For the last three years, Francine Irakoze has worked for McKesson Canada, a private healthcare company that focuses on logistics and distribution. She has held several roles there, including Team Leader, Program Coordinator, and Interim Program Manager. She has also volunteered with a range of health-focused organizations, including SickKids International, Aphasia Center, and Habitat for Humanity.
Most recently, she has been selected to join the seventh class of Global Health Corps (GHC) Fellows. Following her training she will be moving on to Rwanda to work on health systems strengthening with the organization Health Builders. Irazoke explains that her education at McMaster helped her prepare for the real-world experiences that followed.
"I have developed the ability to properly compile research results and prepare reports," she says. "Also, as someone who thrives on working with people, I have also enjoyed learning about dealing with stakeholders’ interests, building relationships with partners, and handling managerial tasks such as working on program design/strategic planning, and reviewing financial work plans."
Irakoze was born in Burundi but grew up in many countries, including the US, Japan, Germany and Ethiopia. She completed her undergraduate studies in biology at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before gaining an MSc in Global Health from McMaster.