Steering Committee

Steering Committee

Rupinder Chera

Co-Director / Co-Directrice

Rupi is currently working as a Knowledge Broker at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has worked on various projects, including with children and adolescents as well as Aboriginal populations. Rupi is interested in working towards health security for marginalized individuals, developing innovative solutions through a multi-sectoral approach. She has an Honours Bachelor of Science with a major in Human Biology and minors in Sociology and Botany from the University of Toronto, a Doctor of Medicine degree from SABA University School of Medicine, and a Master’s of Public Health from Western University. In her spare time, Rupi loves baking, watching movies, travelling, working out at the gym and spending time with family and friends.

Yoshith Perera

Co-director / Co-directeur

Yoshi is a program administrator with an AIDS service organization in Ontario, Canada. He began his career in clinical medicine in the People’s Republic of China and soon migrated to Canada where he found his passion in Public Health. Currently, Yoshi works to build the capacity of service providers and communities to better serve people who identify as two spirit and LGBTQ+. Using health equity, anti-oppressive and cultural humility lenses, he works with agencies and equity-seeking groups to expand their understanding of communities oppressed by our systems and structures. Equipped with a Master of Public Health (Western University), competencies in project management and over 10 years of community leadership, Yoshi looks forward to creating health equity gains with communities.

Nivetha Chandran

Program Liaison / Agente de liaison

Nivetha Chandran is currently a Master of Science Candidate in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, pursuing a collaborative specialization in Global Health. She recently graduated with a double major in Human Biology and Health Studies-Population Health, and a minor in Psychology. She has a keen interest in HIV/AIDS research and community-based research. After her master’s program, she would like to continue studies in medicine and aspires to become a clinician scientist. Her experiences working in research and clinical settings such as the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University Health Network and the University of Toronto inform her views of the importance of addressing both biological and social determinants of health. In her spare time, Nivetha enjoys painting, playing video games and travelling.

Michelle Amri

Program Liaison / Agente de liaison

Michelle is a PhD candidate in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, pursuing a Collaborative Specialization in Global Health. Her research is focused on global policy discourse around equity, with additional attention paid to urban health. Michelle's passion for global health spurred from her experiences working in global public health and policy, as a Consultant for the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for the Western Pacific in Manila, Philippines, and the Lao Country Office in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

Alex Kwok

Program Liaison / Agente de liaison

Alex is a researcher at Arthritis Research Canada (ARC) base in Vancouver, BC. He is involved in clinical research investigating the impact of inflammatory arthritis on employment with a focus on work disability prevention. Previously, he has worked in India and Cameroon on research projects related to health systems and issues on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). With interest in disease epidemiology and health systems, Alex values evidenced-based research and the use of big data to inform policy development. He obtained his Mater in Global Health at Maastricht University and a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science at the University of British Columbia.

Dilani Logan

Program Liaison / Agente de liaison

Dilani Logan is research associate at the American Institutes for Research in the Bay Area. Her present work focuses on health services and systems in the US. Dilani’s passion and interest in global health is centered around health equity, global health policy, and health systems strengthening. Her past experiences working and volunteering for organizations such as the World Health Organization, O'Neill Institute for Public and Global Health, and Partners in Health Canada have convinced her of the importance of access to healthcare resources. Dilani obtained her Master of Science in Global Health from Duke University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Science and Spanish, with a minor in Global Development Studies from Western University.   

Kristin Oakley

Program Liaison / Agente de liaison

Kristin Oakley is currently a project coordinator at CAMH, leading the implementation of a structured mental health program across Ontario for older adults. Kristin began her career working with the Ministry of Health working to implement the Patients First Legislation, and holds a Master’s of Public Health from Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys baking and shopping.   

Navneet Sandhu

Program Liaison / Agente de liaison

Navneet holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Studies, with a Minor in Psychology, from the University of Waterloo along with a Master of Public Health from the Schulich Inter-faculty Program in Public Health at Western University. With a strong background in public health, Navneet is interested in expanding this knowledge to the global level. Her passion for global health comes from her international volunteer experiences with MEDLIFE, where she gained experience with global health and international community development in South America. Her interest in the social determinants of health and health equity drive her interest in global health. Outside of her public health and global health experiences, Navneet enjoys travelling and dancing.  Something not on my resume: I trained in Punjabi folk dancing for about 7 years.