Liane Comeau - Executive Director

Liane Comeau was born in Nova Scotia (Canada) and has lived in several cities and countries. She is fluent in all three of the languages of IUHPE, namely French, English and Spanish. She holds a doctorate from McGill University (2004) and her research interests focused particularly on child development. For 6 years, she worked in a pan-Canadian NGO, Invest in Kids, as Director of Research and Evaluation. Prior to taking up her post at the international Secretariat of IUHPE, she held a position as Scientific Advisor at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec since 2008. Her work focused on health promotion initiatives targeting children and families, particularly in the school context, as well as mental health through the life span and the planning and interpretation of populational surveys. Ms Comeau maintains an active interest in applied research and teaching through her affiliation as lecturer with the École de santé publique de l’Université de Montréal (since 2013).



Ana Gherghel - Head of Scientific Affairs

Ana Gherghel is a sociologist, social scientist, researcher, specialist in storytelling and life course approach, as well as a consultant in program evaluation, especially on innovation projects, by participative, mixed and developmental approaches. She has a PhD in sociology from Laval University (Québec, Canada), as well as a MA and a BA in sociology at the University of Bucharest (Romania). Her extensive professional experience in research and consulting, in Romania, Portugal and Canada, overlaps academic institutions and health and social services systems, as well as collaborations with community-based organizations and public-philanthropic partnerships. As consultant in evaluation, she collaborated with Indigenous nations partnerships to develop culturally adapted evaluations for innovative projects enhancing collective mobilization and prevention to sustain global development in early childhood. She is happy to join the IUHPE team to develop collaborative, intersectoral projects and evaluation to promote global health and education across regions.



Madeleine Malone - Project Lead for non-communicable disease prevention and advocacy 

Madeleine Malone is a graduate of a MSc. in Global Health from McMaster University with a BA in Health Studies from Queen’s University. Prior to joining IUHPE she worked in Australia in the field of harm reduction and substance use as a research assistant intern for a project on enactments of care for substance users. Madeleine’s previous experience also includes working in a student non-profit global health organization as a program director. She led a project in Kenya aimed at increasing health curriculums in high schools to build youth engagement and leadership in health education. Passionate about health promotion and health equity, Madeleine is very excited to be joining the IUHPE team. She looks forward to collaborating on programs and expanding advocacy efforts towards tackling non-communicable diseases. 



Aleksandra Pruszynska - Interim Head of Communicions
Aleksandra Pruszynska is a student enrolled in the Postgraduate Microprogramme in Analysis and Evaluation of Health Services, Organizations and System and M.Sc Epidemiology at the École de Santé publique de l'Université de Montréal. She graduated with a B.Sc in Human Nutrition from McGill University. Aleksandra has experience in successfully co-managing social media accounts and co-organizing events for various student-run or volunteer-run organizations.


Patrícia Dias da Silva - Head of Communications (on temporary leave of absence)

Patrícia Dias da Silva grew up in Lisbon, Portugal. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the New University of Lisbon, a Master’s degree in Communication, Culture and Information Technologies from ISCTE-IUL, and a PhD in Social Sciences from the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon. Patrícia has over 10 years of experience in knowledge dissemination for different audiences, including direction of collective works, organization of scientific and outreach events and preparation of innovative pedagogical content. More recently, she studied technology-based citizen science as part of her Postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Communication of the Université de Montréal. Patrícia is honoured to be part of the IUHPE secretariat and she puts all of her skills to use to help the IUHPE carry out its mission.



Dina Nesterina - Accounting and Finance Officer

Dina Nesterina is a BCom graduate from Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University,  Toronto, Canada with minor in Human Resources. She has over 10 years of finance and business management experience from various sectors, including hospitality, retail as well as non-profit organisations. As a former business owner, she has a solid background in accounting and HR administration. Dina carries a Registered Professional Bookkeeper Designation in Canada and as a member of CBA, she continuously participates in educational opportunities. She is a holder of Integrated Accounting Certificate and currently working on her CPA certification in Québec, Canada.


Laurianne Thuot - Administrative Officer

Laurianne Thout has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She's currently enrolled in a MSc. in Health Services Administration at l'École de Santé publique de l'Université de Montréal. In the last ten years, she worked on numerous projects as production coordinator and producer in the media industry. She had the opportunity to lead creative and innovative productions for various museums and events in Canada, Dubai and Singapore. Being part of the IUHPE team marks the beginning of a new career in the health field for Laurianne. She is motivated to use her past experiences in project management and administration to collaborate with the IUHPE team.



Pascale Richardson-Haughey - Administration Officer

Pascale Richardson-Haughey grew up in Montreal and has a BA in Anthropology and Gender Studies from McGill University. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish, all three official IUHPE languages. With a special interest in intercultural communication and health, she has worked in various contexts related to these themes. During her time at McGill, she went on an academic exchange in Mexico, where she interned at an NGO for rural agrarian communities, which helped women gain autonomy over their economic activities. In 2019, she interned at a legal clinic for humanitarian immigration and refugees, where she helped people in precarious situations navigate the Canadian immigration system. After her BA, she was a research assistant in public policy and civil society, where she investigated the social dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic and organized virtual events on the topic. Wanting to get more involved in global health, Pascale is very excited to be part of the IUHPE team and assist in the important programs it has to offer.



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