We are a global, virtual team currently based in Kenya, Scotland, and Canada.
We collaborate with local and international changemakers to deliver blueprints regarding global health investment strategies and program design.
We deliver actionable analyses related to innovations in service delivery, engagement of the private sector and health financing for contraception.
Meet the team
Partner | Scotland
Nikki has 27 years of experience in health delivery in lower and middle-income countries, with a focus on private sector engagement, market system development, and consumer and provider behaviour change. Prior to joining Impact for Health Nikki enjoyed a long period working for Population Services International (PSI), both at the country level (implementing interventions to improve health delivery through networks of private providers in Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar and Kenya) as well as part of global advisory teams based out of Nairobi and Washington DC. More recently, while Vice President Marketing, Nikki led the launch and roll out of an innovative program design process (Keystone Design Framework) for use across the PSI Network of over 50 country programs, in order to develop improved intervention investment cases that are underpinned by systems thinking, behavioural theory and human-centred design. Prior to PSI, Nikki worked for Marie Stopes International, both at the country level and global level on planning, strategic facilitation and performance improvement.
Senior Associate | Canada
Katherine supports client initiatives through rigorous data collection, analysis and communication. Previously, Katherine worked as a policy analyst at Health Canada where she aimed to develop a policy framework outlining how vulnerable populations can be better considered in the chemicals risk assessment and management process in Canada. As part of this project, Katherine was responsible for conducting an international survey on OECD countries as well as a review of international environmental health policy. Katherine holds a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Ottawa and a MSc in Public Health from
Associate | Canada
Jaitra is a public health professional and former service provider. She is passionate about action on the social determinants of health to advance equity and has worked with various community, government and global stakeholders in Canada and internationally. Previously Jaitra worked as a Consultant and Technical Officer for the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific, in Manila, Philippines supporting country offices on applying a gender and health equity lens to their work. Prior to this, she worked as a Public Health Intern with the Ministry of Health in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Jaitra has also worked in service design research to improve hospital wayfinding, as well as with migrants and refugees in Toronto, Canada, with accessing social and health services. Jaitra hold a BHSc in Health Studies from Western University and a MPH with a Specialization in Health Promotion and Social Behavioural Sciences from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, at the University of Toronto.
Partner | Kenya
Andrea is an experienced strategist, facilitator, and global health technical leader with a focus on market systems approaches to improve health outcomes. She brings over 15 years of experience leading complex initiatives; managing teams; and providing technical assistance in sexual and reproductive health (SRH), maternal and child health, nutrition, malaria, HIV, private sector engagement, and health systems strengthening. She has extensive in-country experience in 13 countries across South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. A skilled coalition builder, Andrea established and grew the Evidence and Learning Working Group (ELWG) of the Self Care Trailblazer Group. A rigorous and creative thinker and communicator, she led Population Services International’s thought leadership initiative to improve its use of evidence and experience to influence global health policy and practice. Andrea holds a Master of Health Science from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and served on faculty with them in Afghanistan where she co-designed the country’s first national HIV/AIDS surveillance system.
Lead Information Designer | Canada
Justine supports Impact for Health in their quest to make technical information visually comprehensive. She holds a degree in graphic design at the Ontario College of Art & Design University in Toronto, during which she was given the opportunity to explore animation, packaging design, wayfinding systems, and more. Her thesis was an 8-month exploration into mental health, cognitive behaviours and emotional processing, which is collectively known as “Emotional Architecture”. Through this work she uncovered a passion for combining health and information design, which is what makes her so well-positioned to foster efficient and effective understanding of what we do here at Impact for Health.
Associate | Scotland/Ghana
As a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh with an interest in health policy and systems, Lois has experience in a variety of research methods, teaching and communication. Previously, she has worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization on private sector engagement to promote more equitable access to healthcare. Lois has also been a member of the Royal Society’s Data Evaluation and Learning for Viral Epidemics Initiative action team, conducting COVID-19 research to present to SAGE, the UK government's scientific advisory group for emergencies. She holds a Masters in Public Health and a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Edinburgh.
Gabrielle Appleford has over twenty years of experience in humanitarian and development programmes. She has specific subject experience in health financing, sexual and reproductive health/family planning, community and health systems strengthening, private sector engagement, and monitoring, learning and evaluation (MLE). She possesses strong management, leadership, creative and analytical skills and has employed these in a wide range of organizational contexts.
Sarah Gibson is a results-oriented, global health practitioner with over 18 years of experience in striving to improve health. A skilled communicator, highly effective at: Strategy development and planning; Project design, implementation and evaluation; Consumer and social behavior change; Private sector engagement; Facilitation and workshop development; Organizational change management and capacity building; and Leadership alignment, mentorship and coaching talent. Sarah has extensive experience across sub-Saharan Africa and has served as a USAID Chief of Party, and Country Director and Senior Country Director with Population Services International in Malawi and Tanzania, respectively. Sarah holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and was awarded the Top Thesis Award for Health Communication by the International Communication Association on graduating.
St. Michael's Hospital
Mara Hansen Staples
Senior Program Manager
McGill University Health Centre
We are committed to disrupting the development agenda, with a mission to empower changemakers to sustainably transform health – one program, one strategy, one alliance – at a time.
We are collaborators, story tellers and facilitators for change.
We commit to excellence through continuous improvement and high accountability.
We learn deeply from fresh, diverse & inclusive perspectives.
We believe good thinking is both rigorous and visual.
We strive to build trust & respect and lead with kindness.
We communicate honestly &
While challenges in health are serious,
we try not to take ourselves too seriously and have fun.