2019 Mentors

We are pleased to announce our stellar group of 2019 mentors. They are a talented and diverse group, and we cannot wait to host them in the 2019 program. 

If you are applying to be a 2019 SYP, please select your top 3 mentors based on what they can offer and their area of expertise. If you are selected to join the 2019 program, we will then use our unique matching algorithm to match you with the most suitable Mentor (ideally from your top 3 choices). 

Stefanie P Fernandes, Denmark
Mrs. Praxmarer Fernandes is a Technical Officer at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe in the Human Resources for Health Programme.

GH Focus Area: Nursing

She can help by: 1) Supporting you with ideas for taking your career to the next level; 2) Supporting you in extending your network through personal recommendations; and 3) Supporting you with personal development and motivation.

Languages: English and German
Neville Calleja, Malta
Dr Calleja is an Associate Professor in Medical Statistics, Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Malta and the Directorate for Health Information & Research, Ministry for Health, Malta.

GH Focus area: Health information systems and policy

He can help you with: 1) better understanding and defining your skills and competencies; 2) understanding PhD or job application requirements; and 3) acquiring specific skills in his GH focus area.

Languages: English, Maltese and Italian.
Oritseweyinmi Orighoye, UK
Dr Orighoye is a Public Health Specialist at the Coastal and Marine Areas Development Initiative and a time to shine project worker at
Health for All

GH focus area: Maternal and child health

She can help you with: 1) familiarizing yourself with possible career paths; 2) with ideas for taking your career to the next level; and 3) problem-focused knowledge and ideas in maternal and child health.

Languages: English and Pidgin English
Lars Münter, Denmark
Mr Münter is the Head of International Projects Unit, Danish Committee for Health Education.

GH Focus area: Infectious disease prevention and control

He can help by: 1) sharing problem-focused knowledge and ideas; 2) supporting you in extending your network through personal recommendations; and 3) supporting you to better understand and define your skills and competencies in his GH focus areas.

Languages: Danish, English, German, & Swedish
Shubha Nagesh, India
Dr Nagesh is currently Director of Reserach & Follow-up Programs, Latika Roy Foundation, Uttarakhand, India.

GH Focus area: Disability and Injury

She can help you with: 1) better understanding and defining your skills and competencies; 2) supporting you in expanding your knowledge in disabilities and injury; and 3) sharing problem-focused knowledge and ideas in disability and injury.

Languages: English, Hindi, and Kannada
Vikash R Keshri, India
Dr Keshri is Health Policy and Systems Expert, Centre for Health Policy, The Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI)

GH Focus area: Public Health Services (PHS)

He can help by: 1) supporting you with ideas for taking your career to the next level; 2) supporting you in better understanding and defining your skills and competencies in PHS; and 3) sharing problem-focused knowledge and ideas in PHS.

Languages: English and Hindi
Johanna Gutenberg, Denmark
Ms Gutenberg is a eHealth Researcher at Eriksholm Research Centre.

GH focus area: Health Policy

She can help with: 1) better understanding and defining your skills and competencies in health policy; 2) familiarizing yourself with possible career paths; and 3) supporting you in early job search strategies.

Languages: English, German, and Danish
Kate Rees, South Africa
Dr Rees is a Public Health Medicine Specialist at the Anova Health Institute.

GH focus area: HIV/AIDS

She can help with: 1) expanding your knowledge in HIV/AIDS; 2) acquiring specific skills in HIV/AIDS; and 3) self-presentation and preparing for their first job interview.

Languages: English
Oluwaseyi Somefun, USA
GH focus area: Adolescent Health

She can help with: 1) personal development and motivation; 2) aiding with understanding PhD or job application requirements; and 3) familiarizing yourself with possible career paths.

Language: English
Marcello Gelormini, Denmark
Dr Gelormini is a Policy Analyst at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe in the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) programme.

GH focus area: Antiobiotic Resistance/AMR

He can help you with: 1) better understanding and defining your skills and competencies in AMR; 2) expanding your knowledge in AMR; and 3) personal development and motivation.

Languages: English, Italian, Portuguese and French
Rosario Falanga, Italy
Dr Falanga is a practicing family physician.

GH focus area: Primary health care (PHC)

He can help you with: 1) acquiring specific skills in primary health care; 2) Share problem-focused knowledge and ideas in PHC; and 3) self-presentation and preparing for your job interview.

Languages: English and Italian
Ifeanyi Nsofor, Nigeria
Dr Nsofor is the CEO of EpiAFRIC and Director of Policy & Advocacy, Nigeria Health Watch.

GH focus area: Social determinants of health

He can help you with: 1) better understanding and defining your skills and competencies in social determinants of health; 2) expanding your knowledge in social determinants of health; and 3) with ideas for taking your career to the next level.

Language: English
Prakash Banjade, Nepal
Dr Prakash Keshri Social Activist, Physician, Writer, and former president of UN youth Nepal.

GH focus area: Health Governance

He can help with: 1) better understanding and defining your skills and competencies in health governance; 2) knowledge and ideas in health governance; and 3) provide general networking tips and advice.

Languages: English and Nepali
Bola Olayinka, Nigeria
Dr Olayinka is a National Lassa Fever Research coordinator at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

GH focus area: Emerging infectious diseases and Infectious disease prevention and control

She can help you with: 1) expanding your knowledge in her GH focus area; 2) better understanding and defining your skills and competencies in her GH focus area; and 3) personal development and motivation.

Language: English
Giampaolo Mezzabotta, Italy
Dr Mezzabotta is a retired medical doctor, and a former World Health Organization Medical Officer with over 20 years of experience to share.

GH Focus area: Epidemiology

He can help you with: 1) expanding your knowledge in epidemiology; 2) better understanding and defining your skills and competencies in epidemiology; and 3) share problem-focused knowledge and ideas in epidemiology.

Languages: English and Italian
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