Team


Board

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Chair
Country: Spain
External title:Research Assistant at Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)

Background

I am Elena Marbán Castro and I come from Madrid, Spain. I studied Health Biology at Universidad de Alcalá de Henares and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research: International Health track. Nowadays, I am working as Research Assistant at the Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health initiative at ISGlobal. My passions are equity and global health.

Why GHNGN

I first heard about the network in a congress in 2014. The following year I contacted the GHNGN because I had some doubts about what master I wanted to course. After a Skype call with Camila, I decided which one would fit best for me and… here I am!

I attended the last two conferences in Barcelona and found them amazing and really helpful. I wanted to collaborate because I do believe in global health and many times it is very complicated for us, the next generation. Here we are, ready to help you!

Responsibility

Chair of the board, responsible for coordinating team activities from the network.

Languages

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Internal Affairs Manager
Country: Norway/India
External title: Medical Doctor

Background

I am a medical doctor from India with a Master of Science in Global Health from Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Currently, I am pursuing a PhD in public health, with a focus on maternal and child health.

Why GHNGN

I am a Global Health enthusiast and joined the network to collaborate with other professionals with similar passions.

Responsibility

I am the Internal Affairs Manager of Global Health NGN. My main responsibility is recruiting new volunteers for vacant positions in the team. I also collaborate and coordinate activities within the board. Get in touch with me if you would like to join our team, start a project with us or contribute in any other way.

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Projects & Partnerships Manager
Country: Romania/Netherlands
External title: MSc Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management

Background

I am a high – energy and driven young professional with a contagious enthusiasm for global health with more than 3 years experience in the clinical practice and global health field. I have a special interest in Aging, Non-Communicable Diseases, Mental Health & Disabilities, Health Policy and Health Systems strengthening in Latin American countries.
I currently hold a BSc of Physiotherapy from Romania, a MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences from Belgium and a MSc in Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management from The Netherlands.

Why GHNGN

My interest in GHNGN has started during WHF in Den Haag 2015 when I’ve met Joceline the former Projects Manager who introduced me to the GHNGN activities. I have always liked to actively get involved in the field of Global Health as well as collaborating with people with the same interests. GHNGN seemed the best fit for me so I felt very excited to join the team.

Responsibility

Within the team, I am the Partnerships and Projects Manager. My tasks entail the coordination of projects and partnerships, monitoring and evaluation, and the development of new projects & partnerships with the team.

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Swarandeep Singh IV
Treasurer
Country: India
External title: Investment Manager, India Opportunities Fund, India Lead for Axon Partners Group

Background

Swarandeep is a Venture Capitalist, currently working for the Madrid-headquartered Axon Partners Group. He serves as the Investment Manager for Axon’s India Opportunities Fund and is on the Board of several technology startups across South East Asia. I stumbled into Healthcare when my brother joined his Bachelors of Dental Surgery (BDS) program at Maulana Azad Medical College in 2006. He has been very passionate for Healthcare, especially community health care as his family members have started numerous initiatives in this area.

Why GHNGN

I learned about GHNGN through Andreea Badache – a fellow participant at the UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2017. I couldn’t but be supportive of a network that helps connects young global health professionals launch meaningful careers. This resonates with my deep inclination for SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. I run a similar initiative called Employment Catalyst helping global youth with jobs across different industries. Networks like GHNGN foster ideation, collaboration, and co-creation to build scalable and implementable solutions around the UN Sustainable Development Goals which will further support in tackling these challenges head-on.

Responsibility

Starting September 2017, Swarandeep Singh is leading fundraising for GHNGN and will be managing the annual budget as treasurer. I am also happy to answer questions around fundraising and do so regularly on different forums.

Languages

 

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External Affairs Manager
Country: Greece/Turkey
External title: Corporate Communication professional

Background

Having worked for the pharmaceutical industry for over four years, I developed a passion about the patient’s voice in healthcare and global health. As a communication professional, I understand how communication and science can work together to protect the health of the public in general, and of the patient in particular. For the past year, I support the “patient empowerment” movement through social media platforms.

I have completed a Master’s Degree specialized in Corporate Communication and Strategy at the University of Nancy, in France and I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Mass Media from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

Why GHNGN

I am passionate about building a better society, in particular through collaboration, civic engagement and empowerment. Global Health Next Generation Network aims to empower the next generation of public health professionals through collaboration and team work. This project inspires me and I want to be part of this effort.

Responsibility

I am the External Affairs Manager, responsible for coordinating and managing our social media and news team, managing external communications and ensuring continuous adaptation of GHNGN to current global  health events.

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Coordinators

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Marketing Coordinator
Country: Switzerland
External title: Journalist

Background

I am holding a Master’s degree in Global Governance from the University of Lucerne, Switzerland and a Bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Throughout my academic career, I focused on global challenges such as migration or international conflicts from a political and historical perspective.

Why GHNGN

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As a former student of an interdisciplinary and international program, I realized how precious the exchange with fellows from all over the world and with different backgrounds is: It creates far-reaching networks, knowledge and new insights. This is where a brighter future starts and what GHNGN stands for.

Responsibility

I joined the GHNGN as the marketing coordinator, responsible for promoting GHNGN activities to our sponsors, partners and other affiliates.

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Website Coordinator
Country: New Zealand

External Title: Senior Business Analyst, Health Intelligence, Auckland District Health Board

Background

I’m an Intelligence Analyst currently working for the public health board here in Auckland, New Zealand. I stumbled into Health Informatics in 2009 and have been passionate about data-driven decision-making in healthcare ever since.

Why GHNGN

I learned about GHNGN through Andrea Badache – a fellow participant at the UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2017. I couldn’t but be supportive of a network that helps connects young global health professionals. The challenges that press upon global health are both disparate and dynamic. Networks like GHNGN will help nurture a breed of individuals that can tackle these challenges head-on.

Responsibility

Starting September 2017, my role will be to support the development of GHNGN’s new online platform. I am also happy to answer questions around Health Informatics and regularly do so on Quora.

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Supervisors

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Project Supervisor
Country: Spain
External title: Project Assistant GlobMal, Sr. Assoc. Scientific Communications

Background

After studying Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona I got interested in Health and started working in clinical research. This motivated me to pursue my Masters in International Health and this

has been the most challenging and interesting year in my life. I found my passion in equity, health systems and health in general.

Why GHNGN

I have realized how important it is to establish solid networks in this big and at the same time small world of global health. For young professionals this can be very challenging and I believe GHNGN offers a great platform to start with!

Responsibility

Organization of Global Health Hangouts: a platform for young professionals to network and discuss global health issues.

Languages

Sandra del Pozo
Partnerships Supervisor
Country: Spain
External title: Health Biologist

Background

I am Global Health young professional from Madrid. I studied Health Biology at Universidad de Alcalá de Henares and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research: International Health track. My interests are Humanitarian Response, International Relations, Health Policy and Communicable-diseases.

Why GHNGN

I first heard about GHNGN in Sweden talking with other professionals and students about Global Health. I was following their projects for almost two years and meeting some of the members in different conferences. I feel very excited becoming part of the team and this great network.
I am passionate about building bridges for a better society by empowering the next generation of health professionals, I do believe in our projects, in the inspiring people around the world working towards the same goal and the effort to make changes in Global Health.

Responsibility

As a Partnerships Supervisor, I work on the Partnerships team of the network. I am responsible for ensuring good relations with old and new partners and developing new projects.

Languages

  

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Project supervisor
Country: Spain
External title: Microbiologist

Background

I studied Microbiology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, my Degree Final Project was titled “Malaria Immunology in Pregnant women”. In summer 2015 I did an Erasmus Internship at the Research Center for Molecular Medicine (CeMM) and Medical University of Vienna. Afterward, I started the Master of Clinical Research – International Health track at the University of Barcelona and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). I am currently working at the Laboratory of Microbiology of the Public Health Agency of Barcelona. My research interests are focused on maternal and child health and diseases affecting the vulnerable population.

Why GHNGN

I had the opportunity to present my Master’s Final Project about neonatal sepsis in the 3rd. GHNGN Forum organized in Barcelona. I found the conference helpful and I wanted to be a part of the network to help other students and young professionals in Global Health.

Responsibility

Co-organiser of the 4 th GHNGN Forum 2017..

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Project supervisor
Country: Spain
External title: Pharmacist/Global Health professional

Background

I graduated in Pharmacy at the University Complutense of Madrid. Currently, I am studying the Master of Global Health at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)-Universitat de Barcelona, with the aim of working to improve people’s health by addressing the future challenges in global health.

Why GHNGN

Starting a career for young professionals is more difficult that it might seem, therefore I decided to join the GHNGN in order to collaborate to bring people together with similar interests and a strong commitment in global health.

Responsibility

Co-organiser of the Conference of the GHNGN of 2017.

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Writers

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Social Media writer
Country: China
External title: Master of Science in Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, United States

Background

I grow up in China, and study abroad in the United States for my undergraduate in Health Promotion with a minor in Psychology. Last month, I graduated with my master degree in Health Education and Communication program from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (JHSPH).

I have a strong interest in Non-Communicable Diseases. Previously, I worked as a health communication intern at PAHO (the Regional Office for the Americas of the WHO). Next month, I will start a new research position in the Department of Health Policy and Management at JHSPH. In addition, I have had several research experience in tobacco control, patient-provider communication, and mental health. In the meantime, I enjoy participating various volunteer activities in local community. In the future, I would like to work at an international health organization and to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.

Why GHNGN

My interest in GHNGN started during my internship at PAHO/WHO in 2016 when I met Andreea Badache who is the Projects Manager who introduced me to the GHNGN activities. I joined GHNGN as a Social Medial Writer with the aims to improve health awareness and knowledge, as well as advocate for healthy lifestyles for people around the world. I want to serve as a health resource for health education and promotion by using plain language to reach everyone.

Responsibility

As the Social Media Writer, I am responsible for managing the Network’s social media identifing collaborative opportunities for social media engagement.

 

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News writer
Country: Portugal
External title: Medical Doctor

Background

I’m a medical doctor from Portugal, currently working in Public Health in my home country. During my years in Medical School, I developed a major interest in Human Rights and Global Health.

Why GHNGN

I saw in GHNGN an opportunity to learn and interact with young colleagues from all over the world that share the same passion as me for Global Health. It is very motivating to share ideas with people driven and also starting a career in Global Health such as myself.

Responsibility

My position is of a news writer. My job is to write articles about pressing issues regarding Global Health and review other people’s articles. If you have any ideas regarding pressing issues, you are interested in writing for us or just want to talk to me about any of the topics I’ve written about, feel welcome!

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News writer
Country: Finland/Sweden
External title: MMSc in Public Health

Background

Hejsan, my name is Niina-Maria Nissinen, I’m originally from northern Finland but for the last two years I have been living in Sweden where I’m currently completing my master studies in public health at Lund University. I have a master’s degree in regional development and regional policy from Finland, but due to my strong interest in health sciences, I decided to study a second master degree in public health. My interest is in alcohol and mental health related questions, especially on societal structures, but due to my background, I’m also curious about healthcare systems, and health policies.

Why GHNGN

After starting to study public health at Lund University, I realized how global the public health field is. That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to join GHNGN: to be part of a global public/global health organization, targeted especially for young professionals and students. I also wanted to be part of an organization that brings together people with different backgrounds and creates a forum for young professionals in the field to share their expertise and views about global health. I believe that GHNGN as an organization has the ability to foster engagement of young professional in the global health field, and I want to help with that.

Responsibility

I’m a news writer at the network, and my responsibility is to write interesting stories, covering different topics within the public/global health. My special interest is to write about people working in the field and share their experiences. I hope my stories, whether they are tips for searching a job or articles about global health, makes you more curious and eager to learn more. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to borrow my pen and share your story or ideas!

Sarah Khalid Khan
News writer
Country: Pakistan
External title: Medical Doctor

Background

I have a background in medicine. During my med school years, I wrote analytical essays, website content, and blogs. One blog that I wrote got published at a medical journal’s blog website (replace with The Lancet Student if seems appropriate). It was related to the worst flood in my country’s history that we as a nation were dealing with at that moment. And so began my writing on global health issues.

As I delved further into global health during my masters in Global Health from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, I wrote more articles on health issues that merit global concern.

Why GHNGN

I like sharing ideas and knowledge and I am very passionate about global health. I believe GHNGN is a very good forum to exchange ideas regarding issues of global health with people from different disciplines and different parts of the world equally enthusiastic about the same issues. I reckon this exchange is what allows us to learn from our past and use it to solve problems of the present or future. 

Responsibility

I am a News Writer at GHNGN. I am responsible for writing articles related to health issues while applying a global lens.

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Advisors

Olumide Ogundeji
Internal Advisor
Country: United Kingdom & Nigeria
External Title: MBBS, MRCS, MRCGP

Background

I had my undergraduate medical training in Ibadan, Nigeria and postgraduate training as a General Medical Practitioner in the UK. My passion for global health developed during my master’s programme in Global Health & Development at the University College London (UCL). This combined perspective of health continues to personally motivate all my endeavours.

Why GHNGN

After attending the first GHNGH conference in June 2014, I discovered an opportunity of networking with colleagues with similar interests and passions, directed at influencing global health issues and organisations, in ways that each of us could individually not achieve.

Responsibility

Simply put, I try to think “outside the box”, advising in matters relating to and involving the network. This involves both internal organisation and external representation.

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Social Media writer

Social Media Writer

Country: China
External Title: MMSc. – Social Medicine and Health Management

Background

I come from Beijing, the capital of China. I have completed a Bachelor’s Degree specialized in Public Health at Peking University. Currently, I am a Master student in Social Medicine and Health Management at Peking University. Having been learning knowledge about global health and working for the China Global Health Network, I develop great interests about global health.

Why GHNGN

I decided to join the network because I am enthusiastic about making efforts to improve the health conditions of people. I approve of the aim of GHNGN and believe that we can make achievements within our dynamic team.

Responsibility

I am a social media writer and I will actively promote the Network to Chinese.

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Legal advisor

External Title: Master in Laws at Vigo University

Background

I was born in Spain, studied Law in USC Santiago and finished my career in Italy, where I specialised in European and International Law. I studied a Master in Legal Advising & Management at LUISS University (Rome) and did my Master in Laws at Vigo University, obtaining my Bar Association License at ICA Pontevedra. I have great experience in international counselling and currently working as a Lawyer in Pontevedra (Spain).

Why GHNGN

I joined Global Health New Generation Network to be part of a young educational project to contribute spreading knowledge and investigation of global health all over the world, helping to create an intercultural network for young promising professionals on the field.

Responsibility

My role in the organization is to provide any kind of legal counseling or support, from legal documents’ writing and proofreading, to being responsible for the legal and administrative status of the network.

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camila
Immediate Past Chair/Advisor
Country: Spain
External Title: PhD candidate Global Public Health

Background

I was born in a small village in Galicia(North Spain) and I studied Fundamental Biology at the University of Santiago de Compostela. Today I’m living in Lisbon where I’m doing my PhD in Global Public Health at the Lisbon Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. My area of research and current life passion is NTDs (neglected tropical diseases).

Why GHNGN

I very was lucky to be among the amazing team that funded this network in February 2014; back then we were all doing our Master in Global Health at ISGlobal Barcelona…

Long story short: we were 15 students with completely different backgrounds, and during our Master our professors constantly reminded us of the importance of multidisciplinarity in the field of global health in order to create innovative, long-lasting solutions for all challenges in global health; so we decided to create a platform that could represent this idea. A platform where young professionals could meet, discuss, grow and learn through shared experiences and networking….and here we are today!

Responsibility

Chair of the board and general coordinator of the organization.

And just to finish, my personal tip: enjoy the ride, don’t take it too serious; learn, disagree, discuss and create your own framework… and if that doesn’t work..

Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!- Doctor WHO

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Advisor
Country: Curaçao
External Title: MSc. Management Policy Analysis and entrepreneurship in the health and life sciences, specialisation international public health. BSc. Physiotherapy

Background

My name is Joceline, originally from Curaçao and currently living in the Netherlands. I became increasingly interested in the field of Global Health during my master studies.My personal interest in Global Health lies in comparative research of health systems research in small island developing states.

Why GHNGN

From the very beginning I knew about the network I was very excited to become a part of GHNGN. It started out with visiting the first conference. After the conference I felt so inspired that I decided that I want to have role in setting up the network. With this network and our projects I hope to create opportunities for students and young professionals to network and be a voice in global health.

Responsibility

From October 2014 I’ve been active as a team member for GHNGN. I first started out as the partnership coordinator. Currently I hold the position of Project / Partnership Manager at GHNGN. We have 4 main projects running at GHNGN. The annual conference (NextGen), the Global Health Mentorships (GHMe) in collaboration with the Swedish Network for International Health (SNIH), Global Health Hangouts (GH2) and the Global Health Scientific Collection in collaboration with Science Open (SO). My tasks entail coordination of projects, monitoring and evaluation and the development of new projects with the team.

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mariam
Advisor
Country: New Zealand
External Title: Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc), Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB)

Background

I’m a medical doctor by training.  I was born in Pakistan and moved to New Zealand when I was 12.  Working in the hospital made me realise the importance of addressing the distal determinants of health that make people sick in the first place.  As such, I am going to specialise in Public Health Medicine, and will be studying towards a Masters in Public Health from next year.  I am most passionate about global public health, in particular the social determinants of health, non-communicable diseases, health systems, and leadership in health.

Why GHNGN

I joined the Network because I wanted to engage and collaborate with other people interested in global health.

Responsibility

As the Internal Affairs Manager, my main role is recruiting new volunteers when we have vacancies.  I also communicate and coordinate activities within the board and team.  If you’re interested in joining the team or starting a project with us, get in touch with me.  We may not always have a role that needs filling but I’m always happy to have a chat about how you can contribute.

 

I’m an active tweeter, you can follow me @MariamParwaiz, I hope to see you on the twittersphere!

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Treasurer
Country: France
External Title: PhD Candidate in Clinical Epidemiology

Background

I am an epidemiologist pursuing a PhD in clinical epidemiology in France, and holds an MSc in Global Health from the UK as well as an MPH in Evidence-based medicine in China. My work has been focused on preventative medicine and tuberculosis control. In the past I’ve worked as a visiting scholar to the USA and right now I work for the Erasmus plus programme.

Why GHNGN

I joined the Global Health NGN because it is an NGO created by students and provides education for youth in global health, which also is in accordance with the objective of the Erasmus plus programme.

Responsibility

I am the treasurer of Global Health NGN, responsible for directing the organization’s budget, overseeing the general financing, and managing bank accounts.

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Internal Advisor
Country: Canada
External Title: Director of European Engagement for Child Family Health International

Background

Caity Jackson is the Director of European Engagement for Child Family Health International, a San Francisco-based NGO with special UNESCO status that offers community-based global health education. She is also the Founder & Principal Consultant for her own firm, Jackson Consulting International, as well as serving as Director of International Relations for the female empowerment social start-up, Fuzia, and the International Programme Coordinator for Swedish Healthcare. She holds an Honours Bachelor in Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa, Canada and a Masters of Medical Sciences from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

Caity founded and directed one of the first global health mentorship programs, the Canadian Society for International Health’s (CSIH) Mentornet, and is Co-Founder & Director of Communications for the Women in Global Health movement. She has a background in career counselling and her research focuses on higher education, making her speciality career/skill development and education & training in the global health field. She contributes to this field through her membership on the Consortium of Universities for Global Health’s (CUGH) education sub-committee, is a panelist and Director of Communications on the weekly live global health show, This Week in Global Health, and was recently named one of the top 300 Women Leaders in Global Health by the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

Responsibility

Having organized the annual Canadian Global Health Student and Young Professional Summits and spoken at the Global Health Next Generation Network conferences, Caity brings years of conference planning expertise to the table.

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fidel
Internal Advisor
Country: Liberia
External Title: PhD candidate, Aberystwyth Universit

Background

After completing his Bachelors, Fidel spent two years working in Liberia. Firstly as a radio producer for the state broadcaster and then marketing manager of a commercial bank. His exposure to social and health inequality led him to return to the UK to undertake a Public Health masters in International Development with the University of Sheffield. Whilst writing his master’s thesis on the geopolitics of development aid, Fidel recognised the influence of natural resources, especially land, on investment and aid allocations in Africa. Thus he has embarked on a research project exploring the impact of investments in land conversion from food to biofuels production on rural communities in Africa.

Why GHNGN

During my Master’s training at the University of Sheffield and whilst serving as President of the Public Health Society of the University I attended the first GHNGN conference in Barcelona. I joined the GHNGN team to help create a support network to ensure the voice of young professionals in global health.

Responsibility

I advise the Finance and Funding team on fiscal issues and provide guidance on finance and funding applications and expenditure. I support the team to research, analyse, forecast, develop strategies, prepare reports and perform other fiscal related activities. I ensure that the Network comply with European and international financial Laws.

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Former Media Coordinator
Country: Lebanon
External Title: MPH, IT and Multimedia Analyst

Background

I’m a computer scientist with a public health degree. I believe that everything in this day and age needs a solid technological backbone to reach its full potential, and I don’t think there’s anything more worthwhile investing in than public health. I am a member of the public after all. 

Why GHNGN

Starting from the very first class in public health I took, our professors told us that one of the most important things in this field is networking. Post-graduation, I can see how true that is. My peers, young professionals in public and global health, have wonderful ideas and an inspiring work ethic. But unless they have a strong network through which to propel those ideas, they often fall flat. I believe that GHNGN is an excellent way to create bridges between young professionals and the extensive networks that already exist, and get their voices and ideas heard.

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Funding Coordinator
Country: Germany
External Title: MSc Global Health

Background

I finished my education in physical therapy. After working for several years I have realized that the root of the problems lies on a higher level and decided to further my knowledge on policy level accomplishing my Master global health. I am currently a researcher and advisor for a private clinic while following a long distance learning program in non-profit business administration.

Why GHNGN

The idea of bringing young highly educated disciplines together is in my opinion an innovative necessity to address global health issues in the upcoming future. A motivated mind and fresh energy to work on the connection of one another met also my ideas of how future work relations should engage in the global health field.

I wish that our future partners can mirror their visions in our mission.

Responsibility

Within the network I lead the preparation of funding applications on behalf of GHNGN in order to meet the annual targets for new income and to help achieve the objectives of the network. I advise and support the board in developing high quality grant applications where the proposed schemes would benefit the network and its members.

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Former Partnership Supervisor
Country: Portugal
External title: MD, Public Health resident

Background

I’m a medical doctor fully committed to Public Health and in that sense keen on managing a shift from disease treatment to disease prevention, from unhealthy to healthier habits and environment, from health services weaknesses to higher health systems’ efficiency, answering properly to social determinants and health inequalities, in never ending challenges at a local, national and global levels.

Why GHNGN

In this regard, the GHNGN provides the ideal platform for young professionals to meet and through it spreading their ideas and projects.

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Grecia
Partnership Supervisor
Country: Meixco
External Title: Medical Director at a Basic Community Hospital (Mexican Ministry of Health) Board Member and Project Manager at “MEDspei: Community-based medical educational Project”

Background

I like to think of myself as a “world citizen”, but I’m proud to call myself a mexican physician. During my years of experience I have confirmed that being a health professional comes with a big commitment and responsibility towards those that believe in us. I believe that the we can only face today’s global health challenges and make this world a better place through multidisciplinary work and political will. I try to raise the voice for those in need and bridge the gap between medical education and public health through leadership, management and a strong commitment to serve those in need.

Why GHNGN

I joined the GHNGN while I was doing my Master’s in Global Health in Barcelona, I got the opportunity to work as the Coordinator of the Organizing team of last years’ GHNGN conference: “Ensure the voice of young professionals”, I am passionate about maternal and reproductive health that is why I decided to become an OB & GYN.

Responsibility

I am currently working on the Partnerships team of the network. I live under the African proverb: If you want to walk fast walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk with others”.

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eseme
News Writer
Country: Nigeria
External title: MSc candidate – Endocrine and reproductive physiology

Background

I was born in Nigeria. I studied medical physiology at the University of Uyo, Nigeria where I was thoroughly grounded on the mechanisms of body cells, tissues and organs and their effect on health and pathology. Currently, I am pursuing a Masters in endocrine and reproductive physiology from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria because I have always had a keen interest in sexual and reproductive health. Our entire existence, depends on reproduction and we must ensure we live very healthy reproductive lives. This to me, is global health!

Why GHNGN

To help correct the faux pas surrounding global health issues currently affecting communities around the world especially in Africa. And also to network, exchange ideas and share experiences with a team of talented multidisciplinary global health professionals. I believe together, we can affect lasting changes in diverse areas of global health.

Responsibility

I am a news writer at the network. I write and tell stories as a form of advocacy. Stories that are captivating and drive commitment to promote global health, from issues on SRHR, HIV, MNCH to Gender, environment and development. It is challenging yet very rewarding. I tweet a lot too and if you are as passionate as I am about global health issues, follow me on twitter.

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Former Secretary General
Country: Germany
External title: Research Associate in Bioethics

Background

I am a Global Health enthusiast with a background in medicine, currently working as a research associate in the field of “Ethics in Research Governance and Health Policy”.
My interests are Disaster Risk Reduction, Humanitarian Response, translational Ethics and Health Policy.

Why GHNGN

The voice of early stage professionals in international discussions is essential and I can only emphasise the vision of the Global Health Next Generation Network to be this voice and to connect and empower the next generation in Global Health.

Responsibility

As Secretary General, I was responsible for the internal team liaison as well as the external representation. I ensured that all our individual and team activities are professionally in line with our vision.

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Partnership Coordinator
Country: United Kingdom
External Title:MSc Public Health (LSHTM)

Background

Hi! My name is Lucy and I’m from the UK. Throughout my career I have gained a variety of experience spanning everything from developing local public health strategies and advising the UK Parliament Health Select Committee, to supporting WHO forums and building the capacity of surgical staff in resource poor settings. These experiences fueled my passion for public health and health system strengthening. I’m currently living in London where I am a policy adviser to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). In this role, I provide policy and strategic leadership on matters of domestic and global public health. I also work with clinical advisors on issues such as malnutrition, child health, communicable diseases, and asset-based approaches to public health and community resilience. Throughout all of my experience, my greatest passion has remained in addressing the social determinants of health.

Why GHNGN

I have a passion for global health and believe that the voice of young researchers and practitioners is often overlooked, despite having a critical role in moving the global health agenda forward. My search for a community of practice to leverage the expertise and potential of young global health professionals led me to the Global Health Next Generation Network and I instantly knew I had to be involved.

Responsibility

As Partnerships Coordinator, I’m responsible for the overall partnerships coordination and first contact point for partnership inquiries. I have already learned so much since I joined GHNGN and made many great connections and friends! Thank you for checking out my bio, and please feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions or would like to collaborate with us.

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News Writer
Country: Canada
External Title:PhD Candidate in Public Health, South Africa & Research Associate for Disease Control Prevention Series, Australia

Background

I completed my Masters of Science in Global Health and conducted fascinating research in patient centred approaches at a mother and child transmission hospital in Johannesburg. WHOs consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretrovirals for treatment and prevention of HIV infection inspired me to investigate the impact of these guidelines for the Option B+ prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) programme on the work of healthcare professionals, and pregnant HIV-positive women experiences on ART for life, as a way to improve management of the programme. This research allowed me to develop and execute strategic ways to create sustainable system-level change of the programme between executives, healthcare professionals and patients. It is now being used by Steering Committee for PMTCT at RMMCH and South Africa’s National Department of Health to better the health of millions.

Previously, I worked in Australia as a Communications and Corporate Services Officer, I worked with Indigenous peoples, heavily influenced by drugs and violence. I was immediately convinced that my energetic attitude and strong passion for health awareness, equality and education could contribute to further research initiatives in the public health field. My background working as a Media and Marketing Officer for a non-governmental HIV/AIDS organization allowed me to capture the attention of government in South Africa to invest in health infrastructures across the country by coordinating press conferences and networking with hundreds of organizations regionally and developing funding strategies.

Why GHNGN

I would love to continue to deepen and expand my interest in global health issues and spread awareness on patient centred care and HIV/AIDS to ensure positive community development. GHNGN serves as a platform for knowledge translation, health promotion and a network towards social innovation. I believe that I can contribute to effective communication and successful programming to enhance the lives of those impacted by health issues.

Responsibility

I am a writer for the news team, and my duty is to capture different audiences by producing pieces about relevant healthcare issues. I look forward to utilizing my global health experience and networks as a way to allow voices of those often silenced to be given an opportunity to be heard.

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Former Secretary General
Country: Germany
External Title: Master of Medical Science in International Health

Background

I’m passionate about Global Health and Leadership in Health. I got interested in Global Health after my Bachelors in European Public Health and decided to study International Health at Uppsala University in Sweden.

Why GHNGN

During my studies I was able to co-found the Swedish Network for International Health, a collaboration of Swedish Universities with Master’s Programs in health sciences. That is how I got approached by GH NGN and started the GHMe program in January 2015. While working together with Camila and Joceline at the GHMe program, I was offered the position as Internal Affairs Manager and a couple of months later the position as Secretary.

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Klara
Former External Affairs Manager
Country: Portugal; Czech Republic
External Title: PhD candidate in Global Public Health

Background

I am originally from Czech Republic, but I have lived in Portugal for many years. I have a special interest in social determinants of health, inequalities and health systems with focus on primary health care. My professional experience is mostly academic, as a researcher. Currently, I am a PhD candidate in Global Health.

Why GHNGN

I found in the GHNGN the great opportunity to expand from the academic circle and to become more close to global health challenges while working and meeting new professionals from all around the world. My hope is that our Network continues to grow and that we keep sharing experience with all of you that share our vision.

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Former News Coordinator
Country: Greece
External Title: Pharmacist, MSc Global Health, Law and Governance

Background

Having studied Pharmacy in Greece during the years of the so called “Great-Recession”, I became eager to learn how governments draw their public health policies and how painful to the society public health measures can be reversed to become painless. My MSc in Global Health Law and Governance unlocked for me the boundless world of public health; from how health systems around the globe are structured and financed to how deeply international legal conventions, protocols and organizations influence public health standards and governments’ policies.

Why GHNGN

The Global Health Next Generation Network rose to me as the way to make mine and like-minded young health professionals’ voice heard in the global health arena. My experience as a Newsletter editor on Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies taught me how to handle a plethora of information coming from a multidisciplinary field.

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erlyn
Former Partnership Coordinator
Country: Philippines
External Title: PhD Candidate

Why GHNGN

Like what Barbara Bush, CEO of Global Health Corps said “young global health leaders can help to drive impact on the lagging Millennium Development Goals, set the health agenda of the future, and build a coalition of connected health advocates around the world.”

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Former Administrative Coordinator
Country: Sweden
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Background

My interest in healthcare developed during the last two years of my undergraduate degree and I have been pursuing my interest since then. While I do work locally, I enjoy furthering my knowledge in healthcare issues that we face nationally and globally.

Why GHNGN

I joined GHNGN because It was a great platform to make good friends and travel around the world to help improve the field that I am passionate about.

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penelope
Former Project Supervisor
Country: Australia
External Title: MSc Public Health (Umea University, Sweden); B Health Science (University of Sydney, Australia)

Background

My name is Penny, and I currently work in Melbourne, Australia, as a Mobile Drug Safety Worker and Mobile Outreach Worker in the field of harm reduction and health promotion for people who inject drugs.

My motivation to work in health stemmed from my high school education, and into my Bachelor of Health Sciences (Human Movement) at the University of Sydney. From there I decided to undertake a Diploma in Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs; Mental Health) whilst working at a primary health center for people at most risk of contracting HIV (namely injecting drug users, sex workers, and at-risk youth); and further my education to a postgraduate level. I then travelled to Sweden to study my Masters of Public Health, where I developed a strong interest in global health, health and drug policy, and health economics.

Why GHNGN

My interest and reason for joining the Global Health Next Generation Network is to support the voices and visions of young professionals in global health, to ensure that our aims and passions are heard throughout the global community. I am a strong advocate for youth and youth-led organisations, as the next generation of professionals in global health.

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Former News Coordinator
Country: Portugal
External Title: PhD candidate in Global Public Health

Background

My background is Medical Anthropology, which allowed me to simultaneously develop skills in social and biological sciences and to explore how complex factors at the social, cultural economical and political spheres interact with our basic biology mechanisms shaping health and illness. I’m mainly interested in Global Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health and Applied Medical Anthropology.

Why GHNGN

I believe that Global Health is mainly about making the right (and often uncomfortable) question and to join a group of motivated young leaders with such distinct experiences is an amazing opportunity to so.

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News Writer
Country: Mexico
External Title: Msc. Health Education And Promotion

Background

My name is Carmen Mejía, I am originally from Mexico but for the past years I have been living in Europe to learn more about public and global health. I am really passionate about health behavior and the different determinants that influence it. I am specially interested on how health behavior could be changed through different environmental levels. That is why I decided to study a master on health education and promotion at the University of Maastricht.

Why GHNGN

I decided to join the network because I strongly believe that the youth of today has an important role for the decision making regarding health matters. By being part of this active network, I believe I can contribute more to achieve this goal. 

Responsibility

I am part of the news team in charge of writing articles about relevant health issues. This year we had the opportunity to go to the Health world summit in Berlin which was a great chance for us to interview key speakers and inform the general public about the conference. I am looking forward for the next event!

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Former Social Media Writer
Country: Germany
External Title: M.A. Sports Science, Master of Public Health

Background

I come from Hamburg. I studied Sport Science in Gießen,Germany and Public Health in Umeå , Sweden. I have a special interest in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Gender Issues with my research focus on the practice of FGM.

Why GHNGN

I joined the GHNGN in its very beginning, right after finishing my MPH. I liked the idea of getting actively involved in the field of Global Health and to help young professionals and students to interact and create new projects.

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Former Fundraising Supervisor
Country: Australia
External Title: Masters Student of Global Health, Karolinska Institutet

Background

I am from Adelaide in South Australia, where I studied Nutrition and Dietetics and began working as a community dietitian and health promotion officer focusing on non-communicable diseases. After a few years of work in community health, I was inspired to do something a bit different. I applied for a position with the Timor-Leste Ministry of Health Nutrition Department through an Australian Volunteer Program. To my surprise, I got it! I lived and worked in Timor-Leste for 18 months, and what a life-changing experience it was. To pursue work of this nature, I decided to apply for a Masters course, which brings me to where I am now; studying a Masters of Global Health at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. I am motivated to contribute to improving global maternal and child nutrition.

Why GHNGN

Being new to the field, and exploring what was out there for young professionals I came across GHNGN; wow, what a group of passionate people! GHNGN is one of few platforms where young professionals can share, learn, network, and explore avenues for future careers. We are inspired to raise the voice and gain momentum for Global Health.

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