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Nasreen Jessani

Nasreen Jessani

Nasreen was previously the Head of Strategy for the Africa Evidence Network at the Africa Centre for Evidence in South Africa and a program Officer at Canada’s IDRC. She has served on several boards including the World Health Organisation’s Knowledge Translation and Policy Group and as Vice-Chair of the Evidence to Action Thematic Working Group for Health Systems Global. Nasreen is currently on the advisory board for AcademyHealth’s Translation and Dissemination Institute and INASP, UK. She is also the Associate Editor of the Health Research Policy and Systems Journal. She has received several global awards and accolades with the most recent being recognised amongst Canada’s top women in Global Health. Her institutional experiences with Government (IDRC), NGOs (BRAC, FHI360), Research Institutes (Palladium, R4D), Academia (Johns Hopkins University, Stellenbosch University, University of Johannesburg) and multilateral organizations (ILO, WHO) are complemented with her regional involvements in Kenya, UAE, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Malawi, Zambia, Thailand, Vietnam, Canada, and Senegal. Nasreen holds a DrPH. from Johns Hopkins University, an MSPH from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a BSc from McGill University, Canada.

According to Nasreen, Canada has often been portrayed as a fair and equitable partner when it comes to global health endeavors, but there is still much work to be done. Its bilingualism has permitted engagement in Anglophone as well as Francophone countries, but cross-fertilisation across linguistic divides remains insufficient. Nasreen’s goal is to see a global health organization in Canada such as CAGH-ACSM advance the decolonization narrative through a HIC perspective and seek to empower public health advocates globally. She would love to see CAGH build bridges through strategic partnerships with organizations across the world to advance equity, challenge power imbalances in global health, decolonize public health curricula, advance interest in global health amongst Canadian students, to provide opportunities for collaboration among members, and to strengthen knowledge translation principles and practices. She hopes to bring her multi-organizational and multi-country experiences to advance the vision of CAGH-AGSM.

The mantra that guides Nasreen's work is the following: "We rise by lifting others" – Robert Ingersoll

Nasreen speaks fluent English and Kutchi, advanced French and Gujarati as well as beginner  Swahili.