Sloan for business school, Cornell for healthcare administration, Harvard and Princeton for public administration and public policy, and a number of undergraduate schools throughout the US and Canada. Rahima deeply enjoys coaching and mentoring for college and graduate school admissions, helping students build their narratives and craft personal, meaningful essays, helping candidates with resume edits and cover letters for job applications, and conducting interview prep.