The Irish Global Health Network (IGHN) will fulfill the functions of the ESTHER Ireland secretariat, as one of its activities under the IFGH Strategy (2014-2017). A proportion of the work time of the IGHN Secretariat will be devoted to ESTHER secretariat activities. The day to day functions of ESTHER Ireland are carried out by the Secretariat. The Secretariat is currently made up of the Executive Director, Coordinator, Communications Coordinator (working 60%), Finance and Administrative Officer (working 20%) and two professional interns (working 30% each). The Secretariat is managed under the IGHN Executive Management Committee which meets monthly and includes IGHN Board members, at least one of whom is also a member of the ESTHER Ireland Steering Group.
See the bios below for more information on the Secretariat:
Nadine Ferris France, Operations Director
Nadine Ferris France is the Operations Director for the Irish Global Health Network and ESTHER Ireland. She is a communicator, writer, trainer and civil society activist with over 20 years’ experience in gender, HIV and global health. She has worked extensively with global, regional and national civil society networks on HIV and TB for many years as the co-founder and Executive Director of Health & Development Networks (HDN).
In addition to her experience within the NGO-field, she has also worked extensively with the World Health Organization and also lectures with various academic institutions. She is currently a member of the Programme Advisory Panel for the Robert Carr Civil Society Network Fund and the European AIDS Treatment Group. At this stage in her own professional development, she is particularly passionate about issues such as self-stigma affecting people living with HIV and survivors of gender-based violence. Nadine holds an MSc in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin.
Hala Ali, Coordinator for ESTHER Ireland and ESTHER Alliance for Global Health Partnerships
Hala Ali is the coordinator at ESTHER Alliance for Global Health Partnerships and ESTHER Ireland. Her healthcare experience as a dentist and a dental nurse in Sudan and Ireland raised her awareness of healthcare challenges and disparities in developing and developed countries. She was awarded UM Holland – High Potential Scholarship to pursue MSc Global Health at Maastricht University, with a focus on Global Health Leadership and Organization.
Hala has always been actively involved in health and humanitarian causes regarding access to healthcare, women’s health, health education and access to education. She believes in the importance of International Health Partnerships for Global Health and Development, particularly those based on mutual respect, equal interests and reciprocity. Thus, Hala excitedly joined ESTHER Alliance to contribute to the Alliance’s mission.
Nor Nasib, Finance Officer
Nor is the Finance Officer for the Irish Global Health Network and ESTHER Ireland.
She has more than 10 years of experience working with auditing and accounting companies ranging from big firms (KPMG & PWC) to small private practices and 5 years of experience working in charity organisations. She is acting Secretary and Treasurer for the non-profit Amal Women’s Association. Nor is passionate about helping people in need. Her current volunteer work involves fundraising for emergency situations in Syria, Gaza, Palestine and Yemalso, as well as organising outreach and support for refugee groups and homeless living in Ireland. In addition to her experience in financial roles, Nor is also a community leader in the global south, leading women and youth groups to take part in integrations projects with local community groups.
Maisie Jones, Communications and Events Coordinator
Maisie holds a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from University College Cork, Ireland. She previously studied for her BSc Health and Society at Dublin City University, during which time her interest and passion for global health was peaked.
Her Masters research thesis focused on the barriers and facilitators to asylum seekers accessing sexual health services within the direct provision system, and she has been involved in several other health research projects including studies related to cancer genetics services, societal factors of the overuse and misuse of antibiotics, dementia in health promotion policy, and maternal, newborn, and child health in Sub-Saharan Africa.
She also holds a Professional Diploma in PR and Marketing Communications and a Diploma in Web Design.
Maisie is passionate about all areas of global and public health, especially migrant health, women’s health, and sexual and reproductive health. She began her journey at the Irish Global Health Network and ESTHER as a professional communications and events intern and progressed to her current role.
Aoibhinn Collery, Grant Management and Communications Intern
Aoibhinn is currently studying a Masters in Global Health at Trinity College Dublin. She is passionate about social justice and equity in the field of healthcare. She is undertaking her dissertation with REFUGE-ED, an international research project aiming to improve educational, mental health and psychosocial outcomes for migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking children in Europe.
She received a BSc in Radiation Therapy from Trinity College Dublin in 2016 and has worked as a Senior Radiation Therapist for a number of years. In 2021 she completed a course with Sheffield Hallam University titled the ‘Psychology of Cancer Care.’ She has been twice published in peer-reviewed academic journals.
Aoibhinn has a keen interest in all areas of global health and she is excited for the experience and new skills that she will gain through her internship with ESTHER Ireland and IGHN.