Dr. Halla Thorsteinsdóttir Director

Dr. Halla Thorsteinsdóttir has actively researched innovation in Canada and in low-and-middle income countries such as Brazil, Cuba, China, India, and South Africa. Her research has been published in high-impact journals including Science, the Nature journals, PLOS Medicine, Research Policy and The Lancet, and been covered by media such as The Economist and The Financial Times. Halla completed her doctoral studies at SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, United Kingdom, and completed a master’s degree in Development Economics from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Canada. She has worked as a Senior Advisor for innovation in the Ontario Government and as an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in Canada. Currently Halla is an Adjunct Professor both with the University of Toronto and Cinvestav, Mexico. 

Jennifer Mary Bell MPH  Team Leader

Jennifer Mary Bell is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, where she was a Canadian Institutes of Health Fellow in Public Health Policy and a graduate of the Collaborative Program in Bioethics. She previously worked as a policy analyst at Partnership for Prevention in Washington, DC; and, while living overseas, as a writer and editor on global health and policy issues.