MGA Student Ambassadors
Meet Our Current MGA Student Ambassadors for 2018-2019
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Chloe graduated in May 2018 from the University of Arizona with a bachelor of arts in Law; a collaborative program between the James E. Rogers College of Law and the School of Government and Public Policy. While an undergraduate student, she interned at the International Rescue Committee assisting refugees with their citizenship process. Chloe also spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy, where she studied business ethics and Italian. Chloe’s primary interests are in political risk assessment and government relations. Upon graduation, she hopes to work in the political risk department of a management-consulting firm. In this field, she aims to work identifying global threats and sources of disruption on a global scale.
Mohit graduated in 2017 from York University with a Bachelors of Arts Honours in Criminology. While in his undergrad, Mohit spent some time working for the Canada Border Services Agency at Pearson Airport, Cargo 3, where he worked in the seizure control and bonded warehouse department. He also spent most of his undergraduate career working with the Community Safety Department, as a Team Leader for goSAFE safety services at York University. Mohit spent his year off from school getting a certificate in Risk Management. In order to further, understand all the components of risk assessment, and treatment of financial and operational risk. His field of interest is in global security and how terrorism and inter regional conflicts play a role in the ever changing landscape of security, digital surveillance, individual rights and freedoms. His short-term careers goals are to work with U.N Security Council, NATO, and even Interpol, in dealing with international conflict resolution and assist in dismantling large international criminal organizations.
Romzi graduated in 2016 from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a major in Political Science and a minor in International Studies. While an undergraduate student, she interned, studied and lived in the United States, and China. After obtaining her degree, she worked for the H&M group, a global fashion and design company with a focus on the United States and Canadian markets. Her primary interests include international trade and development: in particular, how developing countries can streamline imports and exports in this new digital era. She also has a keen interest in immigration reforms. Her short-term career goals include: working on issues related to immigrants integration. In addition, she would like to tackle on the issues of global food security, trade restrictions and reforms; the impact of new technologies on international trade, while gaining work experience in the public and private worlds.
Camilla recently completed my BA in International Relations and Diplomacy between Milan and Oxford. While studying in Italy, she had the chance to work for a prominent news agency and take courses in History and Public Policy in both Berlin and Utrecht. During her stay in Oxford, she wrote for the University’s IR Journal, The Lighthouse, participated in a number of official visits to Embassies and Consulates in London, and led a student-based research on the relationship between Turkey and the EU. Her primary area of focus is international security, more specifically cybersecurity as a new crucial frontier of national interest, and the phenomena of radicalization. She aspired to gain experience in the security sector, both at a private and public level. She is very excited to start this program, knowing it will be a unique opportunity to challenge herself and grow as an individual.
Lorena graduated in 2015 from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Latin American Studies. Throughout her undergraduate career, she worked with the York Regional Government as an economic surveyor in the Planning Department and as a Marketing/Communications Outreach Assistant with the Local Immigration Partnership of York Region. Additionally, she earned international work experience while interning with an NGO in Cucuta, Colombia, where she was involved in project development and had the opportunity to work hand in hand with international aid actors as well as the local indigenous Bari community and other local groups. After obtaining her degree, Lorena continued her work in Colombia with the Ministry of Commerce and the National Fund of Guarantees (FNG in Spanish). There, she was responsible for attending the needs of the entrepreneurial community and liaising with the banks in the region to develop strategic action plans. The goal during her time there was to impulse entrepreneurial growth in a region that has been affected by a lagging economy, informality, and a huge influx of refugee Venezuelans. These experiences helped solidify her interests and goals. Today, her primary focus areas are the global economy and social innovation policy and social impact. In particular, her research goals includes exploring the use of new technologies such as block-chain and AI to revolutionize the way we think of social policy and programs to create more profound social impact in our communities.
Micaela graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law, minoring in Cultural Anthropology. During her first year at Munk she was the Managing Editor for the Journal of International Law and International Relations and helped to coordinate the Munk Mining Conference. Micaela recently completed an internship in Bangkok, where she worked with marginalized young people, such as those living with HIV, sex workers, drug users, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Micaela is currently exploring cisgender opposition to transgender access to public washrooms, research funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This fall she is studying on exchange at Sciences Po, Paris.
Charlotte graduated in 2018 from the University of Edinburgh, with a Masters of Arts (Honours) in International Relations. While an undergraduate student, she moved from her native Connecticut, USA, to Scotland. She interned in Washington D.C. for two summers, for Senator Chris Murphy (CT-D), and for the US Department of State in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Her undergraduate dissertation was on the failure of U.S. counterinsurgency doctrine in Iraq, and her primary research interests are in security studies, specifically counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, and how policies in each area need to be improved, with the use of critical theory, and information from other disciplines. She hopes to work in international security and diplomacy.
Alana graduated from Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in spring 2018, with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), specializing in International Business and Human Resources. During her time as an undergraduate student, Alana studied abroad in Sweden, and it was through this experience that she developed an interest for international affairs. She has gained work experience in a variety of positions, including data analytics, digital media marketing and consulting. While at the University of Toronto, Alana hopes to focus her studies on civil society, specifically looking at the impact of changing societal norms and technology. Currently, she is interested in a wide range of career opportunities, from working for global social justice organizations to international consulting firms, and is open to working in both the private and public sectors.
Juliana is coming all the way from Brazil yearning for new and diverse experiences. Holding a Bachelor degree in Journalism, she worked in a newsroom for four years. As a curious person, one of the things Juliana would like to pursue is academic research. She is interested in how different countries deal with criminals and the effectiveness of the penal system around the world, as well as the application of Human Rights in general. Professionally, Juliana would like to have the opportunity to work for a government department or an international organization responsible for watching over Human Rights. Ultimately, she expects to combine her communication background with the global affairs knowledge – one of her dreams, for example, is to write a book.
Robbie Frank is a Montreal native who graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2014 with an Honours Bachelors of Commerce in Finance. During his time in undergrad, he participated in a variety of case competitions and was an active member of numerous student clubs within the business faculty. During the final year of undergrad, he had the opportunity to study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark at the graduate level. Since obtaining his degree, he has worked as an analyst for RBC Capital Markets in Montreal during which time he passed CFA Level 1. His primary research interests include international trade relations, global capital markets, and economic sustainability.
Alexandrea graduated in 2018 from Western University with a Bachelors of Arts Honours International Relations. As an undergraduate student, she worked closely with Theatre Western, starring a number of plays and producing festivals. Throughout her undergraduate degree, she has worked for JOEY Restaurant Group at the Yorkdale location and volunteered her time writing grant applications for local, not-for-profit organizations. This summer, she worked for the Ontario Government at the Office of International Relations and Protocol located in downtown Toronto. Her primary research interests include education and innovation: in particular, comparative curriculum studies and its effects on a country’s overall health and well-being, political interest, and economy. Her career goals include working for the Ministry of Education, or public policy consulting.
Emily graduated with high distinction from Carleton University in 2016 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Criminology with a concentration in Law and a minor in Philosophy. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she went on to complete an internship with United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya where she discovered her passion for global affairs and youth livelihoods. While working as a youth affairs intern at UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Emily participated in the development of a life skills manual and monitoring and evaluation activities for the Somalia Programme, regularly interacting with UN staff and at-risk youth in Somalia. Later the same year, she worked in Mwanza, Tanzania conducting needs assessments and community mapping activities to identify the status of youth livelihoods in the community. Her short-term career interests include, youth livelihoods and youth education, humanitarian work, domestic and international justice, monitoring and evaluation, and program development.
At the age of 22, Geordie recently completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts, with a Specialist in History and a Major in International Relations from Victoria College, University of Toronto. His areas of interest include diplomacy, security, and justice; however, a recent focus of his has been the causes of instability in West Africa, owing to the convergence of issues such as economic marginalization, religious and ethnic animosities, climate change, and illiteracy. With a foundation provided by the MGA program, Geordie hopes to continue on into a career in the government, negotiating and implementing global initiatives to address issues of security, migration, and development.
Zach recently graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Specialization in International Relations. Throughout his undergraduate studies, he was an active participant in student government, and elected as the VP Academics for the Social Science Students’ Council at Western University in his senior year. Zach also planned and ran an Academic Conference on the theme of “Innovation” for his peers within the Social Science faculty. His research interests focuses on cybersecurity, and the role national and international law plays in the regulation and securitization of various threat actors. He is also interested in international human rights law and the ways that public discourse shapes perceptions of global conflict. His career goals focus on contributing to sound policy writing in order to find effective strategies in the fields of cybersecurity, and global conflict management.
Vijai graduated from the University of Waterloo in Honours Political Science, with a specialization in Politics and Business, and a minor in Economics. Throughout his undergraduate career, Vijai gained valuable experience in both the private and public sectors. Vijai’s experience as an entrepreneur has afforded him the opportunity to provide delegations in front of the city council in his hometown, Brampton. He defended policy projects on which he worked, including the Brampton 2040 Vision and Brampton’s first Culture Master Plan. Vijai wants to increase his knowledge of the international political economy through a think tank, private corporation, or non-profit organization/NGO, and has a keen research interest in the implications of innovation policy on international trade competitiveness. Evinced through his experience as a freelance writer, Vijai also has a passion for popular writing and journalism.
Lucía is a second-year graduate student at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations at Universidad Santa María in Caracas, Venezuela. Lucía has four years of professional experience working for the British Government on business development and trade promotion. She spent the summer at UNICEF ESARO in Nairobi, Kenya conducting research on macroeconomic and fiscal trends and social protection programmes in Eastern and Southern Africa. Her interests are centred on trade policies’ influence on sustainable growth, the role of the private sector in driving development in low and middle-income countries and human rights accountability, particularly related to vulnerable groups. Lucía’s career goals are to work on policy analysis and project management on the mentioned areas at a financial institution or international non-government organisation.
Alessandro is a first year MGA student, and graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2018 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, minoring in Environmental Studies and Law and Society. During his time as an undergraduate student, he volunteered with Laurier’s policy research committee and had the opportunity to work as an instructional assistant and teaching assistant for various professors. Recently, he completed a 2-year stint as an Intelligence Clerk within the Enforcement and Intelligence Operations Division of the Canada Border Services Agency, and subsequently transferred into the Detained Removals Unit within the immigration portfolio of CBSA. His research interests include global security issues, intelligence operations (intelligence failures and new avenues), global-terrorism, and the intersection between personal privacy and public safety. His career interests are inclined towards public safety agencies in the public sector; however, he is intrigued by the possibilities that will arise from either (private/public) sector during his time at the Munk School of Global Affairs.
Kirsten McRae graduated summa cum laude from Howard University with a B.A. in Journalism in 2011 before going on to work for the Interpublic Group, where she worked as Assistant Account Manager and Strategist on brands like Nivea, Hamburger Helper, and Balvenie Scotch. After leaving New York City she moved to Japan where she worked as a teacher for three years. Getting to see politics and diplomacy from a wholly new perspective really ignited her passion for global affairs. Her interests include conflict resolution and migration, especially in regards to solving the major issue of human trafficking.
Cydney is in her second year of the MGA program. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Development Studies. Currently, she is on an exchange at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. In the summer she completed her MGA internship at UNICEF Madagascar working in the child protection section. The majority of her work and research experience are in the fields of refugee and forced migration studies, international development, and social justice.
Hannah Nadler graduated in 2018 from Western University with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Environment Science. While an undergraduate student, she lived and studied abroad in England for a year where she was fortunate to study earth science, ecology, and conservation in practice. Throughout her final year of her undergrad, Hannah worked on her honours thesis project studying how external environmental conditions of wheat plants can be manipulated to enhance their growth despite of abiotic stressors, such as pollution in agricultural soils. Her primary research interests include food security, sustainability, and wildlife conservation. Hannah enjoys long treks, rolling in grass with her dogs, and eating a mean poutine.
Joseph graduated in 2017 from Carleton University with a Bachelors of Arts Honors in Political Science. He is from Ottawa and have worked at the federal government department of Public Services and Procurement Canada since he was 19 – so, 4 years total. During his final year of undergrad, Joseph also worked as a research assistant for one of his professors, where they analyzed the relationship between the differing health levels between white Canadians and those who identified as “visible minorities.” Besides Canada, Joseph have lived – for varying lengths of time, in France, Thailand and the Netherlands. His career goals are to hopefully work in a job where he can help shape policy devoted to immigration practices in Canada. His research interests include immigration policy, the fight against global human trafficking and migration patterns along the Mediterranean.
Meredith is graduating from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts (Combined Honours) in International Development Studies and Political Science. As an undergraduate student, she worked for nonprofits in the health care and education sectors, volunteered as a Marketing Director with Toronto+Acumen, and worked as a Research Assistant on a study of simulation-based classroom learning in universities. Her primary research interests include urban development and the implications of economic policy for disadvantaged communities. In the future, she hopes to learn more about the nexus between local and global decision-making and governing for inclusive economic development.
Fatima graduated in 2018 from York University with a Bachelors of Science in Global Health with a concentration in Policy, Management, and Systems. While in her undergrad, she interned at Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF/DWB) in a G7 Advocacy position where she was able to help the advocacy team strategize on the NGO’s positioning in relation to the G7. She had the opportunity to work closely with various other MSF offices all over the world including, France, Germany and the Netherlands among others. In this positions she was able to learnt how to write policy briefings which she got to disseminate to all G7 MSF offices. Her time at MSF had sparked her interest in advocacy and the need for better enforceable global policies around the following issues: access to medicines, and the ongoing refugee crisis. Her short-term career goals includes working in the health sphere, as well as in advocacy for people’s basic human rights through policies both locally and globally.
Judith Nwachebelu is a 24 years old Nigerian. She holds a bachelor degree in Accounting from Covenant University, Nigeria. She is a chartered Accountant with 4 years’ work experience. She currently works as a fund accountant in Pensions Alliance Limited, a leading pension’s fund administrator in Nigeria. She is passionate about children, and would like to have an NGO that would cater to the needs of underprivileged children in West Africa. Her research interest is on global economic policies and its effects on underdeveloped economies. Her career goals are to work as a consultant in one of the top consulting firms in the world and work with the UN on policies to cater for the health and welfare of impoverished women and children in Africa.
Genevieve is a graduating joint Master of Global Affairs and Business Administration candidate. She is passionate about human-centric design and discovering new ways to bridge business, government and not-for-profit organizations to better address social challenges. With an academic background in health, political science and international relations, she hopes to bring a holistic approach to a future career in international development consulting in the area related to global health, women rights and sustainability.
Fabrizio graduated in 2014 from University of Turin with a combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Law. He then served as trainee notary public and lawyer for law firms in Italy, specializing in public and private international law. In order to broaden his knowledge of international affairs, in 2016 he began a post-graduate course in Diplomacy at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), the leading think-thank in Italy. Thanks to his expertise in international trade law, he later worked as commodity broker for a Uruguayan company operating in Mercosur. His primary research interests are the economic effects of tariffs and other trade barriers, and the consequences of economic liberalization and FDI on developing countries.
Siddhartha graduated from the University of Toronto this June in 2018 with a Specialist in Political Science. As an undergraduate, he saw his curiosity be peaked by a number of fields leading him to be curious about everything: literally everything from string theory to the evolution of God. He once spent three days reading up on the history of Neapolitan ice-cream. His undergraduate pursuits were defined by attempting to figure out what he was not only curious about but also interested in. To that end, he ended up researching on the effects of migration in Dharavi, Mumbai, the potential for emerging technology in archaic markets in Asia, and the Naxalite Movement in India. From his experiences grew his current interest in Artificial Intelligence Policy and Innovation Policy in Canada. Specifically, the role of governmental regulation in the transitioning into future AI systems across multiple markets. He is also a massive Manchester United fan, can cook a mean meal up and is always down for a drink to talk about topics ranging from anything to everything.
Sorena Zahiri Shadbad
Sorena graduated from York University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and African Studies. During his time as an undergraduate student, he had the privilege of volunteering for several organizations which included the Faith Victory Association (FVA), a faith-based NGO in Rwanda which places volunteers in a range of community projects in the country, and the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC), a grassroots, non-partisan, and non-profit community organization that seeks to safeguard the interests of Iranian Canadians. He was also granted membership into The Golden Key International Honour Society for outstanding academic achievement at York University and was subsequently nominated to attend the 2017 International Scholar Laureate Program in China as part of the Delegation on International Relations and Diplomacy. After graduating from York University, Sorena began working as the community coordinator and editor of The Downsview Advocate, a community newspaper that is freely distributed to 25,000 households every month. Concurrently, he worked as a constituency assistant at the office of Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8 – York West, City of Toronto). Sorena’s academic and professional interests include international trade relations, international law, and diplomacy. His ultimate goal is to one day serve Canada on the global stage and to help Canada’s diplomatic efforts.
Joanna graduated in 2017 from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts Combined Honours in Global Politics and Human Rights and a minor in Economics. While an undergraduate student, she interned at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Ottawa. Her primary research interest is forced migration, specifically in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. During her undergrad, she researched the factors, which contribute to refugee militarization, and at the Munk School of Global Affairs, she hopes to focus on refugee self-reliance, specifically the way this type of policy is being practiced in Uganda and what potential exists for it to be implemented elsewhere. Her short-term career goals include gaining valuable field experience in order to become more influential and effective when communicating on behalf of and with those forcibly displaced.
Being part of a diplomatic family, Jessy has traversed and studied across several continents from East to West (Thailand, India, UAE, Canada, and United Kingdom) before graduating in 2017 from SOAS, University of London with a Bachelor of Science Honours in Development Economics. As an undergraduate student, He has interned and worked in various industries including Technology (MasterCard, London), Retail Banking & Treasury (Punjab National Bank, London), and NGO (TERI, New Delhi). Driven by my favorite dictum of Mahatma Gandhi’s “be the change you want to see in the world”. He strives to apply theoretical and real-life knowledge & experience to find remedies for day-to-day issues confronting the developing economies; how best to address inequalities in societies; and how effectively to leverage technological advances and innovative strategies to triumph over dogmatic and archaic practices and conventional economic policies. This is reflected in his research interests, which include climate change (particularly the disputes stemming between the North and South), global economic policies and its implications on international trade, and growth of renewable energy both in the developed and developing world. One of his key aspirations is being involved within Canadian politics and the public sector, to follow in similar footsteps of Sikh-Canadians such as Harjit Singh Sajjan, Navdeep Bains, and Jagmeet Singh.
Emily is a JD/MGA student. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2016 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts specializing in International Relations. As an undergraduate student, she conducted field research in Georgia, Alaska, and the Balkans, studied in Germany, and travelled to conferences in Iqaluit, Ottawa, Azerbaijan, and Austria. Her thesis focused on international relations of subnational governments in the Arctic region, and she hopes to continue travelling and researching on this field. In 2017, she hitchhiked from Argentina to Alaska. This summer, she is working with the Office of the Prosecutor at the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague.
Michelle graduated in 2017 from McMaster University with a Honours B.A. in Geography and minor in Political Science. During her final year of studies, Michelle undertook research projects on the Toronto condominium market and South China Sea territorial dispute while working as an undergraduate teaching assistant. After graduating, Michelle continued her research focus on maritime security issues through an internship at the South China Sea Think Tank. Michelle is currently working at the NATO Association of Canada as the program editor for Women in Security where she works to educate Canadians on the value of NATO and the importance of security.
Jasmine graduated in 2018 from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelors of Arts and Science Combined with Political Science degree. While at McMaster and during a semester abroad in Ireland, she learned extensively about the post-war struggles of former Yugoslavia. She traveled to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia to speak with ex-combatants and survivors about current challenges people face following the wars of the 1990s. Throughout her undergrad, Jasmine interned with global and domestic insurance companies. Her research interests include transitional justice, international law, postcolonialism, and evaluating political risks from a global finance perspective. She is interested in gaining interdisciplinary experience throughout her future career, including working with international organizations on peacebuilding endeavours and working within the global economy.
Heejae (Daniel) Yang
Heejae Yang is an international student from South Korea. Before attending Munk School, he studied Economics for his bachelor degree in South Korea and graduated in 2018. While an undergraduate student, he served his army service as a United Nation Peacekeepers in South Sudan, Africa. Heejae interned in USA as a sales associate, during which time he was trained as a global leader sponsored by US Government. Academically, his interests are international trade, a combined political concept of international market and environment, and international migration and related laws, particularly protecting the rights of refugees and unstable status holders.