We are an international team working remotely, supporting global health projects and organisations in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. 

Our multidisciplinary team is passionate about strengthening core pillars of successful interventions. We do so by providing strong evidence, ongoing training and support and by creating motivated teams. 

Our experts provide a variety of  organisations with technical support, research, monitoring and evaluation advise and development of training curricula.

Candela Iglesias

Founder and Director

Read her interview for the LSHTM Alumni blog here
List of publications (pdf)

Candela’s aspiration is to do her part to ensure good health and wellbeing for all, especially the most vulnerable. She is passionate about using evidence to improve programmes in humanitarian and development settings. For years, she has worked supporting international and local actors to strengthen their results by using interventions that are proven to work, strengthening their data and reinforcing leadership and teambuilding.

She holds an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and did her PhD research and Masters in Microbiology-Virology at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.

Candela has over 18 years of experience on HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, along with experience in Epidemic preparedness and response, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Maternal, Child and Adolescent health, gender equity, psychosocial support and mental health programmes.

She has worked with NGOs, multilateral organizations, academia and health institutions in Latin America, Africa, Europe and  Southeast Asia supporting them in:

  • Developing health and psychosocial support programmes.
  • Analysing results and sharing lessons learned in adequate forums.
  • Understanding and setting up monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Strengthening program management and organizational processes.
  • Training individuals in leadership skills and public speaking/advocacy.
  • Designing and imparting workshops to train facilitators in health issues (HIV-AIDS, Sexual health, qualitative and quantitative data analysis).

Candela has authored several research papers. She is also the author of Build Your Dream Team. Leadership based in a passion for people, and the founder of Sekkan Leadership, a platform helping people from non-managerial careers, particularly in the sciences and health fields, to become stronger leaders.

Candela is available for podcasts and lectures. Please contact us at sue.tuck@alandahealth.com to discuss in more detail.

Julius Okanta
Project Manager

Julius Okanta is a passionate young professional targeting a long and prosperous career as a public health analyst.  He holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Aberdeen. 

Julius has over five years of project and programme management experience in the health and development sectors. While completing his master’s degree,  Julius served as the Vice President of the British Red Cross on Campus at the University of Aberdeen, coordinating fundraising campaigns to support local charities in Aberdeen. In his current role, Julius oversees Alanda Health’s social media strategy, leads project planning, and supports external and internal projects. As a passionate advocate for health equity, Julius is excited to contribute to Alanda’s mission of building a healthier and more equitable world. 

Natalie Bauman
Public Health Intern

Natalie holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from The Catholic University of America and a Master of Public Health degree with a specialization in Global Health Administration from the University of Haifa. Her background is in medical social work, with a focus on refugee and migrant health. While completing her MPH, Natalie carried out health disparities research in Israel and the Palestinian Territories through the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright program. Currently, she works in monitoring and evaluation for small humanitarian aid nonprofits based in the United States. She is excited to begin working with Alanda Health, and hopes to continue to work in supporting health systems to more equitably provide quality care for high-risk populations. Outside of work, Natalie enjoys hiking, writing, and spending time with her friends and family.

Maria Mian
Public Health Intern

Maria has always been deeply passionate about global health and pursued her interest academically, completing an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto. A prolific writer, Maria dedicates much of her time to exploring and highlighting health inequities through written articles and social media posts. She aims to educate others on these hidden disparities and foster a more informed and compassionate society. By joining the team at Alanda Health, Maria hopes to gain more experience in global health research and advocacy. She looks forward to contributing to meaningful projects that will positively impact many lives and acquire skills that will make her an exceptional global and public health leader. Through evidence-based, evidence-generating and evidence-sharing initiatives, Maria is committed to championing global health equity, striving to create a world where everyone has equal access to quality healthcare and the opportunity for a healthy life.


Dr. Joris Vandelanotte is a Medical Doctor and Specialist in Public Health Medicine with over 25 years’ experience in Sub-Saharan Africa in the fields of public health, health systems strengthening, primary health care, monitoring and evaluation and operational research.  Joris started his career with Médecins sans Frontières in Kenya, Chad and Srebrenica, where he combined clinical practice with district health management and hospital and community infection control and disease outbreak responses (e.g. cholera).

He worked and lived for 20 years in Southern Africa, focusing on district health systems, control of communicable diseases (HIV/AIDS, TB, outbreak response), operational research and HIV prevention care and treatment projects. Joris works currently as an independent consultant, focusing on public health evaluations:  Landscape analysis of neglected tropical diseases actors in multiple countries, several evaluations of multi-country learning networks (CQUIN, LabCoP, SSLN), workshops on the use of text analytics in evaluation, GIS training, and the development of a standardized ERU module for infection prevention and control.

Dr. Joris Vandelanotte

Associate Partner

Jami Johnson Darkoh

Senior Consultant

Jami Johnson Darkoh is an international development expert with 16 years of experience working with multilateral organizations, civil society organizations, government, and the private sector across more than 25 countries. Her areas of expertise include health program management and oversight, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), capacity development, and communications. 

Jami has consulted with numerous clients to improve health and development programs in low- and middle-income countries, including KPMG, UNAIDS, the Global Fund, Oxford Policy Management, the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and others. She has previously worked as the director of the UNAIDS-funded Technical Support Facility in East and Southern Africa, where she led the provision of technical assistance to HIV programs in 21 countries in the region. She has also worked as a public health and M&E specialist at the Global Fund in the areas of HIV, TB, and malaria, with a focus on West and Central Africa and the Middle East. Her experience includes programs funded by USAID, CDC, and the private sector while working with BroadReach, Mott MacDonald, and FHI 360.  

Jami has extensive experience working with vulnerable populations, and has a particular interest in gender, equity, and social innovation. She has an MPH in Global Health Promotion, an MBA in Global Management, and a certificate in International Economic Relations.