Meet the Team
PLANETARY HEALTH WEEKLY
Elisabeth is passionate about collaborating with others to address complex systemic issues to improve the lives of marginalized populations. She is currently a Project Officer for the Green Spaces programme at the United Nations Association in Canada. In the past, she has worked for not-for-profit organizations such as Community Innovation Lab, Stephen Lewis Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières. She holds a Master of Science in Global Health from McMaster University. Her thesis focused on the facilitators and barriers to food security that influence dietary changes among refugees. When she is not volunteering with Planetary Health Weekly or the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research’s Students and Young Professionals Network, you can find her enjoying a good board game with friends, learning a language (currently taking Spanish classes), experimenting with food, or jogging around town.
Quebec City, QUE
Beware, diversity is addictive! Gaël has fallen in this potion when he was still a young Marseillais. He is currently quenching his thirst in medicine (class of 2022), at Laval University, where he developed an interest for a healthcare that transcends boundaries: global health. He confirmed his interest while on the executive board of a student international NGO. Because he wanted to know more about global health (and planetary health) and to share it with others, he joined the Planetary Health Weekly team in 2019. Gaël is currently in charge of the PHW website, and may be working on it as you are reading these lines—but he could also be curiously attending some optional classes in school, forgetting the outside world as he opens a book in the library, suffering (but smiling) while completing a triathlon, being amazed by a new culture somewhere far away… In any case, don’t hesitate to reach out to him to share your thoughts on global health or to make suggestions for our website. Enjoy your reading, and thank you for wanting to know more than you did yesterday!
To complete my introduction, I want to add that I am not just into medicine (and global health); I enjoy literature (both reading and writing), psychology (my true love—everyone’s mind is such a rich, complex, unique treasure!), philosophy, triathlon, environmental issues, social justice… Maybe that will resonate with some of you. I’ll read your blurbs with interest when uploading them on the website.
Giacomo Di Donato
David is a somewhat retired professor of global health and ecology. Having worked in several Canadian and overseas universities (Toronto, McGill, Alberta & Ryerson and now back at UofT as an Adjunct Professor) and in some 45 countries on global health related research and development. He has also led a Canadian NGO, Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief, and at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC in Ottawa) and the Canadian Public Health Association, as well as Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, as director of global health and a WHO collaborating centre for international nursing development. His PhD research in organization behaviour and health services management was carried out in Mexico related to Community Participation in Primary Health Care. A similar MSc was done in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Mexico. He also relies much on his Master of Environmental Studies from York University and BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to founding, editing and publishing the Planetary Health Weekly he works on R&D projects in Mozambique, Uganda, Niger and Laos, and teaches a fourth year global health course at York University, Toronto.