Dr. Olena Hankivsky is a Professor with the School of Public Policy and Founder and Director of the Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Hankivsky is recognized internationally in the areas of gender mainstreaming and intersectionality research and policy. She has conducted GM research in over 10 countries internationally and worked with Status of Women Canada to develop the newest approach to gender equality in Canada - GBA+. She developed the first two primers on how to operationalize intersectionality in the context of research and policy (Hankivsky 2012; Hankivsky and Cormier 2009) and edited the collection Health Inequities in Canada: Intersectional Frameworks and Practices (UBC Press, 2011), the first collection focused on intersectionality in the context of health in Canada. She has also co-edited Women’s Health in Canada (2007, 2nd edition forthcoming in 2018) and Gender, Politics and Society in Ukraine (2012).
Dr. Hankivsky has 20 years + experience working across academic, government, NGO and international organization sectors including most recently as a consultant with the World Health Organization and researcher with the Graduate Institute, of International Affairs and Development Geneva, Switzerland. She has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia University (2008-2009) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2013-2015). She has been an Invited speaker to a wide range of research, government, policy and community audiences across Canada and in Australia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Cuba, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.