Ann Canavan

Ann Canavan

Managing Director, currently working in Switzerland

Ann Canavan is a senior health professional with interests in psychology, international health, and development management. She has worked in and travelled to over 30 countries since she left her home country of Ireland in 1984. Her diverse background and experience in development and humanitarian work enables her to advocate for populations affected by conflict and natural disasters and support low to middle income countries recovering from crises while contributing to development approaches.

Her 25 years of international health experience including frontline NGO work with GOAL, Health Unlimited, Merlin, Partners For Development and International Medical Corps; technical assistance to Ministries of Health with World Bank; policy, teaching and research at the Royal Tropical Institute of Netherlands (KIT); evaluation of health cluster effectiveness for WHO; and independent reviews of health programs funded by DFID and EU.

In 2011 Ann was appointed as Director of Health Policy & Practice at International Medical Corps, providing strategic leadership for the health and social determinants portfolio and leading a growing multi-disciplinary technical team. With ThinkWell, she serves as Vice President of Programs where she has oversight of the programs portfolio, providing leadership to teams that deliver technical assistance, research, and analytics.

Ann is active on several global health platforms and is a lead member of the Global Health Systems Working Group for Fragile States, HRH Working Group, and Elrha’s Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) selection committee, a DFID and Wellcome Trust funded program. Ann also actively participates on several other global technical working groups.

ThinkWell is focused, dynamic, and brings new energy to health systems thinking and practice, while internally the organizational culture is creative and collaborative with a great team spirit and synergy with partners.

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years as hike leader with Sierra Club


10,000 ft mountains climbed


countries worked in and travelled to


carbon footprint reduction approach

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