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Class of 2019

  • Veronica Allan
    Veronica completed her Ph.D. in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, Canada. Working in the field of sport psychology, her research focuses on athlete development and coaching in youth and disability sport contexts. Through her work, she aims to promote sport as a platform for social justice, and apply an evidence-informed lens to sport-related trends and issues. As a competitive distance runner and a recent Ph.D. graduate, she is excited to share a love for sport that is deeply entrenched in her personal and professional life through future work as a freelance writer and research consultant.
  • Parul Bansal

    Parul is the founder of Anda Residency, an artist residency taking place in transient, unused spaces in Toronto; focused on creating art around the urban dialogue and a means for creative placemaking.  Throughout her career, Parul has practiced in many niches of real estate providing her with a holistic lens of the field.  As a result, Parul consults on development projects using human centric design to create go-to-market and architectural strategies. This includes co-housing developments to create new archetypes of housing where human connection and community are at the forefront.  Parul is a licensed real estate advisor, received a B.Sc. in Life Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and is now pursuing a certificate in Art and Design Studio Skills at OCAD University in Toronto.

  • Christine Bear
    Christine is a biomedical researcher and educator. She is a Senior Scientist at SickKids Hospital and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Driven by a need to understand the consequences of genetic disorders, she is developing and participating in teams that include geneticists, stem cell biologists and clinicians. She is excited by the promise of technological advances to address the urgent medical needs that we face now and will encounter in the future.  Through journalism she will communicate the insights needed to understand the promise and potential risk associated with these rapidly advancing fields.
  • Viviane Callier
    Viviane is trained as a biologist and currently freelances from San Antonio, Texas. She was a Churchill Scholar at Cambridge University, where she studied paleontology. Her doctoral studies at Duke University focused on insect body size regulation. After her postdoctoral fellowship at Arizona State University, she moved to Washington, DC area where she was a science writer at the National Institutes of Health and at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Currently, she writes about biology, medicine, and STEM workforce and training issues. Her work has appeared in Science, Nature, Scientific American, Quanta, Undark, Smithsonian.com, The Atlantic.com, Science Careers, and other places.
  • Susanne Courtney
    Susanne specializes in international development, especially public policy and development finance, and organizational strategy and leadership. With a decade in leadership and consulting to international nongovernmental organizations, she founded Power of Voice International in 2017.  POV is dedicated to communications skills development of civil society organizations in low and middle-income countries in order to strengthen their independence.
    Since 2010 Susanne has led the Canadian offices of international NGOs including AMREF Canada and Action Against Hunger Canada (ACF).  She has also been engaged in technical training and consulting on communications strategies and planning for NGOs and is a founding member of the Canadian Forum for Impact Investing and Development (CAFIID).
    Prior to her career in international development, Susanne founded and led an award-winning, North American communications consulting firm which was sold in 2009 to a multinational agency.  Her professional career began with the Canadian Foreign Service where she was posted to Canada’s embassies in Paris, France and Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
    Susanne is committed to social responsibility through board membership and participation on high level committees including Action Against Hunger, AMREF Canada, The Canadian Film Centre, Grand Challenges Canada, Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Review Board, Women in Development Committee, AfDB. She co-founded the Council of Canadian Public Relations Firms. With English as a first language, Susanne can manage in French as well.
  • Stefanie Dreyer
    Stefanie is a TV-journalist and has studied at the International Journalism-Center in Austria. She got a degree in presentation skills and media techniques as well as an MBA in Economics in Germany. She has been on the air for various TV-shows and worked as a freelance producer. She is also a host and moderator for conferences, trade fairs and panel discussions. Stefanie covers especially topics regarding the tech-world like smart cities, big data and cyber security. In Tokyo she was part of an executive training program from the European Commission and studied International Management at the Sophia University. Currently living in Toronto, she has lived in various parts of the world including the U.S., Cambodia, Japan, Austria and Germany. She speaks German, English, French and Japanese.
  • Eleanor Gebrou
    Eleanor is finishing a Masters of Public Administration at the University of Western Ontario, with graduate research focused on the effect of ranked-ballot voting on hard-to-reach communities in London Ontario. She is completing this research in partnership with the City of London. She also holds a diploma in General Arts and Science from Humber College, as well as a B.A.S.C.in Psychology from the University of Guelph and works as an assistant for one of London’s City Councillors and has been involved in Evaluative Consultation with City of Sarnia, and Innovation Works.
  • Chandu Gopalakrishnan
    Chandu is an Indian journalist and researcher, with over a decade of experience in news editing and content management. Currently, he is working as the researcher and content manager for European markets at a specialized business news service called Activistmonitor. After graduating in commerce, his academics were focused on media studies, with a postgraduate diploma in print journalism, a masters in media business management and another in business and financial journalism. In his present role, he is part of a team of analysts and reporters that tracks investments made by activist hedge funds, social and governance issues raised by shareholders and the regulatory changes.
  • Marie-Claude Gregoire
    Marie-Claude is a pediatrician with sub-speciality training in pediatric pain and palliative medicine. She completed her medical training at Université de Montréal before moving to Halifax for her clinical and research fellowship. After working across Canada in locum positions, she settled in Halifax where she is an assistant professor at Dalhousie University. She is interested in pediatric advocacy and look forward to developing new skills through the Fellowship in Global Journalism. She can often be seen running behind a busy toddler, riding her bike or lost in translation with her Yorkshireman husband.
  • Priya Iyer
    Priya holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a specialization in Genetics and a Master of Public Health. As a Public Health professional, she has worked in the home and community sectors, including at a national home-care organization and a provincial renal agency where she supported initiatives to improve patients’ access to dialysis at home and in the community.  She runs an online blog intended to tell the stories and share initiatives of those in the public health field.  She has a special interest in the health of aging populations and bridging the gap between acute and community-care.
  • Ruth Jones
    Ruth is one of three co-editors in chief of The Site Magazine, the current incarnation of Canada’s only independent publication on architecture and urbanism. She holds a PhD in French and Francophone Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, where her research focused on literary representation, spatial narratives, and urban and colonial history, and a BA in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College. More recently, she has worked on curatorial and editorial projects related to perception and the political and cultural conditions of design and the built environment.
  • Christine Keilholz
    Christine is a political journalist from Germany. Based in the City of Dresden she reports as a correspondent for newspapers and magazines. Her special topics are migration, population development and education policy – which she plans to cover at Munk School with a global focus. So far she is a connoisseur of the Eastern German states, which formerly formed the German Democratic Republic, with a deep knowledge of their people, political parties and their special political and economic challenges. Born in 1980, Christine studied history and German Language at the Universities of Göttingen and Leipzig. After her journalistic training at the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, she began her freelance work. Her texts appear in newspapers such as WeltTagesspiegel and political magazines such as Cicero.
  • Dylan Klempner
    Dylan Klempner is a journalist and visual artist based in Gainesville, Florida. His articles and essays on creativity, medicine, and science have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers. He served as a writer/artist in residence with UF Health Shands Hospital’s Arts in Medicine program and published essays about the role of the arts in the delivery of healthcare. He was a Creative Scholar-in-Residence in the University of Florida’s Department of Biology where he co-taught Creative Science Communication. Dylan received an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College, an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College, and a BS in Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College.
  • Michelle Koerner
    Michelle has had a long professional association with the arts in Toronto.  She has held senior positions in Marketing at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto International Film Festival, Rogers Broadcasting and TVOntario.  She is currently a Director of the National Gallery of Canada’s Foundation Board, a Director of Canada’s National Ballet School Board and a Director of the Art Canada Institute Board.  Michelle is the Chair of the newly established Public Art Program for the Don Valley River Park Trail and is the founder and Chair of the Women’s Art Initiative at the Art Gallery of Ontario, a group that supports women artists.  She was also on the Alumni Board of Havergal College and participated in the Mentor Program in the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Toronto.  Michelle has a BA from Victoria College at the University of Toronto. She is married and has three young children.
  • Inderveer Mahal
    Inderveer is a Family Physician based out of Vancouver, Canada. She completed both her medical school and residency training through the University of Manitoba. Her training has exposed her to both acute and chronic care medicine, extending from the operating room and intensive care unit settings to the bedside at family medicine clinics. She has published papers in the realm of peri-operative cerebral monitoring and multi-disciplinary medical clinics.  In her primary care practice, she witnesses the relationship between socio-economic factors and health on a daily basis. Dr. Mahal has a keen interest in reporting on the intersection between patient outcomes, public health policy and health system design. She also explores the unique stories of both patients and their healthcare providers.
  • Lizan Nijkrake 
    Lizan is an international legal expert born in the Netherlands. She is the former adviser to the Vice-Minister for International Cooperation at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She also worked at the United Nations in New York and managed international cooperation projects in Malawi and Kenya on behalf of the Netherlands. Lizan specialises in policy making, international refugee and human rights law – which she studied among others in Sydney. Lizan perceives life with an open mindset and has a strong sense of social justice. Besides her professional practice she is a fervent musician (singer) and passionate traveller.
  • Deidre Olsen
    Deidre is a freelance journalist and Digital Marketing Analyst at Dentons where they work as part of a global content team on website management, social media and analytics. As a multidisciplinary professional, Deidre works at the intersections of digital and storytelling. Their reporting, opinion editorials and narrative essays have appeared in over 20 publications, most notably Refinery29, Motherboard, The Cut, Salon, Brooklyn Magazine, NOW Magazine, Narratively and Literary Hub. In 2014, Deidre completed their Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Since then, they’ve studied Web Intelligence at the University of California, Irvine and Web Development at HackerYou. While Deidre covers a broad range of subject matter, they are primarily interested in queerness, the state, digital rights and technology.
  • Swathi Sadagopan
    Swathi is a Senior Consultant in Deloitte Canada’s Analytics practice with a focus on driving business decisions through advanced data analytics techniques. She is skilled in quantitative data analysis and visualization of data to tell compelling stories for businesses to take action. She has experience working across retail, aviation, telecom, media, engineering and technology, and non-profit sectors helping clients personalize product recommendations for customers, redesign loyalty program, enter new markets, optimize their physical store network, and more broadly advise them on strategies that generate top line growth.  Swathi completed her Masters in electrical engineering from McGill University, where she designed a low-cost induction motor for use in hybrid electric vehicles with >80% reduction in material costs. While at McGill, Swathi developed a sustainable sanitation solution for use in rural India which won the social enterprise track of the Dobson Cup, McGill’s business plan competition.
  • Sarah Schulman
    Sarah has spent her career in bingo halls, buses, and back alleyways. As a social scientist focused on the experiences of people living on the margins, Sarah uses story as a tool to both document ‘what is’ and re-imagine ‘what could be’. She is the Founding Partner of InWithForward, an international organization that co-designs social services and social policies from the ground-up. Her teams have created award-winning and scalable interventions like Kudoz, a learning platform for adults with cognitive disabilities. Sarah holds a B.A (honors) in Human Biology and an M.A in Education from Stanford University as well as a DPhil in Social Policy from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
  • Matt Strauss
    Matt Strauss didn’t go to school until he was 14 years old. He studied literature at Waterloo and medicine at Western. He did specialty and subspecialty training at McGill and Western. He practices life support and resuscitation medicine at Guelph General Hospital where he is the medical director of the critical care unit. In addition, he is a clinical assistant professor at McMaster University. His writing is often motivated by skepticism. Journalistic interests include health policy, biotechnology, the economics and inequities of health, philosophy of medicine, fitness trends, sexual health and gender issues, nutrition science, urban planning and the environment.
  • Susannah Walden
    Susannah is an American journalist based in Beirut. She is currently the Lebanon News & Online Desk Editor at The Daily Star, the largest English-language newspaper in Lebanon. She joined the paper in April 2016, starting out as a copy editor and reporter before being promoted to deputy editor and then editor. While now working in print journalism, her early experience was in radio with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the BBC World Service. Her reporting in Lebanon has focused on the international community’s role in the country, while also covering environmental issues, LGBTQ rights, and women’s rights in the MENA region. Her interest in the Middle East began with her degree in Persian and Philosophy from the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies department at the University of Edinburgh, where she also studied Arabic, Middle Eastern history, and the politics of the region. She has previously worked as a French to English translator in Paris and as a project manager with several non-profits in London.
  • Laetitia Van der Vennet
    Laetitia has worked on the tensions between human rights and migration policies for the last ten years. She was with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in West Africa and led advocacy campaigns on immigration detention, housing and health care for undocumented families in Belgium. Laetitia is equally interested in the relationship between conflict and peace, which led her to get BA in Psychology, MA is social and cultural anthropology, a MA in conflict and development and become a Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand (’16). She’s fluent in English, French, and Dutch.
  • Lindsey Vodarek
    Lindsey is the Maytree Foundation Human Rights & Poverty Fellow. Her work explores issues of income, housing, and education with a human rights lens. She holds a Masters in Communication & Culture and a BA in Communication Studies & Political Science. Working at Imagine Canada, the national association for charities and non-profits, her work spanned Strategic Communications, Public Policy, and Research. Lindsey also has extensive experience in media production, working for the Canadian Media Producers Association and Canada Media Fund. While living in Berlin, she was production manager for Adam, 2018 Berlin International Film Festival Official Selection.

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Class of 2018

  • Tola Afolabi
    Dr. Tola Afolabi is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with a sub-specialization in hand surgery. She practices in Southwestern Ontario. Before entering medicine, Afolabi completed an​ M.A. in English Language and Literature. She has written and edited scientific literature​ and is interested in the challenges of translating medical knowledge to​ the​ public to influence health outcomes. Afolabi also explores health disparities as they relate to minority and immigrant populations. Additionally, she has an interest in improving efficiency and decreasing costs​ in health care.
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  • Tairone Bastien
    Tairone Bastien is a Canadian art curator and programmer with 15 years’ experience working in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and New York. After completing his BA in Art History and Queer Studies at the University of British Columbia, and his MA in Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Bastien spent seven years curating in New York City, including projects for the first three biennials of visual art performance featuring over 100 international artists. From 2011 to this year, he was based between Abu Dhabi and Dubai where he led the creation of a series of major public art projects for both public and private art organizations. Bastien recently returned to Canada and will be building the next stage of his career from Toronto.
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  • Sarah Giles
    Dr. Sarah Giles is a Canadian-trained family/emergency room doctor with a diploma in tropical medicine. In her eleventh year of practice, Giles’s interest in neglected populations has taken her to remote areas of Canada, Australia, and into conflict zones with Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders. A board member of Canadian Doctors for Medicare, Sarah is fascinated by factors that influence health policy, access to medications, Indigenous health, medical politics, and medical innovation. She is thrilled to be putting her English literature courses to work 20 years after her undergraduate Neuroscience career advisor told her to take more “practical” courses!
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  • Kylie Gionet
    Kylie completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at McMaster University, and specialized further to become a nurse in the operating room. She began her career at a large hospital in Toronto. Prior to attending university she spent time travelling in Tanzania. This is where she became interested in health care, and particularily how our environment impacts our health. Gionet also hoped to pursue further training in journalism.Clips
  • Zehra Imam
    Zehra Imam is a teacher and the founding director of Illuminated Cities Project (ICP), an education organization that uses travel and the pedagogy of hope as tools for transformation with students, teachers, and their communities. In the United States, she has worked in the field of education in Detroit, Madison, Chicago, the South Bronx, and Brooklyn. Globally, she has taught public speaking to midwives in Pakistan, Urdu in India, and English and Humanities in Saudi Arabia. Imam is an alumnae of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and is currently completing her Masters in in English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
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  • Conor Lavelle
    Originally from Brantford, Ontario, Dr. Conor Lavelle received his BA from McGill University where he majored in World Religions and Cognitive Psychology. After a brief stint as a research assistant in the department of psychology at the University of British Columbia, he then packed his bags to complete medical training at Trinity College Dublin, one of the oldest medical schools in Europe. Lavelle is currently in the midst of specialist training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto, and will be joining the Global Journalism Program this year with plans to cover issues related to healthcare access and health equity.
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  • Helen Leask
    Helen Leask is an award-winning medical writer and Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF). She currently earns her living facilitating meetings of senior medical professionals to explore new visions for Canadian healthcare. For almost 20 years, Leask ran a Canadian healthcare communications consultancy, as well as a qualitative research company aimed at understanding the patient-physician divide. Helen has a PhD in zoology from the University of Bristol, UK, and a private pilot’s licence. She is the founder of an international writing award, The SCRIPT Award, and her publishing label has published 12 books for patients sold in bookstores worldwide. She is an invited lecturer at Laurentian University and the University of Toronto, and is currently working on a blog exploring the nature of love (what-is-love.ca).
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  • George Lewis
    George Lewis enjoyed a 30-year career with RBC, Canada’s largest financial institution and most valuable public company. He started as an investment banker in 1986 with RBC Capital Markets, became a top-rated equity analyst covering utilities, pipelines, and telecom companies, and led the segment’s Research and Institutional Equity Sales and Trading businesses before moving to RBC Wealth Management in 2000. He led the segment’s Global Asset Management business for eight years, which became the largest asset manager in Canada. He also led the product businesses within the RBC Banking segment from 2004 until his appointment to RBC’s Group Executive (Management Board) in 2007 as Group Head of Wealth Management, adding responsibility for RBC Insurance in 2012. Lewis earned a MBA degree with distinction from Harvard University, and a B.Comm degree with high distinction from Trinity College (University of Toronto). He obtained the professional designation of Chartered Accountant while working with Arthur Andersen & Co., and became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA) in 2013. Lewis currently serves on the boards of Ontario Power Generation, Enbridge Income Fund Holdings (TSX), the Canadian Film Centre, and the Anglican Diocese of Toronto Foundation, and previously, on the boards of Operation Springboard, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Holland Bloorview Foundation, and the campaign cabinet for the United Way of Greater Toronto. Lewis is the Colonel Commandant (Hon.) of the Royal Canadian Chaplain Service of the Canadian Armed Forces, and Deputy Warden at Christ Church Deer Park in Toronto.
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  • Belinda Lloyd
    Belinda Lloyd is a journalist with extensive experience in broadcast news. She started her career in journalism with Hong Kong’s sole public broadcaster, Radio Television Hong Kong, working as a radio reporter. Lloyd went on to become a senior reporter and television news anchor for ATV News. Her experience in covering politics in Hong Kong and Greater China opened up the opportunity for Belinda to serve as Head of Press and Political Affairs at the European Union’s Office in Hong Kong and Macau. After taking a four-year break to focus on raising her children, she is keen to get back into journalism again. Lloyd speaks fluent English and Cantonese, as well as basic Mandarin and French.
    Twitter: twitter.com/newshound4life
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  • Adriano Marchese
    After receiving a BA in Political Science and History at the University of Toronto, Adriano Marchese has been covering foreign affairs and international politics with a special focus on the European Union. He is interested in the EU as a unique social experiment, tracking the health of the Union, and the political currents within individual member states. Marchese has reported on North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
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  • Shannon McDermott
    Shannon McDermott is a writer by trade and passion. After graduating with a degree in International Politics, she began her career with a focus on content development, landing roles in corporate communications and broadcasting. She then relocated to New York City, where she has spent the last seven years working alongside industry legends. McDermott owns and operates Revel & Convey, a content firm which develops strategic communication programs for clients in the legal, financial, real estate, tech, and entertainment industries. She is the founder of The #EveryWoman Project, a collective of teams across North America that assemble and distribute feminine care packages to women in need in their communities.
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  • Mojola Omole
    Dr. Mojola Omole is a global surgical oncologist with over 10 years of experience developing and implementing patient focused care in various settings both in Canada and sub-Saharan Africa. She has been integral in advancing awareness of the global burden of oncological diseases and increase visibility across key stakeholders. Omole has experience promoting surgical oncology care, education and relevant research to improve health standards in resource poor and resource rich settings. This has been a dynamic process that includes the synthesis, dissemination, exchange, and culturally-appropriate application of knowledge to improve health, provide sustainable oncology services, and strengthen the health care system. As a Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellow, in conjunction with Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital, she was integral in the development of an oncology curriculum for Rwanda’s national residency training program. Omole completed her general surgery residency at McMaster University. She finished her breast surgical oncology fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
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  • Stephen Portman
    Stephen Portman has spent nearly a decade as a legal advocate, working on the frontlines of law based anti-poverty reform in British Columbia. As Advocacy Lead of Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS), Portman has worked to highlight legislative inequality with a focus on achieving lasting systems change though community building, the courts, and in the political realm. Through his work, he aims to advance a rights-based analysis to the challenges posed by needless poverty. When not at work you can find him at a rally, in the forest, on the sea, or in the kitchen. Portman is the recipient of the 2017-18 Maytree Human Rights and Poverty Fellowship.
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  • Leanne Tory-Murphy
    Leanne Tory-Murphy is a writer, researcher, and translator currently living in Palermo, Italy, where she completed research on contemporary migration as a Fulbright scholar. Her work has been published in The Huffington PostAfrican Arguments, and The Indypendent. A longtime labour and immigrant rights advocate, she has worked with various organizations including the Worker Justice Center of NY, Domestic Workers United, and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Tory-Murphy is a graduate of the Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York at Hunter College.
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Class of 2017

  • Aala Abdullahi 
    While earning an Honours degree in Neuroscience from the University of Alberta, Aala authored a children’s book series on mental illness awareness. She also spent a great deal of time researching how those living with mental illness internalize the stigma they receive from the outside world, and how that affects their ability to seek and benefit from clinical treatment. Since graduating, Aala has worked with a student advocacy organization on a provincial strategy to improve mental health on campuses across Alberta. Through journalism, Aala hopes to deepen the discussion around mental health to reduce stigma and empower others to make their mental health a priority. She has a particular interest in the barriers surrounding access to mental health care for ethnic and religious minority groups.
    twitter.com/aalasabdul
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  • Ghada Alsharif
    Since graduating from the University of Toronto with a BA in Political Science, Ghada Alsharif has worked in the media and non-profit sector. Most recently, she was associate program manager, working with corporate partnerships at Free the Children, a Toronto-based global NGO active in international development. Ghada managed over 80 partnerships with corporations that funded domestic and international development projects. Her experience also includes project management at Shaw Media where she managed national campaigns for television and online. Ghada has lived in seven countries around the world.
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  • Sara Badiei
    Sara Badiei is a humanitarian aid and international development engineering expert with extensive experience in complex emergencies spanning the Middle East, Central Asia, South East Asia and Africa. She has coordinated emergency response operations in conflict zones, natural disasters and disease outbreaks working with the International Committee of the Red Cross and Medecins Sans Frontieres. She currently works with the World Bank as an Energy Specialist in Jerusalem focusing on energy policy, institutional reform and regional integration in collaboration with Palestinian and Israeli Energy Authorities. Sara holds a BASc and MASc in Electrical Engineering and another MASc in Civil/Environmental Engineering. 
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  • Evan Balgord
    Evan Balgord is the former Deputy Director of the John Tory for Mayor War Room and Special Assistant to the Mayor at City Hall. Before that he was a campaign manager for a number of provincial and municipal campaigns. He is completing his BSc at the University of Toronto for Psychology and Sociology. His driving interests are in politics, governments, and the future of journalism. When he’s not working he’s riding his motorcycle.
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  • Blair Bigham
    Dr. Blair Bigham is a paramedic, physician, and scientist completing specialty training in emergency medicine at McMaster University. He has worked in health care settings on five continents and has responded to emergencies in urban, rural, and remote settings on helicopters, boats, and vehicles that could generously be described as pick-up trucks. He witnesses the relationship between wealth and health on a daily basis, and reports on the undertold stories of patients, healthcare providers, and the systems that help or fail them.
    www.blairbigham.com
    @blairbigham
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  • Nicholas Chadi
    Dr. Nicholas Chadi is a paediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He obtained his medical degree at McGill University and is currently completing a Masters of Public Health at Harvard University. Nicholas has worked with marginalized communities in the Canadian Arctic, Latin America and West Africa. Passionate about medical research, he is leading a large clinical trial on mindfulness meditation for teenagers. He is eager to bridge the gap between academic experts, patients, and the policy debate. Nicholas is Fluent in French, English, and Spanish. He is also a jazz pianist and a competitive runner.
    www.nicholaschadi.com
    https://twitter.com/nicholaschadi
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  • Rebecca Fortin
    Rebecca Fortin, Hon BSc., University of Waterloo; MHSc., University of Toronto. Rebecca is a Public Health professional who specializes in the discipline of Health Promotion. She has worked with Canadian universities, government, and NGOs at local, provincial, and national levels. Rebecca’s Masters research with the National Film Board of Canada documented experiences of young mothers with homelessness. She worked most recently as a senior-level adviser for Peel Public Health, Ontario’s second largest public-health-unit located west of Toronto. She volunteers as a Board of Directors with International Teams Canada, and is the founding Chair of Health Promotion Canada. Rebecca is also a fine-arts photographer.
    www.rebeccafortin.com
    twitter.com/RebeccaBFortin
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  • Sahil Gupta
    Sahil Gupta is training to be an Emergency Medicine physician at the University of Alberta. Alongside his clinical work, he has an interest in understanding how social factors intersect to influence health. He studies how communities organize to tackle the social challenges around them. He hopes to use cross-disciplinary learnings to inform policy and program development in his work. His professional experiences include working with Aboriginal communities and exploring harm reduction approaches in Canada. Outside of work, he enjoys urban exploration, bicycling, and good tea.
    https://twitter.com/sgupta11
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  • Amitha Kalaichandran
    Dr. Amitha Kalaichandran is a paediatrics resident (MD) with an interest in global public health, with a focus on children and youth. She holds an MD from the University of Toronto, a Master of Health Science in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and additional certifications in Humanitarian Assistance (Harvard University) and Vaccine Science and Policy (Johns Hopkins University). She is board certified in public health (CPH) from the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). Dr. Kalaichandran is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. She has published research articles in the realm of global health and integrative medicine. Her creative nonfiction writing has been featured in Ars Medica. Dr. Kalaichandran looks forward to applying what she learns in the Munk Global Journalism Fellowship towards illuminating hidden stories around the well-being of children and youth in Canada and globally.
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  • Tina Knezevic
    Tina Knezevic holds a BSc in biological science and environmental studies from Ontario’s University of Guelph, and a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Toronto. She has worked for Environment Canada and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, and worked throughout 2014 and 2015 for the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Brussels, Belgium. She is interested in environmental issues that range from wildlife conservation to policy and urban sustainability. Through her writing, she hopes to bridge the gap between science and the public.
    twitter.com/tknez2
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  • Jonathan Levinson
    Jonathan Levinson is a trained EMT who taught himself photography while serving as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army. After leaving the military, he received a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University where his research focused on non-state actors and identity. After graduate school, Jonathan worked in nuclear non-proliferation at the U.S. Department of Energy before dedicating himself full time to photojournalism. He has reported in the Middle East, Afghanistan, the United States, and Latin America. His work explores questions of shared experience and how people define themselves and their communities. His photographs have been featured in The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He is currently based in Mexico City.
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  • Kelly Geraldine Malone
    Kelly Geraldine Malone is an independent multi-media journalist. She graduated with distinction from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, and has worked in newsrooms across the Prairies including CBC, News Talk Radio, and the Brandon Sun. Her work has also been published in VICE News, Bangkok Post, Ms. Magazine, and Women’s eNews. Malone produced the Indigenous Affairs program “Meeting Ground” for CKOM News, and won the 2014 RTDNA National Adrienne Clarkson Award for Diversity for the series “Journey of Indigenous Gender Identity.” She also covered Saskatchewan’s wildfires for News Talk Radio, which won the Ron Laidlaw Prairie Regional and National RTDNA for continuing coverage in 2015.
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  • Seema Marwaha
    Dr. Seema Marwaha is an internal medicine physician and scientist at Trillium Health Partners and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. As a Frank Knox Fellow, she studied the use of technology and innovation in education at Harvard University, looking at novel ways to educate the public on health. Leveraging her background as a documentary filmmaker, her major career focus is on translating health knowledge to the general public through narratives. She also seeks to document and improve the patient experience, exploring areas for human-centred design methodology in healthcare. She recently helped start Faces of Health Care, a website that explores the stories of people who work or access health care.
    www.seemamarwaha.com
    twitter.com/SeemaMarwahaMD
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  • Ali Okhowat
    Dr. Ali Okhowat is a physician, bioethicist, and humanitarian worker who is currently working at the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) as a Health Emergencies Officer in the Emergency Response and Operations Unit. In this capacity he is responsible for supporting WHO’s humanitarian health response activities in EMRO countries, including Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Afghanistan. Prior to this, Ali worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. Ali completed his medical training at the University of Toronto and McGill University and is a PhD Candidate in Bioethics at the University of Montreal. Apart from English, Ali speaks with varying fluency Mandarin, Arabic, French, Spanish, Farsi, and Russian.
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  • Sukanya Pillay
    Sukanya Pillay is an international lawyer, has worked at organizations in North America, Europe and Asia, and has been a law professor. For several years, Sukanya has been General Counsel and Executive Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, directing its activities relating to Canadian policies on counter-terrorism and national security, police accountability, freedom of expression, and equality. She has conducted human rights missions to over 20 countries worldwide collecting video evidence of rights violations, and has made documentaries and used photography to advance rights and remedies. She is the inaugural Maytree Foundation Scholar in Poverty and Human Rights, and will focus her reporting on poverty through the lens of rights in Canada and around the world. She will also cover civil liberties issues outside of Canada.
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  • Stephanie Robinson
    Stephanie Robinson is an attorney and former Foreign Affairs Officer. A graduate of Brown University (B.A., Development Studies; M.A., Brazilian Studies) and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, she also studied at the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Brazil. As a consultant for UNHCR, Stephanie trained Argentine, Ugandan, and Caribbean officials in international refugee law. She also served in the U.S. State Department’s Consular and Western Hemisphere Bureaus covering the Haiti Desk during the 2010 earthquake. MORE magazine featured her blog for African-American expats in 2013. Stephanie’s specialties and interests include migration, development, transnational and personal identity.
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  • Cristina Roca Phylactopoulou
    Cristina Roca Phylactopoulou is a freelance writer focused on fashion, food, film, literature, and popular culture. She approaches cultural phenomena and attitudes as significant and telling of the zeitgeist they form part of, and is therefore particularly interested in the social significance and effects of culture. Having grown up in, and moving between, multicultural environments, she is interested in exploring different cultures and the forms that cultural exchange takes. She is fascinated by language and speaks English, French, and Dutch in addition to her native Greek and Spanish. Cristina has reported for two national magazines in The Netherlands, The Holland Times and ACCESS. She was a member of the editorial board as well as regular contributor of Scriptus magazine in her alma mater, and she also keeps a personal blog on fashion and food. As an academic researcher, she combines and explores the intersections of the disciplines of philosophy, literature, film studies and gender studies, focusing on the relationship between aesthetics, language, performance and identity and their representation in cultural products. She has also worked as editor and member of the editorial board for her university’s peer-reviewed academic journal. Cristina graduated suma cum laude from her BA at Amsterdam University College, and earned an MA in Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam.
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/crisisfwp
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  • Shuang Esther Shan
    Shuang is a marketer who manages pricing initiatives within Canada’s telecom industry. Having worked in public, private and nonprofit sectors, and having studied in France, Singapore and China, she is fascinated by the people she encounters. Through all her interactions, she is attracted to stories surrounding food and music, and how these facets of life bring people together. She shares her cultural discoveries from the food scene and travels on her blog (The Teleporta), and interviews musicians and artists on CIUT 89.5FM. Her journalism will explore how individuals shape our collective culture.
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/shuangesther
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/shuangesther
    website: www.theteleporta.com
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  • Kara Sherwin
    As Associate to the Chief Energy Economist of Alberta, Kara Sherwin is responsible for translating economic and financial analyses into policy advice for the government of Canada’s largest energy producing province. She has a master’s degree in political science, specializing in international relations and development, from the University of Alberta. With training from Harvard and the World Trade Organization in peace and conflict negotiation and resolution, Kara is particularly interested in applying a human lens to energy issues by exploring how energy, economics, and the environment shape everything from state building to social equality.
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  • Melissa Tessler
    A lawyer with a background in media, multimedia design and production, Melissa brings a unique lens to the exploration of international justice and public policy issues. Her legal experience and expertise ranges from international humanitarian and human rights law to privacy, telecommunications, intellectual property law, and other civil matters. She has spent the last year working on international legal investigations, first in Cambodia for the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials, and more recently on a delegation to Colombia through Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada. Her earlier experience included several years at a mid-sized litigation firm in Toronto. Melissa uses photography to engage deeply with subject matter and to better explore the human impact of justice and policy issues.
    Twitter: @mtess020 
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  • Meera Vijayann
    Meera Vijayann is an independent journalist based in Washington DC who covers gender rights and development. As an activist, she works closely with +SocialGood, an initiative by the United Nations Foundation, and the international youth-led organization, Youth to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Her work has been published in several leading publications that include Open Democracy, The Huffington Post, CNN, The Deccan Herald, Forbes, and the Guardian. She was the recipient of the CNN IBN Citizen Journalist Award in 2013 for her reportage on the aftermath of the Delhi Rape case. She has a Master’s degree from the University of Leeds.
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  • Tiffany Bateman
    Tiffany Bateman is a public health nurse specializing in infectious diseases. She led the Ontario tuberculosis control program and has experience in disaster relief. She has an interest in global health as it relates to communicable diseases and health promotion such as physical activity and healthy eating. Tiffany is a fitness competitor and has particular expertise in the area of fitness. She has a curiosity and passion for travel and special interest in travel writing.
    Twitter: @TiffanyBBateman
    Instagram: tiffanybateman1
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  • Benjamin Bathke
    Born and raised in Northern Germany, Benjamin Bathke earned his B.A. in History & Journalism from the University of Giessen. While he was getting his M.A. in Communications in the U.S. from 2012-14 in the U.S., he circumnavigated  the globe with Semester At Sea. Since his graduation, he has been working as an entrepreneurial multimedia journalist covering technology, media innovation, startups and a host of other topics for North American and European publications.
    Twitter: @BenjaminBathke
    benjaminbathke.contently.com
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  • Amanda Coletta
    Amanda Coletta is a journalist at The Economist in London, UK, and a regular contributor to CBC Radio programs, where she comments on issues at the intersection of sports and politics. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York TimesThe Globe and Mail, the National PostForeign PolicyWomen in the World, OpenCanada.org, and online at CBCNews.ca. She won the European Union Delegation to Canada’s Young Journalist Award in 2015 for a story she reported on North African refugees squatting in Turin’s abandoned Olympic village.
    Twitter: @a_coletta
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  • Luke DeCoste
    Luke has spent the last decade managing money and relationships at the centre of business and government. He has promoted foreign investment, negotiated agreements on resource projects, and helped grow Aboriginal investment trusts. Luke leveraged his graduate work on public – private partnerships to help manage more than a quarter billion dollars in capital spending. Through these experiences, Luke has developed a keen interest in what happens when government and business go head to head. Luke holds an MA in Public and International Affairs, and a Bachelor of Engineering.  He grew up in Nova Scotia, but after working and studying in Asia, Africa, and five Canadian provinces, he currently calls Yukon home.
    Twitter: @lukedecoste
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  • Frank Elbers
    Frank Elbers is a freelance journalist specialised in reporting on human rights, migration, and displacement. He is currently also a visiting fellow at the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World at Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut, where he teaches courses on gender and human rights, and does research on the effects of displacement on gender relations among urban refugees in Amman, Beirut, and Cairo. A political scientist by training, he has worked in human rights, transitional justice, and international development in post-communist Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, West Africa, and Southeast Asia over the past 25 years. He has published on political extremism, migration, gender equality, citizenship, and human rights. Frank’s stories and commentary have appeared in CBC News, National Post, Dallas Morning News, taz, and De Volkskrant, among others.
    Twitter: @franckelbers
    www.frankelbers.info
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  • Sandro Frenguelli
    Sandro Frenguelli holds an H.B.A and an M.A. in Criminology and Socio-legal Studies from the University of Toronto. He is interested in reporting on how private military contractors and private security firms function in conflict environments. Sandro’s graduate work examined accountability mechanisms for non-state actors and he has written about the EU’s use of such actors to guard its borders. He has lived in Italy and speaks fluent English and Italian. Sandro has taught upper-level high school international law and has translated major criminological publications for professors at the University of Bologna.
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  • Lauren Heuser
    Lauren Heuser is a freelance journalist and lawyer. She writes a weekly column for the National Post, and is a member of Flex Legal Network, an association of freelance lawyers. Lauren holds a J.D. from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law; a B.A. (Hons.) in Literature and Political Science from the University of Manitoba; and is a former Fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs Fellowship in Global Journalism. Lauren previously worked as an associate in the business law group of an international law firm, where she practiced primarily in the areas of energy and environmental law, regulatory law, and project finance.
    Twitter: @laureneheuser
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  • Ryan Hoskins
    Ryan has practiced family and emergency room medicine in a wide array of locations in rural and remote parts of Canada, as well as in Cuba, Kenya and Venezuela. He has an MSc in Health Economics and Policy from the London School of Economics as well as a Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the London School of Hygiene. He is fascinated by the politics and economics of healthcare – exploring the impact of trade relations and diplomacy on health, as well as the different responses internationally towards the challenges of smoking, unhealthy eating, health insurance, pharmaceutical costs and population control.
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  • Joelene Huber
    Dr. Joelene Huber is a medical doctor (MD/PhD), broadcast medical journalist, and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. A graduate of both the Munk School of Global Affairs fellowship in Journalism and Seneca’s Broadcast Journalism program, she has become one of Canada’s leading media health experts, providing knowledge translation of health information through television, web, and print media. Dr. Huber is a regular health contributor on CBC national television news network. As a medical journalist and health expert, she has contributed nearly 70 health segments on major television networks (CBC, CTV, CityTV, Global, CHCH, Rogers), and written columns for The Globe and Mail, CBC, Today’s Parent magazine, and Inside Soccer magazine, and has published several medical research articles, presented at numerous medical conferences and is an author in two medical textbooks. Dr. Huber was recently nominated for an Ontario Premier’s Award in the category ‘most outstanding recent graduate’ for her contribution to health promotion through multimedia medical journalism. Dr. Huber holds an MD from McMaster University, an MSc from McGill University, and a PhD in Medical Science and Neuroscience from the University of Toronto. She completed her pediatric residency training at the Hospital for Sick Children and subspecialty fellowship training at Holland-Bloorview Rehabilitation Centre. She works as a staff academic physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, is an associate staff at SickKids hospital, and is part of the Inner City Health Pediatric Outreach Team, providing specialized medical care in Toronto’s Regent Park. Dr. Huber has been a consultant several times on behalf Sick Kids Hospital International to help develop pediatric medical clinics in the Middle East.
    Twitter: @drjoelenehuber
    www.drjoelenehuber.com
    Www.uberhealthykids.com
    YouTube channel: https://m.youtube.com/user/uberhealthykids
    Instagram: @dr.joelene.huber
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  • Keren Landman
    Keren Landman is a physician trained in internal medicine and pediatrics with specialty training in infectious diseases, and is a graduate of the Epidemiology Intelligence Service of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a researcher, she has focused on the prevention and treatment of HIV and malaria in resource-poor countries. She most recently worked as a medical epidemiologist in the Bureau of Communicable Diseases at the New York City health department. She writes about the complex social ecology around infectious diseases and major public health events in both the developing world and developed countries.
    Twitter: @landmanspeaking
    http://www.kerenlandman.com/portfolio.html
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  • Aline Lara Rezende
    Aline Lara Rezende is a contemporary art and design curator, designer, and writer. She has worked for the National Art Center, Tokyo, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Sao Paulo Biennale, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Vitra Design Museum, Basel. As a Research Coordinator for MoMA R&D, she worked with Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Design and director of MoMA R&D, researching innovations, and developing strategic projects for the future of museums. Originally from Brazil and currently based in Vienna, she was awarded Japanese Government Scholarship for six years, and holds a MA and PhD in Art and Design from the University of Tsukuba. Her writings have appeared in exhibition catalogues, and museum brochures, on topics ranging from Brazilian Contemporary Art, to Japanese Fashion and Architecture, and African Contemporary Design. She is currently collaborating with DAMn magazine, writing about contemporary design.
    Twitter: @alinini
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  • Kristina Ljubanovic
    Kristina is a journalist and former Munk School of Global Affairs fellow based in Toronto, Canada. She covers architecture, design, art, culture, and urban issues, and has written for The Atlantic CityLabThe Globe and Mail, the National Post, TVO.org, and has appeared on CBC Radio. Kristina is also an exhibition designer at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and core faculty at the Institute Without Boundaries at George Brown College. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto in 2006.
    Twitter: @kljub
    http://cargocollective.com/kristinaljubanovic
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  • Sarah Reid
    Sarah Reid is a journalist specializing in politics and the economy. Her work has appeared in publications including The Globe and Mail, the Financial PostBoston Globe, TVO, iPolitics, and on radio. Prior to her career in journalism, Sarah worked in communications and public policy at the Business Council of Canada, one of Canada’s most prominent business advocacy groups. She also spent several years working for the federal government in research and policy roles, both in Ottawa and at the Canadian embassy in Washington, D.C. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and a Masters of Science in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
    Twitter: @sarahcreid
    www.sarahreid.info
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  • Sami Siva
    Sami Siva is an experienced freelance photojournalist now covering his stories in written and broadcast media too. He has worked for the New York Times, TIME Magazine, Foreign Policy Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, CNN, and Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders – covering India, the Caucasus and Afghanistan among other regions. He is also a three times recipient of a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Based in Eastern Europe, Sami covers stories related to Russia’s foreign policy in the region and the way local populations are responding to growing tensions.
    Twitter: @samisiva
    Instagram: samisiva
    www.samisiva.com
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  • Linda van der Horst
    Linda van der Horst is a lawyer specializing in litigation with additional experience in human rights law. She has worked in Taiwan, Hong Kong and London, and has studied in Beijing and Singapore. Linda discovered her passion for writing whilst doing field research in rural China for an MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford, and has been writing on the Greater China region since. Linda also has degrees in law and liberal arts & sciences from Utrecht University, and she speaks several languages – amongst which an advanced level of Mandarin Chinese – in addition to her native Dutch.
    Twitter: @LindaXiaXian
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  • Ola Wam
    Ola Wam holds an M.A. in Security Studies from University of Birmingham, and an M.Phil. from the University in Oslo for graduate research on how Shell manages political risk in the Niger Delta. He has written on issues relating to oil, regional geopolitics, and civil conflict in the Middle East, which has been published in The Global Intelligence, Le Monde Diplomatique English Edition (online), and several Norwegian newspapers. He currently works as a freelance journalist focusing on oil politics, particularly on the geopolitical impact of the shale gas and tight oil revolution on the Middle East.
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Class of 2015

  • Brooke Binowski
    Brooke Binowski is an award-winning freelance reporter and writer. Binowski began as a general-interest and breaking-news roving reporter and presenter, but now has a strong interest in immigration, indigenous rights, and the concept of decolonization and environmentalism. She has reported from locations as far-flung as Guam, the Alaskan Arctic and Argentina.
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    Twitter: @brooklynmarie
  • Sophie Chamas
    Sophie Chamas is a freelance writer currently based in Dubai, and co-editor of the Middle East-focused online publishing platform Mashallah News. Her work has been featured in Al Jazeera English, The Outpost, REORIENT, Egypt Independent, The State, and Jadaliyya, among other publications. She was the recipient of the 2012 Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award in the category of new media. She has a Master’s degree from New York University’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies.
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    Twitter: @SophsC87
  • Kimberly Curtis 
    Kimberly Curtis is a freelance journalist and lawyer based in Washington, DC, covering migration, human rights, humanitarian aid and international law.
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    Website: www.kimberlyjcurtis.com
    Twitter: @curtiskj
  • Jovana Drinjakovic
    Jovana Drinjakovic is a neuroscientist whose research over the last decade focused on understanding how the brain is made. Drinjakovic was born and raised in Serbia but left her troubled homeland in the aftermath of Balkan conflicts to follow her passion for science. She dived into cutting edge neuroscience research at Cambridge University to do her PhD. Following her curiosity for all things microscopic, Drinjakovic has gained a deep understanding of molecular and cell biology by working in a number of top international research institutions.
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  • Devina Gupta
    Devina Gupta is the principal correspondent on India Today, and a senior correspondent and news reader with India’s leading English News Channel TIMES NOW. She has worked for over five years in the Indian broadcast news industry, and loves a high-speed 24-hour news environment. She has reported extensively on Indian politics, social issues, and government policies. Her passion to raise awareness about local issues led her to pursue a Master’s in journalism.
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    Twitter: @dg86
  • XN Iraki 
    Kenya-born XN Iraki is a former Fulbright scholar and assistant professor at Kentucky State University. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Nairobi Business School, and has been an adjunct lecturer at Strathmore Business School in Nairobi. He has been a research fellow with National Economic and Social Council (NESC), the government of Kenya think tank. He is a columnist with The Standard, Kenya oldest newspaper. Iraki has also trained journalists and economists in Kenya and Ghana for the UK based Thompson Foundation.
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  • Nousha Kabawat
    Nousha Kabawat is the founder and director of Project Amal ou Salam and director of the Syrian Center for Dialogue, Reconciliation, and Peace in Toronto. Her work has been recognized by the United States Institute of Peace, and featured in National Geographic, BBC News, USA Today, and the Peace and Conflict Monitor. She holds a master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.
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  • Christopher Labos 
    Christopher Labos is a cardiologist and epidemiologist trained at McGill University, Montreal. He writes regularly for the Montreal Gazette and Maclean’s magazine. He is also a regular contributor to CJAD radio in Montreal, as well as CBC Radio and CBC Television. He co-hosts a medical podcast: “The Body of Evidence.”
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    Twitter: @drlabos
  • Campbell MacDiarmid
    Campbell MacDiarmid is a New Zealand freelance journalist writing about the Middle East from his base in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. Recently, he has reported for USA Today, Al Jazeera, Vice News, Maclean’s magazine, and other outlets.
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    Website: campbellmacdiarmid.com
    Twitter: @CampbellMacD
  • Shanifa Nasser
    Shanifa Nasser has an M.A. in Islamic Studies from the University of Toronto. Rather than continue in the world of academia, she recently switched gears and decided to leverage her background to address a gap in the way that religion is covered in the news – between the way that it is presented by talking heads and lived by people every day. Her stories span themes as varied as radicalization, immigration, end-of-life issues, and human rights.
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    Twitter: @shanifanasser
  • Tara Paterson
    Tara Paterson is a Rhodes Scholar, and a MSc candidate in geography at the University of Oxford. Previously, she completed her Master’s of Public Policy at Oxford. Her writing interests include gender and sexuality, Canadian politics, and climate justice. Paterson has extensive experience in the non-profit sector where she worked with local and international organizations in the areas of youth political engagement, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
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    Twitter: @TaraPater
  • Shafiq Qaadri 
    Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, MD, MPP, is a family physician, lecturer, and Member of Provincial Parliament; he has broadcast more than 1000 radio and TV shows, and published more than 700 articles—and counting...
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  • Marcel Sangsari 
    Marcel Sangsari is a writer, journalist, and personal historian with interests in ethics, social economy, international affairs, sports, and sustainable development. Marcel founded (’17) a writing and creative communications agency, Monsieur Marcel Communications Classics, after four years of work – in Ottawa and Europe – for Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and doctoral studies in ethics and political economy at Carleton University.
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    http://monsieurmarcel.ca/ 
  • Maria Vanta
    Maria Vanta completed an MA in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. Her interest in organized crime and corruption translated into a dissertation commenting on the culture of corruption by comparing several instances of it and their treatment in developed and developing countries. A keen interest in travel has allowed her to further her understanding of organized crime through her work with a number of non-profit organizations geared towards the elimination of human trafficking in Romania.
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    Twitter: @m_vanta
  • Samar Warsi
    Samar Warsi is a lawyer licensed in New York and Texas. She currently practices IP law, and works as a freelance journalist covering legal tech stories.
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    Twitter: @swarsi

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  • Michelle Adelman
    Michelle Adelman is a Toronto-based, freelance journalist writing on the environment and public health. Michelle Adelman is a graduate in architecture at the University of Waterloo.
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    Twitter: @michelleadelman
  • Evelyn Boychuk
    Evelyn Boychuk completed her BSc degree with a major in Zoology at the University of Calgary. During that time, she researched the effects of low oxygen and low temperature on the neurobiology of pond snails. She then completed her MSc in Physiology and Biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario, in 2013. Her research focused on the physiology of low-temperature tolerance in sub-alpine beetles. Boychuk’s goal is to bring her passion for animal biology out of academia and into the public eye.
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    Twitter: @EvelynBoychuk
  • Rachel Browne
    Rachel Browne is a correspondent for VICE News in Toronto who focuses mainly on human rights, immigration, and breaking news. She also appears in VICE News documentaries as well as segments for Daily VICE, VICE Canada’s daily news and culture show. Her previous work has appeared in Maclean’s magazine, the National Post, and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.  
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  • Meera Dalal
    Meera Dalal is pursuing her specialty training in Internal Medicine at Vancouver General Hospital. She has a special interest in knowledge translation of medical information into practical use and hopes to use journalism and social media to engage health professionals and empower the public. She is a strong advocate for patients and underserved communities and has a passion for medical education. She is an avid proponent in the intersection of the arts and medicine and her leadership in this arena has been recognized with the Rachael Bagnall Arts in Medicine Award. Dalal is an accomplished dancer and writer—she has written for Al-Jazeera and ABC—and currently works as a reporter for CBC News Vancouver.
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    Twitter: @DrMeeraDalal 
  • Alia Dharssi
    Alia Dharssi currently reports for the National Post and Calgary Herald with a focus on immigration as the 2016 Michelle Lang Fellow, and is on the editorial team for the The Global Urbanist. She came to the Global Journalism Fellowship after finishing graduate studies in international development at Oxford, and has since written about international development, business, urban affairs, and human rights for the Guardian, the National Post, the Financial Post, the Times of India, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, VICE, and Ozy, among other publications.
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    Website: https://aliadharssi.com/
    Twitter: @alia_d
  • Jordan Fletcher 
    Jordan Fletcher has practised business litigation at an international law firm, clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and worked on land rights and anti-torture projects in India, Central Asia, and East Africa. He received his law degree from New York University. Fletcher is also a graduate of the radio and multimedia program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. His documentary about racism and a double murder in a southern Maine mill town was a finalist for Best New Artist at the Chicago-based 2012 Third Coast International Audio Festival, and he was a contributor to Sandy Storyline, Winner of the award for best transmedia project at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.
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  • Shelina Jaffer 
    Shelina Jaffer obtained an MA in Muslim Cultures from the Aga Khan University (International). She worked as an educator in Japan, England, Lebanon, and Canada, and assisted with curriculum research as an intern with the flagship Aga Khan Academy in Kenya. As a result of her travels and work experience, Jaffer has had the opportunity to interact with, and experience, a broad range of cultures and religious faiths. This has sparked her interest in reporting on the role of faith at the crossroads of the modern world and ancient faiths and cultures.
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  • Marta Lillo 
    Marta Lillo is a journalist from Chile, and holds an MA in Globalization and Development from the University of Warwick, England. She has specialized in business journalism, first at UPI’s Chile field office, and then at Diario Financiero, one of Chile’s leading financial and business newspapers. At DF, she went from being an International business news desk reporter to assistant editor at the Financial news desk, and later was deputy editor for the Features section. She became Latin American ESG correspondent for Morgan Stanley Capital Investments (MSCI) Sustainability Indices. She is also a former chief website editor at INACAP, the largest technical higher education institution in Chile.
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  • Richard Matern
    Richard Matern is the Senior Manager of Research at Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto. At Daily Bread he is responsible for the development and implementation of a research program to support its government relations strategy. Matern and his colleagues at Daily Bread have produced a number of reports on poverty and hunger in the GTA, including Daily Bread Food Bank’s annual Who’s Hungryreport. Matern was also part of the research team that developed the Ontario Deprivation Index, the first poverty measure of its kind in Canada. In addition to his work at Daily Bread, Matern was a case author and research assistant for the first MBA-level Canadian Business History course at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
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    Twitter: @RichardMatern
  • Sophie Muller 
    Sophie Muller is an international development professional working in non-profits, the UN Development Program, and the World Bank. A French national, Muller is passionate about the Arab world, having lived and worked in Egypt, Morocco, and Syria. She holds a MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. Muller has worked on a wide range of socio-economic issues:  she led the design of the UN development strategy in pre-war Syria, and wrote the final evaluation report of the World Bank’s Country Assistance Strategy in Tunisia for the years 2004 to 2008. She currently works on governance and institutional reforms with post-Arab Spring governments.
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  • Anna Nicolaou
    Anna Nicolaou has worked in the financial sector, after graduating from McGill University in Montreal with a BA in Economics and Political Science. Her most recent role was as senior economic research analyst for a high-frequency trading firm. Nicolaou’s experience includes stints at the U.S. Department of Commerce and New York State Division of Human Rights. Nicolaou won an Overseas Press Club Foundation Fellowship in 2014, which funded an internship in the Brussels bureau of Reuters. She was the recipient of the Standard & Poor’s Award for Economic and Business Reporting.
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    Twitter: @annaknicolaou
  • Ashley Renders
    Ashley Renders is a freelance journalist and editor based in Toronto who travels frequently to cover stories for Canadian and international publications. She was previously an associate producer at VICE Canada, and assistant editor and senior writer of Corporate Knights—a web service and magazine that covers corporate social responsibility around the world. Ashley had researched European climate change activism for her graduate degree at the University of Utrecht. She brought those insights to us, where she covered big debates shaping the natural resources industry for the National Post, Reuters-affiliated Trust.org, and VICE Canada. During the Fellowship, Ashley broke news about the Canadian mining industry for the National Post, and, with Alia Dharssi, ran a major investigation into U.S. oil companies’ royalties, which appeared on Reuters.
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    Twitter: @iamrenders
  • Chethan Sathya 
    Dr. Chethan Sathya is a surgeon, journalist, and researcher who has a passion for reporting on healthcare issues surrounding surgery. He is currently finishing his general surgical training at the University of Toronto, and will be specializing in pediatric surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago next year. Dr. Sathya writes for major media outlets such as CBC, the Toronto Star, CNN, andScientific American.
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    Twitter: @drchethansathya
  • Seema Yasmin 
    Seema Yasmin, a physician epidemiologist who served as a disease detective in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, has investigated epidemics in maximum-security prisons, American Indian reservations, and healthcare facilities. Since graduating from Cambridge University Medical School, Yasmin has worked in Botswana, Kenya, England, and the U.S. As a clinical professor, Yasmin directs a course on Public Health. She also holds a degree in Biochemistry, and is a board member for various non-profits.
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    Twitter: @DoctorYasmin

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  • Kristen Courtney
    Kristen Courtney came to FGJ from the Library of the Parliament of Canada, where she was an Environmental Law Analyst assigned to be legal researcher and writer for the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans and the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. She’s a member of the Law Societies of B.C. and Upper Canada; has her JD and a Certificate in Environmental Studies from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. While she was there she won the Fogler Rubinoff Prize in Municipal and Planning Law. Kristen has a very close eye on developments in environmental and natural resources law.
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  • Michael Kempa
    Michael Kempa is a criminology professor with the spirit of an investigative journalist, focused on questions of police authority, corruption, and justice. An investigative feature on the RCMP for Walrus magazine received an Canadian Magazine Association honourable mention for Best Investigative Feature (2015), and he was honoured to receive the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences Award for Activities in the Media (2016), recognising his efforts to collaborate with the media to advance the research mission and the public interest.
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    Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-anthony-kempa-103a0426
    Twitter: @michaelakempa
  • Burton Lim 
    Burton Lim received a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Toronto, and is an assistant curator of mammalogy at the Royal Ontario Museum.  He has an interest in journalistic reporting on biological discovery with an emphasis on bridging the gap between communicating academic research to the general public through various forms of media, including print and social.
    Clips 
    Website: http://www.rom.on.ca/en/collections-research/rom-staff/burton-lim
    Twitter: @burtonlim
  • Ali Morrow
    Ali Morrow is a strategic planner on social issue campaigns for major clients. Academically, she has an MA in Professional Communications from the University of Western Sydney, and a post-graduate certificate in corporate communications, from Seneca College. She has spent a number of years designing and managing global Corporate Social Responsibility campaigns and social issue campaigns both at J. Walter Thompson and at Manifest. Ali is interested in exploring the broader issues around corporate philanthropy and corporate social responsibility.
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  • Raja Moussaoui 
    Currently based in London, UK, Raja Moussaoui trained as an architect, and works as a designer and freelance print and video journalist, telling stories about design, city building, and the social impacts of both. Raja is one half of the creative team behind In-Context, a national video documentary series and online platform about contemporary architecture, made in partnership with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
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    Website: www.rajamoussaouiworks.com
    Twitter: @RajaMoussaoui
  • Santiago Ortega
    Santiago Ortega is a Civil Engineering Professor at Universidad EIA, near Medellín, Colombia. He focuses his research in water, climate change, and renewable energy. He is part of La Ciudad Verde, a non-profit citizens collective that advocates for urban sustainability.
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    Website: https://santiagortega.contently.com/
    Twitter handle: @sortegarango
  • Alyson Rowe
    Alyson Rowe was senior manager, community development, at War Child Canada – in the course of which she led their social media strategies shot and produced video with refugees in the South Sudan, Eastern DRC, and the Ethiopian Eritrean border. Academically, Alyson has a Bachelor of Educational Studies and Etudes Quebecoises et Francaise from Bishop’s University, and completed the Rotman Initiative for Women in Business at U of T. Alyson is well positioned to cover important changes in the not-for-profit sector, development aid and philanthropy.
    Clips 
    Website
  • Stephen Starr
    From Istanbul, Stephen Starr has been covering Turkey and Syria for The Irish Times, and other outlets since finishing the fellowship in 2013. He is working on expanding his reporting into cities, environment, and outdoor life issues.
    Clips 
    Website: stephenstarr.info
    Twitter: @stephenstarr
  • Zinta Zommers
    Zinta Zommers, a Rhodes Scholar with a PhD degree in zoology from Oxford U., currently works with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya. As leader of UNEP’s Climate Early Warning Programme, Zinta is working to improve the delivery of hazard warnings to the most vulnerable. Her book, Reducing Disaster: Early Warning Systems for Climate Change, was published by Springer in 2014.
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