Chair AND FOUNDER OF GLOBAL HEALTH SIM

Thomas Piggott

🐦  @twpiggott

📧 chair@ghsim.com
BSc (Guelph), MD (McMaster), MSc Cand. (LSHTM)
Thomas is completing medical training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine at McMaster University in Canada, and an MSc in Public Health Economics at LSHTM.  His research interests include global public health, disaster preparedness and response, climate change and health, and addressing health inequities of under-served populations through public health and primary care.  He has worked at various levels of public health, and has worked clinically in Canada and internationally with a focus on under-served populations.  He has organized global health simulations for conferences and student groups for several years, and has a passion for creative, experiential forms of learning.  In his spare time he enjoys rock and mountain climbing, swimming, running, reading, travelling, learning languages and philosophizing solutions to global issues.  Most of all he enjoys meeting new people.


Director of Research and Development

ALYSSA FERGUSON

📧 development@ghsim.com
BA (Ottawa) MPH (UAlberta)
Alyssa Ferguson, BA, MPH, is a graduate of the Master of Public Health in Global Health program from the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health. She has experience working in diverse global health roles in Canada, Tanzania, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and currently works as a Hospital Manager in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Her research interests focus on social and structural determinants of sexual and reproductive health for marginalized women, and in the ethics of global health practice. Over the past 6 years, Alyssa has assisted in the design and evaluation of numerous public health exercises with the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Centre for Emergency, Preparedness and Response, and is passionate about creating avenues to share knowledge and resources for training in global health and emergency management worldwide.


DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

David OldenbUrger

📧 operations@ghsim.com
BScN, RN, MSc (McMaster)
David is a Registered Nurse with a Masters in Global Health. Recently he returned from consulting on adolescent health education programs in Nigeria and Senegal. Prior to working in Senegal he was a medic in the military, and first aid instructor for over 5 years. Currently he is working at McMaster University as a coordinator in the Global Health Office, while helping develop GH Sim's online simulation activities, and continuing to consult on health programming through data analysis and research. 

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DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING

SARA STONE

📧 education@ghsim.com 
BA (Dartmouth College) MSc Cand. (LSHTM)
Sara is currently completing her MSc Control of Infectious Diseases at The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Her interests are focused around health security, pandemic threat preparedness and emergency response, and risk communications on a local, regional and global scale. Sara has previously worked for the World Health Organization's Western Pacific Regional Office based in Manila, Philippines in the Division of Health Security and Emergencies, and for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention based in Fort Collins, Colorado in the area of Public Health Preparedness and Response. She has detailed knowledge of public health emergency planning, pandemic planning, program monitoring and evaluation and emergency messaging. Sara has experience designing a large-scale functional tabletop pandemic exercise for the Western Pacific region and is excited to make emergency preparation exercises more accessible worldwide.


DIRECTOR OF Strategic Planning and Partnerships

OLIVIA VARSANEUX

📧 planning@ghsim.com
BSc Virology and Demography (McGill), MSc (LSHTM)
Olivia is a research fellow in diagnostics at LSHTM.  She is a former CID student at LSHTM who has a keen interest in humanitarian response.  Olivia has worked with UNAIDS and the WHO in Geneva. During the Ebola outbreak she worked with the WHO as a field epidemiologist in West Africa. Olivia has a background in virology and demography from McGill University and has formerly worked in HIV research in both areas.


DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Julie Zhang

📧 communications@ghsim.com
🐦 @juliejzhang
BSc (University of Toronto)
Julie is an undergraduate student double-majoring in Global Health and Peace, Conflict and Justice with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Her interests lie in health delivery during complex humanitarian emergencies and health equity. She is a research assistant with the Department of Physical Therapy, Co-Director of the flagship REACH program under the University of Toronto International Health Program and a past Program Unit intern at Doctors Without Borders.

Director of Monitoring & Evaluations

Miranda Loutet

📧 evaluation@ghsim.com

Miranda is currently an epidemiologist in the Tuberculosis Surveillance Unit at Public Health England, leading on enhanced surveillance of mycobacterium drug resistance and molecular strain typing to control transmission of TB in the UK. Miranda completed her BSc in Anatomy and Cell Biology and a minor in International Development at McGill University, and continued her education with a MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She loves to travel and has worked in Costa Rica, Uganda and South Africa. Miranda’s research interests include controlling diseases that disproportionately affect vulnerable and marginalised populations in developed and developing countries.


Senior Global Health Advisors

JENNIFER HULME

BScH (Queen’s), MD, CM (McGill), MPH (John’s Hopkins School of Public Health) 
Jennifer Hulme is an attending emergency physician at the University Health Network in Toronto. She specializes in heath policy and translational health systems research to strengthen public-sector health systems and improve health equity. Her research interests include the adoption and diffusion of innovations in health systems, including the scale up of evidence-based public health interventions in community settings, task sharing and human resource capacity, the impact of HIV/AIDS treatment and disease control programmes, and novel approaches to the organization of health services and public health service delivery. Jennifer has held various programmatic and research positions in Canada, Mexico, India, Bangladesh, and Timor-Leste. She worked with the Ministry of Health and non-governmental organizations in expanding family planning, maternal and child survival programs and emergency response in Timor-Leste between 2005 and 2008. She is particularly interested in affecting reproductive, maternal and child health outcomes, and is currently engaged in research exploring disparities in access to women’s health services among underserved populations in Canada, and the impact of maternal survival interventions in low-resource settings.


jANET HATCHER rOBERTS

Janet Hatcher Roberts has extensive experience in the areas of international public health policy, health systems strengthening capacity building and research. She spent 2008 in Geneva where she was Director of the Migration Health Department with the International Organization for Migration. Later, she returned to Ottawa to resume her position as the Executive Director of the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) where she oversaw the design and implementation of global health systems strengthening projects in Africa, Asia, Latin and Central America and Eastern Europe from 1997 to 2013.

Currently, Janet is the Co-Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Technology Assessment, Knowledge Translation and Health Equity with the Centre for Global Health at the University of Ottawa. She is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Affiliate Scientist at the Institute for Population Health at the University of Ottawa where she co-coordinates a graduate course in global health and collaborates on global health research. Also, she is Adjunct Professor to the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology Dalhousie University where she assists in the development of global health courses.

Over the past three decades, she has been involved in the design, monitoring and evaluation of global health and development and gender and health programmes and projects at IDRC, CIDA, CIHR (Institute on Gender and Health), the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada. She also brings technical expertise, including approaches to strengthening health systems, women’s health, and public health systems and development. 

In her volunteer time, Janet was the Chair of the Board for Action Canada for Population Development and was a Board member and Past Treasurer of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research. She is presently a Board member of the US-based Council of Graduate Foreign Nurses (CGFNS). In 2009, she was appointed by an Order in Council as Board member to Public Heath Ontario (PHO) where she also sits on the Strategic Planning Committee. She is currently on the Board of Make Poverty History. 


DONALD SUTHERLAND

B.A. Psych/Zoology, MD, Master of Community Health (Liverpool), Masters of Epidemiology (London) Dr. Donald Sutherland is a global health consultant and Senior Policy Advisor for the Canadian Society for International Health with 50 years experience of clinical medicine and international public health experience in more that 100 countries. He has worked for numerous organizations, including extensive time with the World Health Organization. He has a passion for mentorship and working with the next generation of leaders in global health.