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Episode #261 Global Public Health Leadership, With Dr. Candela Iglesias Chiesa


On This Episode Of The Public Health Epidemiology Conversations (PHEC) Podcast


While a lot of people in the health sector try to become a specialist, this episode’s guest focuses on being a generalist. She serves the global health industry by being a bridge between people in different areas and specialties. She joins us to share her story with us. Tuning in, you’ll hear how Dr. Iglesias Chiesa started her career in microbiology and what inspired her to switch over to public health. You’ll also hear specifics about her business, how it helps the helpers, identifies gaps in public health, and is a resource for the career development of public health professionals. Tune in to hear more about Dr. Iglesias Chiesa's hard work to improve health equity globally.


Meet Dr. Iglesias


Dr. Iglesias is a global health specialist with a biomedical background, and author of Build your Dream Team: leadership based on a passion for people”. Through her organization, Alanda, she supports international and local organizations to improve their health projects and save lives through improving their use of evidence and data and strengthening leadership and project management. She has worked with the Red Cross Movement, WHO-PAHO, Resolve to Save Lives, University of Oxford, University of Oslo and others. She's a board member of Women in Global Health Norway and part of Norwegian Red Cross’s public health roster for humanitarian emergencies.



Listen To This Episode Of The Public Health Epidemiology Conversations (PHEC) Podcast



Conversation Highlights


  • Dr. Candela Iglesias Chiesa’s background and impressive career.

  • How Dr. Iglesias Chiesa decided to make the switch from microbiology to public health.

  • The populations, conditions, and public health problems that Dr. Iglesias Chiesa is most passionate about.

  • How she sees herself as a bridge between people in different thematic areas and specialists.

  • Her passion for making sure that her work reaches the most vulnerable people in the world and for improving health equity.

  • How Alanda helps the helpers and identifies gaps in public health.

  • The products and services Alanda offers in terms of career development for public health professionals.

  • The three different areas of career development needs Alanda identified among public health professionals.

  • Information about Alanda’s online course for public health professionals Thrive: How to Build a Meaningful Career in Global or Public Health.

  • Insight into the consulting side of Alanda and their ‘Three E’ support framework: evidence-based, evidence-generating, and evidence-sharing.

  • How Dr. Iglesias Chiesa’s understanding of public health and epidemiology has helped her serve her clients and have a greater impact.

  • Dr. Iglesias Chiesa’s advice to students, professionals, and entrepreneurs interested in global health.


Dr. Iglesias' Career Advice To Public Health Students and Graduates


"Talk to people more. Don't be afraid to ask people about their job. If you get one no, other people will say yes." - Dr. Iglesias

Keep In Touch


Alanda Health

Dr. Iglesias on LinkedIn

Alanda Health on LinkedIn

Build your Dream Team

Women in Global Health Norway

Norwegian Red Cross

Public Health Career Coaching

Public Health Entrepreneurs



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