Afternoon Tea Conversation with Candela Iglesias Chiesa
WGH Norway is highlighting members of its Advisory Group and enhancing awareness of gender equity in global health leadership nationally.
Welcome to the Afternoon Tea Conversations with WGH Norway!
We welcome you to grab a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy the next interview part of the series introducing the WGH Norway Advisory Group. Candela is very engaged with WGH Norway, not only as a member of the Advisory Group, but also as the former Leader of the retired COVID 50/50 Taskforce. She is a public health specialist with a biomedical background and is the founder of Alanda Health, an organization aiming to improve health, education and livelihoods worldwide by supporting organizations to obtain better results.
Find out more about her career journey as she transitioned to global and public health from a biomedical background. She shares lesson learned along the way and also ways that shaped her into the leader she is today. One thing she has learned is the importance of failing. What does she mean? Find out here with the 3 advice tips she offers to the next generation of young leaders in global health.
About Candela Iglesias Chiesa
Candela Iglesias Chiesa is the founder of Alanda Health, which provides public health expertise and research support to organizations working in global health, humanitarian and social development spheres. GHA works, for example, with the Red Cross supporting community health, epidemiology and infectious diseases projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. GHA has also worked with UNICEF and PAHO-WHO developing health policies and indicators in maternal, child and adolescent health. GHA is also providing COVID-19 evidence based communication to the public and Candela is leading the WGH Norway COVID 50/50 Task force. Dr. Iglesias is the author of “Build Your Dream Team. Leadership based in a passion for people,” and the founder of Sekkan Leadership, a platform helping people from nonmanagerial careers, particularly in the sciences and health fields, to become stronger leaders. She gives talks and workshops on leadership, team building and career change and mentors people in these areas. Candela is trained as a biomedical scientist, doing her masters and PhD at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. She then pivoted into global health doing a Master’s in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Born in Argentina, she grew up in Mexico and the US and has lived in France and South Africa, before moving to Norway in 2015.