OUR TEAM

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.

Sabine Donders
Project Manager

Sabine holds a BSc in Medicine from Maastricht University, The Netherlands. She has always had an interest in health equity and after a medical internship in Ghana she decided to pursue a career in the field of global health. She obtained a Master’s degree in Global Health from Maastricht University in 2022. Sabine has always been particularly interested in Maternal and Child Health, and she aspires to work in this field at national and international health agencies. After her internship at Alanda Health, Sabine joined the team as Project Officer, and then as Project Manager. In her current role, she is responsible for supporting various client projects, managing our social media and online Thrive community. Sabine is excited to support Alanda’s goals and mission and to contribute to reducing global health inequalities.

Sree Nair
Public Health Intern

Sree Nair is currently pursuing a Master’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, United States. Her academic path is a mosaic, starting with a bachelor’s degree in general science, followed by a Master of Public Health from Queens University in Canada, and now culminating in analytics. At the core of Sree’s professional journey is the fusion of data and public health—a dynamic intersection where analytics becomes a catalyst for transformative healthcare practices.

Sree brings a unique blend of expertise to the field of data-driven health solutions. Her journey includes navigating the complexities of optimizing vaccination programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, conducting UX analyses, and leading a dynamic research data collection team addressing urban challenges.
 
Balancing her academic endeavors with practical experience at Alanda, she is excited to continue her commitment to making a meaningful impact on healthcare outcomes by mobilizing knowledge and sharing evidence to contribute to the global public health knowledge base.

 

Nehmiea Melese
Public Health Intern

Nehmiea Melese’s education consists of an MBBS from Addis Ababa University and an MSc in Global and Mental Health from King’s College London, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His professional journey spans policy development, project management, and clinical practice. His master’s dissertation, which focused on integrating mental health into Ethiopia’s primary care, highlights his commitment to systemic healthcare improvements.

In various roles, including project coordinator for the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 response and mental health team leader at St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, Nehmiea has demonstrated exemplary leadership and a profound understanding of public health challenges. His work with Global Action to Rebuild Ethiopia (GABE) underscores his dedication to community health and resilience.

Recognised for his leadership and contributions, including the Chevening Scholarship, Nehmiea is deeply committed to improving healthcare outcomes. Currently, at Alanda, he continues to focus on mobilizing knowledge and sharing evidence, aligning with Alanda’s mission to “improve health, education, and livelihoods worldwide.”

OUR ASSOCIATES

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.