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.

Irena Belo - Head of Finance and Administration

Irena Belo, accountant for over 20 years in Albania and Canada, joined the IUHPE team in June 2020 as Head of Finance and Administration. Her experience in various industries has provided her with the know-how to clearly communicate the accounting and financial reality, while having a precise understanding of the relevant context and specific issues. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Tirana, Albania, as well as a certificate in accounting from the School of Business Studies (Montreal). Currently, she is taking CPA training with the Ordre des Comptables Agréés du Québec, Canada. Very happy to be part of the IUHPE team, she uses her determination and her past experiences to ensure quality work and to achieve set goals.

Patrícia Dias da Silva - Head of Communications

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. 


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

Madeleine 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.