2017 Conference Speakers

1. Rosemary Quipp

As a content strategist for Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), Rosemary Quipp works to bridge the distance between Canada and the developing world. Drawing on stories from the foundation’s field programs in Africa and Asia, Rosemary brings global development to life for audiences of all kinds, inspiring Canadians to learn more and get involved. Prior to joining AKFC in 2012, Rosemary worked as a print and radio journalist in Canada, Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University, and a Master of Arts (political science) from McGill.

2. Safina Adatia

Safina Adatia is a Project Officer for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Gender and Health (IGH). Safina holds a Master of Science in Family Medicine from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Cognitive Science with a minor in Hispanic Languages also from McGill University. She has also been a volunteer for the Sexual Assault Centre of McGill Students¹ Society (SACOMSS) for the past 6 years. As a volunteer, she advocates for changes to policy, services and sexual assault prevention education at McGill and also gives presentations on topics related to sexual assault. In her current role at the Institute of Gender and Health, she works to integrate sex- and gender- based analysis into health research, to ensure findings are applicable to men, women, boys, girls and gender-diverse people.

3. Nitika Pant Pai

Nikki Pai’s research focuses on developing screening strategies for marginalized populations with point-of-care tests to improve screening and diagnosis, in order to make a public health impact. Her current work involves rapid point-of-care tests for HIV and related co-infections (hepatitis C, hepatitis B, syphilis) and the development of innovations that improve uptake of self testing for HIV, multiplex screening for HIV related co-infections for affected populations, and early screening for pregnant women in resource-limited settings.