GOLD Speakers


Shela Hirani, PhD, MScN, RN, BScN, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: 2024 Main Presentations
  • Country: Canada

Dr. Shela Hirani is an Associate Professor at the University of Regina, Faculty of Nursing, Canada. She is a breastfeeding advocate, neonatal and child health nursing professional, leader for the health of women and young children, academician, researcher, mentor, and an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Dr. Hirani has an established program of research "Breastfeeding Advocacy Research: Program, Policies and Practices (BARPPP) that aims to promote, protect and support breastfeeding practices of women in diverse community-based settings, including hospitals, disaster relief camps, mothers' workplace setting, child daycare center, and post-secondary institutions of low-income, middle-income and high-income countries.

Dr Hirani received Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal from the Government of Saskatchewan, Canada. She is recognized by World Health Organization as one of 100 outstanding women nurses in 2020. In 2022, she received "Multicultural Leadership Award" and "The YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction Award". She is also the recipient of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing's Emerging Nurse Researcher award 2020, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Award and the Honorary Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship Award for her outstanding academic excellence, community services, leadership and contribution for knowledge development in nursing. Recently, she was inducted into the prestigious Marquis Who's is Who biographical registry.