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We bridge the gaps between environment and health policies through gender-just solutions.

Our team

We bridge the gaps between environment and health policies through gender-just solutions.

Nicole de Paula

Executive Director, Founder
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Kathleen Mar

Senior Associate
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Kathryn Bowen

Senior Associate
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Mariam Maglakelizde

Senior Associate
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Melvine Anyango Otieno

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Laura Jung

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Sophie Gepp

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Sabine Baunach

Senior Associate
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Omnia El Omrani

Associate
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Meike Fünderich

Associate
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Connie Cai Ru Gan

Focal point Asia Pacific
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Léa Royer

Associate
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Angela Philp

Head Coach
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Bruna Bastos

Focal point Brazil
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Graziella Machado

Focal point Brazil
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Sheina Koffler

Focal point Brazil
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Thaís Presa Martins

Focal point Brazil
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Jeyse Rani de Sales Nascimento

Focal point Brazil
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Elis Dionisio

Focal point Brazil
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We bridge the gaps between environment and health policies through gender-just solutions.

Nicole de Paula

Dr. Nicole de Paula is the inaugural Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. For more than a decade, she has been globally connecting policymakers and researchers to create a public understanding of key issues related to sustainability, the environment, and public health. Previously of her work in Germany, she was the executive director of a think-tank in Bangkok, Thailand, hosted by Mahidol University at the Faculty of Public Health focused on the operationalization of the One Health approach in Southeast Asia and Latin America. She is the founder of the Women Leaders for Planetary Health and co-founder of an interdisciplinary research group on Planetary Health at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Dr. Nicole de Paula holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and has been consulting with several international organizations under the UN system on themes related to global health, climate change, biodiversity, chemicals, financial and urban affairs. In the past, she has also been the French Embassy fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. and a researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science as part of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN). Since 2012, Dr. Nicole de Paula is also a team leader and writer for the reputable Earth Negotiations Bulletin, published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). Her most recent research focuses on decision making and international cooperation in the post-Covid19 world, as well as digitalization and sustainability. In 2020, Dr. Nicole de Paula successfully concluded the executive course “Blockchain: Technologies and Applications for Business” at Berkeley Haas School of Business, University of California. She is currently the review editor for the journal Frontiers in Public Health (Planetary Health) and for the Brazilian Journal of International Politics.

As a pioneer in the field named planetary health, she champions the socio-economic advancement of women through environmental conservation and public health policies to make the UN Sustainable Development Goals a reality by 2030.

In 2020, Dr. Nicole de Paula has been appointed as one of the Scientific Commissioners of the prestigious Pathfinder Initiative, chaired by former Prime Minister Helen Clark and Prof. Andy Haines. This initiative was launched at the UN “Race to Zero” Dialogues and supports progress towards a healthy, zero-carbon society with the support of influential partners, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network; C40-Cities; Wellcome Trust Foundation; OECD; and The Lancet. Finally, she is currently a member of the global committee preparing the global meeting of the Planetary Health Alliance, to be held in Brazil in April 2021. Originally from Brazil, she speaks Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish.

Kathleen Mar

Kathleen Mar holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and worked at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) prior to joining the International Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), where she leads the group Climate Action in National and International Processes (ClimAct). Working at the interface of science and policy, her career began with a focus on improving air quality for human and environmental health. Her current work focuses on the synergies and interactions between climate, air quality and planetary health.

Kathryn Bowen

Dr Kathryn Bowen is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Fenner School of Environment & Society, a Senior Fellow at the Research School of Population Health, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany.

She works at the nexus of global environmental change, global health and governance issues, primarily in low and middle-income settings. She holds a PhD (ANU), MSc (International Health) (Humboldt & Frei Universities, Berlin) and BA/Psyc (Hons) (Newcastle). 

Dr Bowen has worked in global health research and policy since 1999, across public, private and university sectors. She is a Research Fellow within the Earth System Governance project, and Alumni of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.

Dr Bowen regularly advises the World Health Organization (WHO) on climate change and health, as well as other national and international organisations, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the German Organisation for International Development (GIZ), UNDP, Global Environment Facility, and the Asian Development Bank. In Melbourne, she has been working with research and practitioner teams to support the development of tools and mechanisms to strengthen the implementation of locally-based green space projects. 

Dr Bowen is a Lead Author in three recent international reports – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report, the UNEP’s Global Environment (GEO-6), and Adaptation Gaps Reports.

Dr Bowen leads and supports practical and applied health and sustainability research that is closely linked with policy change and program development.

Along with five friends, she was a founding board member of ‘Just Change’, a climate change and equity organisation, and she sits on an Environment Advisory Committee for the City of Melbourne. Dr Bowen is an editor of the journal Globalization and Health, and is a reviewer for many journals, including Social Science and Medicine, Global Health Action, Environmental Research Letters, among others.

Dr Bowen is committed to being part of a solutions-focused sustainability community working to harness skills and passion to support global development that is sustainable, healthy and equitable.

Mariam Maglakelizde

Dr Mariam Maglakelidze is a public health specialist with an experience in the field since 2003.  Her primary interests in public health are non-communicable diseases and the impact of environmental factors on them.

Most recently she was  a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainabiltiy Studies (IASS) in Potsdam,  and  a Guest Scientist at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, doing a research on the association on Asthma and COPD exacerbation in relation to outdoor air pollution in Berlin, Germany.  Mariam has a Ph.D. in Pulmonology from Tbilisi State Medical University and Masters degree in International Health from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Dr. Maglakelidze is an experienced researcher with study records in  quantitative and qualitative research fields; her research track covers studies on respiratory health- (anticholinergic drugs for exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), COPD prevalence and management studies, Pulmonary Rehabilitation,  tobacco use and Chronic Respiratory Diseases (CRDs). 

Mariam has worked in various projects of international organisations (UNFPA, European Cervical Cancer Association, UNICEF, ICRC) governmental health institutions (National Center for Disease Control and Public Health of Georgia, City Service of Health and Social Affairs of Tbilisi) and NGOs.  Dr. Maglakelidze has considerable experience of building dialogues between stakeholders within Georgia and with international partners. Throughout her careeer she  conducted number of advocacy  events and raised funds for charity   in healthcare. 

Dr. Mariam Maglakelidze represents Georgia within WHO initiative Global Alliance against Respiratory Diseases (GARD).  She is a guest lecturer on Air Pollution and Health, at University of Potsdam, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Geoecology Department.


Melvine Anyango Otieno

Ms Melvine Anyango Otieno is a 2019  Planetary Health Campus Ambassador turned to PHA Next Generation Fellow, working to inspire, activate and convene the next generation of Planetary Health Campus Ambassador from around the world, conducting outreach and facilitating international collaborations through her leadership in growing the Planetary Health Eastern Africa Regional Hub. She attained BSc in Environmental Biology and Health and currently pursuing MSc in Environmental health at the University of Eldoret. 

She is a Research Assistant for BGS-UoE-MU research on Dynamics of Environmental Geochemistry and Health in the Lake Victoria Basin where she is investigates  the transfer of micronutrients and potentially toxic elements transfer into Winam Gulf, LVB catchment, which is attributable to a change in land-use and subsequent implications for planetary health. 

She is also a member of Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Africa Network for Internationalization of Higher Education (ANIE). She aspires to further planetary health leadership along with a new extended global community network that will lead to growth opportunities and synergies for PHA to help find solutions to planetary health and one health challenges.

Laura Jung

Laura Jung is a MSc Public Health and medical student from Germany with a strong interest in global health. She has been involved in activities around climate and health, as well as gender equity for the last few years and is a strong advocate for planetary health. 

During her medical studies, she intercalated a Master in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is a board member of the German Climate Change & Health Alliance (KLUG) and coordinator for Health for Future. Internationally she cooperates with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) and is a policy associate for climate, gender & health for Women in Global Health. 

Laura is committed to work for gender-just climate and health solutions and improve health worldwide.

Sophie Gepp

Sophie Gepp has an MSc Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is currently finishing medical school at Charité in Berlin. She has a strong interest in global and is an advocate for planetary health. She has been active in the area of climate and health with the German Climate Change & Health Alliance (KLUG) on the local and national level and with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) on an international level. She has also experience on the intersection of climate change and gender through working in a project in South India. 

Sophie is active in gender policy at an international level as she is the current youth observer for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She is actively working beyond silos, trying to include the perspective of gender in planetary health and the other way round. Sophie is convinced that we can only create a gender-just, sustainable future if we decision making is inclusive.

Sabine Baunach

Dr. Sabine Baunach is an International Health Expert for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Planetary Health experienced in technical assistance, strategy and policy development, training and designing and implementing health programs in international aid.

With over ten years of experience in the humanitarian and development sector, Sabine has lived and worked in various countries from field to headquarters positions supporting crisis-affected women and girls in their health needs and rights with a focus on family planning and abortion care.

Since recent years, Sabine has followed her passion and prioritized Planetary Health in her work and strives to bring the evidence base to implementation.   

Sabine holds a medical degree from the University in Frankfurt, Germany, with a PhD and a Master Degree in International Health and advanced training in Planetary Health.

Omnia El Omrani

Omnia El Omrani is a final-year MBBCh medical student from Egypt, currently working at Ain Shams University Hospital in Cairo. She has more than 6 years of experience in global health and student advocacy. 

She is currently serving as the Liaison Officer for Public Health Issues for the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association, representing the voice of 1.3 million medical students from 129 countries across the world in the advocacy for planetary health, climate change, and non-communicable diseases. She is also the organization’s focal point to the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC).

She has worked on other diverse projects with the World Health Organization, United Nations Environment Progam, and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). She has facilitated over 74 hours of capacity building workshops and training sessions in 12 countries and has past experiences from a range of positions at IFMSA including Public Health Regional Assistant for the Eastern-Mediterranean Region and National Public Health Officer in Egypt.

Meike Fünderich

Meike Fünderich is a Student at the University of Limerick, Ireland, working on her Master’s degree in Mathematical Modeling. While studying Mathematics in Medicine and Life Sciences in Lübeck, Germany, she became more intensively involved with sustainability studies. In a four lateral collaborative effort with selected volunteers from an exchange organization (AFS) through which she spent a High School year in Phoenix, USA, she was part of the building and executing four 9-day-workshops that received two fundings by Erasmus+ (European Commission). Two of those workshops were motivated through a perspective of climate justice, covering topics from responsible and democratized energy consumption to environmental migration. While studying in Potsdam, Meike worked at the Institute for Sustainability Studies (IASS) as a student assistant in the Fellowship Program and learned more about Planetary Health. Before moving to Ireland, she joined Women Leaders for Planetary Health.  After graduation, Meike plans to work in sustainability research and remain involved with Women Leaders for Planetary Health.

Connie Cai Ru Gan

Cai Ru (Connie) is a doctoral candidate at Griffith’s Centre for Environment and Population Health. She is equally interested in public health research and translating those findings into public health policy. Her thesis focuses on future-proofing hospitals against climate-related disasters by leveraging innovative ways to streamline and accelerate adaptation activities in healthcare settings. Alongside research and work, Connie enjoys boxing, movies and flexes her linguistics muscles by learning her 6th/7th language.

Léa Royer

Léa Royer is a french law student finishing her Master’s degree in International and Humanitarian Health Law at Montpellier Law University, France. She’s been interested in issues concerning fundamentals rights, ethics, and public health. Léa wants to continue her formation to defend the concept of planetary health since she hardly believes in the inseparable bond that unites human health and environmental health.

She’s now an intern at Women Leaders for planetary Health, putting into practice her knowledge, and learning all the possibilities of the planetary health approach.

Bruna Bastos

Bruna Bastos is Brazilian and completely passionate about art, culture and people. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a MA in Development, Society, and International Cooperation both from the University of Brasilia. She has professional experience and researches in International Politics, Development Cooperation, South-South Cooperation, International Organizations, Human Rights and Planetary Health. Her main research at this moment discuss about practices of Brazilian traditional midwives and women’s health within the framework of international health policies of the World Health Organization and UN agencies.

Bruna has already been an intern for development cooperation projects at the Brazilian Cooperation Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil and a global volunteer for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1-No Poverty and 5-Gender Equality at rural and urban NGOs in Northwest Argentina. She was a Women Leaders for Planetary Health (WLPH) mentee in the 2020 Class and is now one of the coordinators of the focal point in Brazil. She is member of the Research Group “Rereadings of State, Gender and Race” of the University of Brasilia and member of the Brazilian Collective “Cientistas Feministas”, whose proposal is to disseminate in social media the scientific work carried out by women scientists. She has working as consultant and is currently researcher for International Cooperation at the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Graziella Machado

Graziella Machado is a Brazilian physician, biologist and master’s student in Public Health, Digital Health and access to equitable health for Sustainable Development from the Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre in Brazil. She is a 2021 Planetary Health Ambassador at the University of São Paulo, member of the Brazilian Planetary Health Club, and one of the coordinators of the Women Leaders for Planetary Health (WLPH) focal point in Brazil. She works as researcher with focus on health, gender, education and women leadership in planetary health. Currently, she is a WLPH mentee in the 2021 Class.

Sheina Koffler

Dr. Sheina Koffler is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her current research focuses on integrating academia and society through citizen science, an emerging approach where citizens and researchers work together producing new scientific knowledge while improving scientific literacy.

Sheina is biologist and holds a PhD in Ecology, with experience on evolutionary ecology, molecular biology, and science communication. During her academic career, she got interested in issues related to women and equity in science. She is a member of the interdisciplinary research group on Planetary Health at the University of Sao Paulo and the Planetary Health Brazilian Club. She is a founding member of the Brazilian Citizen Science Network, launched in 2021 aiming to establish and mainstream citizen science in Brazil. Sheina is also a member of the Women Leaders for Planetary Health (WLPH) focal point in Brazil.

Thaís Presa Martins

Thaís Presa Martins is Brazilian, born in the city of Porto Alegre, state of Rio Grande do Sul. She is Biologist, Specialist in Environmental Management, Master and Doctoral Student in Science Education at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.

Researcher and Communicator of the Planetary Health Study Group of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo, for which she served on the Organizing Communication Committee of the “2021 Planetary Health Annual Meeting and Festival” (PHAM) – carried out by the University of São Paulo in partnership with the Planetary Health Alliance at Harvard University. She is a Planetary Health Ambassador for 2021 at the University of São Paulo, working in the thematic area of ​​Education; above all, in relation to intersections between Planetary Health and Nature Deficit Disorder. Thaís is member of the Brazilian Planetary Health Club, in which she is part of the Working Group on Girls and Women in Planetary Health, and the Communication Commission (which she founded and coordinated in 2021/I). She is member the Women Leaders for Planetary Health (WLPH) focal point in Brazil.

Thaís also has experience in the field of Education, with an emphasis on Science Education, Environmental Education, Health Education, and Cultural Studies; acting, above all, on the themes: cultural production of nature; health/illness associated with contact with nature; political ecology; sustainability; biodiversity; sustainable consumption; biopower; prevention/health promotion; planetary health; scientific communication/dissemination; teaching science/biology.

Jeyse Rani de Sales Nascimento

Jeyse is Brazilian, born in Campina Grande, state of Paraíba. She is a graduation student in Pharmacy at the Federal University of Campina Grande in Brazil. She develops scientific graduation projects in the field of Planetary Health and is member of a research group on this topic at her university. Jeyse is a Planetary Health Ambassador of the Human Health subgroup at the University of São Paulo and member of the Brazilian Planetary Health Club. She is also member of the Women Leaders for Planetary Health (WLPH) focal point in Brazil and a participant of the university feminist collective “Coletivo Margaridas”.

Elis Dionisio

Elis Dionisio is a black woman from northeast Brazil, biologist, and PhD in Parasitology by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Pernambuco. She is a Planetary Health Ambassador for the Planetary Health Alliance and for the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo. She is also member of the Women Leaders for Planetary Health (WLPH) focal point in Brazil. As a student and researcher, Elis is interested in learning and collaborating on projects that promotes gender equity in planetary health, with a special focus on racial issue. She aims to inspire more women and girls to contribute in that field too.