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National Student Outreach Group Co-ordinator

Rosie James

Rosie is a Canadian-British medical student, originally from Vancouver. For the past 5 years, she has been studying medicine at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway. She is passionate about improving global health through health promotion and disease prevention projects.

Her experience in the global health field ranges from assisting with sexual & reproductive health clinics in Uganda, to interning for the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe. Rosie is a co-chair for the Association of Medical Students Ireland (AMSI) at NUI Galway. She also collaborates with Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) Ireland, an organization that is committed to changing the R&D system in universities to encourage better access to medicines worldwide.

Email Rosie at: r.james2@nuigalway.ie

Student Outreach Group Intern

Rebecca Brennan

Rebecca is the Irish Forum for Global Health’s Student Outreach Group (SOG) Professional Intern. Rebecca recently completed a BSc in Health & Society in Dublin City University (DCU) and is preparing to do a Masters in Global Health Policy. Rebecca was DCU’s SOG representative in 2018/2019 where she developed a passion for Global Health and the IFGH, working closely with Rosie James, the National SOG Co-ordinator. During her internship, Rebecca aims to give students the opportunity to have a greater voice in the IFGH. The SOG works to create opportunities for students to learn and work with professionals in the global health sector.

If you are a student who has a passion for global health and would like to get involved in the Student Outreach Group, email Rebecca at rebecca@globalhealth.ie

Student Representatives: 2019/20

Evani Patel – RCSI

Evani Patel is a first year Canadian medical student at RCSI’s Graduate Entry Program. Before moving to Dublin, she completed an Honours Bachelors’ of Science in Global Health at the University of Toronto. Her interest in Global Health grew as a result of her involvement with the NGO, Partners In Health. During her time in Toronto, she was involved with research on refugee and migrant health, which soon led her to a trip to Greece where she was able to learn about solidaric health systems and the importance of equity in community partnerships. As a future physician, Evani hopes to reinforce principles of Global Health at all levels of patient care, and work within the field of social medicine across the globe.


Jessica Clohisey – DIT

Jessica is a 2nd year Marketing Student studying in Technological University Dublin. Five years ago she began to combine her love of sailing & passion for mental health awareness to create something that would benefit others & make a positive change in society. It was through combining the two, that Sail Against Suicide was born. Sail Against Suicide is a mental health awareness day held annually in Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club. When Sail Against Suicide began five years ago, the main aim was to help one person, provide my community with the necessary resources needed to ask for help & raise awareness around the topic of mental health & suicide prevention. Jessica hopes to use her knowledge and experience to contribute in a unique and exciting way in the Irish Forum For Global Health.


Student Representatives 2018/19

Jiewon Lim –  NUIG

Jiewon is a South Korean student, currently in her second year of medical school at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Having lived in Korea, Lebanon, Belgium, Singapore, and the USA, Jiewon was exposed to a wide array of different cultures and practices and became aware of the influence that this had on health outcomes. Not only did culture play a large role, but she also noted the importance of public healthcare systems.In order to improve her understanding of health equity and small and large scale national health policies, she completed attachments at three institutions in Singapore: in the Public Health department at LKC medicine, the Institute of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology at TTSG, and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. Jiewon then attended the 2018 Global Health Exchange Conference in Dublin, Ireland. As a result, she believes that Ireland’s mandate to ‘leave no one behind’ should be a foundational value for development of healthcare systems worldwide.

Contact her at: jiewon.lim@gmail.com



Ruth Yan

Ruth is a Canadian medical student in her second year of Graduate Entry Medicine at UCC. She previously studied at Northwestern University (Masters of Global Health). Her interest in global health stems from her experiences travelling in South East Asia and South America, volunteering with rural clinics and hospitals. Ruth is specifically interested in aspects of health prevention, promotion and access, as well as ethics in medical volunteering.




Nicole Conners

Nicole is a Canadian medical student in her second year of the Graduate Entry Program at UCC. She completed a Master of Science in Global Health at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Her interest in global health was further enhanced during experiences volunteering at a rural medical clinic in Belize, assisting with caesarean sections at a maternity hospital in Uganda, and conducting research on the health care system at Manipal University in India. Nicole helped edit and publish the Global Health: Annual Review journal. She hopes to meaningfully contribute to overcoming rural health barriers and inspire other health care professionals to join this initiative.



Briana Scull

Briana is an American student, originally from New Jersey. For the first 4 years of her college education she majored in Exercise Science with a focus in physiology and sports nutrition. She is now working on her Master’s of Public Health in University College Dublin (UCD) focusing on international health and wellness. She plans to attend medical school following this MPH program. Her interest in global health stems from her work in helping organize church mission trips to Rwanda and other countries in Africa while she was in university. She is very excited to be a part of the Irish Forum for Global Health to network, learn more about healthcare and health in general at the global level, and to educate herself more on the varying cultures around the world.





Megan Hayes

Megan is a registered nurse from Long Island, New York. She has worked as a travel nurse throughout the United States where she specialized in adult inpatient cardiac care. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Global Health and is interested in researching how conflict impacts health and health systems.

Back at home, Megan enjoys volunteering with the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA). She recently attended a conference in Washington DC where she spoke with United States senators and representatives about the global health impact of the UN. She is very excited to be volunteering with the Irish Forum for Global Health and can not wait to collaborate with passionate global health professionals.

Contact her at: Mhayes4@tcd.ie


Yibeltal Mekonnen

Yibeltal Mekonnen is a medical doctor working at the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health. He has previously served as a general medical practitioner and lecturer in child health then as a medical director at a University Hospital. He is also affiliated to the Ethiopian Public Health association.

He has joined MSc in Global health at Trinity college for the class of 2018/19. He has vast interest in global health issues including resilient health systems, organizational learning and universal health coverage.

He has led a multi-disciplinary team in adapting a comprehensive primary health clinical guideline back in Ethiopia which currently under implementation. He is very excited to serve as a volunteer for the IFGH and eager to network with global health professionals.


Nneka Mckenzie

Nneka Mckenzie s a Canadian medical student finishing her second year at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Throughout the last few years of medical school, she has been introduced to the numerous different aspects of global health and has become passionate in its improvement. She is interested in the effects of infectious disease on specific populations and hopes to use her medical training to make a positive difference. She is excited for this opportunity, as being a part of the Irish Forum for Global Health will give her a chance to educate herself about healthcare at the global level.

Contact her at: NnekaMckenzie@rcsi.com


University of Limerick


Ravenna Patel

Ravenna Patel is an American-British second-year medical student at the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick. She graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Neuroscience and Behaviour from Columbia University and has since then developed a keen interest in global health, mental health, and health equity, among other causes. In her college town of New York City, she became involved in international medical aid volunteering, empowering school youths to self-advocate for their medical health, and serving as president of her college’s Pre-Medical Society. She hopes to pursue public health in the medical field or in global aid organisations post-graduation and is looking forward to being part of a national global health forum as her first step towards global and medical health advocacy.

Contact her at: 1708852@studentmail.ul.ie.

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