Jamsheed Cooper was born in Mumbai, India and raised in Dubai, UAE. He graduated with a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and am now pursuing an MA in Governance, Development, and Public Policy at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in Brighton, UK.
During his undergraduate career at Georgia Tech, he played an active role in the Engineers without Borders Society by planning and implementing a large water distribution project in Uganda, eventually leading the transition team between the first and second phase of implementation in 2016. They would plan the size and routes of boreholes, types of pumps, daily pump capacity, and filtration systems, and a successful transition phase allowed for the unhindered construction, assembly, and testing of the pump and filtration units. This remains one of his proudest leadership moments, as they independently developed a technical framework which would improve lives and livelihoods of people on the other side of the world.
Political activism has also played a significant role in his life. In 2015, he joined the Atlanta chapter of RESULTS, a grassroots advocacy organization advocating for increased access to healthcare, education, and economic opportunity, and its sister organization Citizens Climate Lobby. He eventually became an office holder in each chapter and would organize fundraisers and information sessions on campus, and conduct meetings with US congressmen and health secretaries to advocate for specific health and education bills.
At the US Senate, the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, and Community Led Total Sanitation Foundation (CLTS), he worked with various policies and projects related to foreign affairs, weapons of mass destruction, international displaced persons (IDPs), infectious diseases, healthcare, and sanitation. At CLTS he was intimately involved in efforts to end open defecation and expand sanitation behavior change in West Bengal and the rest of India, which inspired him to focus on water management and sanitation policy in South Asia.
At IDS, he aims to research and study the political, social, economic, legal, and administrative shortcomings responsible for slow progress in sanitation and public health in South Asia, especially given rapid economic growth. In the future, he intends to pursue a Master’s in Public Administration to develop the management, administrative, and financial expertise necessary to develop, implement, finance, and monitor public health policies as an international civil servant or a policy consultant.