- Meet the Organizing Committee -
Young Leaders for Health Conference 2017
Health in the Sustainable Development Goals
Protus Musotsi Yabunga
Protus is a graduate from Moi University school of Public Health with a degree in Environmental Health and is a research assistant. He is the founder of Moi University one health Students Club and is also the founder of Youth for servant leadership-Kenya and Youth for Sustainable environment Initiatives. He is currently serving as the communications officer of Mazingira Bora Initiative, a Kenyan based environmental conservation group. He is passionate about leadership and one health with keen interest in global health issues.
Valerie is a student of International Relations at the Technical University of Dresden. She is fascinated about health-related topics and is an advocate of Global Health as a subject of International Politics. She is fervent about the social and political determinants of Health as well as the International Economy of assuring sustainable health systems on an international scale, with an interest in global inequity, Health Diplomacy, Humanitarian Law and Mental Health. She is an experienced “MUNer” and has been part of YLH since 2015, where she represented South Africa in the 1st WHA-simulation.
Yousuf is a medical student at University of Baghdad, Iraq. He has been involved in volunteering activities in the field of health, mostly with IFMSA-Iraq where he was the Secretary General in 2016. He is the founder and a trainer in the first debate club in Iraq, a platform for peaceful dialogue. He has been a member of YLH since 2016 where he hopes to develop himself in the field of public health and tackle the challenges the world is faced with.
Bertina’s passion for the social determinants of health led her to work as a research assistant at the Public Health Department in Copenhagen, subsequently leading her to pursue a master degree in International public health. She is currently collaborating with the WHO in Copenhagen in developing the first Knowledge Hub focused on Health and Migration, which will involve creating a knowledge library, organize summer schools and webinars for mainly academics and policymakers. She strongly believes that YLH serves as a platform for the exchange of ideas by young and curious minds, the cross-sectoral approach Public Health needs.
Jessica is a young professional in Business Diplomacy and has worked as Project coordinator in the French Ministry of Health where she has gathered 4 years of experience. She wants to be part of a community that will empower the young to raise our voice as young, future consumers and generation, as well as address our message to key stakeholders on one of the main issue: health.
Andreea is a pharmacist and has worked as a Junior Pharmacovigilance Specialist, ensuring the safety of drugs. Volunteering, to her is a way of life and she likes to put her energy and skills into different projects. In the last 4 years, she has been involved in an NGO for pharmacy students from Romania fighting for change and development. She recently became one of EPSA`s soft skills trainers, delivering training on different topics for personal development. She wants to learn more about global health and believes being a part of YLH will accord her that opportunity.
Csilla is a young professional working for a member of the European Parliament. She works on a Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. She is deeply involved in the work of several delegations related to foreign affairs as well, all of which have heightened her interest in global health. She is also very concerned about the quality of health care systems in our countries and is confident about the role of young people in this process, and this motivated her to join YLH.
Jacqueline is a population and health management professional and works as the Membership & Welfare Executive for Go Girl Africa. Her education background is in Demography and Public health- Health Management stream. She delights in mentoring and championing women and girls’ rights and is passionate about youth economic empowerment and works with Rotary Vijana Poa as a master trainer. She is a family planning and reproductive health champion and has participated in a mentoring program with Leadership Management & Governance project (USAID) under East Africa Women’s Mentoring Network.
Julius is a medical doctor who graduated from the Charité Berlin in 2016. Through additionally studying economics and working as an intern at the Heal Africa Hospital in the crisis region of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo he got involved in global health. Since 2013 he is a member of the Young German Council on Foreign Relations and in January 2017 he started working with the German Development Cooperation. His aim in joining the OC is to tackle the challenges of a globalised world. To him it is to a considerable extent a question on how to overcome tragedies of the commons, Global health is a topic addressing the numerous interdependencies of social life. Especially with its interdisciplinary and comprehensive take it seems best suitable to meet the requirements of the twenty-first century.
Francisca Nana Amoah
Francisca is a young scientist pursuing a master's degree in Cell Biology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Germany. She was involved in organizing health and educational outreaches to deprived communities during her undergraduate study in Ghana. She is a member of YLH since 2016 and represented the United Kingdom in the second WHA-simulation of YLH in Berlin 2016. She has an interest in global health and hopes to be part of a community of people who have the sole aim of finding solutions to issues of global concern.
Victoria (Tori) is an Australian global and public health consultant, researcher and educator specialising in health equity and the social determinants of health. She is a consultant with the Social Determinants of Health Unit, in the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health at the WHO headquarters, where she also served as a Technical Officer from 2013 to 2015. She is also the Course Coordinator for the Community and Public Health course at CIEE. Victoria earned her MSc in International Health from Uppsala University in 2009 and has Bachelors of Health Science and Social Science from the University of Adelaide (2007). Prior to working at WHO, she was the Research Development Manager for the Southgate Institute of Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University (Australia) and has also worked in technical and research capacities in Germany, Sweden and India. She currently resides in Berlin.
Yousif is a medical doctor graduated from Al Nahrain University in Baghdad having two years of experience in clinical practice. He has a huge interest in public health that’s why he has been involved in many epidemiological studies and volunteer work with IFMSA to provide medical support for refugees in Iraq. He is also working as a product manager in German brand pharmaceutical company called Merck. In addition to that, he works on raising people awareness about serious diseases with the collaboration of several local NGOs.
He joined YLH because he strongly believes in the role of young people to make the positive impact in the health sector worldwide.
Reina is a public health professional from Lebanon, currently doing her Master’s in International Health in Berlin. After finishing her studies in Medical Laboratory Sciences, she developed an interest in finance and economics and subsequently pursued a Master’s degree in Business Administration. As such, she combined her healthcare background and her managerial skills and worked at a hospital in Lebanon, where she assisted in managing the laboratory, from allocating budgets and performing costing analyses, to handling outsourcing contracts, ensuring quality assurance, compliance and financial matters.
Reina believes that YLH offers the opportunity to contribute and lead change while sharing experiences with global health enthusiasts. Within the OC she is mainly involved in the coordination of the social program and logistics.
Sociology and Gender Studies
Jessi McNeill is a student studying Sociology and Anthropology, as well as Gender Studies, at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. At Salve she is the treasurer of the Southern Poverty and Law Center club, which seeks to raise awareness of social issues and inequalities. She was also the secretary and communications committee member for TEDx SalveReginaU, Salve Regina’s first TEDx lecture. She is currently completing an internship with Young Leaders for Health, assisting with the planning of the YLH Conference on Health in the SDGs. After graduation, she plans to continue her study of health through the lens of anthropology.
Franck is a 6th-year medical student at the University of Burundi. He is passionate about Global Health especially NCDs, sexual and reproductive as well as research. He is involved in many youth organizations dealing with pushing the agenda of health and young people issues. He is currently the President of Association Burundaise des Etudiants en Médecine (ABEM), a national member organization of IFMSA. His passions and interests combine also innovation in health, social entrepreneurship, digital health and blogging.
In 2016, he was a Co-founder of http://www.ndakira.net, a website devoted for informing and educating the community with correct, clear and updated information about their health as well as helping patients with chronic diseases to live a healthy life. Ndakira is also providing a platform for information and knowledge sharing between health care professionals. He is also a contributor to the Burundi national collective of bloggers, where he has written articles at As a team member of YLH, he expects to get more experience and contribute in making a better and healthier world.