I'm a Canadian living in Toronto, and have studied, worked, and travelled all over the world.
I've led global health communication efforts; been a TEDMED speaker, conceptualised and driven artistic projects; designed and secured millions of dollars for technical vaccination programs; written articles, technical guides and blogs; made and published a lot of pictures; and created a few videos.
My first degree was in journalism from Carleton in Ottawa. Following graduation, I worked as a television and radio journalist, producer, and announcer in Canada and covered business, health, social justice, aboriginal and environmental issues for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Together with reporting stories, I initially did my own camera work for television and sound gathering and editing for radio. Since then, I've loved working on multimedia stories that stimulate the brain, eyes, ears and heart.
My next degree was a Master's in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, where I focussed a lot of study on China.
In 2000, I began work at the World Health Organization and led communications for the polio eradication program. After three years as part of one of the best teams in global health, I joined the Director-General's Office, where I spent 5 years as the head of WHO's communications. It was a time of intense change in global health and I worked on issues including SARS, avian influenza, the "3X5" HIV treatment movement, medicines and intellectual property, and the growing noncommunicable disease epidemic. I managed a large team and a multimillion dollar budget and created WHO's first Department of Communications.
In 2008 I left Geneva and its relative comfort so that I could work in the field, and get closer to the people affected by health and development policy. It was the best decision of my life. My work has since taken me to many countries, including Australia, China, India, Lao PDR, Latvia, Malaysia, Moldova, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Rwanda, Switzerland, the Ukraine, the United States and Thailand.
I've had the privilege to work with inspiring leaders and communities on technical, communication, advocacy and creative projects. In addition to communication and advocacy, I've gained technical expertise in immunization, research, social mobilization and community engagement, program design and social media.
My early love for multimedia storytelling has grown into a love for photography, and I'm now focussed on photography, writing and video projects around the world.