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Team

Principal Investigators

Alex Jadad

Alex is a physician, innovator, educator and public advocate whose mission is to optimize health and wellness for all, through the innovative use of information and communication technologies. He holds the Canada Research Chair in eHealth Innovation at the University of Toronto and the University Health Network, where he is the Founder of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation. He is also a Professor in the Department of Anesthesia, in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. His research and innovation work focuses on virtual tools to support the encounter between the public and the health system (with emphasis on the management of polypathologies); interactive tools to promote knowledge translation and mentorship of health professionals and the public; and online resources to support social networks, to respond to major public health threats (e.g., chronic conditions, pandemics), to support international collaboration, and to enable the public (particularly young people) to shape the health system and society.

With regards to eSAC, Alex:

  • contributed to the conceptualization and design of the project;
  • is responsible for the overall scientific soundness of the project, with respect to the activities for which the University of Toronto is accountable;
  • promotes and facilitates links between the project and the academic network of which the University of Toronto is a member.
Marcelo D'Agostino

Marcelo is a Systems Analyst from the University of Belgrano, Argentina and holds a Master in Direction of Information and Knowledge Management from the Universidad Abierta of Catalonia, Spain. He started working at PAHO/WHO in 1987 as a programmer, at the Pan American Center for Zoonosis. In 1991, he became a consultant in the field of information systems at the Pan American Center for Foot-and-Mouth Disease. In 1992, he joined the American Institute for Food Protection and Zoonosis (INPPAZ) as Analyst Programmer and in 2002 became head of the Department of Information Technology. In 2002, he also began working at BIREME (PAHO/WHO) where he served as Coordinator of the Technical Cooperation Agreement between the Pan American Center for Foot-and-Mouth Disease and the National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil (ANVISA). In 2005, Marcelo became project manager of marketing and innovation and also assumed the position of Regional Advisor in Information Dissemination in the Information and Knowledge Management area, responsible for the PAHO/WHO website, Intranet, Social Networks and Central Library. In 2008, he became Senior Advisor for Knowledge Management and in 2010 was selected as Director of Knowledge Management and Communications at PAHO with the responsibility of leading groups of scientific and editorial services, eHealth and translations. In August 2010, Marcelo became Chief of Knowledge Management and Communications, which includes the general supervision of Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning, Public Information, Media Relations, Library and Information Networks, eHealth, Social Networks, Editorial services, Institutional Branding and the Latin American Center for Health Science and Information (BIREME). He is also the Deputy Editor of the "Revista de Medicina y Seguridad del Trabajo" at the Institute de Salud Carlos III in Spain.

With regards to eSAC, Marcelo: 

  • contributed to the conceptualization and design of the project; 
  • is responsible for the overall scientific soundness of the project with respect to the activities for which PAHO is accountable; 
  • promotes and facilitates links between the project and the policy and technical networks of which PAHO is a member.

Project Co-Directors

Gladys Faba

Dr. Gladys Faba Beaumont holds a PhD in Sociology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). For 18 years, she was the Director of The National Information Center for Decision Making in Health at the National Institute of Public Health where she designed and developed training programs for systematic review protocols and evidence-based decision-making research. She also was the Editor Manager for the Journal of Public Health of México and the Bulletin "Effective Medical Practice," the first evidence-based primary health care practice journal in México. Currently, Gladys works as a part-time researcher at the National Institute of Public Health and an International Consultant at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). She is responsible for eSAC's Professional Development Program.

With regards to eSAC, Gladys:

  • provides strategic direction to the PAHO arm of the project;
  • oversees the PAHO project team;
  • oversees the design and implementation of the project professional development program (PDP).
Andrea Cortinois

Andrea has worked for 25 years as a journalist, researcher, teacher, and manager of health-related interventions on four continents, mainly in low-income countries. Over the past several years, Andrea has participated in research projects focusing on the application of new information and communication technologies to reach marginalized population groups and improve health equity. He is an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and teaches courses in international health and in migration and health.

With regards to eSAC, Andrea:

  • contributed to the conceptualization of the project;
  • provides strategic direction to the University of Toronto arm of the project; 
  • oversees the University of Toronto project team.

Young Professionals (YPs)

Nasim Farach

Nasim earned a BA in Marketing from Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana and a MA in International Affairs and Development Communications from Ohio University through a Fulbright Scholarship. He has experience in health communications, qualitative methods and monitoring and evaluation, with a focus on HIV interventions. He has participated in health studies in Honduras, Panama, Guatemala and Tanzania. Nasim is the YP responsible for Central America. You can follow his activities at: http://en.esacproject.net/guide/nasim-farach

With regards to eSAC, Nasim:

  • contributes to the project knowledge management activities;
  • contributes to the development of original project-related content;
  • contributes to the project professional development program.
Felipe Mejia

Felipe holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and a MSc in International Health from Heidelberg University, Germany, through a KAAD scholarship. He has professional experience in health technology assessment and surveillance as well as in the impact of tourism on public health, through research in Colombia and Costa Rica with various public-private partnerships. Felipe is the YP responsible for the Andean Region. You can follow his activities at: http://en.esacproject.net/guide/felipe-mejia

With regards to eSAC, Felipe:

  • contributes to the project knowledge management activities;
  • contributes to the development of original project-related content;
  • contributes to the project professional development program.
Soroya Julian

Soroya holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Communications and a Master of Science degree in Public Health, with emphasis on Health Promotion. Some of her skills include strategic communication planning, social marketing, material development, campaign planning and implementation, event planning, media relations and advocacy. She has worked in health communication with various target audiences across Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, including those most vulnerable and marginalized. Soroya is the YP responsible for the Caribbean.

You can follow her activities at: http://en.esacproject.net/guide/soroya-julian

With regards to eSAC, Soroya:

  • contributes to the project knowledge management activities;
  • contributes to the development of original project-related content;
  • contributes to the project professional development program.

Consultant On Health Inequalities

Baltica Cabieses

Baltica Cabieses is a Chilean nurse-midwife with over 10 years of experience in applied health research in low- and middle-income countries, with a specific focus on Latin America. She holds a Master of Science in Epidemiology, a PhD in health sciences (social epidemiology) and a certificate in health education. She is a lecturer at the Universidad del Desarrollo in Chile and a visiting scholar at the University of York. She also collaborates with the Bradford Institute for health research in England. She has strong research experience in health inequalities and her current areas of research are socioeconomic inequity in health, migration and health, and global public health. Baltica provides methodological and research support to the eSAC team.

With regards to eSAC, Baltica:

  • provides methodological support to the YPs in the process of developing original project-related content;
  • supports the project professional development program.

Project Administrator And Knowledge Management Associate

Stéfanie Fréel

Stéfanie holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master in Global Affairs from the University of Toronto. She has worked across the public, private and not-for-profit sector, both in Canada and internationally, and has experience in global health and international development with a specific focus on (global) mental health research and policy. Stéfanie coordinates administrative, logistical and knowledge management processes at eSAC.

With regards to eSAC, Stéfanie:

  • supports the project knowledge management activities;
  • supports the development of original project-related content;
  • is responsible for the technical aspects of the project online platform; - administrates the University of Toronto arm of the project.