Meet our Team

Our Team

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:

If you wish to contact Nadine, please email:

Maisie Jones

Communications and Events Coordinator

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 and a Diploma in Web 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.

Visit Maisie’s full profile here, and get in touch via email



Nor Nasib

Finance Officer

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.

Her full profile is available at
To get in touch, please email:

Hala Ali

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.

James Hammersley

Grant Management & Communications Intern

James has a BA degree in Politics and International Relations from the University College Dublin, and last year completed an online MA in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Renmin University in China.

James is also currently working as a research intern at the Ireland China institute.

James is passionate about politics and international affairs and is interested in learning more about the impacts of geopolitics on global health.

Ella McGrane

Communications Intern

Ella recently graduated with a Masters in Global Health from the University of Edinburgh. She undertook a dissertation partnered with the University of Dhaka, where she investigated the reality of health care delivery in a rural area in Bangladesh. 

Ella is currently working as a research assistant at the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, where she is researching projects for the Scottish Government in order to inform health policy decisions. These projects have investigated health issues for Transport Scotland, NHS Scotland and Fife Government. 

Ella has a keen interest in all areas of global health and she is excited for the experience and new skills that she will gain through her internship with IGHN. Visit Ella’s full profile here, and get in touch via email

Gloria Oluwole

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:  

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