Hannah Girdler joined the IFA team as a Project Officer in 2017. She recently completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, earning a BSc in Global Health and Bioethics. Hannah was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship, which allowed her to travel to Nairobi, Kenya to complete her yearlong research project at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto. For this project, she researched and conducted a social network analysis on the One Retinoblastoma World Map, which will help ensure that regardless of where in the world a child with retinoblastoma lives, they will have access to the best possible treatment, care and support.
Hannah was a Co-Director of the University of Toronto International Health Program (UTIHP); one of Toronto’s largest student run charities whose initiatives reflect a commitment to global health. In 2016, Hannah was chosen to be one of 250 international student representatives at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). For the past four years she has held various roles within the University of Toronto’s Oxfam chapter, and she also worked as a Compliance Analyst with the Munk School of Global Affairs’ G20 Research Group.
Hannah’s diverse experiences have reinforced her appreciation of an interdisciplinary approach to support human rights and accessibility to health care; moreover, they have developed her skills in research, teamwork, and a respect for human dignities and confidentiality. Hannah is thrilled to be part of the IFA team and excited to continue to learn from a divergent group of passionate human rights advocates.