Research Staff: Efe AtabayIlona Vincent | Jennifer Proudfoot

Administrative Staff: Heather Whipps | Eloisa Rios | Mahwish Tazeem | Kanita Ahmed | Jackie Rosenhek |

Administrative Centre:  John Kuchyna | Katherine Dao | Andrew Griffin | Linda De Luca | Tasha Ayinde


Efe Atabay Phoro

Efe Atabay received his BA in History and Political Science and his MA in Islamic Studies from McGill University. He wrote his Master's thesis on the history of eugenic thought in Turkey, examining the complex interactions between health, urbanization, gender and science. Efe is currently working as a member of the WoRLD poverty reduction team at IHSP. Efe's academic interests include labor and gender relations in the Middle East, the informal economy, the history and sociology of science and medicine. He is also interested in organic farming and urban agriculture. Previously, he worked as a quality control and international trade assistant at an organic agriculture company in the west coast of Turkey. He enjoys learning languages of his region and has studied Arabic, Persian and Russian.


Jennifer ProudfootJennifer Proudfoot is Senior Academic Associate – External Affairs at IHSP. She manages the Institute’s outreach and external relations activities building bridges with academics, policymakers, NGOs and community organizations locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. In addition, Jennifer is Knowledge Mobilisation Specialist for the MACHEquity Project and manages the McBurney Latin America programs. Her background is in international cooperation, community health and development and intercultural communication. She has worked in program management, policy development and inter-sectoral collaboration, with universities and nongovernmental international cooperation and human rights organizations. She has done consulting work in intercultural effectiveness, group facilitation and project management for Canadian NGOs and government agencies. Before joining the Institute, she worked at McGill on a basic education and social equity project with Indonesia. Her community health and development experience has led her to work on domestic violence in Bolivia, women's political participation in Chile, environmental education in Brazil, and health promotion for immigrant and refugee women in Toronto. Jennifer received her Master's of Social Work, specializing in community development and social planning, from Wilfrid Laurier University and her B.A. in Communications from the University of Ottawa. (on leave)



Ilona Vinent PhotoIlona Vincent received her BA in International Development from the University of Guelph and her MA in Economics from Queen’s University. Before joining the Institute in 2008 she worked for the Chicago Public Schools’ Department of Postsecondary Education. She participated in research on topics related to the educational achievements of Chicago high school students as well as the development of a new student tracking system. Her other assignments included evaluation of a college preparatory program implemented in a large urban district setting. Ilona has also done consulting work in the areas of health, energy and labour economics. Her research interests include the impact of social policy on population health and education outcomes.  At the Institute for Health and Social Policy she is currently involved with MACHEquity as a Senior Research Analyst.

ilona.vincent [at] (Email /) Phone: 514-398-8158


Heather Whipps  received her BA in Anthropology from McGill University and currently serves as the Institute's Student Affairs Administrator, running training programs for undergraduates and graduates from multiple disciplines. Prior to joining the Institute as Administrative Coordinator in January 2012, Heather worked in editing for the University’s Communications department. She has extensive marketing, public relations and writing experience in the private sector. Previous experience in the travel industry allowed her to visit many corners of the globe, which has also fostered a keen interest in the field of international development and social determinants of health. She has been involved with several non-governmental organizations. Her other personal research interests include conflict studies, community health and services, women’s health, nutrition and access to care. 

heather.whipps [at] (Email)|Phone: 514-398-2571


Eloisa Rios, Administrative Coordinator

admincoord.ihsp [at] (Email )| Phone: 514-398-1236

Mahwish Tazeem, Senior Coordinator/Assistant to the Director

directoradmin.ihsp [at] (Email) | Phone: 514-398-5631

Kanita Ahmed, Program Manager [at] (Email) | Phone: 514-398-2453

Jackie Rosenhek, Grants Adminstrator (on maternity leave)


Administrative Centre

John Kuchyna, Financial Officer

john.kuchyna [at]; phone: 514-398-2022

Katherine Dao, Senior Accounts Administrator

aec3_finance [at]; phone: 514-398-6557

Andrew Griffin, Research Administrator

andrew.griffin [at]; phone: 514-398-8412

Linda De Luca, Human Resources Advisor

linda.deluca [at]; phone: 514-398-6263

Tasha Ayinde, Associate Director

tasha.ayinde [at]; phone: 514-398-3105