What I do: 

I'm committed to helping to improve people's health and wellbeing. I’m working with leading organizations in health and development, building on 20 years of experience in journalism, global health, communication, advocacy, program design and photography.  I'm skilled in project design and management; creating, implementing and analysing communication and advocacy programs; research; and conceptualising and producing multimedia projects. I am an experienced photographer and writer and love working with people to tell their stories.

 My skills:

  • Lead a team and bring the right people together to get the work done

  • Tell powerful multimedia stories through photographs, words, video and sound

  • Design strategies and technical programs in health, communication and advocacy

  • Communicate confidently and engage leaders, peers, policymakers and communities with powerful evidence-based messages

  • Research and analyse communication and advocacy programs, and recommend new approaches

  • Write for print and broadcast news, features, opinion editorials, articles, speeches and reports

  • Think outside the box and design creative, innovative approaches that get results

  • Bring vast knowledge and experience in health and development and learn new issues very quickly.

Select Publications and Productions:

BBC Travel: The River of 60 million people
The Globe and Mail:
A Search for Purity along the Mekong River

Video: Sophie Blackall and Olive draw their week in India

Recent Clients, Issues and Areas of Work

World Health Organization

  • Created a multimedia package to profile China’s successful effort to eliminate malaria, with a special focus on Yunnan Province.

The UN Foundation

  • Created Our World United Against Polio, a global multimedia series spanning eight countries and profiling people who have given everything to end polio.

The Stop TB Partnership  

  • Photographing and writing about the people involved in ending tuberculosis, a disease that still kills about 1.5 million people every year.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Created "The Art of Saving a Life", a global arts project involving nearly 40 internationally recognized artists

  • Polio Eradication: Advised Nigerian government, communication, operations, coordination

  • Program Development: Polio Eradication, Routine Immunization, Integrated Newborn, Child and Maternal Health service delivery

  • Grant writing resulting in multi-million dollar grants for polio, routine immunization, maternal newborn & child health

  • Senior leadership mission preparation

  • Grant application reviews for polio eradication and routine immunization


  • Writing comprehensive field guide on communication for immunization

  • Shaping a UNICEF/WHO training course on communication for immunization

World Health Organization

The Measles & Rubella Initiative

  • Communication and advocacy leadership for measles and rubella elimination

  • Creative communication project with award-winning artist and illustrator Sophie Blackall

  • Multimedia production including website, photography, video