Alisha is the Aboriginal Health Initiatives Coordinator at the Society for Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.
Having studied, lived and worked in Thailand, India, Canada, Kenya and in several European Union countries, Alisha not only thrives in diverse professional and cultural settings, but has also cultivated a distinct interest in exploring linkages within and between initiatives in global health development.
She is increasingly focused on vulnerable populations within highly inequitable countries - populations living in urban slum settlements and the (preventable) health outcomes occurring in the absence of urban planning and healthy environments - the socio-political determinants of health and illness. She is strongly interested in mixing creative innovations with time- tested approaches, which she believes is critical to the ability to address the complex and inter-sectoral challenges of public health and health systems improvements in low-income settings.
Alisha holds a B.A. in Social Studies of Medicine from McGill University and a Joint MSc in International Health from University College London, Copenhagen University and the University of Bergen, Norway. She has also completed a Distance Learning degree in Health Care Management. Her early professional experience is in research for health development. In addition to a number of projects she has worked on as a Consultant, she has also worked as a Research Associate and Project Coordinator with Dr. Vissandjée at the Université de Montréaland as a Research Intern with the Aga Khan Health Services, India via the Canadian International Development Agency's Youth International Internship Program. She is also Co-Author/Editor ofGeneration NGO a book project narrating the early professional experiences of young Canadians in international development work.