We are a team of talented young professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We are all volunteers, we love what we do, and we do it with passion.

Elena Marbán


Elena Marbán is a Spanish predoctoral researcher at the Maternal, Child, and Reproductive health unit at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), with a “la Caixa” PhD scholarship. The main focus of her studies is the impact of Zika virus in women. Her main interest is in global health, gender and inequities. She is also interested in social determinants of health, social sciences and ethics. She is the chair of the GHNGN since 2016.

Neus Rosell Global Health Next Generation Network

Neus Rosell

Secretary General

Neus Rosell is a pharmacist from Barcelona, Spain. She holds a MSc in Global Health from ISGlobal in Barcelona. She has a background in training delivery in the field of Peace Education and conflict, as well as political and social activism. She is passionate about Development cooperation, Food Security. Her main interests are focused on Health education, gender inequity, policy-making, anthropology and advocacy.

Contact her at: neusrosell7@gmail.com

Antia Figueroa Global Health Next Generation Network

Antía Figueroa

Internal Affairs Manager

Antía Figueroa is a pharmacist from A Coruña, Spain. She is a graduate of the MSc in Global Health at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). Her main areas of interest are infectious diseases, epidemiology, gender equity and social determinants of health.

Viveka Guzmán GHNGN

Viveka Guzmán

Projects & partnerships coordinator

Viveka Guzmán is a medical doctor from Mexico and is currently pursuing a PhD in Population Health and Health Services Research at RCSI in Dublin, Ireland. She is currently involved with human rights and climate change advocacy, and is passionate about planetary health, mental health, sustainability and health communication. She is also interested in Science/health communication, Innovation, Community Participatory Approaches, SDGs, Migration and Urban health. Viveka is the co-founder of the GHNGN Peer2Peer online sessions, which aim to establish a free platform for global health students and early career professionals to explore career opportunities, share their experiences and hear from experts in the field.

Sandra del Pozo GHNGN

Sandra del Pozo

Projects & Partnerships supervisor

Sandra del Pozo is a Spaniard, Madrid-based with a background in biomedical sciences and international health. Currently she works in immunology in a biotech company as a scientific advisor. Her passion lies on innovation through cooperation between different areas of health and science. She believes that change must take place from understanding and building efficient global health partnership.

Kim Global Health Next Generation Network

Kim Nordmann

Projects & partnerships supervisor

Kim Nordmann holds a master’s degree in Global Health and currently studies Medicine at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Her main research areas are digital health and Maternal and Child Health.

Contact her at: kim.bussisiwe@gmail.com

Ori Solomon Global Health Next Generation Network

Ori Solomon

Projects & partnerships supervisor

Ori is an Israeli-Canadian microbiologist currently based in Toronto. His background is in biomedical sciences and global health. He was published in magazine and peer-reviewed journal publications, studying a wide range of subjects including social determinants of autoimmune diseases, transplantation immunology and antimicrobial resistance policies. He will begin his PhD in infectious medicine at the University of Edinburgh in the Fall of 2020, studying and developing rapid point of care diagnostics for infectious diseases. He is passionate about antimicrobial resistance and infectious diseases. He is also interested in Vaccines, Global Health Governance, Social determinants of health.

Contact him at: ori.solomon@rogers.com

Marta Ribes Global Health Next Generation Network

Marta Ribes Agost

Communication coordinator

Marta Ribes holds a MSc in Global Health from ISGlobal and Universitat de Barcelona. She has a background on biomedical sciences and neuroscience and is currently involved in several epidemiological studies on the seroprevalence of COVID-19.

Contact her at: martaribesagost@gmail.com

Jason Doran GHNGN

Jason Doran

News writer

Jason Doran is an Irish Global Health professional, currently living in London, UK. He holds a MSc in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a BSc Human Health and Disease from Trinity College Dublin. Currently, he is working as a Public Health Analyst for the Local Government, UK, where he leads on Sexual Health and Substance Misuse. Jason has worked in global health across multiple countries, focusing on sexual and reproductive health, particularly in minority groups. He is passionate about narrowing health inequalities and continuing the fight against STIs. 

Contact him at: doranja@tcd.ie

Sarah Williams GHNGN

Sarah Williams

News writer

Sarah Williams is a health scientist from the United States and has a background in sports medicine. She is a recent graduate from the MSc in Global Health at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). Her main areas of interest are focused in social determinants of health and Human Rights and Advocacy, with special interest in the Right to Health of migrant and indigenous populations.

Contact her at: sarahkwilliams95@gmail.com

Cornelius Benecke GHNGN

Cornelius Benecke

News writer

Cornelius Benecke is a Physician and a Women’s Sports Marketing Professional from Germany. He is currently working for a women’s tennis tournament and recently graduated from the MSc in Global Health at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). Among his areas of interests are environmental / urban health, infectious diseases, artificial intelligence, global health innovation / entrepreneurship, creativity in science and gender equality.

Maria Lara GHNGN

Maria Lara

Social Media Manager

Maria Lara is a Biomedical Scientist from Spain, currently finishing her Masters Degree at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. Her main areas of interest are Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology and Global Health. She is also passionate about fighting against social inequalities related to economical status.

Laura Bello GHNGN

Laura Bello

Website officer

Laura Bello is a Biomedical Scientist from Barcelona, Spain. She is currently studying a MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College London. She has collaborated with Cosciences, a scientific journalism association in which she wrote articles, did radio features and started the design of a scientific board game. She is now still collaborating with Cosciences and also with Principia magazine, a spanish magazine which combines science and humanities. She is passionate about public engagement, especially citizen science, and about the science-society relationship. Her main areas of interest are psychology, neuroscience, infectious diseases and global health.


Kira Grachev

Interviewer for Career Stories

Kira Grachev is a psychologist from Canada who is currently studying Global Health at ISGlobal in Barcelona. Among her interests are mental health advocacy, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and gender equity. She is also interested in feminist studies and anthropology.

Contact her at: kira.grachev@gmail.com

Maria Suau Sans

Career Stories Editor

Maria Suau is a Biomedical Scientist from Mallorca, Spain. She has a passion for Public Global Health, with a special interest on  Neglected Tropical Diseases, vaccine access, community-based prevention strategies and Social Determinants of Health. Just finished an internship at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Belgium, where she did some research on urban health and NTDs. Next Fall 2021 she will begin a Msc Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Contact her at msuausans@gmail.com

Akyllina Despoti

Projects and Partnerships Supervisor

Akyllina Despoti is a psychologist-neuropsychologist from Athens, Greece. She has a M.Sc. Clinical Neuropsychology-Cognitive Neurosciences and a M.Sc. in School Counseling and Guidance. She is currently PhD candidate in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and doing research on Virtual Reality and cognitive rehabilitation. She works as a researcher and as a lecturer in a College. She is also passionate about: global health, digital health, patient’s advocacy, gender equity, human rights.

Contact her at a.despoti@yahoo.com

Ana Chopo Pizarro

Social Media Manager

Ana Chopo is a Biomedical Scientist from Barcelona, Spain. She worked at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Belgium, where she did some research in the Malariology Unit. Among her areas of interest are Infectious Diseases, Immunology of Parasitic Infections, NTDs and gender inequity. She will begin a masters Degree in Immunology of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the Fall of 2020. She is also passionate about Global Health, feminist studies and youth movements.

Contact her at: anachopo13@gmail.com

Alexander Hunt

Projects and Partnerships Supervisor

Alexander Hunt is a biomedical-biotechnologies researcher from Vendôme, France. He has completed an MScR in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Currently researching the detection of AMR infections in samples using AI for point of care testing at the University of Edinburgh. He is a host on the student podcast Student Life in Labs. He is passionate about biology and technology but also global health, LGBT+ rights, gender equity and human rights.

Contact him at: alexanderhunt50@outlook.com


Meggie Mwoka Global Health Next Generation Network

Meggie Mwoka

Communications Advisor

Meggie Mwoka is a physician and global health specialist. She currently works as a policy and research officer at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in a multi-country research, policy and capacity-strengthening project focused on addressing evident policy, institutional, and cultural dimensions of social exclusion that directly affect young people, women, and sexual minorities’ access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has experience in initiating and leading design thinking projects, conceptualizing and developing organizational strategies and coordinating and advising major national, regional, and international programs and events in the realm of global/public health. She is an UNLEASH 2017 SDG talent, and has been awarded the Distinguished leadership among young women doctors by the African Medical Women International Association. She is passionate about strengthening the African voice in the global health space.

Mahima GHNGN

Mahima Venkateswaran


Mahima is a medical doctor and post-doctoral researcher in Maternal and Child health, digital health at the at the Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Norway.

Dr M Tasdik Hasan


Tasdik is a Bangladeshi global mental health researcher currently working for the University of Liverpool in a project on supporting mental health of Congolese refugees in Rwanda & Uganda. He is a medical doctor, graduated from Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh; received the Chancellors Award from for highest academic excellence in master’s in public health (MPH) course from American International University-Bangladesh. He has a post graduate diploma in Disaster Management from University of Dhaka. He worked for International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), Johns Hopkins University at Zamba & was also appointed as an Adjunct Faculty in Department of Public Health, American International University- Bangladesh. Tasdik received the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship 2017/18 to study MSc in Global Mental Health at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Kings College London. He will begin his PhD in Digital Mental Health at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia with a FIT PhD Scholarship in late 2020. He is passionate about mental health research and advocacy. He is also interested in mHealth, climate change, infectious diseases, medical leadership, and health policy.

Contact him at: tasdikhdip@yahoo.com