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Shadin Awad is graduate research assistant with the CPC Learning Network and a second-year MPH student in the Department of Population and Family Health with a certificate in Public Health and Humanitarian Assistance. Email: email@example.com
Mashal Basir is a graduate research assistant with the CPC Learning Network. She is a second-year MPH student in the Department of Population and Family Health with a Certificate in Public Health Research Methods. She grew up in Pakistan and completed her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in History and Global Health. Mashal worked with the Aga Khan University to conduct a systematic review of maternal and child health in conflict areas of Pakistan to implement better emergency obstetric and neonatal care services in rural areas. After graduating, she moved to Pakistan and joined Interactive Research & Development (IRD) to initiate a diabetes pilot for community-based screening, diagnosis and treatment. She then went on to manage programmatic cohort reporting of multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB patients at a large tertiary care hospital. Prior to beginning her MPH, she worked in health technology, gathering software requirements from TB program teams to improve screening algorithms and build an electronic medical record system. For her MPH practicum, she worked with the CPC Learning Network conducting qualitative interviews and focus groups in Harrisonburg (VA) and Austin (TX) to assess the mental health and psycho-social well-being of adolescent Arab refugees from Syria, Iraq and Sudan, who…
Connor Wright is graduate research assistant with the CPC Learning Network and a second-year MPH student in the Department of Population and Family Health with a certificate in Public Health and Humanitarian Assistance. Connor originally grew up in Los Angeles, but moved to New Orleans to study International Public Health and French at Tulane University. Throughout his undergraduate degree he worked at various non-profit organizations including the Organization Panafricaine de Lutte contra le Side (OPALS) and AIDS Project: Los Angeles. After college he moved to France and worked for the Ministry of Education teaching in French middle and high schools. For his MPH Practicum experience, Connor worked with the CPC Learning Network, The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK), and UNHCR on the research initiative, Rainbow Childhoods, to increase qualitative data on gender and sexuality development among children and youth around the world and to reinforce service provision for this sub-population. Connor looks forward to working with the CPC Learning Network on issues related to child protection and development, LGBTIQ+ health, and the forced migration field. Email: Connorwright.firstname.lastname@example.org
Ali Sussman is a second-year MPH student in the Department of Population and Family Health and is pursuing a certificate in Public Health and Humanitarian Assistance. Originally from New Jersey, Ali completed her undergraduate degree at Emory University where she studied International Relations with a focus on conflict resolution and a minor in Global Health. During college she interned at the CDC in the Department for International Emergency and Refugee Health. Additionally, she was a health educator at the Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta. After college she worked at the Population Council. For her MPH Practicum, she worked with the CPC Learning Network and the Thai Transgender Alliance on Rainbow Childhoods. Ali is passionate about work related to forced migration and child protection and looks forward to continuing to pursue this passion with the CPC Learning Network. Email: email@example.com
Jing Li joined the CPC Learning Network in June of 2018 as the Program Officer. Jing comes with over nine years of experience in providing administrative and financial support to grant based children and health programs. Prior to her current position, Jing was the Associate Program Manager at Project Sunshine, where she managed the organization’s community based pediatric service programs in US and China, providing services to 100,000 pediatric patients and their family members. Jing holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a BBA from Renmin University of China. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicolas joined the CPC Learning Network at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in May of 2018 and brings extensive experience in scaling up promising social innovations, program development, capacity building and evaluation for the social sector. Most recently, he served as the Senior Manager at the Social Impact Exchange where he managed various philanthropic projects and working groups and supported national, regional and local systems change efforts through cross-sector collaboration models in education, early childhood and health. Previously, he was the Program Director at Bolder Giving where he planned, managed and oversaw various philanthropic initiatives, including Environmental Justice and Global Givers projects, promoting individual philanthropy for social, racial, economic and environmental justice. He also served as the Deputy to the President and then as Deputy Director of Development for the Roosevelt Institute, a leading national policy think-tank. Earlier, Nicolas was the Marketing Operations and Finance Associate at the Philanthropy Workshop, worldwide leader in strategic philanthropy education, which gives individual high-net-worth philanthropists and their families the skills, knowledge and networks to increase the impact of their giving. Recipient of the MARXE Leadership Award, Nicolas is pursuing a Master's in Public Administration with an emphasis on Policy Analysis and Evaluation…
Rebecca Liron is a graduate research assistant with the CPC Learning Network. She is a second-year MPH student in the Department of Population and Family Health with a certificate in Public Health and Humanitarian Assistance. She was born in France, raised in California, and studied Political Science and International Studies at Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, Rebecca worked on refugee research initiatives for the Center for Forced Migration Studies, and conducted her thesis research on asylum seekers' rights and experiences in Tel Aviv, Israel. She moved to Nairobi, Kenya as a Princeton in Africa Fellow at the International Rescue Committee, focused on grant management and reporting. Rebecca then worked as a Senior Caseworker and Resettlement Officer with the CWS Resettlement Support Center (RSC) Africa, conducting interviews with refugees across Sub-Saharan Africa for resettlement to the US. For her MPH Practicum, she worked on a child well-being survey in Côte d'Ivoire with UNICEF, the Ivorian government's Direction of Child Protection, and the CPC Learning Network. Rebecca is committed to continuing her work in the forced migration field, and is enthusiastic about further exploring child protection and related psychosocial support for vulnerable populations through her work with CPC. Email: email@example.com
Cyril Bennouna is interested in the ways that governments, civil society, and international actors work together to address the needs of people affected by conflict and natural disaster. He has worked on several CPC Learning Network projects, including a global study on the ethics of child participation in emergency-related assessments and research, and a study exploring the relationship between natural disasters and household violence in Haiti. For two years, Cyril was the Technical Lead for Research at the Center on Child Protection and Wellbeing (PUSKAPA) in Indonesia, a long-time CPC partner. Cyril has also served as a researcher for the Program on Forced Migration and Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, the Columbia Group for Children in Adversity, and the International Trauma Studies Program. Currently based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he has conducted field work in various parts of the United States, as well as Indonesia, Somalia, Ghana, Thailand, Haiti, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He earned his Master's Degree in Public Health from Columbia University with a focus on forced migration and humanitarian assistance. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monika Sandvik-Nylund is the Senior Regional Protection Adviser (Children) for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She is based in Nairobi and covers covers Eastern Africa and the Great Lakes Region. She has worked for the last 20 years in the field of child protection and humanitarian affairs. She has previously worked with UNICEF, UNOCHA and with the UN Mission in Sudan, as well as, Save the Children. She has also lived and worked in Sudan, Switzerland, DRC, Sri Lanka and Thailand. She has an LL.M from Columbia University and an MA Pol. Sc from Abo Akademi University, Finland. Prior to her academic studies she trained and worked as a Registered Nurse and Community Worker.
Dr. Philip Cook holds a Ph.D. in Cross-Cultural Psychology from Queen’s University, and is the founder and current Executive Director of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD). Since 1994, Dr. Cook has overseen the Institute’s growth as a leader in linking children’s rights and healthy development to broad issues of human development and participatory governance across diverse cultures and situational contexts. During this time, IICRD has been working in partnership with a cross section of UN agencies, governments, and international non-governmental organizations, and children’s organizations. These partnerships have resulted in policy design, community based research initiatives, school based programs and projects with marginalized children, youth and their communities on various issues including: child participation in local governance, youth leadership and development, support for Indigenous children, child participation monitoring and evaluation, intergenerational programs, promoting the rights of sexually-exploited children and caring for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Learn more about Dr. Cook here.