2020 Mentors

We are pleased to announce our stellar group of mentors. They are a talented and diverse group, and we cannot wait to match them with motivated SYPs!
Aisha Liman, Nigeria
Dr. Liman is the Senior Health Advisor at the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan

Focus area: Primary Health Care

She can help you: 1) expand your knowledge in primary health care; 2) acquire specific skills in primary health care; and 3) by sharing problem-focused knowledge and ideas in primary health care.

Languages: English, Fulfulde, & Hausa.
Aruna Poojary, India
Dr. Poojary is the head of the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the Breach Candy Hospital Trust

Focus area: Antibiotic Resistance | Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

She can help you: 1) expand your knowledge in AMR; 2) by sharing problem-focused knowledge and ideas in AMR; and 3) to better understand and define your skills and competencies in AMR.

Languages: English, Hindi, Marathi, & Tulu
Ashish Upadhyay, India
Mr. Upadhyay is the GIS Manager at the Public Health Foundation of India / Indian Institute of Public Health - Gandhinagar. He has more than 10 years professional experience.

Focus area: Maternal and Child Health

He can help you: 1) better understand and define your skills and competencies in maternal and child health; 2) expand your knowledge in maternal and child health; and 3) acquire specific skills in maternal and child health.

Languages: English, Hindi, and Gujarati.
Chrysanthi Tatsi, Greece
Mrs.Tatsi is the Project Manager at the Association for Regional Development and Mental Health. She has more than 10 years professional experience.

Focus area: Migration and Health

She can help you: 1) better understand and define your skills and competencies in her focus area; 2) expand your knowledge in her focus area; and 3) understand PhD or job application requirements.

Languages: English and Greek.
Danny Gotto, Uganda
Dr. Gotto is the Founder & Executive Director at Innovations for Development. He has more than 10 years of professional experience.

Focus area: Primary Health Care

He can help you: 1) better understand and define your skills and competencies in primary health care; 2) by sharing problem-focused knowledge and ideas in primary health care; and 3) with familiarizing yourself with possible career paths.

Language: English
Desmond Munemo, South Africa
Mr. Munemo is the Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Officer at the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa.

Focus area: HIV/AIDS

He can help you: 1) with self-presentation and preparing for their first job interview; 2) by providing general networking tips and advice; and 3) you in your job search.

Languages: English, Shona, and IsiZulu
Diana Estevez, Switzerland
Mrs. Estevez is a Technical Officer at the World Health Organization, Headquarters. She has more than 10 years of professional experiences.

Focus area: Nutrition

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

Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian.
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.

Focus area: Infectious Disease Prevention and Control

He can help you: 1) acquire specific skills in his focus area; 2) support you with personal development and motivation; and 3) by sharing problem-focused knowledge and ideas in his focus area.

Languages: English and Italian
Henry Mark, the UK
Mr. Mark is the Programme Manager at the EASL International Liver Foundation and the Founder of the Youth Nutrition Network. He also has experience working at UNICEF.

Focus area: Nutrition and Food Security

He can help you: 1) with ideas for taking your career to the next level; 2) familiarize yourself with possible career paths; and 3) by sharing problem-focused knowledge and ideas in nutrition and food security.

Language: English
Howeida Abusalih, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Abusalih is a Assistant Professor of Community Medicine at the Princess Nourah Bint Abdelrahman University.

Focus area: Environment, Climate Change and Health

She can help you: 1) expand your knowledge in her focus area; 2) with personal development and motivation; and 3) with general networking tips and advice.

Languages: English and Arabic
Ifeanyi Nsofor, Nigeria
Dr. Nsofor is the CEO of EpiAFRIC, the Director of Policy & Advocacy, Nigeria Health Watch, & Senior Fellow at George Washington Uni and the Aspen Institute.

Focus area: Social Determinants of Health

He can help you: 1) better understand and define your skills and competencies in his focus area; 2) expand your knowledge in his focus area; and 3) by sharing problem-focused knowledge and ideas in his focus area.

Languages: English, Hausa, and Igbo.
Jackson Ilangali, Tanzania
Dr. Ilangali is a Technical Advisor at the Management Sciences for Health. He has almost 8 years of professional experience to share.

Focus area: Infectious Disease Prevention and Control

He can help you: 1) better understand and define your skills and competencies in his focus area; 2) by sharing problem-focused knowledge and ideas in his focus area; and 3) acquire specific skills in his focus area.

Languages: English and Kiswahili
Johanna Gutenberg, Denmark
Ms. Gutenberg is a eHealth Researcher at Eriksholm Research Centre and is currently pursuing her PhD on behavior change in cardiac rehabilitation.

Focus area: Digital Health

She can help you: 1) better understand and define your skills and competencies in digital health; 2) understand PhD or job application requirements; and 3) with personal development and motivation.

Languages: English, German, and Danish.
John Nyirenda, Germany
Dr. Nyirenda is a Adjunct Lecturer in Epidemiology at the Albert-Ludwigs Universitat Freiburg and a Research Assistant at the Institut fur Evidenz in der Medizin.

Focus area: Public Health Services (PHS)

He can help you: 1) better understand and define your skills and competencies in PHS; 2) with your job search; and 3) support you in acquiring specific skills in PHS.

Languages: English, Chichewa, and Tumbuka.
Julian Prescod, Trinidad and Tobago
Mr. Prescod is an economist with experience in Economic Evaluation and Data Analysis.

Focus area: Health Policy and Systems

Language: English
Kirstin Ozturk, Turkey
Dr Ozturk is a Consultant & Research Director at Tubitak-Tusside, Board Member of the Journal of Health Systems and Policies and Health Technology Assessment, and the Turkish Society for Healthcare Quality Improvement.

Focus area: Health Economics

She can help you: 1) better understand & define your skills and competencies in health economics; 2) support you in acquiring specific skills in health economics; & 3) with personal development and motivation.

Languages: English and Turkish
Lars Münter, Denmark
Mr. Münter is the Head of International Projects Unit, Danish Committee for Health Education, the Project Lead for the Nordic health 2030 Movement & Self-care in Europe

Focus area: Infectious Disease Prevention and Control

He can help you: 1) better understand and define your skills and competencies in his focus area; 2) by sharing problem-focused knowledge & ideas; and 3) support you in expanding your knowledge in his focus area.

Languages: English, Danish, German, & Swedish.
Marang Mamahlodi, South Africa
Dr. Mamahl is a lecturer, Department of Health Studies, University of South Africa

Focus area: Epidemiology

He can help you: 1) expand your knowledge in epidemiology; 2) Support you in acquiring specific skills in epidemiology; and 3) with personal development and motivation.

Language: English
Mohamed Rogers, Sierra Leone
Mr. Rogers is a Lecturer, College of Medicine and Allied health Sciences.

Focus area: Research

He can help you: 1) better understand and define your skills and competencies in research; 2) with personal development and motivation; and 3) with general networking tips and advice.

Languages: English and French
Monica Ochapa, USA
Ms. Ochapa is the Southeast Region Program manager at Equitas Health.

Focus area: HIV/AIDS

She can help you: 1) with your early job search; 2) better understand and define their skills and competencies in HIV/AIDS; and 3) by providing general networking tips and advice.

Language: English
Muhammad Hakim, Pakistan
Dr. Hakim is an experienced Medical Officer with demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry.

Focus area: COVID-19

He can help you: 1) acquire specific skills in addressing COVID-19; 2) expand your knowledge in COVID-19; and 3) self-present and prepare for a job interview.

Languages: English, Arabic, and Urdu
Nazar Elfaki, Oman
Dr. Elfaki is a Adviser for human resources for health planning, policy and health systems for the Ministry of Health for the Sultanate of Oman.

Focus area: Public Health Workforce

He can help you: 1) better understand and define your skills and competencies in his focus area; 2) by sharing problem-focused knowledge and ideas in his focus area; and 3) acquire specific skills in his focus area.

Languages: English and Arabic
Nazia Peer, Canada
Dr Nazia Peer is a Public health Physician and works as a Research Program Manager at St Michael’s Hospital.

Focus area: Health Information Systems and Policy

She can help you: 1) with self-presentation and preparation for your potential job interview; 2) with general networking tips and advice; and 3) by sharing problem-focused knowledge and ideas in her focus area.

Language: English
Ngonidzashe Madidi, Zimbabwe
Dr. Madidi is the Regional Chief of Party - ADVANCE Program at IAVI.

Focus area: HIV/AIDS

He can help you: 1) with personal development and motivation; 2) familiarize yourself with possible career paths; and 3) better understand and define your skills and competencies in HIV/AIDS.

Languages: English, Shona, IsiNdebele, andZulu.
Oritseweyinmi Erikowa-Orighoye, the UK
Dr. Erikowa-Orighoye is the Development team Assistant at Leeds & Wakefield.

Focus area: Adolescent Health

She can help you: 1) with personal development and motivation; 2) familiarize yourself with possible career paths; and 3) with ideas for taking your career to the next level.

Languages: English, Russian and Ukrainian.
Oluwaseyi Somefun, USA
Dr. Somefun is the Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Western Cape.

Focus area: Sexual and Reproductive Health

She can help you: 1) with personal development and motivation; 2) familiarize yourself with possible career paths; and 3) with general networking tips and advice.

Language: English
Patricia Mazuru, Rwanda
Mrs. Mazuru is Global Challenges Faculty at the African Leadership University

Focus area: Public Health Services (PHS)

She can help you: 1) by sharing problem-focused knowledge and ideas in PHS; 2) in your job search; and 3) acquire specific skills in PHS.

Languages: English, French and Shona.
Peter Ochelebe, Nigeria
Mr. Ochelebe is the Program Assistant at Heartland Alliance International.

Focus area: HIV/AIDS

He can help you: 1) with personal development and motivation; 2) by sharing problem-focused knowledge and ideas in HIV/AIDS; and 3) expand your knowledge in HIV/AIDS.

Languages: English and Yala
Philip Wood, Canada
Dr. Wood is a retired CEO of CME Nyankunde Hospital, in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Focus area: Health Promotion and Education

He can help you: 1) with personal development and motivation; 2) with ideas for taking your career to the next level; and 3) general networking tips and advice.

Languages: English, French, and Swahili (Congo).
Rajendra Awate, India
Dr. Awate is the Director of Operations in CSR in Healthcare.

Focus area: Sexual and Reproductive Health

He can help you: 1) better understand and define your skills and competencies in his focus areas; 2) expand your knowledge in his focus area; and 3) acquire specific skills in his focus area.

Languages: English Marathi, Hindi, Kannada, Nepali, and Arabic.
Regina Winter, Germany
Ms. Winter is the Heatlh Systems Advisor at Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit. She also has more than 5 years working experience at the World Health Organization.

Focus area: Health Policy

She can help you: 1) expand your knowledge in health policy; 2) with general networking tips and advice; and 3) familiarize yourself with possible career paths.

Languages: English, German, and Russian.
Rupal Shah, Germany
Mrs. Shah is a Global Health Consultant & Illustrator with more than 7 years of work experience.

Focus area: Research

She can help you: 1) familiarize yourself with possible career paths; 2) with your early job search; and 3) with self-presentation and preparation for your first job interview.

Languages: English and Gujarati
Sali Hafez, Egypt
Mrs. Sali Hafez is the Humanitarian Officer at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Focus area: Conflict and Health

She can help you: 1) familiarize yourself with possible career paths; 2) with self-presentation and preparation for your first job interview; and 3) with your early job search.

Languages: English and Arabic
Saraswathi Bina Rai, Malaysia
Dr. Rai is an Associate Professor at Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology with more than 10 years of professional experience.

Focus area: Epidemiology

She can help you: 1) expand your knowledge in epidemiology; 2) gain problem-focused knowledge and ideas in epidemiology; and 3) better understand and define your skills and competencies in epidemiology.

Languages: English and Bahasa Malaysia
Shakira Choonara, South Africa
Dr. Choonara is an award winning public health researcher and a member of the Youth Advisory Council of the African Union.

Focus area: Sexual and Reproductive Health

She can help you: 1) with personal development and motivation; 2) familiarize yourself with possible career paths; and 3) better understand and define their skills and competencies in her focus area.

Language: English
Shubha Nagesh, India
Dr. Nagesh is currently the Program Lead for Research and follow-up programs at the Latika Roy Foundation, and the Administrator at the Eye Clinic Dehradun.

Focus area: Disabilities

She can help you: 1) acquire specific skills in disabilities; 2) with personal development and motivation; and 3) with ideas for taking your career to the next level.

Languages: English, Hindi, and Kannada.
Thomas Hughes, the UK
Mr. Hughes is a Chief Policy Officer for Health Education England.

Focus area: Migration and Health

He can help you: 1) familiarize yourself with possible career paths; 2) with ideas for taking your career to the next level; and 3) by sharing problem-focused knowledge and ideas in migration and health.

Language: English
U Aye Maung, Tanzania
Dr. Maung is the Field Officer at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Focus area: Humanitarian Emergencies

He can help you: 1) with problem-focused knowledge and ideas in his focus area; 2) with personal development and motivation; and 3) general networking tips and advice.

Languages: English, Burmese, Hindi, Bengali, and Urdu.
Viktoria Stein, Austria
Dr. Stein is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of VM Partners Integrating Health and Care.

Focus area: Integrated Care

She can help you: 1) with general networking tips and advice; 2) with ideas for taking your career to the next level; and 3) by sharing problem-focused knowledge and ideas in integrated care.

Languages: English, German, Spanish, and French.
Witness Mapanga, South Africa
Dr. Mapanga is a Health Systems and Policy Researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Focus area: Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

He can help you: 1) expand your knowledge in NCDs; 2) better understand and define your skills and competencies in NCDs; and 3) share problem-focused knowledge and ideas in NCDs.

Language: English
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