Board of Directors
Founder & President
Germaine is the founder and president of Women Explorers Fellowship. Germaine is a Fellow of Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Scholarship(Kenya, 2015), a bridge placement that she undertook in-between her masters from Western University, Canada and her current PhD program in Health Geography at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Her research focuses on micro-level dynamics that pertain to women’s access to health services in limited-resource settings. Prior to undertaking graduate studies, Germaine worked with government and non-government institutions in Rwanda in the areas of community health promotion, women empowerment and continuing professional development for maternal, newborn and child health. Germaine is a passionate global health advocate interested inexploring the social determinants of health and using community-based practices to eliminate health inequities. Germaine has experienced working in multicultural and intercultural settings in Rwanda, Kenya, The Netherlands and Canada and believes in the power of diversity for collaboration towards sustainable development.
An educator, researcher, and writer, Kate is interested in the ways humans and non-humans weave the fabric of community. Trained as a lexicographer, she turned from stories of words to stories of people, working as a community health researcher before receiving her B.Ed. in Ottawa. After two decades teaching at high schools in Ontario and British Columbia, Kate entered a Master’s program in Urban Studies. Interested in re-imagining urban spaces, Kate’s research has looked at shared use of urban green space, the invisible labour of those who contribute to the health of urban environments, and the possibility of strengthening urban communities through opportunities for shared learning. Since 2015, she has been involved in Gro-Carts, an award-winning community project to engage people without access to land in mobile gardening. In 2017, she coordinated Simon Fraser University’s 7th Rethinking the Region conference, which brought together local and provincial stakeholders to discuss urban inequality. Her most recent engagement project, Hands on Vancouver, collects the stories of ordinary humans whose hands help shape the communities in which they live.
Delphine is Rwanda’s Country Director for The Ihangane project, an International NGO that aims to strengthening health systems. Prior to her current role, Delphine served as the Coordinator of the Nutrition for HIV-exposed Infants program, where she successfully established the Five Pillars of Quality. Later she designed and implemented program expansion to include HIV+ pregnant women. This is an innovative quality improvement framework that has been recognized by the International AIDS Society, the Institute for Health Improvement, and the Rwanda Ministry of Health. Prior to a Program Coordinator role, Delphine worked with The Ihangane Project 2012 WDI Global Impact Fellowon Health systems Management projects in Ruli District Hospital. Delphine is a passionate, advocate for community-driven solutions, and speaks eloquently about techniques for building community ownership of health systems, promoting healthy behavior change and the influence of hope on quality of care and health outcomes. In addition to her Bachelor’s degree in Medical Imaging Sciences, she received a certificate in Design, Partnership, Management, & Innovation for Development (DPMI) from the Monterey Institute for International Studies in 2014. She is focusing her career in Non-Profit Management, Health Equity, Social Enterprise and Women advocacy.
Mette is a geographer (M.Sc. from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark) – with a combination of social conditions, natural and life sciences. Mette is interested in the synergies between regional and international relations and stakeholders, as well as analyzing, researching and solving issues within migration, livelihood strategies and conflicts, including how to handle the new global challenges. Mette values to travel and gather “real-life” experiences. In 2013, Mette was an exchange student in Canada where she spent a semester of study and got to appreciate the value of knowledge sharing, global networking and cultural differences as inspiring and important. Metter and her partner have two small kids, thus she acknowledges the challenges a small household can face but also believes in programs that serves as catalyst and that provides opportunities for young women to confront the norms, travel the World and gain practical experience in order to pursue an global perceptive of how to advance in their careers.
Medhanit Getachew Mekonnen
Medhanit’ received a Master’s degree in Population Studies from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and also holds an MA in Measurement and Evaluation from Addis Ababa University. Medhanit is currently working as Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor at Jhpiego in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Prior to joining Jhpiego, Medhanit worked in different National and International NGO’s in Ethiopia and has conducted and participated in different research areas on identifying public health problems and their interventions. Medhanit has participated in sharing and presenting research findings at international conferences. Medhanit has a passion of sharing knowledge and experience and has published academic articles in world class journals. Medhanit is a member of the Ethiopian Evaluation Association and Statistical Association.
Dr. Celestin Hategeka
Celestin is a Vanier scholar pursuing doctoral studies with a focus on health policy at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. Celestin is also a research coordinator at the UBC’s Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE). Celestin has a particular interest in global health, outcomes research and service delivery (https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=9qctmjcAAAAJ&hl=en).Prior to joining UBC, Celestin practiced medicine in rural Rwanda and has also served as coordinator and instructor of ETAT+ (Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment plus Admission care for severely ill newborns and children), and neonatology supervisor. Celestin holds an MSc (epidemiology) from UBC and an MD from the University of Rwanda.
Tania brings extensive experience from the non-profit sector and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She is currently a Graduate student at Simon Fraser University and is the 2018 recipient of the Globe in Peace Fellowship. Pursing her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, her research centres on lived experiences of former offenders in post-conflict societies who have engaged in action-based psychosocial reconciliation. Tania’s academic and professional endeavours are informed by a feminist, intersectional analysis. Prior to shifting her focus towards graduate studies, Tania was the Fund Development and Communications Coordinator for the North Shore Women’s Centre and Coordinator of the North Shore Committee to End Violence Against Women in Relationships (NS VAWIR) in British Columbia, Canada. Past governance positions held include Chair for the North Vancouver District Community Services Grant Advisory Committee and Board Member for the Lower Lonsdale Business Association. In addition to her academic focus on the area of reconciliation, Tania is particularly interested in community outreach and addressing the vulnerabilities and challenges that arise from intersections of poverty, mental health, and gender.
Global Engagement Team
Patrick developed a passion to serving NGOs and Non-profits during a two year work experience, acquired while working for an international organization in Rwanda. He is initially interested in being involved in a trans-disciplinary environment that leads to improving the well-being of people. This passion stuck with him through his undergraduate, leading him to get his MSc in Global Health Systems from Western University, Canada. After completion of his masters, Patrick was involved in a project aimed at developing proposals to empower vulnerable women in Kibera slum (Nairobi, Kenya) and the implementation of creative workshops for at risk youth. In his free time, Patrick enjoys writing, composing and singing hip hop music.
Naysarra leads the design and implementation of strategies, programs and partnerships to scale highly effective innovations in various Social Enterprises in Tanzania in their efforts to achieve their goals of sustainability and independence from external aids. In this capacity, Naysarra provides technical assistance to Enterprise franchises to achieve social milestones. Naysarra has worked closely with smallholder farmers to found giant farmers network in order to respond to local community food security challenges. For several years, she has been a consultant in her family businesses and an advisor for her family philanthropy in East Africa and Asia. Naysarra holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Retail Operation. Her passion lies in health equity, business and connecting diverse cultures to support each other in achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
Denyse is an educator, translator, interpreter and writer. Denyse holds a Bachelor’s degree in languages and social sciences and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Education. Since 2011 she has worked in different sectors as an administrator, communication expert, early childhood educator, literacy expert and she has been a freelance translator and language tutor for more than 10 years. Denyse works in English, French and Kinyarwanda and has worked with adults and children from over 40 countries. Denyse is passionate about education, languages and intercultural communications. Her work involves promoting early literacy , language learning and culture competence in Rwanda and beyond. Denyse works hard to promote the Rwandan culture through the teaching of Kinyarwanda language and cultural tourism operations. She is the founder of “IGICUMBI-LEARN RWANDA”, an institution that promotes cultural tourism and languages learning in Rwanda. Denyse enjoys working with children and adult of all ages, people with different needs and abilities and people from different countries and cultures.
Marthe is an associate at Amazon and is also pursuing a CPA training at CPA Canada Western School of Business. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration specializing in Accounting from University of Rwanda School of Business and Economics.
Marie Paul Nisingizwe
Marie Paul has many years of experience in quantitative data analysis and health systems research and evaluation. Marie Paul has worked with Clinton Health Access Initiative as Senior Evaluation Coordinator and with Partners in Health as a Data analyst where her work has focused on health policy evaluation methods, especially as they are applied in resource-poor settings and the evidence used to improve access to health services among the underprivileged populations. Marie Paul is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in population and public health at the University of British Columbia, Canada and her area of interest is in access to medicine in low and middle-income countries. Marie Paul’s doctoral research seeks to understand access to hepatitis C treatment in Rwanda, her home country. Drawing from he own experience as a woman in sciences from a developing country, Marie Paul is interested in empowering and encouraging other women from countries with limited sources to join sciences. Marie Paul has participated in different initiatives that help address the gender gap in science fields by investing in girls’ education and providing girls and women with the encouragement, community, and confidence to pursue careers in science fields and to promote cross-cultural communication and understanding in these fields. Marie Paul recognizes a responsibility “to make the path easier to equip adolescent girls and women with skills and knowledge to succeed in sciences”.
Odilia is a PhD student in social psychology at Simon Fraser University (British Columbia, Canada). Odilia has a background in outreach work and community consultation. Her research interests are intergroup relations, social change and community engagement. She is passionate about building bridges between different groups of people using a social justice approach to build social connections, support intergroup dialogue and encourage knowledge sharing.
Vi Vu has many years of experience working with Vietnam Banking of Social Policies (VBSP)- a non- profit organization by the Bank of Vietnam. During her finance career, Vi developed a passion to work on the preferential credit programs for the poor and policy beneficiaries to provide loans to people with HIV-AIDS, drug addicts after detoxification and rehabilitation, sex workers. Vi has been also involved in the rural clean water supply and environment sanitation program and the related projects funded by ODA funding. Vi holds a bachelor’s degree in Business specializing in Financing from the Academy of Banking of Vietnam, a master of human resources in Marshall University-USA and she is currently pursuing a master of Public Health at Simon Fraser University- Canada
Françoise is a training and teaching facilitator with more than ten years of experience and with extensive expertise in special education and curriculum development. Françoise devotes herself to various initiatives aimed at promoting education, sustainable development and women’s rights. Françoise collaborates with several organizations in France and Rwanda, including the Rotary club, Rwanda Ministry of education, Peace Corps, Rwanda Girls Initiative project, Caritas, Padems, among others. Françoise is a member of the Salvation Army Support Team that aims to provide educational, counseling and vocational rehabilitation services to youth and adults experiencing socio-economic and psychological difficulties. Françoise holds a Master degree in Sociology (Education, gender, migration) from France. Her professional background demonstrates her impressive skills in education, leadership, training, social project coordination and advisory experience in multicultural and intercultural environments.
Amy is a Ph.D. student working in Everyday Design Studio in School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on slow interaction design and how metadata can be used as a design material. Before entering SFU, she worked as a hybrid of UI/UX designer and iOS app developer in well-known start-ups in Taiwan. This granted her not only the interdisciplinary thinking but the desire to explore the world in a totally different perspective. Inspired by previous work at Womany, Amy joined Women Explorers Fellowship with an aim to encourage more and more women over the world to do something they never imagine they can, or are allowed to do.
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