Steering Committee

Steering Committee

Yoshith Perera

Co-director / Co-directeur

Yoshith Perera is an out of the box thinker with dreams of leading a global not-for-profit. Advocating for equity and social justice, he uses traditional and virtual platforms to galvanize social change. With research interests in communications and leadership, his work in the use of "Digital Technologies for Population Health and Health Equity Gains" was published with the Journal of Public Health Policy recently. With experience facilitating panel discussions, focus groups and advocacy projects, he values the precipitation and implementation of qualitative data. His recent contributions in public relations earned him the 2016 Publicist of the Year award, by District 86 Toastmasters.

Mathura Mahendran

Program Liaison / Agente de liaison

Mathura Mahendren is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program at McMaster University. A young professional specializing in global health and development, she has worked with the World Health Organization, Atlantic Council for International Cooperation, Global Strategy Lab and Grand Challenges Canada. Having had an incredibly positive experience as a SYP in the 2016 cohort, Mathura is grateful for the opportunity to facilitate meaningful mentorship experiences for this year's SYP and mentor pairs.

Shweta Dhawan

Advisor / Conseillère

Shweta holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Alberta and a Honours Bachelor of Science in Integrative Biology and Psychology from the University of Toronto. Presently, she is studying medicine at Dalhousie University. She has diverse global health-related experience in non-profit, research and government settings in Canada, India, Philippines and Cambodia including with the World Health Organization, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, regional and provincial health authorities. Shweta has been involved with MentorNet for the past four years- one year as a steering committee member and three years as a co-director. 

Emily Kocsis

Advisor / Conseillère

Emily earned her Master’s of Science in Global Health from McMaster University in 2014. During her studies, she had the opportunity to work as a Research Assistant in rural Kenya. She has also worked on research projects broadly related to food systems and the cultural, social and economic barriers to food security and nutrition in both India and Vietnam. She currently works for the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) as a Research Officer. also supporting the CCGHR SYP Network. Emily has been involved with MentorNet for just over 3 years: first as a SYP, then as a steering committee member, and finally, taking on the role of program Co-Director in 2015.

Li Feng Xie

Program Liaison / Agente de liaison

Li Feng Xie is a registered dietitian graduated from McGill University and she is currently pursuing her Master studies in Biomedical Sciences at Université de Montréal. The focus of her research work is bone and metabolic health of young adults born preterm. She has a great interest in understanding determinants of health. Her passion for global health is strongly related to her travel experiences. While traveling, she pays special attention to differences between environment and lifestyle of people around the world, in which way those factors interact with health status and how can we find culturally appropriate solutions. After her Master's program, she would like to continue studies in nutritional epidemiology in order to become a dietitian-researcher.

Jana Kobras

Program Advisor / Conseillère aux programmes

Jana Kobras is a medical student studying in Sydney, Australia. She has completed undergraduate studies in international studies and postgraduate qualifications in international public health. She is passionate about health equity and health promotion in vulnerable populations. She has completed research projects with WHO in the Philippines and with an NGO in Nepal. Jana joined MentorNET as a SYP in 2015, and this is her first year on the Steering Committee. At this early stage in her career, Jana is still trying to work out what area of clinical practice she is interested in and how to balance being a clinician with a career in public health and policy.

Kali Mullins

Program Liaison / Agente de liaison

Kali Mullins earned her Bachelors in Psychology and Social Studies of Medicine from McGill University and then went on to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate in Project Management from the Sheridan Pilon School of Business. She is currently on contract with Ontario Power Generation and is working towards obtaining her PMP designation from the Project Management Institute. Kali is a former SYP and has been a MentorNet program liaison and steering committee member since 2015. Kali spends her spare time loitering coffee shops, getting lost on her bike, running, perusing art galleries, and conducting food experiments. 

Nicole Cousins

Program Liaison / Agente de liaison

Nicole is a second year medical student at University College Dublin. She holds her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Science in Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she focused on women’s mental health, particularly on the relationship between severe mental illness and domestic violence. Nicole was an intern with the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific where she worked with the mental health and substance abuse unit examining workplace mental health. Her educational endeavours and passion for travel have taken her to over 30 countries.

Michelle Amri

Program Liaison / Agente de liaison

Michelle is a public health and public policy specialist. Her initial introduction in global health was at the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Regional Office for the Western Pacific in Manila, Philippines, primarily working on smoke-free cities and health promotion leadership and financing. Michelle later returned as a Health Promotion Consultant working on urban health for the region. She holds the degrees of Honors Bachelor of Health Sciences (Specialization in Health Promotion) from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University. She will begin her PhD in Public Health at the University of Toronto in 2017.

Dilani Logan

Program Liaison / Agent de liaison

Dilani Logan is currently a Master of Science Candidate, studying Global Health at Duke University. She is from Mississauga, Ontario, and recently graduated from Western University with a double major in Medical Science and Spanish, and a minor in Global Development Studies. Dilani’s passion and interest in global health is greatly centred around health equity, global health policy, and health systems strengthening. Her past experiences working in social services at the Ontario Disability Support Program enhanced her views regarding the importance of easily accessible healthcare resources. In her spare time, Dilani loves travelling (or planning her next adventure), running, and biking.