Evan- Currently working in Indonesia
Evan is a passionate advocate of pursuing international justice through intercultural communication. Evan aspires to have a career focusing on the research and communication side of international relations.
Evan holds a Bachelor’s Degree with distinction from Queen’s University, with a specialization in International Politics and Psychology. Evan has worked closely with marginalized populations in diverse development contexts; through founding an award-winning homeless advocacy organization in Canada, interning for an international NGO in Uganda, and working with international students for the Government of Canada’s Explore Program. He also has diverse research experience, having conducted research in clinical psychology, and political policy for numerous Canadian politicians.
Evan’s aptitude for multimodal communication has been recognized through awards he has received for academic writing, grant writing, filmmaking, and public speaking. His work has been represented at the Forbes Top 30 Under 30 Summit and Harvard Medical School’s conference on Youth Mental Health.
Evan is keen to use his experience and skills in intercultural communication, public policy and social media literacy, to serve the U.N.; but he is even more excited to acquire new skills to further promote international justice and development.
Doug- Currently working in Kenya
Doug is a born-and-raised Vancouverite with a passion for global development. He worked on health-sector projects in Uganda and Tanzania before taking up his current position with UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya.
Doug loves chicken, beer and hip hop and is an avid judoka, gym rat and distance runner. He holds a BA in International Relations from University of British Columbia, an MSc in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics and an MsPH from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Rebecca- Currently working in Kenya
Rebecca joins the IDDIP as a Junior Professional Consultant in Nairobi, Kenya working with UN-Habitat on youth programming. She is primarily working on the evaluation of various global youth programmes as well as women’s inclusion programming and policy. Rebecca recently completed her master’s degree at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Global Governance, where her major research project examined the role of Faith Based Organizations in HIV prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa. Rebecca also holds a BA from the University of Guelph in International Development and Political Science.
Rebecca has worked and studied in South Asia, Europe, and East Africa, and has spent time working with a variety of small NGOs both at home and abroad. Rebecca’s research interests include global public health, with particular emphasis on health behaviour and sexual and reproductive health, as well as food security studies. She is very excited to have the opportunity to work with UN-Habitat on diverse projects for youth, and to better understand the role of the UN around the world.
In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys reading fiction, running and being outside.
Stéphanie – Currently working in Zimbabwe
Stéphanie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Globalization with a bilingual diplomat from the University of Ottawa. She is passionate about capacity building through informal education and sustainable development. In parallel with her academic career, she has gained practical experience through an internship at Stepping Stones International, an NGO in Botswana, where she helped develop the English Access Program. Her work with orphaned and vulnerable youth during this internship has given Stéphanie experience in promoting self-sufficiency through informal education. Her recent community engagement experience includes National Model United Nations in New York, work with the University of Ottawa student services and improving first year university students’ social and academic development in residence. She has piloted, in her position as Residence Life Coordinator, a Living Learning Community initiative in residence, focused on developing students’ leadership and community engagement skills.
Stéphanie is excited to continue to grow professionally through her placement with the RCO office in Zimbabwe focusing specifically on the humanitarian crisis. Her interests are knowledge creation and empowerment. As a result, her research and advocacy work is located in an anti-oppression and education-centred framework (furthering equity and inclusive programming & disseminating knowledge and promoting agency).
Bilan – Currently working in Indonesia
As a researcher and writer, Bilan brings over four years of data analysis and research design with local organizations and research institutions in Canada. Her methodologies include qualitative, quantitative and evidence based research. She worked in the Global South as well, in countries such as Saudi Arabia. These experiences have expanded her mindset and reinforced her belief for diversity and cultural sensitivity.
Bilan presented her work at international conferences (most recently at Harvard University), published in magazines, and am currently editing a special issue journal on gender. She would like to extend my skills set and experience to international development and policy work. In particular, she is interested in gaining the practicality of pushing an idea from inception to fruition within an international NGO, for example how to link local initiatives that improve visibility and install belonging to broader policy directions.
Charles Ian – Currently working in Bangladesh
A recent Oxford graduate, Charles Ian Denhez has lived and worked on five continents with experience in seven languages. Starting with internships in Brazil and Rwanda, and continuing with Mandarin studies in China (17 months) on full scholarships, he proved himself both adaptable and capable in diverse cultural and development contexts. As graduate student President at Oxford’s Merton College, he led a team that successfully organized over 180 events during the 2014-15 year. His previous work experience has involved a variety of fields, from environmental protection to education, health provision to post-conflict reconciliation. Charles Ian is keen to put his training and skills in negotiation, mediation, languages, policy, cultural diversity and organization to the service of the U.N. and his country, and is keen to use this opportunity to acquire further skills and advance an international career.
Ellen – Currently working in Thailand
Ellen is a Junior Professional Consultant with the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific, with the unique opportunity to work in both Bangkok, Thailand and Kathmandu, Nepal. She holds a Master’s Degree in Peace, Development, Security, and International Conflict Transformation from the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck, as well as a Master’s in Sustainable Peace through Sport from the UN Mandated University for Peace.
With manifold educational and professional experiences in North America, Central America (Costa Rica), Europe (Austria, France, Monaco), Africa (Botswana, Rwanda, Swaziland), and Asia (China, Japan, Sri Lanka), Ellen has a keen interest in social anthropology hopes to continue honing her ability to empathize and engage with diverse communities. Envisioning peace and conflict work as a creative act, she is passionate about elicitive conflict transformation, systems change, and international peacebuilding, and looks forward to continuing to broaden her experience in these fields. She is excited to take the next step in her career, building capacity and promoting peace and disarmament education with the UNRCPD.
Nabila – Currently working in Bangladesh
Nabila is a global health and development enthusiast, with a particular interest in understanding health systems and governance in low and middle-income countries. She is also interested in understanding the impact of climate change and the associated risks to health and well being of the population.
She completed her Master of Public Health, specializing in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School and her undergraduate training in Cell and Molecular Biology and Global Health, both at University of Toronto. During her graduate training, Nabila worked as a Junior Analyst with the Public Health Agency of Canada and as a graduate research trainee on a project related to gestational diabetes mellitus at the Women’s College Research Institute. Her work involved statistical data analysis, systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
Nabila administered surveys to over 100 urban Bangladeshi women as part of an undergraduate research project investigating health-seeking attitude regarding breast cancer. Nabila’s expertise lies in statistical data analysis, indicator operationalization, research grant preparation and epidemiological study designs. She is competent in using statistical tools such as SAS and R.
Rodrigue – Currently working in Ukraine
Rodrigue is a Canadian of Cameroon origin, fluent both in English and French. He has recently completed his PhD studies in Population Health at the University of Ottawa in Canada where he enjoyed drawing from various disciplines to address issues related to the health and well-being of the population in general. During his PhD studies, Rodrigue has acquired several skills working as a research assistant on various projects and also through internships at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Summer Program in Taiwan, and the international health researcher internship in Kenya. More recently, he spent almost a year as a fellow researcher at the South Africa Medical Research Council in South Africa working on health systems research projects with the non-communicable diseases research unit.
Prior to joining the PhD program, he worked in the pharmaceutical industry in various positions including research coordinator and clinical data manager for clinical trial studies. He holds a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lomé in Togo, West Africa. His academic background is purely multidisciplinary as well as his professional background. He enjoys working with people from different cultures and background. He loves to travel and has visited over 30 countries on 4 continents.
He is also passionate about sports and has played volleyball to college level. He pursued his career in volleyball to become an International Beach Volleyball Referee for the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) since 2011, which gives him the opportunity to travel around the world to officiate at various international beach volleyball events.
Rodrigue is eager to build on his experience and develop new skills while discovering the beautiful country of Ukraine. His current interests are procurement and supply chains management of medicines and medical devices, monitoring & evaluation, and health response in humanitarian crisis including in armed conflict areas. He is very motivated and excited to learn more about the United Nations system and how its operations impact on the lives of many on a daily basis around the world. He hopes that his participation in the International Development and Diplomacy Internship Programme will give him the opportunity to make a modest and valuable contribution to the work of the United Nations and serve as an introduction to a successful international career in humanitarian work.
Sabina – Currently working in Geneva
Sabina Hyseni graduated with an HBSc in Chemistry and is currently pursuing an MSc in Sustainability Management at the University of Toronto. During her undergraduate degree she focused her attention on renewable energy storage and nanoparticle synthesis. Her personal interests at this time also led her to live in a Kung Fu academy in China for two years under Shaolin monks in order to increase her work ethic and personal awareness. It was in China, where she saw people living without basic sanitation, water and food, which led her to pursue degree in Sustainability Management.
As a graduate student Sabina has focused on Corporate Social Responsibility, assessing the textile and chemical industries’ CSR reports and best practices based on GRI, CDP and UN Global Compact. Furthermore, she has done extensive research on international trade and carbon sequestration technologies as a method to mitigate climate change. She hopes to use her academic and professional knowledge to increase sustainable practices across the private and public sectors focusing on human rights and environmental sustainability. Sabina speaks fluent English and Albanian with working knowledge of French and Italian.
Ryan – Currently working in Indonesia
Ryan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Honours Political Science from the University of Waterloo, specializing in Public Policy and Administration with a minor in Management Studies. Recently he completed a Master’s Degree in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo. Ryan’s major research project examined the intersection of economic development, urbanization and urbanism in China, specifically looking at increases in income and internal migration, and their connection to the marginalization of migrant workers and the rise of obesity in China. He places great value in informed decision-making and project implementation based upon comprehensive research. In the pursuit of organizational goals Ryan believes it is important that sustainable solutions remain at the forefront of all objectives. His passion for excellence, holistic approaches to pressing issues, and collaborative nature are at the core of his work ethic.
Ryan’s research interests include: economic development, emerging economies, multilateral institutions, diplomacy, urbanization, international political economy and migration. During his time in Indonesia he hopes to combine his academic experience with fieldwork.