Meet the Global Health Team at Manchester

Clarrissa Hemingsen


Clarissa Hemmingsen


More about Clarissa...
Clarissa is a medical student, and previously worked, volunteered in a Hospice, and completed other degrees in International Relations, International Security and Psychology. She has always been interested in Global Health issues, but this interest really grew during her IR degree, particularly around health security and deprivation in warzones and disaster areas – she views her journey into medicine as a natural progression of her previous academic and professional careers.
Outside of medicine, Clarissa is a keen traveller, with a particular interest in ancient history and archaeology. Having grown up by the Isle of Man seaside, she also enjoys kayaking, and spending as much time as possible out on the open water.


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Gemma McNally

Vice President, Events Team

More about Gemma...
Gemma is a second year medical student, and has previously volunteered at 2 different care homes; one for adults with learning difficulties and one for elderly people with dementia. Having always been keen to get involved with charities, she has previously organised a Team Sponsored Swimathon to fundraise for Woman’s Aid.
Her interest in Global Health was established through her work as a member of her local Lions club, after raising money to send tents to post-earthquake Nepal. Through this she realised how important local projects are in improving health on a global scale.
In the future she hopes to visit the areas most in need in order to find out first hand what can be done to help these communities in terms of resources and health education. Outside of University she enjoys horse riding and travelling in the summer.





Ellen Rushforth

Gulu Co-Lead

More about Ellen...
Ellen is a third year Geography student at the University of Manchester. After spending three months in rural areas of both Uganda and India she saw how basic health education could make a huge difference to communities. These experiences have made her keen to show how Global Health affects everyone but also how everyone can get involved in improving Global Health. Outside of university Ellen loves to travel and spend time outdoors especially walking in the Lake District.



Liz Ogilvie


Liz Ogilvie

Gulu Co-Lead

More about Liz...
Liz is currently a third year medical student and has previously worked as a Health Care Assistant and studied Classics at University College London – something which helps tackle her the mountain of Greek & Latin terms in Medicine!
During her time at UCL she spent a year living and studying in Northern Greece and travels regularly to experience and learn from other cultures. In July 2015 and 2016 she travelled to Gulu, Northern Uganda as part of a student-led outreach project, working with Ugandan and Belgian students to help provide basic healthcare and health education for isolated rural communities affected by civil war. She co-lead the programme to take more students over in the summer of 2016 and is the Phase 1 Rep for the society.
She is a firm believer that we are all global citizens and we need to help and support others’ right to healthcare.





Sophie Ashley

Non-Portfolio Officer

More about Sophie...
Sophie is a second year medical student at the University of Manchester. She has always had an interest in different cultures and languages, having previously studied Chinese for a year at the University of Oxford. She has a particular interest in how culture affects different health care systems and how communication between different cultures is necessary to improve overall global health. Outside of studies she enjoys singing and running to de-stress.


maddie harriman


Maddie Harriman


More about Maddie...

Maddie is a third year Neuroscience & Psychology student and is currently completing a placement year at Havas Lynx – a global medical communications company based in Manchester. She has volunteered with a number of healthcare charities including the Alzheimer’s Society and the Stroke Association; where she also worked as a community engagement intern in the summer. With a keen interest in healthcare, she hopes to pursue a career in a health related field. In her spare-time she enjoys cooking, skiing and playing tennis. 


anahita sharma


Anahita Sharma


More about Anahita...
Anahita is currently a 4th-year international medical student at the University of Manchester completing her clinical studies in Salford, after graduating with a B. Sc. in Medical Sciences at the University of St Andrews in 2015. She became interested in the economic and social complexity underlying global health problems before she began medical school.
Having been born with a cleft lip and palate, a congenital defect affecting the development of the nose and mouth, this interest was piqued when she began wondering why children from certain regions of the world did not receive necessary surgical treatment at birth, indefinitely leaving them with long-term psychosocial problems.
With strong interests in writing and clinical research, she is excited to be curating content for the Manchester Global Health Society this year. In her free time, she likes reading, cycling, lame jokes, and releasing her inner diva at Zumba classes.



Publicity & Engagement

(Profiles Pending)

george kitsaras


George Kitsaras

Events Team

More about George...

George is a Public Health doctoral student at the Division of Dentistry, University of Manchester. Prior to his PhD, George completed an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in psychology and clinical psychology. While an undergraduate student in Greece, he was heavily involved in solidarity and health settings where he encountered the difficulties that marginalised and stigmatised groups face. Those experiences shaped his interest in wider health and social issues with a special interest in refugee, migrant and disadvantaged groups’ wellbeing. On his personal time, George enjoys art, photography, architecture, travelling and football.


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Laksanan Kuganeethan

Events Team

More about Laksanan...
Laksanan is currently a second year Law with Criminology student at The University of Manchester. In July 2015, Laksanan spent 2 weeks leading a community expedition in Sri Lanka to help young women and children who had been affected by the devastating civil war. He also has a keen interest in charity work, having raised thousands of pounds for various different cancer and children’s charities over the past 24 months.
One day Laksanan hopes to create a global charity network in which young people from less developed parts of the world are provided with free education and medical treatment.
In his free time Laksanan enjoys photography, food and tedious jokes.







2 Responses to “Meet the Global Health Team at Manchester

  • I am postgraduate student in Global Health at the University of Manchester can I be part of this society?

    • Hi Alusine,

      Yes of course! We currently run a variety of workshops and lectures around the University of Manchester but they are open to all people who are interested. Our events are usually publicised via our facebook page ( and on this website. You can become a member at any of our events which if you would like to be kept informed about what we have coming up.
      Sorry for the very late reply – we are still getting to grips with the running of this website!

      Joe Watson
      Co-editor of Manchester Global Health Society Website

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