Members of the Youth Commission


Peter Asilia, Tanzania

Peter is a final year medical student at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar-Es-Salaam,Tanzania. He is the current Regional Assistant for Africa on the Standing Committee on Public Health in the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA) and previous Vice President of the Tanzanian Medical Students’ Association (TAMSA). Peter is the founder and chairman of the partner organization known as TAMIDA between the medical students at MUHAS in Tanzania and the medical students in Denmark,IMCC-DanZania whereby he is leading a mutual project on “Medical Students’ Initiatives on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Education among the Secondary School Students” in the Coastal region in Tanzania.

Heng-Hao Chang, Taiwan

Heng-Hao Chang has previously been Secretary-General for the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). He has attended the Executive Board meeting of the World Health Organization and the World Health Assembly on the behalf of the IFMSA. He has also represented the IFMSA at Bonn Intersessionals under the United Framework Convention on Climate Change. He has led the IFMSA country organization in Taiwan, and organized the participation of medical students in activities related to global health.

Dr Cristobal Cuadrado, Chile

Recently graduated as MD, with undergraduate studies in Global Health at the Karolinska Institute (Sweden) and the Tampere University (Finland), actually MPH student at the University of Chile. Active at the IFMSA during his medical studies, had become committed with health equity and global health issues working as the coordinator of the “First Congress on Health and Poverty in Chile”, and currently at the “Health and Equity” movement in his country.

Arthur Cheung, New Zealand

Arthur is a final year medical student from the University of Queensland (Australia) and an intern at the World Health Organisation, having also completed a BSc in Biomedical Science and graduate studies in Governance and Public Policy. He is also currently undertaking a BHlthSc (Hons), researching the disease burden of malaria. His global health background includes managing international medical aid projects, and he was recently the Global Health Vice Chair of the Australian Medical Students' Association (AMSA). He has an interest in Sustainable Development, and in Climate Change, having worked internationally at the intersection between these fields and health. Arthur is active in the youth arena, as the current Vice Chair of the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, a former State Coordinator of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, and former Health Working Group Chair of the CHOGM Youth Forum.

Lotte Danielsen, Norway

Lotte Danielsen has a bachelor of Development Studies, a bachelor of journalism and a MSc of Social Anthropology from the University of Oslo. Her research focuses on health issues with a medical anthropological approach. She currently works as a research assistant for LEVE, SUM MEDIC and HEALVAC at the Centre for Development and the Environment. 

Unni Gopinathan, Norway

Unni Gopinathan is a medical student at the University of Oslo. He has previously been Liaison Officer to the WHO for the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), a WHO intern at Human Resources for Health and Duke Global Health Fellow at the Geneva Program organized by Duke Sanford School of Public Policy. 

Renzo Guinto, The Philippines

Renzo Guinto is the regional coordinator for the Asia-Pacific and concurrent founding coordinator of the Global Health Equity Initiative of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA). He recently completed his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of the Philippines Manila – Philippine General Hospital under its accelerated Integrated Liberal Arts-Medicine Program. He was also a US State Department scholar in global environmental issues at the East-West Center in Hawaii and Washington DC, and received training in global health from the Copenhagen School of Global Health and the International People’s Health University at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Nilofer Khan Habibullah, India

Nilofer Khan Habibullah is pursuing a combined 6 year B.S/M.D program at the American International Medical University; conducted at St. Lucia in the Caribbean, with clinical training at the United States. She has contributed to the U.S Peace Corps HIV/AIDS Special Research Project and worked on non-communicable disease (NDCs) awareness with St. Lucia Ministry of Health. Founder of American Medical Students Association chapter at her university, and lobbied with AMSA for universal health care and social justice at Capitol Hill, Washington D.C, in July 2009. Currently, she is involved in developing a global health guidebook, intended for a wide variety of global health workforce, with the Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC), as part of its Student Advisory Committee. 

Daniel Hougendoubler, United States

Law student at Emory , Atlanta, and previous Global Health Fellow of the Geneva Program organized by Duke Sanford School of Public Policy. Academic interests include foreign policy, international law and intellectual property rights and the effect on access to medicines. Previously an intern at the Medicines Patent Pool and involved in the Universities Allied for Essential Medicines.

Xiaoxiao Jiang, China

Xiaoxiao Jiang graduated with a bachelor of Medicine degree from Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing. She is now a graduate student pursuing Master of Science in Global Health and Population from Harvard School of Public Health. She also works part-time as a research assistant on Rural Mutual Health Care project in China, and is also in the research team of a Chinese government funded evaluation project for its foreign aid programs.

Jacob Jorem, Norway

Law student at the University of Oslo (UiO) and a medical student at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He also has a BSc in International Relations from London School of Economics (LSE) and UiO. Academic interests include global health, international law and human rights. Worked for the Norwegian Directorate of Health and helped organise the WHO conference on “Health in Times of Global Economic Crisis” in 2009.

Alexandre Lefebvre

Alexandre Lefebvre is a medical student at the University of Montreal in Canada. He has previously been an Executive Board member for the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) and a senior research officer at the International Centre for Migration, Health and Development (ICMHD), a WHO Collaborative Centre. Alexandre has been an active member of IFMSA delegations to WHO Reform meetings, WHA and the 28th Pan-American Sanitary Conference.

Saveetha Meganathan, India

Saveetha Meganathan is pursuing PhD at the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics and her area of research is bioethics and immunization. She has a post graduate degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and has worked in the field of maternal and child health, nutrition security and tribal health in central and south India.

Usman Ahmad Mushtaq, Norway

Medical student at the University of Oslo. Currently Liaison Officer to the World Health Organization for the IFMSA. Have contributed to IFMSA delegations COP16, COP17, World Health Assembly 2011 and the UN/DPI NGO conference in Bonn 2010 on Rio+20. Currently advocating for the inclusion of health in the proceedings towards and during Rio+20 in Rio de Janeiro, june 2012.

Crystal Simeoni, Kenya

Crystal holds and MA in African Studies. She is currently a projects coordinator with the Inuka Kenya Trust in Kenya.  Her work is aimed at engaging and motivating young Kenyans to use their positions in society to foster peace and unity by showing them that they actually have more in common than they do in terms of differences. In order to do this she works closely with a wide array of strategic partners.  She has a strong passion for issues around social equity and justice and has been a volunteer and friend of various causes towards universal health.

Tami Okamoto, Peru

Research assistant at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) at the University of Oslo. Her academic interests include environmental governance and the links between health and the extractive industry in Latin America. She has a post graduate degree in Development Studies from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) and has worked in the field of contamination from the oil industry in Amazonia.

Waranguru Wanjau, Kenya

Waruguru Wanjau is an Anatomy graduate and  4th year medical student at the University of Nairobi. She is active member in Medical Students Association of Kenya (MSAKE) and the International Federation of Medical students Associations(IFMSA) and represented them at the World Conference on Social determinants of Health. She is also a founder member of Non Communicable Disease Kenya Association (NCDKA)

Nick Watts, Australia

Nick Watts has been working in climate change advocacy for a number of years now. He is currently coordinating the international medical student movement - Healthy Planet International - and has recently completed a BSc (Hons) in Public Health. He is currently studying medicine and french, and has worked and studied in a diverse range of 'health-settings' including rural eye health in Ghana, the NHS Sustainable Development Unit in the UK, and the World Health Organisation.




Published Apr. 26, 2012 11:08 AM - Last modified June 12, 2018 2:07 PM