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Basil Safi

Basil Safi, executive director of Engaged Cornell, at the 2015 Engaged Cornell Grant Awards Reception.


As executive director, Basil Safi is primarily focused on providing leadership, planning, and the implementation of strategies that support Engaged Cornell. He manages all administrative and business operations of the Office of Engagement Initiatives and its core programs.


Basil Safi earned his BS in civil/environmental engineering from Virginia Tech and his MPH in global environmental health from Emory University. Prior to coming to Cornell, Basil spent ten years working with the Center for Communication Programs (CCP) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on a range of international health programs. Basil is a registered professional engineer, certified health education specialist, and former Environmental Public Health Leadership Fellow at the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. He has experience working domestically and internationally in Azerbaijan, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Panama, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Uganda.


Basil currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Council on Engagement and Outreach for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), which focuses on advancing the role of community engagement at public institutions of higher education. As a graduate student and through his role at CCP, Basil helped establish five community-based organizations in Bolivia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan that continue to work with U.S.-based universities to serve the needs of local communities across a range of social and public health needs. In addition, Basil volunteered for six years with a Baltimore-based group, Thread, that works with underperforming high school students to foster academic advancement and personal growth.


Basil has coauthored publications across the fields of health communication, public health preparedness, social science, and mobile health.