OUR TEAM

We are based in Oslo and support global health projects and organizations in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. We provide your organization with technical support, research, monitoring and evaluation advise and development of training curricula. We focus on strengthening what we believe are core pillars of successful interventions: strong evidence, ongoing training and support and motivated teams.

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.

Coralie Gagnard
Project Manager

Whilst living in different parts of Southern Africa and Latin-America, Coralie developed a special interest in equitable access to healthcare for all. She holds a European Master’s degree in Health Economics and Management, with a specialization in Global Health, after she had already obtained a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.

Personal experiences shaped her passion for solving global health issues with innovative solutions. Coralie enjoys developing educational content for Alanda’s online platforms. She is known for her enthusiasm and connecting people and organizations in order to achieve project goals with multidisciplinary teams.

Tinnie Louie
Research Assistant

I had always enjoyed promoting health and wellness, but initially tried to forge my path into medicine. Though I was studying for a BS in Biomedical Sciences, most of my experiences were public health related. I experienced the turning point from my interest in medicine to public health when I interned at my university’s Health and Wellness department. 

I worked tirelessly to develop and promote our campaign for students to become active bystanders. Our goal was to minimize unwanted sexual harassment among students on and off-campus. Through this experience, I have learned that it takes a whole community to create a movement.

Valérie Balvert
Research Assistant

Valérie holds a BSc. in European Public Health and recently obtained a MSc. in Global Health from Maastricht University, the Netherlands. She developed a strong interest in One Health, global health policy, as well as global health security. After her internship, Valérie started working as research assistant at Alanda, where she is currently responsible for, amongst others, developing educational content on our online platforms, managing our online Thrive community of public and global health professionals, and supporting Candela in various client projects. Through her current position, Valérie is eager to learn more about innovative ways to tackle global health inequities. She also really enjoys team-work and learning from other people’s experience and perceptions.

Mohamed Elzemety
Public Health Intern

Mohamed is a medical doctor and a global health enthusiast who aims to pursue a career in health systems strengthening of low and lower-middle-income countries. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Mansoura University, Egypt, where his passion for solving global health issues was born. As a student, He engaged in a myriad of health advocacy initiatives and represented youth voices on many platforms while he was the Policy Assistant for the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations. Mohamed co-founded an NGO in his locality with a vision to eliminate poverty and reduce health disparities; this local change and global endeavours filled him with curiosity to deepen his understanding of global health work through a professional lens with Alanda and forged his aspirations to be at the forefront of global health leadership in the future.

Shazia Farooqui
Public Health Intern

Shazia website

Shazia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Life Science from St. Xavier’s College, India. Her interest in global and public health piqued during the COVID-19 pandemic when she realized the disparity in access to healthcare. She aspires to work at national and international health agencies and research disease transmission, devise strategic models based on population dynamics and develop policy frameworks to ensure implementation of healthcare and sanitation.

Shazia plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Global Health in the UK to learn more about the challenges plaguing global health and the link between health and other essential components of wellbeing, such as socio-cultural values, politics and economics.

Bruno Rocha
Public Health Intern

Born and raised in Mexico, Bruno is a general practitioner. His experience with rural communities in his home country has made him more conscious of the systemic issues that limit access to healthcare and quality of life. He is enrolled in a master’s degree in Global Health at Maastricht University with specialization in Global Health Leadership and Organization which involves policy analysis and management. Since children are the key to our future, he believes that health services should be strengthened, and policies should be developed specifically with children in mind. 

As an intern for Alanda Health, he is excited to pick up knowledge from the other members of the team and expects that the experience will make it easier for him to apply his theoretical understanding to the real-world problems that the Global and Public Health working environment present.

OUR ASSOCIATES

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.