Doctor of Global Health Leadership and Practice

2022 Cohort

Kyle Daniels (She/Her/Hers) | United States

Kyle’s background is in malaria elimination, health systems strengthening, and qualitative research. Most recently, Kyle held various roles at University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) spanning policy and advocacy, fundraising, and project management. Kyle stewarded the secretariat for the Lancet Commission on malaria eradication during its final year, helped develop and lead MEI’s USAID funded portfolio, and managed partner relationships on operational research studies in Colombia, Madagascar, Senegal, and Zanzibar. Kyle’s past qualitative research includes strengthening district leadership and management to resolve operational challenges in Zimbabwe’s Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) program, triangulating research priorities across key malaria funding agencies, and exploring service provision expansion of malaria community health workers in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

Kyle worked for Partners In Health (PIH) in Liberia from 2018-2020 in collaboration with the Ministry of Health on healthcare service delivery. At PIH Liberia, she coordinated cross-departmental strategic initiatives and special projects on behalf of the Executive Director and Executive Leadership Team in support of establishing a model for high-quality rural healthcare in pursuit of universal healthcare coverage. Kyle holds a dual BA in International Relations: Global Health and Community Health from Tufts University. She worked on several health-related projects as an undergraduate including handwashing studies in the context of Ebola, domestic violence and sexual assault policy in Governor Baker’s (MA) administration, and completed a thesis on menstrual hygiene management in southern India.


Ikenna Onoh (He/Him/His) | Nigeria

Ikenna Onoh is a resourceful and results-driven public health physician and field epidemiologist with excellent analytical, communication, presentation, interpersonal, problem-solving, and leadership skills, gained through more than 10 years of multidisciplinary public health training and practice. He is enthusiastic about seeing the attainment of the highest possible standard of development and health of people in resource-constrained countries, through sound evidence-based, high-impact and cost-effective interventions and programmes, while building local system capacities. Following his basic medical training, his desire to maximally contribute to building public health in resource constrained settings led him to complete a fellowship under the Community Health faculty of the West Africa College of Physicians, an MSc in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics and an MPH in Field Epidemiology Practice at the University of Ibadan, and the Advanced Nigeria Field Epidemiology Training Program. In his role as an assistant director at the National Public Health Emergency Operations Centre of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control just before enrolling for the UW Doctor of Global Health program, he was involved in setting national strategic directions, organising and facilitating trainings, designing and implementing research and training agenda all centered around Public Health Emergency Management. His primary interest area is in health systems strengthening with particular emphasis on human resources for health development and management. Through the DrGH program, he intends to further enhance his competencies to help lead in the emergence of an effective, well-resourced public health system in Africa. Ikenna also has ongoing research interests in non-communicable disease epidemiology particularly tobacco use control and continues to generate useful evidence in collaboration with peers and colleagues.


Patience Komba (She/Her/Hers) | Tanzania

For over 15 years, Patience Komba has worked in hospital care, clinical research, and public health settings in Kenya, Tanzania, and Australia.  Her main interest is improving healthcare quality and safety, strengthening health systems, and using digital innovations to monitor and evaluate health programs.  Patience has successfully led large teams to design, implement and monitor HIV programs focused on technical assistance, capacity building, and advocating for consistent use of quality data in decision-making processes. She is passionate about using technology to increase efficiency in health service delivery.

Before joining the Doctor of Global Health (DrGH) Leadership and Practice program at the University of Washington, Patience worked with the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB)- Tanzania program as Associate Director for Program Quality and Business Development.  She has worked with Ministries of Health, Donors, Research Institutions, implementing partners, and hospital management teams to implement technology-oriented, data-driven, and evidence-supported quality improvement interventions. She has provided short-term technical assistance (STTA) to UMB’s Botswana, Kenya, Zambia, and Rwanda teams. Her most recent success story is leading the development, rollout, and scale-up of a digital web-based Continuous Quality Improvement Platform for electronically reporting and monitoring quality improvement interventions, first used in Tanzania and later adopted in 4 other African countries.

Patience holds a Master of International Public Health from the University of Sydney in Australia. She hopes the DrGH Program will equip her with top-notch leadership skills to help her work with dynamic groups to solve global health challenges. 


Parigya Sharma (She/Her/Hers) | India

Having witnessed first-hand the debilitating effects of stigma and systemic discrimination surrounding disability and mental illness, Parigya aims to centre decolonial praxis and intersectionality and highlight lived experiences of most vulnerable and marginalized groups in her work. She has worked with large philanthropic organizations, leading their grantmaking strategies, representing them on international funders’ platforms, and advocating for social justice-oriented funding. Managing community-based mental health programs, Parigya brought together women, marginalized castes and indigenous groups as partners in design and implementation, in conjunction with systemic issues like masculine power and privilege, early marriage and gender- based violence. She successfully expanded the programs to ensure that disability is mainstreamed- from sustainable livelihoods and water security to health, environment, climate change and the leadership of persons with disabilities in the local political process.

Parigya has worked on social innovation partnerships with the Government of India, drawing attention to the lack of disability inclusion in developmental work. She conceived and mentored a Fellowship on Workplace Mental Health Research with Columbia University, guiding students through their research projects and ensuring that their work foregrounded experiences of users- survivors (users of mental health services, survivors of psychiatric abuse and institutionalization). Through the completion of her DrGH degree, Parigya hopes to contribute to the discourse on healthcare justice, community-based rehabilitation and recovery approaches and prioritize decolonial, politicized and collectivist models of care.


Dr. Zahra Zeinali (She/Her/Hers) | Iran

Dr. Zahra Zeinali

Dr. Zahra Zeinali is a physician by training and global public health professional whose research is focused on the social and structural determinants of health, gender, and intersectionality.

In 2020 she was named an Emerging Voice for Global Health and a fellow with the Rockefeller Foundation-Boston University 3-D Commission on Health Determinants, Data and Decision Making.

Over the span of her career, Zahra has worked with Global Health 50/50, undertaking research with the Women in Leadership Project, a formative research agenda exploring the barriers women in the health workforce in Kenya and India face in their career advancement, and has contributed to three of the flagship annual reports of GH50/50 that hold global health organizations to account with regards to gender equity and equality in their structures and policies. As a fellow with the 3-D commission, she contributed to the conceptual framing and drafting the landmark commission report. She has also worked as a researcher on gender and intersectionality in the health workforce with Johns Hopkins University, where she got her MPH; as a consultant with United Health Futures, focusing on bringing a systems thinking approach to complex and emerging global challenges and contributing to a report on women’s economic contribution to the formal and informal health and care sector. In addition, she was a policy officer with EAT Foundation, focusing on the health impact of food systems policy, and with the WHO and Jhpiego on human resources for health policies.

As a medical student, she was passionate about incorporating a deeper understanding of public health and engaging students in solving complex global health challenges, co-founded the Iranian Medical Students Association, and held leadership positions with the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations, the largest global student-run network.

She intends to utilize the skills gained through the DrGH program to catalyze intersectoral evidence-informed action on social, political, and commercial determinants of health to improve health and well-being at the population level. She is passionate about bringing her systems approach and an intersectional lens to her work on health equity and social justice. Zahra is an Iranian national, and has lived, worked, held training, and traveled to over 30 countries.