Sian FitzGerald has been the Executive Director of HealthBridge Foundation of Canada since 1996. In this role she provides strategic leadership to directing the organization’s mission, and guides and oversees health and development programs at HealthBridge in the areas of nutrition, maternal and child health, gender equality, and non-communicable diseases. Sian has a Master of Science degree in international nutrition for which she conducted research in Guatemala, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. She has worked in international development since 1992, when she joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN´s program to eliminate vitamin A deficiency. Based in Rome, she worked on programs in francophone Africa, specifically Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger, and in Vietnam, where she lived from 1993 to 1995. Following her return to Canada in late 1995, she worked as a consultant for CIDA and the Micronutrient Initiative, before joining HealthBridge (then PATH Canada) in 1996.
The linking of research and implementation is a unique feature of the newly formed CAGH. As a practitioner in global health who has been working in that nexus for most of her career, Sian sees value in having an Association not only to represent the Canadian community working in global health, but also to facilitate bringing together practitioners, researchers, students, and policy makers, to inform implementation, advocacy, policy and practice. Sian believes that CAGH can fill a gap in the role of convenor, facilitator, capacity building, and policy influencer, and she looks forward to contributing to this. Sian's vision for global health is to bridge the gap between research and implementation and strengthen both in the practice of development in global health.
Sian speaks fluent English and French, and can read Spanish at an intermediate level.