MIND (mHealth IN Development)




MIND is a research project funded by the Irish Research Council examining the role of mHealth in Low and Middle Income Countries. It is being conducted by a collaborative group involving GOAL (https://www.goalglobal.org), the gHealth Research Group (www.ghealthresearch.org) and Imperial College London.

Mobile health (mHealth) is an emerging trend with potential to improve diagnosis, management and monitoring of patients in developing countries. Evidence in favour of mHealth is increasing, but the mHealth landscape is plagued by many pilot projects that are successful in one context but fail to scale. Through this proposal, GOAL, UCD, QUB and ICL will collaboratively review the global mHealth landscape and its impact on health outcomes in developing countries. A resulting roadmap will recommend solutions to development, planning, implementation, evaluation, scalability and sustainability barriers in the context of mHealth interventions.

Team members:


Sinead O’Mahony

Sinead is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters in Public Health and Health Promotion from LSHTM. Sinead has been working and studying in health and nutrition for ten years in development, clinical and academic sectors. In her current role as Nutrition Advisor with GOAL she provides technical guidance and support to nutrition country programmes in Sudan, South Sudan, Niger and Ethiopia. Whilst spending two years coordinating a Connected Health Applied Research Centre Sinead has experience working on and coordinating research on data mining, modelling and presentation.

Mary Van Lieshout

Mary Van Lieshout is Director of Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning with GOAL. Mary has an MSc in Community Health and General Practice from Trinity College Dublin and an MA in International Relations from Dublin City University. Mary joined GOAL in 2013 with over twenty five years’ experience in public health research and advocacy in Ireland and internationally. In 2014 she was appointed by the Minister of Health to the Healthy Ireland Council.

Henning Ringholz

Henning Ringholz is the Global Market Development and Livelihoods Adviser for GOAL, an international development organization with an annual program spend in excess of 200m US$. In this position he initiated and currently leads the private sector engagement, market development and social entrepreneurship practice of the organization. The organization has seen significant growth in this area in the past years and is making a market-driven, entrepreneurial approach a cornerstone of their development practice.

As part of this drive, Henning has developed strategic partnerships with large corporations such as Microsoft, as well as supporting projects with social entrepreneurs in GOAL’s 19 countries of operation. GOAL is becoming a catalyst for the development of local market systems, mentoring and supporting small and growing businesses through programs linking them with finance, value chain and IT partners.

GOAL is a founding member of the shared value affinity group, a network of 16 INGOs that together program more than $2.5 billion annually. The group is bringing together thought and practice leaders in inclusive business partnerships and aims to shape the global agenda in this space. Furthermore, GOAL has joined ANDE, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, to support the organization’s commitment to innovative partnerships with social entrepreneurs in technology, agribusiness, WASH and health sectors. Partnerships with Cambridge University, Stanford and UCD Dublin business schools help current students become the next generation of social entrepreneurs by establishing business-driven development projects within GOAL.

Henning holds degrees from Cambridge University in social and political sciences (BA) and technology policy (M.Phil.), and has more than 15 years’ experience in business, entrepreneurship and market-based development. Amongst others, Henning has worked as a consultant at Monitor and Bearing Point, providing advice to regional and national governments in Spain, Sierra Leone and Saudi Arabia, as well as working with large consumer industry. Previous to this role, Henning led the Latin American division of a German food processing company. He speaks six languages has a diverse and global outlook owing to his long-term international work experience in Europe, Chile, Africa and Central America.

His personal experience as an entrepreneur in the fast food sector helps Henning understand the challenges of start-ups and small and growing businesses, as well as their crucial role in the development of local economies.

Ife Agboola

Ife graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2010 with a BSc in Biological Sciences (Pharmacology) after which she worked in Nigeria as a Clinical Laboratory Assistant in the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. In 2013 obtained her Masters in Global Health. She returned to Nigeria to conduct her Master’s research exploring the impact of HIV as a chronic illness on sexual risk perceptions in young adults living in Lagos. After her research, she interned with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS for a year, and was retained as a HCT/PMTCT Programme Officer on a project which aimed to transfer ownership of the national HIV response from external donors to the government of Nigeria. Ife worked in this capacity for 7 months and returned to Ireland where she currently works as the Health Programme Quality Intern in GOAL.

Nicola Mountford

Nicola graduated University College Dublin in 1997 with a law degree and a postgraduate diploma in marketing practice.  She has worked in various marketing roles for start-ups, multinationals and non profits during which time she also achieved a masters degree in Strategic Management and Planning.  Nicola established and managed Synergy Centre, a high technology business incubation center where she advised over 50 high tech start-ups. She is now Director of UCD’s Connected Health research program from a management and administrative perspective.  Nicola is also a PhD candidate in the Smurfit School of Business where she studies the role of the public actor in complex emerging markets and was recently awarded a 2016/17 Fulbright TechImpact Scholarship to study eHealth markets in the US.

Dr Nikolas Mastellos

Dr Nikolas Mastellos is a Research Fellow in eHealth and Health Services Research at Imperial College London. In 2011, he was awarded a PhD from the University of Surrey for his thesis on the uptake of Electronic Health Records in Greece, and also holds an MSc in Health Care Management with Distinction and a BSc in Nursing. Prior to joining Imperial College, Nikolas worked in the pharmaceutical market research industry and the Greek National Health Service. His work mainly focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of mHealth solutions in developing countries and eHealth interventions in high-income countries.