Pillar Advisory Committees (PAC)

Our three program pillars are fortified by the invaluable support of the Pillar Advisory Committees, guided by the overarching direction of the Executive Steering Committee.

The Pillar Advisory Committees aim to foster robust and respectful partnerships among all our partners, driving innovation and collectively advancing the objectives of each pillar.

The Pillar Advisory Committees:

  • Provide critical support in shaping the initiative at the outset 
  • Identify and engage with key stakeholders from higher education, the corporate sector, the non-profit sector and government 
  • Support and provide high-level overview of planning for conferences, events and learning opportunities 
  • Identify and share best practices 
  • Provide bi-annual reports to the Executive Steering Committee

How partners under the Pillar Advisory Committees work together:

Under each Pillar Advisory Committee, members meet once each year in person, as part of the annual network meeting, and two or more additional times each year as needed. Membership on the Committees include representatives from all Collaborative partners and other key stakeholders in the business, non-profit and government sectors. 

Contact Us

Photo of Marie Therese Ndiaye

Regional Lead (Health Employment), International Research Officer

marietherese.ndiaye@utoronto.ca

Photo of JesusMiracle Chiadika

Regional Lead (Health Entrepreneurship), International Research Officer

jesusmiracle.chiadika@utoronto.ca

Photo of Tak Koguchi

Senior Regional Lead

tak.koguchi@utoronto.ca

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Marie Therese Ndiaye, PhD

Regional Lead (Health Employment), International Research Officer

University of Toronto

Ms. Marie Therese Yaba Ndiaye is the Regional Lead, Health Employment at the Office of Vice President International at the University of Toronto.

She leads the implementation of the Health Employment Pillar of the African Higher Education Health Collaborative, which aims to expand the capacity to train primary healthcare workers to meet growing demand in Africa. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she worked with USAID, World Food Programme, and community-based organizations on climate resilience and humanitarian assistance programming. In those positions, she covered and traveled widely in West and Central African countries. She holds a Ph.D. in Rural Sociology and can work in French, English, and Portuguese.

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JesusMiracle Chiadika, M.Ed., PhD Candidate

Regional Lead (Health Entrepreneurship), International Research Officer

University of Toronto

JesusMiracle is the Regional Lead (Health Entrepreneurship), International Research Officer at the Office of the Vice-President International, University of Toronto. She is also completing a PhD in Higher Education with a collaborative specialization in Comparative, International and Development Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She graduated with an M.Ed. in Higher Education, and has an inter-disciplinary background in the arts, psychology and entrepreneurship. She has lived on three continents which impacted her worldview and interests in understanding education from a global perspective. Having worked extensively with international students, she is interested in understanding how internationalization policies impact their experiences on an institutional level, and how institutions can improve the services and supports provided to students.

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Tak Koguchi

Senior Regional Lead

University of Toronto

Tak is Senior Regional Lead (Africa) and Co-lead for the Health Ecosystems Pillar in the AHEHC for the University of Toronto (U of T). 

As Pillar Co-Lead, his role focuses on establishing collaborative certificate and short course programs to train professionals in a wide range of disciplines critical for sustainable and equitable health-sector growth in Africa. As member of the collaborative’s Secretariat, he plays an active role in supporting the network’s collective activities and governance.  In his capacity of Senior Regional Lead, he is responsible for growing U of T’s engagement with Sub-Sahara Africa. Tak is a graduate of U of T (BA) and York University (MPPAL).