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 components – the 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
Get in touch with Nadine via email at [email protected]
Programme and Communications Officer
Maisie holds a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from University College Cork, Ireland. She previously studied for her BSc Health and Society at Dublin City University, during which time her interest and passion for global health was peaked.
Her Masters research thesis focused on the barriers and facilitators to asylum seekers accessing sexual health services within the direct provision system, and she has been involved in several other health research projects including studies related to cancer genetics services, societal factors of the overuse and misuse of antibiotics, dementia in health promotion policy, and maternal, newborn, and child health in Sub-Saharan Africa.
She also holds a Professional Diploma in PR and Marketing Communications, a Diploma in Web Design, and a Professional Diploma in Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design.
Maisie is passionate about all areas of global and public health, especially migrant health, women’s health, and sexual and reproductive health. She began her journey at the Irish Global Health Network and ESTHER as a professional communications and events intern and progressed to her current role.
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.
Programme Coordinator, ESTHER Ireland
Caragh Munn is the programme coordinator at ESTHER Ireland. She has 10 years’ experience in a variety of roles in Community and Global Health.
Her experience in managing and coordinating international partnerships and programs includes roles within the NGO sector, and working in Ethiopia supporting the National Network of People Living with HIV to deliver programmes to meet the needs of their members.
She also has experience in bridging the gap between healthcare providers in Ireland and marginalised populations, having worked in Traveller Primary Healthcare Programmes and most recently in Social Prescribing.
Caragh holds both a Master in Public Health and a Master in International Humanitarian Action.
Get in touch with Caragh via email at [email protected]
Sarah Tanishka Nethan
Communications & Events Intern
Sarah is a Social Impact Designer and Strategist, with over 5 years of experience working at the intersection of Innovation, Social Research, and Behavioural Science on pertinent global health and development challenges. Committed to achieving global health equity, she is currently pursuing her second postgraduate degree – MSc in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin, with a previous one in Master of Design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mumbai (India).
Her cross-sectoral portfolio spans Maternal and Child Health, Sexual Reproductive Health, Infectious Diseases (including COVID-19), Gender Equality, Environment Health, Education and Sustainable innovation wherein she has developed inclusive and human-centric interventions by marrying her expertise in Design Thinking and Service Design with Participatory Research. Over the years, she has collaborated with non-profits, State governments, and multilateral organizations to deconstruct human behaviour and translate behavioural insights into pragmatic solutions for vulnerable populations. Through these engagements, she has worked on projects associated with the likes of the World Health Organization, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UN Women, Project Concern International, World Design Organization, Government of Uttar Pradesh (National Health Mission, India), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (India), and HCDExchange, among others.
Communications and National Student Outreach Intern
Gloria is a physician by training with years of global public health experience in developing countries. Over the course of her career, she has undertaken clinical and managerial roles in Hospitals, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Healthcare Maintenance Organizations(HMOs). Furthermore, her experience cuts across public and private sectors. Specific areas of expertise include: clinical medicine, HIV, tuberculosis, healthcare financing and management of grant-funded programs.
She is currently a Master of Global Health candidate at the University of Barcelona. Her research focuses on the social and behavioural aspects of malaria prevention and control.
Gloria has an avid interest in all aspects of global health and is thrilled to explore new areas in the field through this internship.
To contact her, please email: [email protected]
Kelsey Lauren Smith
Kelsey Lauren Smith is a dedicated professional with a strong academic background and a passion for global health. Recently, she graduated as a Master of Neuroscience from Trinity College Dublin complimented by a BSc in Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Kelsey combines her scientific expertise with effective communication skills to bridge the gap between science and communication working as a scientific writer.
Kelsey’s research topics have centred around neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Alzheimer’s Disease. In addition to her academic and professional accomplishments, Kelsey is actively involved in her community, offering English tutoring to migrants and supporting community integration.
Originally from Maine, USA, Margaret Behen made the transition to Ireland in 2019 to embark on her degree at UCD, focusing on law with an emphasis on social justice. In parallel with her degree, Margaret has pursued her LLM from the University of Minnesota Law School, specialising in human rights law. Currently, she finds herself in the final year of her academic pursuits and has intentions to initiate a training contract upon completing her studies.
To contact Margaret you can get in touch via email [email protected].
Communications and Grant Management Intern
Manasvini Moni is a recent graduate with a Master’s in Public Health from Karolinska Institute, Sweden. She also holds a BSc in Human Sciences from University College London, UK. Born and raised in New Delhi, India, she is passionate about advancing health and social equity using innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to research, advocacy, and communication. She has donned many hats in this pursuit – being a researcher, writer, and podcaster to name a few. She has also researched and engaged with a wide range of topics within health and social justice including decolonisation, gender-based violence, sustainability, anti-microbial resistance, healthcare supply chains, vaccine hesitancy and more. When not at work, you can find her reading, listening to music, and keeping up with pop culture.