Global ideas institute Team


Advisory Committee

Joseph Wong is the founder of the Global Ideas Institute, Vice Provost and Associate Vice-President at the University of Toronto, and the Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation at Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Professor Wong is the author of many academic articles and several books, and created the REACH Project.
Teresa Kramarz is the Director of Munk One, a program for first year undergraduate students at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and Co-Director of the Environmental Governance Lab alongside Matthew Hoffmann and Steven Bernstein. An expert on international organizations and global governance, with emphasis on global environmental politics, her work has examined the impact of the World Bank’s public-private partnerships on democracy, innovation, and financially sustainable conservation governance, the legitimacy of the World Bank as a global knowledge actor, and the local/global relationship in the provision of global public goods.
Eileen Lam is the Associate Director of Special Projects at the Munk School and heads up a number of high-profile strategic outreach initiatives, including: the newly established Centre for the Study of Global Japan (including the JSAC 2017 Conference, Japan NOW lecture series, and undergraduate student engagement); the Executive Training programs for civil servants from Guandong province; the Global Ideas Institute, an intensive research and design challenge for over 150 Toronto-area high school students, jointly run with UT Schools and Rotman, which Eileen helped launch; and several new initiatives that are currently in the development phase.
Josie Fung is the chief collaborator, facilitator, and strategist at the Rotman School’s I-Think. She brings together educators and leaders from diverse backgrounds to engage deeply in conversations around education and systems change. Before finding her passion in this field, Josie moved through various industries, including tech and finance. She is curious about how she can help people come up with more creative ideas, more of the time.
Rosemary Evans was named principal of University of Toronto Schools (UTS) in February 2011. UTS was established in 1910 as a site for training secondary school teachers in Ontario.During her tenure Rosemary has re-established UTS as a school-based partner for the Master of Teaching Program at OISE and solidified the affiliation relationship with the University of Toronto. Rosemary received her B.A. in History from Western University and her M.A., B.Ed., and MBA from the University of Toronto.
David Montemurro has been active in initial teacher education programs since 2007. An advocate of strong university and high school partnerships, David has initiated teacher education cohorts housed within high schools with a focus on urban education, global citizenship and sustainability education. Embracing experiential and service-learning as part of his pedagogical practice, David routinely collaborates with local community organizations, NGO’s and international schools. In addition to his research and publications in teacher preparation, global citizenship education, culturally responsive pedagogy and sustainability education, David’s recent focus is on internationalizing initial teacher education where he is currently researching global competency frameworks as conceptual guides for beginning teachers’ practice.
Joshua Folkema is a Business Development Manager at World Vision Canada. World Vision Canada (WVC) is a Christian development, relief and advocacy charity working with communities, families and children around the world to overcome poverty and injustice.
Ben Liu is the Director of the Office of Professional Development and Career Strategies for the Master of Global Affairs Program. Prior to joining the Munk School, Ben was the founding Coordinator for Academic Service-Learning & Faculty Development at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Community Partnerships. Ben is one of the University’s experts on engaging external partners with academic degree programs, having worked with several departments and colleges in developing academic courses that integrate student placements with NGOs, social enterprises, public institutions, and numerous agencies. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Ben was the Coordinator, Undergraduate Programs at the Schulich School of Business at York University and a Student Recruitment Officer at the University of British Columbia.
Sole Fernandez is the Professional Development and Alumni Relations Coordinator at Master of Global Affairs Program.
Margaret McKone is the Executive Director for the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Reporting to the Director, and working with the Munk School’s senior administrative leadership team, she provides leadership and strategic direction for the overall mission of the School including programming and outreach, revenue generation and business administration activities, and ensures the efficient and effective strategic management of the School’s resources.

Program Team

Kathleen Gnocato, Program Director.

Kathleen Gnocato is Program Director of the Global Ideas Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Manager of the Utility Transformation Program for the Advanced Energy Centre at the MaRS Discovery District.

Kathleen’s professional background includes an advisory role at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York and collaborative projects for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. Throughout these experiences, she remains focused on how Canada might enhance its leadership role at the international level.

Kathleen holds a Master’s of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and a BAH from Queen’s University.

Siobhan Bradley, Fundraising Director.

Siobhan the Fundraising Director for the Global Ideas Institute (GII). In this role, Siobhan leads the program’s short and long-term fundraising and partner engagement portfolios. This is her third year supporting the GII Program Team–her past roles included Partner Network Manager and Logistics Coordinator. Siobhan also works as a Consultant for UNICEF, supporting the design and implementation of a point-of-use home fortification program in Lesotho. She holds a Master of Global Affairs from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and a BAH in Political Science from Queen’s University.

Karen Pak, Curriculum Director.

Karen Pak is Curriculum Director of the Global Ideas Institute and International Transition Advisor & Scholarship Support for the Centre for International Experience at the University of Toronto.
Karen has been an educator as a teacher and strategist in positions she held at both the Toronto District School Board and University of Toronto. In 2014, she was the Melanie Parrack Award recipient for outstanding leadership in the TDSB athletic governing council where she coached for a number of years. Her coaching journey also includes representing Canada at the U19 World Beach Volleyball Championships in Turkey and Portugal.
She holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Toronto in Curriculum and Teacher Development in collaboration with a Comparative International Development of Education focus, as well as a BAH and B.Ed from York University.

Neila Vorano, Research Coordinator.

Neila graduated from McGill University studying International development, political science, and management.  With her multidisciplinary background, she learned about sustainability and environmentalism through different lenses, giving her a holistic approach to the subject. During her last semester, she took a sustainability class in strategic management which sparked her interest and convinced her to pursue her career in this field.  She wishes to combine her background in international development work and her passion for sustainability in her future endeavors.

Following her graduation, she completed an internship, as a sustainability officer with the City of Montreal where she had a first-hand experience on how to implement a sustainability plan on the municipal level, and how to mobilize the community to take part in it. Neila’s passion for development work also led her to work in Tanzania for 7 months with a Canadian NGO helping local youth develop their business skills as well as raise awareness for environmentalism and sustainable business practices.

Neila hopes to be apart of Sustainability’s future, more specifically to work towards inclusive solutions that integrate the private sector, the public sector, and civil society

Vijai Singh, Partner Network Manager.

Vijai graduated from the University of Waterloo in Honours Political Science, with a specialization in Politics and Business, and a minor in Economics. Throughout his undergraduate career, Vijai gained valuable experience in both the private and public sectors. Vijai’s experience as an entrepreneur has afforded him the opportunity to provide delegations in front of the city council in his hometown, Brampton. He defended policy projects on which he worked, including the Brampton 2040 Vision and Brampton’s first Culture Master Plan. Vijai wants to increase his knowledge of the international political economy through a think tank, private corporation, or non-profit organization/NGO, and has a keen research interest in the implications of innovation policy on international trade competitiveness. Evinced through his experience as a freelance writer, Vijai also has a passion for popular writing and journalism.

Alexandre Parrott-Mautner, Logistics Coordinator.

Alex is a second year Master of Global Affairs student at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Alex also holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree in political science from York University. Alex worked as a Coordination Officer in the Global Coalition Against Daesh – Strategic Communication Cell in London, United Kingdom. During his time at the Cell, Alex developed a quantitative partner engagement strategy as well as produced a report and recommendations on Cell products. Alex was previously the Chair of the Peer Review Board at York University. Alex is interested in risk, capital markets, and the environment.

Siddhartha Sengupta, Logistics Coordinator.

Siddhartha graduated from the University of Toronto this June in 2018 with a Specialist in Political Science. As an undergraduate, he saw his curiosity be peaked by a number of fields leading him to be curious about everything: literally everything from string theory to the evolution of God. He once spent three days reading up on the history of Neapolitan ice-cream. His undergraduate pursuits were defined by attempting to figure out what he was not only curious about but also interested in. To that end, he ended up researching the effects of migration in Dharavi, Mumbai, the potential for emerging technology in archaic markets in Asia, and the Naxalite Movement in India. From his experiences grew his current interest in Artificial Intelligence Policy and Innovation Policy in Canada. Specifically, the role of governmental regulation in the transitioning into future AI systems across multiple markets. He is also a massive Manchester United fan, can cook a mean meal up and is always down for a drink to talk about topics ranging from anything to everything

Bushra Rahman, External Communications Coordinator.

Bushra is a first year Master of Global Affairs student at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo, majoring in International Development and minoring in Political Science and Studies in Islam. During her undergraduate studies, she conducted field research in Indonesia on climate change and labour rights, and subsequently, in her final year, she worked for 8 months in Nepal for the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs’ Association of Nepal, a non-profit which promotes and assists women to establish sustainable sources of income. Her primary research interests include global development and the impacts of climate change and disaster on vulnerable populations.

Hannah Rosen, Internal Communications Manager.

Hannah is a second year Master of Global Affairs student at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Political Science, with a minor in Global Development from Queen’s University. This past summer, Hannah was lucky enough to be the Gender and Advocacy Graduate Intern at Right To Play’s International Headquarters. She worked to create policy surrounding life skills education, education for adolescent girls in conflict, while also creating a gender manual for the organization. She is also a teaching assistant for the Munk One program at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, leading the Education Lab for their Global Challenges course. Her academic and professional interests include gender and development as well as gender and conflict, specifically sexual violence as a weapon of war. She is extremely passionate about solving complex global problems through a gendered lens.

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