At the IGHN, we work hard to support our members and get the message out across the whole of our extensive network, but this doesn’t happen by itself!
Our team is comprised of two important componentsthe Secretariat, who conduct the majority of IGHN operations, and our dynamic Student Outreach Group Members, who conduct events and outreach in academic campuses around Ireland, north and south.
The IGHN Secretariat
Nadine Ferris France
IGHN Executive Director
Nadine Ferris France is the Executive Director for the Irish Global Health Network and ESTHER Ireland. She is a communicator, writer, trainer and civil society activist with over 20 years’ experience in gender, HIV and global health. She has worked extensively with global, regional and national civil society networks on HIV and TB for many years as the co-founder and Executive Director of Health & Development Networks (HDN).
In addition to her experience within the NGO-field, she has also worked extensively with the World Health Organization and also lectures with various academic institutions. She is currently a member of the Programme Advisory Panel for the Robert Carr Civil Society Network Fund and the European AIDS Treatment Group. At this stage in her own professional development, she is particularly passionate about issues such as self-stigma affecting people living with HIV and survivors of gender-based violence. Nadine holds an MSc in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin. Her full profile is available at: https://ie.linkedin.com/in/nadinefrance1
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Ellen comes to IGHN following the completion of her MSc in Sexual and Reproductive Health with the Institute of Global Health and Development at Queen Margaret University, Scotland. Graduating in July 2020, as part of this degree she conducted a research project into Sexual Wellbeing and Relationships Education for young adults.
After completing her undergraduate degree in Drama Studies/Modern Irish at Trinity College Dublin and working in a variety of areas, she decided to pursue her interest in public health and health education.
She is passionate about all aspects of Global Health, and is delighted that working with the IGHN is allowing her to gain hands-on experience in this field while contributing to the Network’s aims.
Communications and Events Coordinator
Joan Bolger is the Communications and Events Coordinator for the Irish Forum for Irish Global Health Network and ESTHER Ireland. She has a background in Journalism, previously working with the German Press Agency and in the online departments of the Irish Times and the Irish Examiner. Later, she worked in the publicity department in Tourism Ireland, before joining Concern Worldwide where she worked for six years first in New York and later Dublin. She has worked in traditional and online communications for the bulk of her career, with a recent history in cultural event management.
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Events and Communications Intern
Sky is currently enrolled in a MSc degree in Humanitarian Action at the University College of Dublin, Ireland. Previously, she has obtained a Bsc Biomedical Sciences in University of Leeds and a PgDip Physician Associate at St. George’s University of London. She has worked as a Physician Associate for 3 years in Durham, UK.
Passionate about global and public health, she wishes to work on the field as a humanitarian actor in the future.
Nor is the Finance Officer for the Irish Global Health Network and ESTHER Ireland.
She has more than 10 years of experience working with auditing and accounting companies ranging from big firms (KPMG & PWC) to small private practices and 5 years of experience working in charity organisations. She is acting Secretary and Treasurer for the non-profit Amal Women’s Association.
Nor is passionate about helping people in need. Her current volunteer work involves fundraising for emergency situations in Syria, Gaza, Palestine and Yemalso, as well as organising outreach and support for refugee groups and homeless living in Ireland.
In addition to her experience in financial roles, Nor is also a community leader in the global south, leading women and youth groups to take part in integrations projects with local community groups.
Coordinator European ESTHER Alliance for Global Health ESTHER Ireland
Hala Ali is the coordinator at ESTHER Alliance for Global Health Partnerships and ESTHER Ireland. Her healthcare experience as a dentist and a dental nurse in Sudan and Ireland raised her awareness of healthcare challenges and disparities in developing and developed countries. She was awarded UM Holland – High Potential Scholarship to pursue MSc Global Health at Maastricht University, with a focus on Global Health Leadership and Organization. Hala has always been actively involved in health and humanitarian causes regarding access to healthcare, women health, health education and access to education. She believes in the importance of International Health Partnerships for Global Health and Development,particularly those based on mutual respect, equal interests and reciprocity. Thus, Hala excitedly joined ESTHER Alliance to contribute to the Alliance’s mission.