Our Team

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Dr. Mark Walker
Vice-Dean, Internationalization and Global Health
  • Under the direction of the Dean, represents the Faculty for all international and global health matters
  • Provide strategic and operational leadership, including setting priorities, goals and objectives
  • Chair of Advisory Committee on Internationalization
  • Advise on the creation of Faculty-wide database and systematic reporting of international and global health activities
  • Ensure a systematic review of all new and existing partnerships

Dr. Walker is a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine. He is also Senior Scientist with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Scientific Director of BORN (Ontario’s pregnancy, birth and childhood registry and network), and Medical Lead - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program.

In addition, he is cross-appointed to the School of Epidemiology and Public Health and the Telfer School of Management.

Dr. Manisha Kulkarni
Dr. Manisha KULKARNI
Interim Director, Global Health Program
  • Foster and support Global Health activities in line with the Faculty of Medicine’s Strategic Direction
  • Establish strategic and sustainable initiatives to facilitate the engagement of learners, residents and faculty in education, research, healthcare and capacity-building opportunities
  • Provide leadership and expertise to the Global Health Program with the ultimate outcome of improving healthcare in low-resource communities around the world, by creating preferred partnerships with organizations in low and middle income countries.
  • Chair of Global Health Advisory Committee

Dr. Manisha Kulkarni is an Associate Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa. She holds a PhD in Medical Entomology from McGill University and brings over fifteen years of experience in working on malaria biology, epidemiology, and control in East Africa and other global settings.


Diane CYR
613-562-5800 ext. 7800
  • Oversee all operational activities of the IGHO
  • Guide the staff and stakeholders in program development and project management
  • Key advisor to Faculty leadership in matters of international and global health activities


Zaina-Sophie Salibi
Zaina-Sophie SALIBI
Project Officer
613-562-5800 ext. 2836
  • Development and implementation of international projects at the Faculty
  • Data collection and inventory of international partnerships and global health activities
  • Communication strategy of the office
  • International mobility at the Faculty (incoming and outgoing)



Kristina LAPERLE
Education Liaison
613-562-5800 ext. 8860
  • Planning and delivery of all educational programs
  • Oversee all educational activities related to the Ottawa-Shanghai Joint School of Medicine (OSJSM)
  • Planning, coordinating and monitoring quality control processes for educational programs offered to international visiting professors delivered locally, outside Canada or remotely
  • Medicine and the Humanities International Program



Desiree STONE
Coordinator, Global Health Program
613-562-5800 ext. 4479
  • UGME Global Health Concentration
  • International Electives
  • Global Health Bursaries
  • Pre-departure Training
  • Post-elective Debriefing
  • Global Health Advisory Committee



Marcia Chang
Marcia CHANG
Project Coordinator
613-562-5800 ext. 7365


  • Administrative support for Project Planning (Pre-med Summer School, Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME), Ottawa-Shanghai Joint School of Medicine (OSJSM), Tongren Specialists Observership Program, Train the Trainer Program)
  • Logistics for incoming & outgoing mobility (OSJSM Admission, Pre-med teaching, leadership delegation)
  • Interpretation support for international collaborations


Rama Ndagano 
Administration and Finance Officer
613-562-5800 ext. 7800
  • Support IGHO team with operational activities
  • Manage general inquiries ensuring that they are dealt with promptly
  • Administer all financial transactions and procurement
  • Document management and data entry
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