The Board provides legal and strategic direction. The Executive Management Committee (EMC), operating as sub-Committee of the Board, meets monthly to give advice and direction to the Secretariat, responsible for the running of everyday IFGH operations.
The IFGH also hosts the ESTHER Ireland Secretariat and strategic input for ESTHER provided by the ESTHER Ireland Steering Group.
IFGH Board and EMC
Anne Matthews, IFGH Chair, Board & Executive Management Committee Member
- Prof. Anne Matthews, BSocSc, MSc,PhD – Head of School and Associate Professor, School of Nursing & Human Sciences, Dublin City University
Anne is currently Associate Professor and Head of the School of Nursing and Human Sciences at DCU, where she teaches on the BSc. in Health & Society programme, focusing on global health challenges, scarcity and health, and marginalisation and health. She brings with her a wealth of experience from clinical, research, and policy nursing and midwifery positions, having worked in Ireland, the UK, and Malawi. Anne is a Registered General Nurse and Registered Midwife, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from University College Dublin, an MSc. in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a PhD. from Dublin City University, for research on power and empowerment in midwifery in Ireland.
David Weakliam, IFGH Board & Executive Management Committee Member
- Dr. David Weakliam MCommH, FFPHMI, MRCPI, MRCGP, HDip Quality in Healthcare, DTM&H, DCH, Dip Obs – Consultant in Public Health Medicine Health Service Executive (HSE)
David is a consultant in public health medicine with the Health Service Executive (HSE). He has worked in the area of international health since 1988, including 12 years working with Tearfund and other development agencies in Nepal, Liberia, Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. Following his return to Ireland he worked as health adviser with Irish Aid, the government overseas aid programme from 2003 to 2007.
Diarmuid O’Donovan, IFGH Board Member
- Dr. Diarmuid O’Donovan MD, MSc (Public Health), FFPHMI, DCH, DTM&H –Senior Lecturer in Social & Preventive Medicine / Director of Public Health (Health Service Executive, West)
Diarmuid is Senior Lecturer in Social & Preventive Medicine at NUI Galway and Director of Public Health in the Health Service Executive (HSE West, Galway). He is a Project Leader in the Health Promotion Research Centre. He coordinates the Public Health content of the undergraduate medical curriculum and is director of the postgraduate Diploma/Masters programme in Health Services Research. With colleagues in Bacteriology he coordinates the undergraduate course in Global Health and Development. He qualified in medicine in NUI Galway and in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He trained in General Practice and Public Health Medicine in England. He lived and worked in Africa for seven years.
Ruairi Brugha, IFGH Board Member
- Professor Ruairí Brugha MD, FFPHMI, MSc, DCH, Dip Obs, Dip Humanities – Head of Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Professor Ruairí Brugha qualified as a doctor at UCD in 1980 and spent six years in Africa in the 1980s-90s as a clinician, public health specialist and researcher. He completed his public health medicine training in the UK and joined the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1996 as a lecturer and then senior lecturer. He was co-editor of Health Policy and Planning from 1999 and Head of the Health Policy Unit from 2003. In 2005, he joined the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland as the first full time Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine. He conducts health policy and health systems research, mainly in Africa and Ireland. See www.ghinet.org for outputs from a multi-country network researching the effects of global initiatives on recipient country health systems, which he co-coordinates, and see Pubmed for journal publications.
Eilish McAuliffe, IFGH Board Member
- Professor Eilish McAuliffe – Professor of Health Systems, University College Dublin
Eilish McAuliffe is Professor of Health Systems at University College Dublin, Ireland. She has worked as a clinician, consultant and academic and lived in Ireland, UK, South Africa and Malawi, where she worked for Unicef and Irish Aid. Her research is on strengthening health systems in middle- and low- income countries, with a particular focus on the human resource crisis and maternal healthcare. In Ireland, she has also researched strategy and organizational change, and user involvement in health planning. Eilish has provided a wide range of consultancy support to governments, NGOs and professional healthcare bodies and has contributed to numerous strategy and policy documents in healthcare in both high- and low-income countries.
Niall Roche, IFGH Board Member
- Niall Roche – B.Ss. (Environmental Health), M.HSc. (Public Health and Health Promotion). Consultant Environmental Health/WASH specialist and Adjunct Lecturer in Global Health, Trinity College Dublin
Niall is an Environmental Health Officer by background and has worked in the global health for over 20 years with a focus on Environmental Health (mostly Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) in humanitarian to development contexts. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Southern Sudan while working with the NGOs Concern Worldwide and MSF (Belgium). He currently works as an independent consultant to clients such as NGOs, Irish Aid and UN agencies plus fills a number of part-time lecturing roles at Trinity College Dubin, University College Dublin, RCSI, Dtalk and the University of Copenhagen.
Enida Friel, IFGH Board and Executive Management Committee Member
- Dr. Enida Friel – HIV and AIDS Programme Coordinator, Oxfam Ireland
Enida Friel is a trained medical doctor with over 15 years of working experience in humanitarian and development contexts including field experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia and the Balkans. She has a Diploma on Reproductive Health and another one Tropical Medicine from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) as well as a Masters in Public Health from University College Cork.
For the past eight years she has been working with Oxfam as HIV and AIDS Advisor as well as lecturing on reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, global health, epidemiology, situation analysis, monitoring and evaluation in TCD, UCD, Dublin University and LSTM. Her early research was on quality of maternal care services while her more recent research has been on evaluation of public health interventions including public health advocacy.
Brynne Gilmore, IFGH Board and Executive Management Committee Member
- Brynne Gilmore – BSc., MSc. (Global Health). Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin
Brynne has been a member of the IFGH since 2011, providing a focus on student engagement and activities. Professionally Brynne is a health researcher on maternal and child health and community systems strengthening within low income countries. She specifically focuses on operations research with NGOs using implementation science technique, specifically realist evaluation, to improve programme understanding and effectiveness. She has lead projects and conducted research across a variety of settings including: Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Turkey, and Iraq. She also has consulted for several international NGOs for the development of M&E tools and final evaluations. Brynne teaches on the MSc in Global Health in Trinity College and in Kimmage on their Health and Development Module. She is currently an Irish Research Council Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND Postdoctoral Fellow on the CAROLINE programme, partnering with Concern Worldwide and Kenya to understand how community mobilisation contributes to behavioural change within Kenya.
Nadine Ferris France, Secretariat Member
- Nadine Ferris France – BSc., MSc. (Global Health). Operations Director, Irish Forum for Global Health
Nadine has over 20 years experience working internationally on global health issues. She worked as a Technical Officer with the World Health Organization on the issues of HIV and AIDS, violence against women, gender and reproductive health. Based in South Africa and Chiang Mai, Thailand, she co-founded Health and Development Networks (HDN), an international NGO focused on improving the quality of communication, information, advocacy and dialogue on HIV and TB-related issues. During this time, she has provided consultancy support on programme and strategy development to a wide range of players including various UN agencies and international and local NGOs.
Steve Macdonald, Secretariat Member
- Steve Macdonald – MSc. (Global Health), PhD. (Biological Sciences). Communications Coordinator, Irish Forum for Global Health
Steve manages the outgoing communications streams of the IFGH and ESTHER Ireland, to help keep members informed of news and upcoming events, as well as overseeing the strategic linking of IFGH/ESTHER Ireland communications with current events and other organisations in the fields of global health and development. He is also involved in generating original content for the IFGH website. Steve has a PhD. in biological sciences, with 6 years experience as a postdoctoral scientist, and his research has been published internationally in peer-reviewed journals, including recent work on the interaction of Tuberculosis with the human immune system. He also holds an MSc. in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin, and his current professional interests include global health advocacy, and research around HIV self-stigma.
Previous Board Members
Diarmuid McClean, Previous IFGH Executive Committee Member
- Dr Diarmuid McClean – Development Specialist in Irish Aid’s Global Health Programme
Dr Diarmuid McClean is the Development Specialist overseeing and managing Irish Aid’s Global Health Programme out of the headquarters in Limerick. He is a specialist in public health and maternal and child health (MCH), with 20 years’ experience in the management, planning and delivery of health services. He has considerable consultancy experience, including team leadership experience, gained through his work in a number of African countries. His key specialist technical areas include: global health partnerships, health planning and management; district health services management; HIV/AIDS and TB prevention, care and support; project identification, design and evaluation; community development and process-orientated planning. Diarmuid currently deals with Irish Aid’s international health programme, covering engagement with multi-lateral systems, international partnerships, non-governmental organisations and in-country bilateral programmes in several African countries. A substantial part of this has included professional development of embassy-level technical staff and in-country contribution to the capacity development of partner organisations. Diarmuid has consulted in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Lesotho, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
Malcolm MacLachlan, Previous IFGH Executive Committee Member
- Dr. Malcolm MacLachlan – Professor, Trinity College Dublin
Malcolm ‘Mac’ is with the Centre for Global Health and the School of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and is currently a visiting professor at the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa and at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard University. Mac has worked as a clinician, consultant and academic, and has lived in Ireland, UK, Malawi and South Africa. His interests are in promoting inclusive global health – especially regarding disability and ethnicity – and humanitarian work psychology. He has worked with a broad range of government and civil society organizations and multilateral agencies (including WHO, Unicef, UNHCR, OECD and UNESCO). He is the director of the International Doctoral School for Global Health (Indigo).
Noel Murphy, Previous IFGH Executive Committee Member
- Dr. Noel Murphy – Lecturer in the Department of Biology, Institute of Immunology, National University of Ireland Maynooth
Noel sadly passed away in January 2015, after a short illness. Please click here to visit our tribute to him and his outstanding work. Noel was a lecturer in biology in NUI Maynooth since March 2005, and he was Co-Chair of the Combat Diseases of Poverty Consortium. His undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees were in molecular genetics from the genetics department of Trinity College Dublin. He was awarded an EMBO long-term fellowship to undertake research on African trypansomes at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 1984 and in 1987 he moved to the International Laboratory for Research in Animal Diseases, Nairobi, Kenya (now ILRI). Between 2001 and 2005 he was a contract lecturer in the Department of Genetics in Trinity College Dublin, before moving to NUI Maynooth. The molecular parasitology group that Noel headed in the Institute of Immunology undertakes research on African trypanosomes. Current research is focused on elucidating the molecular processes by which these parasites communicate with each other to control their population size, proliferation and differentiation status.