Young Leaders for Health e.V.
non-profit organisation | gemeinnütziger Verein | Berlin, Germany
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Meet the Team

About Us

Elisabeth Schulte
Janna Post

Martin Blohmer
MD Candidate

Stella Duwendag
Public Health 

Reem Goda

Clinical Pharmacist

Lisa Gow
Law & Public Policy Graduate

Tanya Herfurth

Political Science 

Kristin Zacharias

Marie-Luisa Jahreiss
 European Public Health & Management

Julius Murke

Daniel Nomah
Medical Doctor

Michele Matta
Nutritionist, Public Health, International Communication in Health

Andrei Robescu
Physical Therapist, International Health & Social Management 

Hristina Shopova
MD Candidate

Tugce Schmitt
Safety and Quality in Healthcare

Chaitra Srinivas
Pharmacist & Public Health

Aymen Meddeb

Anjuli Krause

Health Education & Promotion

Martin Blohmer

Even though I just started my medical studies, I am aware that medicine cannot be approached from one single area of expertise. Instead, members of many disciplines have to work together in order to make health care as good as possible. To facilitate this teamwork, I joined the organising committee of the 24 hrs Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on E- Health. E-Health is a rapidly evolving field that has the power to transform the lives of everyone involved in the health sector, from patients over doctors to engineers. This is why I will support all participants in their quest to make their project reach this goal. 

 

 

Stella Duwendag

During several international experiences I got to understand the strong influence that health has on people’s lives and therefore chose to study Public Health. Within my studies, I learned about the variety of influences on health, from the biological to social, cultural, political and economic factors. Due to these various determinants, Global Health can only be improved through the cooperation of people from all kinds of disciplines. I am convinced that there are numerous fantastic ideas around the world that have the potential to improve the world population’s health, but have not been made reality yet. Therefore, I am grateful to be a part of the organising committee of the YLH 24 hrs Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on E-Health that gives young people the opportunity to share their ideas with peers, receive support from experts and to actually realise them. 

 

 

Reem Goda

Even though I am only a clinical pharmacist fresh grad, I have been voluntarily working in public health awareness and providing medical advice to people since day one in college.

Last May, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend the World Health Assembly at Geneva, and ever since, I found myself really passionate and interested in the Public Health causes, and specifically how we can help people get the health care they deserve, alongwith strengthening the health system  and universal health coverage.

Young Leaders for Health is the place I was looking for, because the future of our health depends on us, youth and future health care providers. Through these challenging cases, we will learn, have fun, and overcome many obstacles.

Throughout the last 5 years I got the chance to learn about many health issues that are endangering our health and wellbeing. To overcome this, I believe one of the infrastructure ideas is to have smart cities and E-health implemented at our systems.

Lisa Gow

I am originally from Scotland, where I studied law. I feel thoroughly interdisciplinary at heart, and am joining the Young Leaders for Health team after completing postgraduate studies in applied ethics and public policy in Germany. At the moment, I'm working to enable refugees to pursue higher education. Joining YLH allows me to pursue my burgeoning interest in global public health. I truly believe that addressing the health challenges of today and tomorrow requires collective action and the harnessing of new opportunities offered by technological development. In particular, having learnt about different health literacy approaches, I realised that policymakers must understand health as a broad concept that needs be supported in all contexts, not just in clinics.

Tanya Herfurth

Being a founding board member of Young Leaders for Health I wanted to expand our non-profit's undertakings by starting the YLH 24 hrs Social Entrepreneurship Challenge. I believe that the biggest flaw in the current functioning of public and global health is the lack of interdisciplinary workings. Hence, this is how the concept of this endeavour came about. However, without my excellent team, it simply would have remained a concept. Together, we have created the YLH 24 hrs Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on E-Health, focussing on Interoperability.

We want to empower students and young professionals by giving them the platform and the means to launch a sustainable project in the realm of e-Health systems.

I myself am a former medical student currently studying political science, specialising on international political economy. 

Marie-Luisa Jahreiss

Global Health must be addressed by people from all age-groups and disciplines. Attending the World Health Summit in Berlin highlighted the importance of mutual commitment and collaboration in the field of Global Health, in order to improve health as well as achieve equity in health for all people worldwide.

I am currently doing my Master in Management at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. My focus, and also the frame of my Master Thesis, is market access of pharmaceuticals in Germany. Prior to my Master I have graduated with a Bachelor of Science in European Public Health from Maastricht University.

I am very grateful to be part of the organising committee of the YLH 24 hrs Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on e-Health.

Michele Matta
Healthcare should be available for all citizens. Coming from a country where receiving proper healthcare have become a luxury, my aim is to work in Health Policy Implementation and help promote equity in health. As a Lebanese studying in France, I believe that an international experience will enable me to study different approaches that will benefit implementing a solution catered to the needs of the targeted countries.

Daniel Nomah

Growing up in Koforidua, Ghana and volunteering with 'DoctorsAct' since 2012 made me passionate about Global Health. Through these experiences coupled with my medical studies in Russia, I came to understand that good health policies coordinated with a strong public health system could produce optimal results in healthcare delivery. I became interested in Young Leaders for Health because of their objective of encouraging and fostering potential leaders in Global Health on an interdisciplinary, intercultural and innovative basis. It has been great preparation ground for me as I look forward to doing more in these areas upon completion of medical school in few months. I'm particularly excited about the 24 hrs Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on E-Health because I believe that e-Health can address the major demands of the fast developing health industry. 

Andrei Robescu
I am a Physical Therapist (BSc., MSc.) that decided to further study International Health and

Social Management (MA) to learn the tools required to tackle larger issues in global health. My

two main points of interest in the field of healthcare are e-Health and interoperability, with a focus

on patient needs.

As a former participant of the Social Entrepreneurship Challenge (2017), I now joined the Young

Leaders for Health organisation committee to aid other young professionals to further their

innovative ideas and provide them the chance to create a strong interdisciplinary and intercultural

network.

Tugce Schmitt

 I come from Izmir, the Aegean coast of Turkey and have been living in Berlin since 2013, where I spent the first semester of my M.Sc. International Health studies five years ago. I lived in different countries including Germany, France and the Netherlands as a student and worked in a European Joint Action after my studies, I enjoyed the international spirit very much. For this reason, even though I currently work as a consultant at a national organisation, I ended up being active in global public health events locally in Berlin. That’s how I met this young, dynamic and enthusiastic group of people, who are dedicated to make a difference: Young Leaders for Health. Happy to be with you and looking forward to organising this year’s Social Entrepreneurship Challenge altogether!

Hristina Shopova

Growing up I think I’ve always wanted to be a medical doctor. And within the course of my studies I really came to understand the importance of a strong public health system. I think that in order to create an optimal healthcare system, it cannot be approached only from a medical point of view. Instead, it takes more areas of expertise into consideration.

Thus, to further empower this idea, I became involved with Young Leaders for Health, joining the OC of the 24 hrs Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on E- Health. This project gives young people from different backgrounds of study a platform to share their thoughts and ideas with their colleagues and peers and more importantly to act on them.

That is why I feel incredibly privileged to be a part of this and watch up close young people launching a sustainable project on E-health. I look forward to seeing the human mind at its finest, and will do all in my power to support and help the participants.

Chaitra Srinivas

I am a Pharmacist from India, currently pursuing my Masters in Public Health Sciences – Epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. Pharmacy education taught me that medicines cure illnesses. But, I aspired to study Public Health Sciences because I believe that we would be working towards a nobler cause if we focus our energies and resources in preventing the illnesses from occurring in the first place. Although the world now possesses therapeutic formulae and all the other wherewithal to manage, cure or treat diseases, we are still victims of various global health problems. However, I like to believe that the problems aren’t too big to fix, if we just start to fix them.

My pursuit for opportunities to work with a diverse team focusing on tackling global health issues with novel approaches such as advocating eHealth, led me to be a part of the YLH organizing committee of the 24 hrs Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on eHealth. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link and I’d like to think of the world as a chain and ill-health its weakest link. Hence, I consider it to be a privilege to be a part of this team which has collective goals to have a positive impact on global health.

Anjuli Krause

Within the course of my studies and my employment at eHealth.Business I had the chance to gain important knowledge as well as professional experience in the health care sector in Germany and worldwide. I believe that communication and openness towards new ideas is the key when making innovative projects a success, not only in global health. Seeing that patient’s care is not as high of quality as it could be due to the lack of patient information, makes me want to make a difference by help making important information available for the patient anytime and anywhere. I believe that a more patient-centred approach is vital when talking about improving health care. That is why I am especially passionate about interoperability in e-health; because only within the frame of cross-sectoral cooperation will it be possible to give patients access to their health information. 

 

*The profiles of the organising committee are listed in alphabetical order.