MGA Student Ambassadors
Meet Our Current MGA Student Ambassadors for 2017-2018
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Emma Mota Amaral
Emma is 23 years old and received a Bachelor of Science with a focus on psychology from the University of Toronto in 2016. During her year out of school she has been working as a Mental Health and Justice worker at a non-profit community agency in downtown Toronto. She has remained involved in psychological research, assisting with studies on racial bias, fraud, and mood disorders. Emma wishes to broaden her perspective on effective advocacy for low-income people by developing a better understanding of global affairs. In her future career she hopes to be able to balance theoretical knowledge and systems thinking with the insight people have shared with her during her time as a front-line worker.
Pemasal is a second year Master of Global Affairs (MGA) student at the Munk School, University of Toronto, in the Global Markets and Economy stream. Over the summer she worked at Navigator Limited, Canada’s top high stakes public affairs firm. At Navigator Pemasal worked on strategic communications and government relations plans for multinational companies and international NGO’s, and produced a research paper on effects of Artificial Intelligence on the Canadian economy. Pemasal has a BSc. from the University of Toronto, and her area of interest is in innovation and economic development.
Leigh Bohner is a second-year MGA student with an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph in History and German Studies. Before pursuing the MGA she worked at a small startup company in Southwestern Ontario where she developed an interest in economics, business, and entrepreneurship, and the way it shapes and is shaped by the public sector. During the summer, she interned at the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok, Thailand where she was responsible for fostering relationships between Thai and Canadian businesses.
Adelaide (Wai Yan) Chan
Hi there! My name is Adelaide and I am a first year student in the MGA program. I graduated this past June from the University of Waterloo majoring in Environment and Business and minoring in Economics. I completed several co-op placements at companies like Microsoft, D2L and HSBC in the marketing or business operations areas. These valuable experiences in private sectors had not only given me the opportunities to develop my skills but also helped me with discovering my interest in sustainable development and poverty alleviation. Upon graduation, I would like to pursue a career in the not-for-profit sector. Outside of school, I enjoy cooking and travelling. I have been to many parts of Southeast Asia and some popular destinations in Europe.
My name is Jewel Daley and I am a first year international student in the Masters of Global Affairs program. I graduated from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, with a major in International Relations and a minor in Public sector management. I have worked with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on projects related to Human Trafficking, diaspora and development as well as assisted with voluntary return and reintegration efforts in Jamaica. I am particularly interested in sustainable development, specifically, but not limited to energy and the environment. I look forward to hearing from you!
Hello! My name is Noor Fatima – I’m a Masters of Global Affairs Candidate, beginning my second year in the program. I’m 24 years old, and a former University of Toronto student, with a background in Political Science and International Relations.
As a student of International Relations, I am keenly interested in the workings of international organizations as they strive for the betterment lives of people across the world. I am passionate about peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction in societies reeling from civil conflict – especially the development of local solutions to resolve disputes.
Apart from this, I’m also interested in the field of international political economy (IPE); specifically, the evolving stature of regional organisations, such as ASEAN, SAARC, and the EU in international politics.
My tentative career goals, include gaining experience from working and interning in international organisations; in the long-term, to turn towards social entrepreneurship to facilitate peacebuilding measures.
Juliana, 24 years old, is an international student from Brazil. Before coming to Canada, she studied Social Communication with a focus in Journalism in her undergraduate degree. Her professional background includes four years working in a Brazilian newspaper, in which she had the opportunity to participate in important coverages such as the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff and the Olympics. Academically, she is especially interested in Human Rights and Global Security. Combining Communication and Global Affairs to reveal and analyze world’s problems is her goal at University of Toronto.
Vanessa is a first year student in the Master of Global Affairs program. Prior to pursuing her Master’s degree, Vanessa worked as a consitutency assistant for Member of Parliament Julie Dzerowicz, with a focus on immigration casework, and as an equity assistant for Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets. As an avid writer, Vanessa served as a Junior Research Fellow for the NATO Council of Canada, and is currently a casual writer for a local Afro-Caribbean food blog. Her key topics of interest are global governance, humanitarian intervention, and international development.
Hi, my name is Will Kosiancic, and I am a first year MGA student. I graduated from Carleton University in 2017 with a degree in law and legal studies and political science. Before attending the Munk school, I interned in the summers at a real estate investment trust in Toronto, and I currently work for Senator Wallin at the Senate of Canada. My interests are in international trade, law, security, and innovation policy. I chose the MGA program because of the opportunities it provides for professional development, its unique course offerings and the global internship component.
Nadia Larocca is 22 years old and recently graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor or Arts Honours degree in Religious Studies. During her time at Queen’s, she played on the Varsity Women’s Ice Hockey Team. Her research interests include national security and counter-terrorism. Furthermore, she is also interested in learning more about the political economy and how human behaviour affects global markets. Her career goals are quite open right now as she hopes to explore avenues in the public sector as well as the private sector.
Currently undertaking his first year of the Master of Global Affairs program at the University of Toronto, Alexandre has a wide range of interests towards diversified topics related to national level politics, international relations, global and regional security, as well as European, East Asian and North American affairs. Prior to moving in Toronto, he obtained an International Studies bachelor degree at the Université de Montréal with a specialization in political science. Alexandre’s relevant experiences include an internship for a Member of Parliament, various international organizations’ models, many events he organized for his student association, and a student exchange in Prague.
Gabrielle Lim is a second-year MGA student interested in defence and security and the various ways culture, politics, and economics interplay with peace and well-being. Over the summer, she interned at the Global Coalition Against Daesh in the British Foreign Office, focusing on strategic communications and research. She was also the recipient of the Open Society Internship For Rights & Governance, where she researched far-right extremism on social media. Gabrielle has also previously lived and worked in Singapore, Malaysia, and the United States in digital marketing, the start-up world, and filmmaking. She likes cats, cacti, and TV.
Briana MacLeod is a MGA Candidate (2018) with an undergraduate degree from Dalhousie University in Political Science and International Development Studies. She has a perpetual desire to travel and to discover the political, social, and cultural complexities embodied by each unique place. Most recently, she traveled to Geneva to participate in an internship with the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations, where she conducted research and analysis on a range of humanitarian affairs issues with a focus on refugees and international migration.
Bronwyn McCarter is in her first year of the Master of Global Affairs program at the Munk School of Global Affairs. She recently moved to Toronto after having completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Economics at the University of British Columbia. Bronwyn’s main research interests include international trade, and international political economy.
Mary-Anne Laguna Meerasabeer
My name is Mary-Anne Laguna Meerasabeer and I am a student of the Master of Global Affairs class of 2019. I will also be completing the collaborative Master’s program in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies. Prior to this program, I obtained an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Political Science at the University of Toronto. My most recent research project focused on Business Process Outsourcing and sustainable and inclusive development in the Republic of the Philippines. Through the MGA, I aspire to develop the necessary knowledge and expertise to inform the improvement of current international trade policies in order to protect human rights and foster sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific. In addition to being a dedicated student, I am also an attack player on the UofT Varsity Blues Women’s Lacrosse team.
Genevieve is a full-time MGA/MBA student with a background in health, political science and law. She is passionate about finding innovative sustainable and inclusive ways to solve social challenges both in her community as well as internationally. Outside the scope of her studies, she loves to be active, travel and try new restaurants or cultural activities with friends. After her studies, she is looking to pursue a career in social impact consulting.
Hannah is 22 years old and graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and Global Development Studies. Her research focuses on gender based violence in war and conflict zones, specifically sexual violence committed against women. Hannah aims to understand how gender based violence affects the mental and physical health of the victims, as well as the social and financial development of the area in which the violence is occurring, or has occurred. She wants to pursue a PhD after completing this program, as her goal is to conduct research that will fill blank spaces currently present in the gender based violence and mental health fields. Further down the road, she sees herself working for an NGO, Government agency, or regional governmental body in order to mitigate gender based violence in the field, and work with communities to recover after these traumatic incidents occur.
Emily is a first year student in the Master of Global Affairs program. Prior to attending Munk Emily completed an honours double major in Sociology and Criminology at King’s University College at Western University. Her research interests include gender equality, global health, and humanitarian rights. Her career goals are to work for a group focused on humanitarian efforts, ideally as it relates to women’s access to health care.
Hi, I’m Tanvi, a first year MGA student. I am originally from Bangalore, India, but grew up on a small island in Malaysia. I moved to Toronto 7 years ago to pursue my undergraduate studies at Rotman, and have spent the last three years working in the financial sector. I decided to pursue the MGA so that I could pivot into macroeconomic policy analysis, as my academic interests largely lies at the intersection of policy design and economics. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, cooking, and dancing.
My name is Garima Tilokani and I am currently a first year student at the Munk School of Global Affairs. I graduated from the University of Waterloo, where I majored in Political Science, and minored in Peace and Conflict Studies. Over the summer I worked with the Asia Pacific Foundation at the APEC Business Advisory Council in Toronto, and I’m currently on the Marketing and Communications Team for Career Week 2017. I have a keen interest in further understanding the implications of using UAVs as a method to combat terrorism, coupled with a desire to further delve into and dissect the conceptual issues surrounding global economic inequality. With a background in Client/Business Development Management, my objective is to supplement my professional experiences with the extensive resources, expansive expertise and qualitative knowledge that is offered by the Munk School of Global Affairs.
Anushree is a first year MGA student and joined the Global Conversations team in 2017-2018. She completed her Masters in Economics from the University of Mumbai, India. Prior to MGA, she interned with the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and worked for more than two years as a Research Analyst with a global research firm. She is passionate about innovative and disruptive economic development initiatives that bridge the gap between developed and developing economies. She loves meeting new people, working in groups, collaborative studies and is fluent in more than three South-Asian languages apart from English. Having undergone professional training in Indian music, dance and theatre, she continues to practice these art forms on stage, as and when opportunities arise. She is also a passionate writer and owns a poetry blog-site at (http://anushree22.tumblr.com/) You would normally find her talking to herself or in her ‘Zen’ music mode or gormandizing over spicy cuisine. Her hobbies include swimming, photography, art, theatre and travel.