Stéfanie Fréel

PhD Researcher

PhD Supervisors: Dr. Dixon Chibanda and Dr. Ritz Kakuma

Stéfanie has worked for 10 years in global health and health policy across nongovernmental, governmental, multilateral and academic settings. She has experience working on mental health, health equity, Indigenous health, and health technology issues at local, national and international levels. Stéfanie currently works as a Consultant in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Use at the World Health Organization (WHO). There, she works closely with governments, civil society, academia and people with lived experience to raise awareness of dementia, structure national policies, strengthen health information systems, and produce normative guidance, tools and resources to inform policy and programmatic implementation at country level. Prior to joining WHO, Stéfanie oversaw the disbursement of health services and population health research funding within the Strategic Policy and Planning Division of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Canada. She also led the development of an inter-ministerial strategy to improve government planning, service delivery and accountability through multisectoral data sharing. Stéfanie holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master in Global Affairs from the University of Toronto, Canada, and has published and presented on topics covering mental health policy, health system capacity building, knowledge translation and health information systems.

Email: stefanie [dot] freel [at] lshtm [dot] ac [dot] uk