MGA Student Ambassadors
Meet Our Current MGA Student Ambassadors 2020-2021
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Heba Al-Junaidi is a first-year student in the Master of Global Affairs program at the University of Toronto. She is interested in global security and justice. She completed her undergraduate degree in 2017 at the University of Calgary (U of C) in Civil Engineering with minors in Transportation Engineering, and Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development. She was the president of the U of C student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the events director of the Yemeni Students club. She was also part of the first U of C team to compete in Qatar Debates’ International Universities Debating Championship (in Arabic). Before coming to Munk, she worked as a Transportation Engineer in Training with Stantec Consulting focusing on planning, design and construction management of road reconstruction projects. She was also part of TEDx YYC team as alumni coordinator. She loves learning and feels that her natural habitat is a classroom. She is slowly but surely learning Spanish and when not working or volunteering, she enjoys overthinking, running and rock climbing.
Austin graduated in 2018 from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences in International Studies and Modern Languages (French Immersion). During his undergraduate studies, he worked as a Page at the Senate of Canada, went on exchange at Sciences Po Paris for his third academic year, and worked as a parliamentary assistant for a Member of Parliament in his final year of studies. He is currently studying in the combined JD/MGA program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He is interested in the intersections between international law and global politics – in particular, in relation to international human rights law and international trade law. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career within Canada’s Foreign Service with Global Affairs Canada.
Afrah Arif is a first year student in the Master of Global Affairs program at the University of Toronto. Originally from Chennai, India, she is born and brought up in Dubai, U.A.E. She completed her undergraduate degree at the American University in Dubai with a Minor is Social Sciences and a Certificate of Middle East Studies. As an undergrad, she was Secretary of the AUD Student Government Association, Study Abroad Mentor, President of the AUD Environmental Club, and was active with AUDMUN. She completed her undergraduate capstone in the “The Societal Implications of the English Language in Education and Society in Post-Colonial India, with a focus on Tamil Nadu”. She is keen to expand her research interests at Munk, especially within the field of development studies. Before coming to Munk she was working as a cognitive skills trainer in Dubai.
Yuna Ban is a first-year MGA student also pursuing a Collaborative Master’s Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies. She graduated from University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelors of Arts studying International Relations, Political Science, and History. Prior to joining Munk, she worked at the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto. Her previous experience with the AAS-in-Asia 2017 Conference, Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and research assistant work prompted her academic focus in security and innovation policy. Upon graduation, Yuna aspires to use her quantitative analytical skills to contribute to the international studies of the Asia-Pacific.
An Nguyen Beekhof
An Nguyen Beekhof is a first-year student in the Master of Global Affairs program at the University of Toronto. She completed her undergraduate degree at Mount Royal University in Human Resources with a minor in International Business. Using her knowledge as a certified trade consultant through FiTT, she worked with X-Culture as an international consultant coach for small businesses around the globe during her undergrad. In her downtime, she enjoyed exploring the Canadian Rockies, reading good books and trying different cuisine. Before joining Munk, she liked making everyone’s day a little brighter through her barista skills.
Jennifer Martin Del Campo
Jennifer graduated in 2017 from the University of California Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Political Science. While an undergraduate student, she interned, studied, and worked in Irvine. Throughout her education at UCI, Jennifer worked in Student Government and participated as a mentor for the Humanities Mentorship program. After obtaining her degree, she worked for Jamboree Housing Corporation; an affordable housing non-profit developer. Her primary research interests include global migration and development, in particular how laws and policies can impact working-class women of color who due to economic constraints end up in precarious situations of prostitution and/or human and sex trafficking. This past summer she worked with Action Against Hunger – Guatemala and contributed to their work on seasonal agricultural employment programs in the United States and Canada. She researched the issues with the program in the US and the ways in which migrant workers are affected by the current legislation. Her short-term career goals include working on issues related to issues of human and sex trafficking, gender migration, human rights; and the developmental paths and procedures that are currently in place by international non-profits that help women and children out of human and sex trafficking situations.
Larissa Chan is a first-year student in the Master of Global Affairs program at the University of Toronto. She obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, where she double majored in International Relations, with a focus in International Law and Human Rights, and Diaspora and Transnational Studies. As an undergraduate student, she helped organize the Traffic in the Americas Conference for the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies (CDTS) at the University of Toronto. This conference brought together universities and speakers from multiple countries to discuss the meaning of the word “traffic” in the context of Latin America. Additionally, she worked as a research assistant for the Director of the CDTS, where she did literature and archival research in both English and Spanish that focused on global issues in Latin America: road traffic congestion and its impact on physical and political mobility. She is interested in a wide variety of research topics but hopes to focus on gender [in]equality, de-colonialization, and human rights [abuses]. Regarding the latter issue, she has great interests in looking at the disconnect between the declarations of protection stated under international law and the actual protection against and prosecution of human rights abuses. Moreover, in the context of an ever-changing world, she wishes to explore emerging global topics surrounding COVID-19, such as the relationship between the pandemic and resource distribution.
Amandeep Singh Hanspal
Amandeep is a first-year student in the Master of Global Affairs program at the University of Toronto. He earned his Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science & Engineering from India and worked as a software developer at Accenture. He has a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Studies from The Takshashila Institution, India and holds an MA in Politics (International & Area Studies) from Jamia Millia Islamia University, India. Earlier this year, he attended winter school at the University of Bologna, Italy. In his internship roles, he has worked at varied institutions such as Center for Information Systems, Ministry of Railways (India), Statecraft – a non-partisan global affairs daily and The Indian Institute of Public Administration. He has presented at various international conferences focusing on security matters and his key research interests include exploring the intersection of traditional geopolitics and emerging technology.
Kelly is a first-year graduate student in the Master of Global Affairs program at the University of Toronto, where she also recently completed her undergraduate degree with distinction in Human Geography, Industrial Relations and Human Resources, and GIS (spatial data science). While an undergraduate student, she interned at the Urban Land Institute to identify areas for economic growth, and worked alongside industry professionals and MBA candidates as a pro-bono management consultant for non-profit organizations. Her interests lie at the nexus of innovation, economic growth, and sustainability, and she is particularly interested in how organizations and societies can build resiliency using technological advancements and innovation. Outside of the classroom, Kelly is an active student leader in the UofT community where she leads the University Consulting Group and TEDxUofT. Upon graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in management consulting, building resiliency in organizations and society by integrating innovative and sustainable solutions.
Azana is a second-year Master of Global Affairs student at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto with a double major in Political Science and Ethics, Society, and Law. Azana’s interests lie in international trade and Canadian immigration policy. She has previously worked as a Project Coordinator with CanCham Thailand (the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Thailand) and as a Program Coordinator with the World Trade Centre-Toronto at the Toronto Region Board of Trade. In these roles she has assisted with building organizational partnerships and facilitating inbound and outbound trade missions. She was also a member of the Youth Task Force at Century Initiative, a non-profit organization advocating for increased immigration to Canada. At Munk, Azana has joined the Global Conversations team as a NewsWatch Contributor and is a Media and Communications Co-Lead for the Global Migration Working Group. Azana was also a member of the Munk School’s Reach Alliance where she conducted research and fieldwork on the Elimination of Polio in India.
Sarah A Jabbar
Sarah A Jabbar is a first-year student at the MGA program. In June 2019, she completed her undergraduate degree in Business Administration at UofT. As a product of her background and upbringing, she has always been interested in politics and history that she co-founded a project with her sister to discuss these subjects. Since graduation, she has completed a Big Data Analytics certification at York University. She is also passionate about wellbeing practices and not speaking about herself in third person.
Samaa is a second-year Master of Global Affairs student at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She holds a Bachelors of Arts and Science in International Development and Psychology from McGill University. At Munk, Samaa is part of the program team for the GII and is a writer for the Global Migration Working Group. Her professional experiences include her MGA Internship with UNICEF South Asia focused on private sector engagement and non-profit management consulting in the education sector in India. Samaa’s research interests centre around global migration, child rights, and education.
Adam Lake is a Toronto born community activist and advocate who has decided to use his voice as power to combat the various forms of discrimination at the individual, structural, and institutional level that intersect. Adam graduated from York University with a Specialized Honours BA in Sociology and Certificate in Anti-Racist Research and Practice (CARRP) in 2019. Adam founded “Books Breaking Barriers” in 2016 while at York University for undergraduate studies, allowing him to empower racialized and marginalized inmates through the experience of reading. As a Master of Global Affairs student at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Adam wants to serve as an ambassador for African Canadian individuals within democratic institutions such as the Parliament of Canada, Canada’s Court System, and lawmaking agencies. He wants to ensure that representations of racial, ethnic, and sexual minority experiences are heard and represented within the Canadian legal systems. As a future Black policymaker following the Master of Global Affairs program, his critical professional goal is to combat social injustice and work with law enforcement and grassroots programs to eliminate the lack of community knowledge surrounding legal services and rights for the African Canadians.
Anton Meier is an incoming second year Master of Global Affairs (MGA) student at the Munk School. Prior to entering the program, he completed an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, also at UofT. Throughout his time in undergrad, Anton was also involved with Engineers Without Borders Canada, volunteering as a public speaker for their Water For The World initiative. He was also part of a fourth-year capstone design team that worked to develop a water purification system for a rural community in Guatemala. This past year, Anton volunteered as a mentor with the Global Ideas Institute, an organization working to provide high school students with research and learning skills. He also served as an Outreach Director for the MGA Career Week, and will lead the club as a co-chair for Career Week 2021. This summer, Anton is working as a Management Consultant with KPMG in Toronto.
Mduduzi Mhlanga is entering his first year of the MGA program. He attained his Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Toronto Mississauga. Originally from Zimbabwe, Mdu has lived in Mississauga, Ontario since age seven. He has worked a variety of different jobs throughout his undergrad such as dishwashing, bartending, and working as a research assistant at UTM and the Rotman School of Management. The most fulfilling role he has had thus far has been working as a researcher for the Reach Alliance. The two projects he’s been involved in pertain to the use of drones to deliver health products in Rwanda, and the role of a fabrication lab in preventing youth from joining organized crime in Mexico. Through this work he now is looking to work in management consulting after obtaining his MGA.
Simon Rechico Moisan
Simon Rechico Moisan is a first-year student the Masters of Global Affairs program at the University of Toronto. He completed his undergraduate in Global and International Studies with a specialization in European and Russian Studies. As an undergrad, he served as the President of the Carleton International Relations Society organizing student visits and events with embassies and diplomatic delegations in Ottawa. He took part in an internship at the International Center for Parliamentary Studies in London, England in the summer of 2019. His research interest include Russian geopolitics, weapons proliferation, European politics and military history. He is an avid Francophile and in his spare time enjoys camping, golf and learning about obscure historical events. He is looking forward to pursuing a career in diplomacy and security.
Sabrina Netherwood is a first year student in the Master of Global Affairs program at the University of Toronto. She completed her undergraduate degree at Principia College in Global Studies with a specialization in Sustainable Development. As an undergrad, she was Director of Operations for Principia College’s Public Affairs Conference (PAC) titled, “Engage with Information, Reimagine Discourse.” She was also secretary and treasurer for the Phi Alpha Eta, which is Principia’s honor society. The previous summer, Sabrina went abroad to Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia, and then spent the last two months being an au pair in Hossegor, France.
Shaina is a second year Master of Global Affairs student with an emphasis in justice and security studies. This is her second stint at the Munk School, having graduated with a major in Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies prior to this program. Her diverse interests include many issues across international security, foreign policy, diplomacy, and human rights, and she is currently undertaking an internship at the US Consulate in Toronto. She is near fluent in Spanish after volunteering in Latin America, and also speaks basic conversational Mandarin, being originally from Singapore.
Angelina is a first-year student in the Master of Global Affairs program at the University of Toronto, where she also completed her undergraduate degree in the Political Science. Her undergraduate career has been shaped by her pursuit to complement academic endeavours in the social sciences with professional and extracurricular experiences spanning various faculties at the university. Most notably is her involvement across multiple roles at the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering; as a Research Assistant for the Discovery Educational Initiative, Partnerships Coordinator for the Vice Dean of Research’s Office, and as a Team Lead for the Faculty’s outreach program. Angelina also volunteers for a social impact-driven non-profit, Bootcamp for Change, and she served as the Student Research Committees Coordinator for the International Association for Political Science Students. She is committed to inter-disciplinary thinking and cross-collaborations, she is eager to continue on this trajectory and build on her skills and experiences in the MGA program at Munk.
Kristen Pearn is a first-year student in the Master of Global Affairs program at the University of Toronto with a specialization in foreign policy and human rights. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario in History and Criminology. As an undergrad, she maintained a starting position on the Western Mustangs Varsity Softball team and a part-time position both as a Research Assistant and volunteer at a local charitable organization. She then completed her Masters degree at the University of Toronto in History. As a Masters student, she specialized in U.S. Cold War foreign policy and civil rights and worked part-time as a Teacher Assistant.
Hi everyone! My name is Regina Robbins-Codera and I am a second year Master of Global Affairs student from Toronto, Ontario. I have a bachelor’s degree in Political Studies from Queen’s University where I focused my studies in international relations and international political economy. At Munk, I have pursued my interests in the rise of populism, security, and migration; specifically, in the contexts of Eastern Europe. I am currently completing my internship with the Department of International Cooperation and Partnerships/Donor Relations Division of the IOM – UN Migration. With these experiences, I hope to pursue a career in foreign policy development and multilateral governance.
Melanie Sarmiento is a first-year student in the Master of Global Affairs program at the University of Toronto, where she also completed her undergraduate degree. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts majoring in Diaspora and Transnational studies and a double minor in Political Science and Human Geography. Her interests lie in economic geography, the topic of development, identity building within the diaspora as well as Latin American politics. Her time working in banking also sprouted an interest in the topic of security and anti-terrorism relating to financial crimes. Upon completing her undergrad, Melanie took a summer position at the Immigration and Refugee Board where she supported the Refugee Protection Division.
Lauren Thomas is currently completing a Dual Masters Degree in Public Policy and Global Affairs with the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in France and the Munk School of Global Affairs. Previously, Lauren worked at the Parliament of Canada as a Research Assistant to Senator Tony Dean, where she helped to scrutinize and pass the landmark bill to legalize cannabis. Lauren has a passion for all things renewable energy and in her free time enjoys reading, yoga, and making mixtapes. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from Carleton University.
Sapphira is from Brampton, ON. and is a second-year Master of Global Affairs student at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Sapphira completed an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences in International Studies and Modern Languages at uOttawa. In Ottawa, she took advantage of volunteering on Parliament Hill and eventually working at the Senate. While at Munk, Sapphira has become involved with the Policy Elections and Representation Lab as a researcher, the Global Risk Observatory as an editor, and the Master of Global Affairs Students Association as Director of Activities and now President. Sapphira is looking forward to pursuing a future in the international sphere and related to law.
Emily Tsui is a fourth-year student in the combined Master of Global Affairs/Juris Doctor program. She is interested in international law, Arctic governance, and cultural heritage protection. During the MGA program, she travelled to Japan with the Kakehashi Project and Finland for a Model Arctic Council conference. She completed her MGA internship at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Singapore. During the combined program, she also interned at the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in the Office of the Prosecutor (Appeals Division) in The Hague and worked remotely for a large New York-based international law firm. She’s currently a Visiting Fellow at The Arctic Institute and the founder of the Polar Law Group at UofT. She completed her undergraduate degree in international relations at Trinity College at the University of Toronto. Emily is happy to chat about the combined program or the MGA generally, SSHRC/OGS applications, internships, and anything else.
Elizabeth is a second year Master of Global Affairs student with a Collaborative Specialization in East and Southeast Asian Studies. She also holds a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University. Elizabeth specializes in the Asia-Pacific region. Her research has focused on Chinese state control, foreign policy, and identity, as well as on global migration policy, human rights, and the politics of justice and belonging. Prior to joining the Munk School, Elizabeth held positions with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Oxfam Canada and the Senate of Canada. Currently, Elizabeth is interning for the International Organization for Migration and serves as a Compliance Analyst with the G20 Research Group.