Our Members

Our Members

National SOG Co-ordinator

Rosie James

Rosie is a Canadian-British medical student, originally from Vancouver. For the past 3.5 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 volunteering for multiple science and health organizations, 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 is also the national coordinator for 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.

Student Representatives 2018/19


Jiewon Lim

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.




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.



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.

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 first 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.



University of Limerick

Ravenna Patel

Ravenna Patel is an American-British first 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.