Global Executive Team

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Mariame Keita , Chief of Staff and Global Director of Programs

Mariame is a financial and project management professional with over 6  years’ experience in the public and private sector. She currently works  as a Consultant with Deloitte Canada, where she manages financials on large,  complex and agile projects. She has international experience having worked in India, Canada and in the US. 


Mariame holds a business degree from McGill University with a focus on International Business, Marketing and Strategy, and actively volunteers with nonprofits organizations such as TRIEC, where  she mentors new immigrants integrate into the Canadian workplace. She occasionally teaches financial literacy to youth at Junior Achievement.


Mariame supervises Global Staff and leads staff at the office of the Executive Director. She provides leadership in building strategic relations with key global organizations; supervises implementation of all global programs; manages the efficient execution of flagship projects at headquarters, and liaises with all regional directors and global consultants  to ensure projects and programs are delivered on time, on budget and to the highest quality. 

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Artem Mekshun, Global Programs Manager

Artem is a research professional with two years’ experience in SME  consulting. He specializes in providing financial advisory services and  conducting market research. Artem is currently employed as a Research  Associate with Niagara College Research & Innovation division, where  he works on a number of applied research projects assisting small,  medium and large sized business to solve issues related to financial  analysis, data analysis and market research.  


Artem holds a  Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Commerce from Niagara College in Canada and is pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst  designation and is currently the 2020 CFA Level II Candidate. 


Artem assists the Global Director of Progams, conducts program development analysis and provides strategic project management advise on all global projects, to ensure global programs are delivered on time, on budget and to the highest quality.   

Policy Advisory Team

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Fiifi Ninson Botchway, Policy Advisor

Fiifi is a development communications expert with over 10 years’ experience in administrative management, international affairs and diplomacy, engaging youth in the workings of the United Nations. He has a passion for youth empowerment and capacity building and have trained over 5000 youth in public speaking, conflict resolution, creative thinking and diplomacy as a Model United Nations trainer volunteering for several NGOs.  


Fiifi currently serves as the Executive Director for Footprints Development International, a non-profit organization committed to advancing the development of Africa with a focus on the Sustainable Development Goals and equipping the youth with the relevant skills to lead as change makers in African communities. He has an extensive appreciation of international politics having participated in several conferences and workshops in Europe and the Americas. 


Prior to working for Footprints, Fiifi worked with the Immigration & Admin. Team at Tullow Oil Ghana and also worked as Protocol Officer & Special Aide at the office of the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana. He has also held several administrative management and operations positions with both local and foreign owned companies in Ghana. Fiifi provides advice on government relations with key West African regional organizations and stakeholders. 

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Dr. Boatema Ofori-Anyinam, Policy Advisor

Boatema is a Biomedical Scientist with research expertise in tuberculosis (TB). Her interests are in translating scientific findings into sustainable interventions that influence policy and advance health security, particularly in improving diagnostics and methods for pathogen detection. She has an MSc in Infectious diseases, Vaccinology & Drug Discovery, and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from  the University of Antwerp and the Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

Her research uncovered underlying reasons for the low sensitivity of diagnostics that had large implications for TB detection in West Africa and could lead to policy changes on how TB is detected in West Africa. Her work was conducted under a study  aimed at reducing TB transmission and containing its spread by increasing case detection through an Enhanced- Case-Finding approach and using models incorporating molecular data.

She has been involved in capacity building particularly in West Africa and has made contributions to building genomics and bioinformatics capacity in limited resource settings. She has also been involved in training and supervising other scientists in her field. 

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Dr. Ana Amaris, Policy Advisor

Ana is a healthcare professional with over 7 years of  experience in public health research and consulting, particularly in  international health systems. Ana has provided technical  support to projects aimed to measure the financial impact of  catastrophic illnesses in low- and middle-income countries and analyzed  the quality of service and financial sustainability of the Colombian and  Chilean health systems. She has consulted at the Pharmaceuticals and  Health Technologies Group at Management Sciences for Health in projects  and international workshops that look to implement pricing strategies  and increase access to medicines and innovative treatments in different  countries. 


Ana holds an MD from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia and an MPH from the Harvard University's Chan School of Public Health. 

Policy Research Team

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Laetitia Gaurier, Senior Policy Research Analyst

Laetitia has an MSc in Public Health from McGill University in Canada. She was a Field Epidemiologist at the Quebec National Institute of Public Health in Montreal where she conducted descriptive studies on giardiasis and infectious disease outbreaks. She has a Bachelor's in Life Sciences from McGill University and has been involved in creating workshop content on pandemics & infectious disease. She also has experience in organizing model WHO conferences in Montreal, Canada.


Laetitia leads and manages content development at the Center's Flagship Global Affairs Training Program in Canada.

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Marina White, Policy Research Manager

Marina has a Hon. BSc in Neuroscience and is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Carleton University in the department of Health Sciences. Her  research investigates relationships between maternal HIV infection, placenta pathology,  breastmilk composition and breastfeeding practices, and infant health  and neuro-development. She has clinical research experience in South  Africa and has contributed to organizational efforts for scientific workshops and conferences both in Canada and abroad. She  has strong interests in nutrition and global maternal, newborn and  child health, and aims to build a career in global health research that  prioritizes patient partnerships, knowledge translation and implementation of current research into policy. 


Marina leads and manages policy research analysis for the Center's Flagship Policy Research Report.  

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Rochelle White, Policy Research Analyst

Rochelle has a BSc from the University of Toronto where she majored in Global Health and Economics with a minor in Political Science. She has strong interests in mental health and international development and has worked with development organizations in Kenya and Ecuador and with jack.org in Canada.


Rochelle conducts policy research analysis and is a contributor to the Center's Flagship Policy Research Report. 

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Stella Tan, Policy Research Analyst

Stella has  a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Malaya in Malaysia, and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the International Medical University. She has experience engaging with governments, foreign missions, academia, think tanks, and NGOs, and has  implemented international law and policy standards concerning women's rights in Malaysia. She has also worked with UN human rights instruments such as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
 

Stella conducts policy research analysis and is a contributor to the Center's Flagship Policy Research Report. 

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Makafui Ahadji, Policy Research Analyst

Makafui has a B.Sc. in Public Health  from the University of Debrecen in Hungary, where she conducted research on Maternal Health in African Developing Countries. She has experience in public health disease control, having worked as a Public Health intern at the Disease  Control Unit and the Reproductive Child Health Department at a Hospital in Ghana. She plans to further her public health career by enrolling in a Masters in Health Administration program.


Makafui conducts policy research analysis and is a contributor to the Center's Flagship Policy Research Report. 


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Maame Oteng , Policy Research Analyst

Maame has a BA in Politics and International Relations from Lancaster University Ghana. During her studies at Lancaster University she received a She has worked at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR) where she was involved in resettlement processing and refugee counselling. She has also worked at World Vision International. She has strong interests in Research, Diplomacy,International Refugee Law, Migration, International Development and Human Rights and is a recipient of the Lancaster University  Provost Award for academic excellence. 


Maame conducts policy research analysis and is a contributor to the Center's Flagship Policy Research Report.  

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Lina Hassan, Policy Research Analyst

Lina has a BA in International Relations and Economics from the  University of Toronto and currently works with the United Nations  Development Programme (UNDP) country office in Cambodia. She recently worked at the Cabinet Office of the Ontario government in Canada and served as a  foreign policy research intern at the Canadian International Council. She has been heavily involved in student organizations and groups at  the University of Toronto. She has interests in financing for  development, international trade, sustainability, and creating clean and  just economies.


Lina conducts policy research analysis and is a contributor to the Center's Flagship Policy Research Report.   

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Giorgi Buzaladze, Policy Research Analyst

Giorgi is a student at the University of Toronto, Canada, where he is enrolled in the B.A. Economics & Political Science program. He has strong interests in public policy, foreign relations, and Canadian politics and has volunteered as a Foreign Policy Intern at the  Canadian International Council (CIC), where he conducted policy research in Global Health & Diplomacy. He has also volunteered at the University of Toronto International Education Center where he led teams to plan and execute events.


Giorgi conducts academic research and supports the development and implementation of the Center's Global Affairs Training Program.






 

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Theresa Ohenba-Dornyo, Policy Research Analyst

Theresa  has a Masters’ Degree in Environment and Human Health with  distinction, from the University of Exeter, England, where she was Commonwealth Scholar. She also earned a Bachelors’ degree in  Biochemistry from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and  Technology, Ghana. Following her Bachelors’ degree, she was involved in  the funding and organization of a Health Needs Assessment project with  free general health screening and in developing an online educational  platform for high school students in Ghana. She volunteered at the Royal  Cornwall Hospital during her Masters’ studies where she contributed to  improving patient experience through interviews and reports.


Theresa conducts policy research analysis and is a contributor to the Center's Flagship Policy Research Report. 

 

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Raajia Rehman, Policy Research Analyst

Raajia has a BSc. degree with majors in Biology and Psychology from the University of Toronto and an  MSc. Degree in Global Health with speializations in Health Economics and Health Management from the McMaster University. She has been involved in women's health and economic development work in South-Africa, Malaysia and Pakistan. 


Raajia conducts policy research analysis and is a contributor to the Center's Flagship Policy Research Report.  



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Anna Socha, Policy Research Analyst

Anna has an MSc in Global Health from McMaster University with a specialization in Science, Technology, and Society studies completed at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She has conducted health systems and policy research on addressing the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and has led a qualitative research study in Norway at the intersection of infectious diseases and migration. She is passionate about interdisciplinary research, health equity, and intersectoral collaboration to address global challenges. Prior to her master’s, she completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences at McMaster University with a specialization in Global Health. She stays actively involved in the global health sphere through initiatives such as the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research and as an Editor with the Global Health Annual Review. 


Anna conducts policy research analysis and is a contributor to the Center's Flagship Policy Research Report.  

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Nwadike Obianju, Policy Research Assistant

Nwadike  is a student at the University of Toronto, Canada, where she is enrolled in a BSc. Environmental Science and  International Development program. She has strong interests in research,  leadership and policy development and has volunteered as a Student Outreach Leader and International Development Conference Associate at the University of Toronto where she led teams and organized events. She was awarded a University of Toronto entrance scholarship in recognition of academic excellence and fluently speaks three languages.


Nwadike conducts academic research and supports the development and implementation of the Center's Global Affairs Training Program.



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Cassandra DeFreitas, Policy Research Assistant

Cassandra is a student at York University, where she is enrolled in the BA. Critical Social Work program. She has strong interests in identifying barriers to access within a globalized health context. She has worked with the Ontario Government and has volunteered with Amnesty International, Plan Canada and other organizations. She is a staunch youth Advocate for Women, Newborn, Maternal and Child Health Rights and Access.


Cassandra conducts academic research and supports the development and implementation of the Center's Global Affairs Training Program. 



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Samuel Amoah, Policy Research Assistant

Samuel has a BA in Economics and Asian Studies from the University of Ottawa. He has worked with Government of Canada serving in roles at the nexus of  diplomacy, trade, immigration, international capacity building, health  and security and is presently a board member on the Canadian International Council - National Capital Branch. He is  passionate about solving the pressing  global socioeconomic, environmental, health, and security challenges of  the 21st century.


Samuel conducts academic research and supports the development and implementation of the Center's Global Affairs Training Program.