Sharifa Abdulla is a Malawian scholar and theatre for development practitioner holding a lecturer position with the University of Malawi, Chancellor College in the Department of Fine and performing Arts. She is currently a PhD research student at the University of Glasgow, school of education (looking at Culture, Community Arts and Health). Sharifa holds a BA in Arts Humanities and an MA in Dramatic Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Sharifa focuses on exploring the design and development of Participatory Arts based methodologies that integrate communities as vital agents of change. She has been designing, developing and leading implementation of participatory health related programs including co-founding the Art and Global Health Center Africa (www.aghcafrica.org). She is also a founding member of the Malawi Medical Humanities Network (https://malawimedhumsnetwork.com/)