Karell is a medical doctor and was recently in the field of genetics research but her first love is public health. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Public Health with interests in health policy and epidemiology. She was first exposed to population, health and environment issues (including SRHR and CC linkages) as a writer-photographer. Karell has been involved in various programs and research studies that promote and advocate universal access to health services, especially for marginalised populations. She hopes to continue to contribute to evidence-based integrated approaches encompassing advocacy and services.