Emily Kocsis – SYPN Coordinator
Emily earned her MSc in Global Health from McMaster University, and her BSc in Biology from Western University. During her studies, she worked on research projects related to food systems and the cultural, social and economic barriers to food security and nutrition in India, Kenya and Vietnam. In addition to her interest in ecosystem approaches to health, Emily has discovered an interest in mentoring, and building the capacity of SYPs entering the field of global health. Since 2013 Emily has been involved in the Canadian Society for International Health’s MentorNet program for which she currently acts as special advisor. Emily became a member of the CCGHR even before the SYPN was officially established! Recognizing the important role that such a network would play in advocating for, and supporting the unique needs and interests of SYPs in global health, Emily has grown the SYPN over the years, including restructuring the network’s leadership structure and many other initiatives. Emily hopes to continue to build on this momentum to increase the network’s influence in Canada and abroad. When not immersed in all things global health, Emily spends her spare time hiking, travelling and conducting food experiments.
Batool Barodi – Student Chapter Support
Batool Barodi is an Honours B.Sc. candidate in Biomedical Sciences at York University where she proudly served the student community as the president of the CCGHR Student Chapter. This position gave her the opportunity to raise awareness about global health research among undergraduate students in addition to planning several forums and summits in different cities in Ontario (e.g. Ottawa and Hamilton). As a SYPN Student Chapter Support Executive, Batool looks forward to using her experiences and insight to support engaged chapters in different academic institutions across Canada in implementing SYPN ideas in addition to building capacity to facilitate the growth in the students’ global health careers.
Christine Saleeb – Student Chapter Support
Christine Saleeb is a MSc candidate pursuing Global Health at McMaster University and completed her BSc in Medical Sciences at Brock University. Her study interests include global burden of diseases, refugee health, ethics and evaluating the social, economic and political determinants that affect health and health care. Her previous research includes conducting a quality improvement project seeking to improve the cleanliness of shared patient care equipment in the hospital wards. She was the previous Co-President of the Brock student chapter and hosted a variety of events including a United Nations’ Sustainable Development Youth Training with over 200 attendees. Much like her leadership positions in the past, she hopes to empower the student chapters to grow and succeed.
Dine Charles – Events & Conferences
Dine Charles is a PhD candidate in Applied Human Sciences, an interdisciplinary program at University de Montréal. He holds a MA in Applied Ethics, Master I in Classical Philosophy, and a BA in Philosophy. His actual research falls under “global health and cultural diversity.” In general terms, his research interests are global health, cultural diversity, global bioethics, applied ethics, and applied philosophy. He has been a member of CCGHR for many years. As a new Events & Conferences Executive of the SYPN, he is looking forward to investing his energy in continuing to build on the solid foundation already put in place by the former Executives, and increase our presence in cities across Canada.
Elizabeth Opiyo – Events & Conferences
Elizabeth Opiyo is a Queen Elizabeth Scholar pursuing a PhD in Health Geography in the faculty of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. She holds a Master’s degree in epidemiology and population health from Maseno University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Kenyatta University, both in Kenya. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has worked on different global health-related research projects and programs – including on water and sanitation, adherence to antimalarial drugs and parasite resistance, nutritional and population health metrics and wellbeing research. As an Events & Conferences executive with the SYPN, Elizabeth looks forward to applying her diverse knowledge, experience and insights to create, organize and facilitate events for the network and to promote and support varied Coalition events for members.
Elisabeth Huang – Professional Development
Elisabeth Huang is passionate about collaborating with others to address complex systemic issues to improve the lives of marginalized populations. She is currently a Project Officer at the United Nations Association in Canada. In the past, she has worked for not-for-profit organizations such as Community Innovation Lab, Stephen Lewis Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières. She holds a Master of Science in Global Health from McMaster University. Her thesis focused on the facilitators and barriers to food security that influence dietary changes among refugees. As one of the Professional Development Executives, she looks forward to collaborating with the team on initiatives, resources, and opportunities to meet the professional development needs and interests of our students and young professional members.
Lauren Wallace – Professional Development
Lauren is currently a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University. She is a medical anthropologist with expertise in priority setting and maternal and reproductive health. Lauren has worked for nearly a decade in global health with communities, development partners, ministries of health, and other research institutions in diverse settings such as Ghana, Uganda, Cambodia and Canada. Lauren has been a CCGHR member since 2011. Her work as a lecturer in public health, both in Ghana and in Canada, and her interdisciplinary research experiences have furthered her understanding of the needs of global health professionals and need for the CCGHR’s Principles. She is currently a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Public Health at the University of Ghana. Lauren is excited to develop and promote professional development opportunities for emerging leaders that promote reflexive, interdisciplinary, collaborative and courageous global health practice.
Sarah Ibrahim – Marketing and Communications
Sarah Ibrahim is a graduate from McGill University with a background in pharmacology. She is particularly interested in mental healthcare in conflict zones and global health ethics. As one of the SYPN Marketing and Communications executives, she has been working with her colleagues to set up a stronger social media presence for the network. What’s more, she and her co-executives have been working on the dissemination of a monthly SYPN newsletter as well as engaging content for the website. Through these initiatives, she hopes to engage the SYPN in order to help build a strong community of members with a shared passion for global health research.