James Orbinski, OC,MSC,BSC,MD,MA,MCFP

James OrbinskiDirector, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research | @jamesorbinski
Dr. James Orbinski is professor and inaugural Director of York University’s Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research (DIGHR). As a medical doctor, a humanitarian practitioner and advocate, a best-selling author, and a leading scholar in global health, Dr. Orbinski believes in actively engaging and shaping our world so that it is more just, fair and humane. << read more >>

Steven J. Hoffman, BHS,MA,JD,PhD

Director, Global Strategy Lab
Steven J. Hoffman is the Director of the Global Strategy Lab, a Professor of Global Health, Law, and Political Science at York University, and the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Population & Public Health. He holds courtesy appointments as a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Part-Time) at McMaster University and Adjunct Professor of Global Health & Population at Harvard University. Steven holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences from McMaster University, an MA in Political Science and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University, and a doctorate in law from Sciences Po Paris. He is an international lawyer licensed in both Ontario and New York who specializes in global health law, global governance and institutional design. His research integrates analytical, empirical and big data approaches to craft global regulatory strategies that better address transnational health threats, social inequalities and human rights challenges.


Theresa Dinh, MSc

Administrative Officer
Theresa Dinh has a wealth of academic and administrative experience at York, and has a strong interest in developing her career in academic administration. Theresa holds a recently completed (2015) Master of Science in Geography from the University of Guelph. Her thesis focused on the Influence of Humans and Climatic Variability on Historic Wildfire Dynamics. She has certification in Research and Project Management, and in Geographic Information Systems, and is highly skilled in data base management, and standard research software.

Harpreet Singh, BCom

Financial Assistant
Harpreet Singh is a graduate from York University with a Bachelor in Commerce, Finance. Harpreet has a strong interest in the area of research administration and accounting and has worked in the public and broader public sector.


Aria Ilyad Ahmad, PhD Candidate

Research Fellow, Global Health Foresighting
Aria Ilyad Ahmad is a policy advisor at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research. Since 2014, he has also served as a consultant to the World Health Organization's Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products. Aria is a past Duke University Global Health Fellow and past faculty member of the Global Health Education Initiative at the University of Toronto. He has testified before the Canadian Senate on Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime, served on the board of directors of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, and was the inaugural Médecins Sans Frontières Access to Medicines Fellow in India. Aria received his HBSc and MSc in international pharmaceutical policy from the University of Toronto, and is completing his PhD in global health governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada.

Syed Imran Ali, PhD

Research Fellow, Global Health and Humanitarianism | @imranono
Dr. Imran Ali is an aid worker and academic focused on humanitarian challenges at the intersection of environment and public health. He has worked in emergency responses and led operational research with Médecins Sans Frontières and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in South Sudan, Pakistan, Jordan, Rwanda, and Uganda. Dr. Ali has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Development Impact Lab and the Blum Center for Developing Economies. Dr. Ali received his doctorate in environmental engineering from the University of Guelph and his bachelors in engineering from Queen’s University.

Matthew Arnold, MSc

Water Engineering Research Assistant, ACWQ+SAM Project

Matt started working as a Research Assistant at The Dahdaleh Institute of Global Health Research in June 2018. Prior to moving to Canada recently he worked for Médecins Sans Frontières as a Water and Sanitation Advisor at HQ level and as field staff since 2003. This work necessitated supporting and implementing water supply and sanitation projects in all types of humanitarian emergencies – from natural disasters and disease outbreaks to population displacements. With an educational background (MSc) in Hydrogeology and a keen interest in Public Health and water quality he is looking to further investigate and research issues in these domains with a view to improving the quality of water supplied in humanitarian responses.

Linn Biorklund Belliveau, MA

Community Scholar, Health Migration and Climate Change | @abyssopelagic
Linn Biorklund Belliveau is a researcher at Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research and at Médecins Sans Frontières, and an affiliate at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University. Her areas of knowledge include forced migration, transnational networks, climate politics, and access to care. Linn has extensive experience with non-governmental organisations and the United Nations in the fields of humanitarianism and human rights. She has worked and carried out research in East Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, and is a regular guest speaker on forced migration and the politics of aid. At DIGHR she specifically focuses on the nexus of ‘climate change, migration and health,’ and related inadequacies of global migration response systems.

Rhonda Ferguson, PhD

Research Associate, Global Humanitarian Security Tax Advisor
Rhonda Ferguson joined the Dahdaleh Institute of Global Health Research in September 2018. She works as part of a multidisciplinary research team, which comprises scholars from the DIGHR and the Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Law and Security to assess the possibilities of a humanitarian tax on arms sales. Her other research interests include food security and sovereignty, famine, international human rights law, agricultural trade, and socio-economic rights. She is also a community-academic postdoctoral fellow with Food Secure Canada and Lakehead University. She has a Ph.D. from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway.

Tino Kreutzer, PhD Candidate

PhD Candidate, School of Health Policy and Management | @tinokreutzer | website
Tino Kreutzer is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of humanitarian response and information management. He has more than 10 years’ experience working in the response to humanitarian crises, natural disasters, and the international Ebola epidemic for the United Nations and other organizations. Tino currently serves as the Crisis Informatics Coordinator at NetHope and is a Senior Advisor at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, where he has been instrumental to the creation of KoBoToolbox, the primary data collection tool in humanitarian emergencies. His PhD research focuses on pioneering a novel system for understanding population needs in emergencies through the innovative use of new technology.

Byomkesh Talukder, PhD

Research Fellow, Planetary Health
Dr. Byomkesh Talukder is the inaugural Planetary Health Fellow at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research (York University), where he works at the intersection of health, sustainable development, climate change, food and agriculture.  He will be working with the Faculties of Health and of Environmental Studies to develop health indicators associated with the Ecological Footprint.  Dr Talukder will also be working on modelling the health impacts of climate change related extreme weather events.  His past research applies a complexity science approach to designing sustainability assessment models of food and agricultural systems in Bangladesh. Dr. Talukder also has over 15 years of interdisciplinary field and training experience, including the supervision of over 2,000 emerging leaders in sustainable development programs and policy design in Bangladesh. Since 2016, he has been a Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellow at Parmalat Canada and the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University. Dr. Talukdar holds a PhD in Geography and Environmental Studies (Wilfrid Laurier University), a MSc in Environmental Studies (Queen's University), a MA in Development Science (Hiroshima University), and a MSc in Geography and Environmental (Jahangirnagar University).

Jennifer Turnbull, MD, FRCPC

Medical Research Associate, ACWQ+SAM Project
Dr. Jennifer Turnbull is a Pediatric Emergency physician and assistant professor at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and McGill University. She is the co-director of the Global Child Health Program within the Department of Pediatrics, McGill. Her global health work has taken her to Honduras, Haiti, Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Malawi with  various organizations, including Médecins Sans Frontières and the Canadian Red Cross.

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