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. 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.
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.
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.