Student & Young Professional Representatives

Krishna Todi

Simon Fraser University

Krishna is a Public Health graduate with a concentration in Global Health from Simon Fraser University. She pursued her Bachelor’s in Pharmacy from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, India.

Being a huge advocate of the integration of data with health, Krishna’s passion and career interests align with data science. She wishes to do so for the healthcare sector as she believes her background has better equipped her to provide data and business insights for the healthcare industry. With a year’s experience in a business analytics role, she continues to hone her analytical skills by learning various programming analytical software through academic and online resources. With lived experiences and passion for multiculturalism from her origin, she aspires to work in multi-disciplinary healthcare organizations working toward using population health and patient-care data to inform better public health practices.


Arnold Okpani

University of British Columbia

Arnold is a PhD candidate in the School of Population and Public Health, UBC. He received his medical degree from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria, and his MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries (now Public Health for Development) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom.

He is a fellow of the International Program in Public Health Leadership of the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance of the University of Washington, Seattle. Arnold worked in primary health care systems development in Nigeria where he collaborated on a range of programs that spanned maternal and child health, research, health information systems, advocacy, and resource mobilization. He recently worked with the Centre for Health Economics in London on a multi-country research project focused on designing fit-for-purpose regulation for evolving health care systems. He is interested in the use of research evidence to support better priority-setting and resource use to improve lives in deprived communities.


Julia Chalmers

University of Fraser Valley

Julia Chalmers, is a third-year undergraduate nursing student at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). Her current area of interest is in global health and the connections between planetary health and human health.

Julia attended the study tour to Sierra Leone offered by UFV in Spring of 2019 which is where her passion for global health emerged. As an undergraduate student, she hopes to explore research opportunities as she continues education. She is also the cofounder of the “Student Nurses for Global Citizens” group at UFV.


Leigh Borrett

University of Victoria

Leigh Borrett is a masters student in the Public Health & Environmental Engineering (PH2E) Lab under the direction and leadership of Dr. Caetano Dorea at the University of Victoria.

With a research  focus on water treatment in emergency context, Leigh has a strong interest in sustainability and climate resilience.


Amanda Egert

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Trinity Western University

Amanda is an alumna from the Master of Science in Nursing program at Trinity Western University under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Astle and Dr. Sheryl Reimer Kirkham. Her research explored how faculty are prepared for global health education (specifically international experiences).

Amanda currently works as a faculty at BCIT teaching and writing curriculum for global health and other courses. She has a strong interest in global health education in undergraduate nursing programs and has worked to integrate CUGH global health competencies and CCGHR principles into nursing curriculum. 

Her current areas of interest are in global health, global citizenship, equity, faculty development, and nursing curriculum.