Our Team

Our Team

At the IFGH, 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 IFGH operations, and our dynamic Student Outreach Group Members, who conduct events and outreach in academic campuses around Ireland, north and south.


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The IFGH Secretariat

Nadine Ferris France

IFGH Operations Director

Nadine Ferris France is the Operations Director for the Irish Forum for Global Health 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

If you wish to contact Nadine, please email: nadine@globalhealth.ie

Emmett Byrne

Professional Intern

After completing a degree in Human Rights, Justice & Society in University College Dublin, Emmett joined the IFGH to apply study to practice with regards to health-based rights. Holding a strong interest in topics such as HIV/AIDS, maternal health and pharmaceutical medicine access, Emmett is eager to assist The Forum in achieving its vision.

As the Professional Intern for IFGH/ESTHER Ireland, he is responsible for maintaining the Forum’s communications presence and supporting the Student Outreach Group (SOG).

Joan Bolger

Communications and Events Coordinator

Joan Bolger is the Communications and Events Coordinator for the Irish Forum for Global Health 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 of Tourism Ireland’s New York office, before moving to 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. To get in touch email: joan@globalhealth.ie


Student Outreach Group

The IFGH Student Outreach Group was formed to give students a stronger voice in the IFGH. It is composed of a group of current students and recent graduates of courses related to global health and development. This group allows the students to contribute new and innovative ideas, helps ensure that the IFGH is meeting student needs, and provides members with exciting opportunities and connections in the field of global health. Read more here.