Anika – currently working at UNDP Cambodia
Anika holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights from University College London (UCL) and a Bachelor’s degree in International Management from McGill University. Her Master’s dissertation analyzing the impact of employment in fair trade organizations on economic and social rights advancement in Cambodia was awarded distinction. Professionally, her experience has involved international projects for both private sector and non-governmental organizations. She previously interned for a Cambodian NGO supporting livelihood development, worked for Deloitte’s Human Capital Consulting practice, and co-founded a social enterprise that supports access to education in Cambodia. Anika is eager to gain further experience working on development programmes that focus on decent work, economic growth, and quality education in the context of Southeast Asia.
Anja – Currently working at UNDP Bogotá, Colombia
Anja holds a Masters degree in Business, Language and Culture from the Copenhagen BusinessSchool and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. She has previously volunteered in Guatemala advocating for the sustainable clean-up of Lake Atitlan, by building strong relationships with locals in order to affect behavioural changes. Professionally, Anja has worked as an HR Support and Administrative Assistant at an IT Consulting firm and also worked with the Global Partnering System at SFU. She is also a part of the Model UN team, where she debates current world issues, and displays gender and cultural sensitivity. Anja is eager to gain work experience regarding sustainable development, especially in Colombia.
Anne Gabrielle – Currently working at UNODC Thailand
Gathering information, analyzing it and disclosing it intelligibly: these are steps Anna Gabrielle hasfollowed over and over again during her academic path, both in journalism and political science. She has a Masters of Political Science from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Political Communication from the University of Quebec. While completing her university degrees, she has been very involved in student media – as a Host at CISM, the University of Montreal Radio, and was a part of the Mcgill and University of Montreal Student Newspaper. While she was completing her master’s thesis, she focused on the practice of journalism in non-democratic contexts, more precisely in the Southeast Asian region. Anne Gabrielle also traveled to Singapore for fieldwork last summer to meet with more than 20 journalists and document their perceptions on their work environments. This allowed her to shed light on the (often subtle) ramifications of media control in the city-state, and to reach conclusions that could also apply to other authoritarian states. She is hoping to refine her research skills as well as knowledge on the tools available for the reaching of greater social justice in the region during her internship in Southeast Asia.
Bhargavi – currently working at UNODC Lao PDR
Bhargavi has Bachelor of Arts in Applied Economics and Global Development from Queens University, where she developed a keen interest in development economics and different facets of development work which enable economies to lift people out of poverty. Through her extensive work with the international organization AIESEC, she had the opportunity to attend international conferences, facilitate national & regional conferences within Canada and work with stakeholders internationally. She has had the opportunity to work with the provincial government as a Manitoba Legislative Intern, and with the municipal government in the Office of Mayor & CAO in Kinston. Through this, she gained applicable experience in writing reports, writing messaging for advocacy, writing speeches, organizing meetings and managing projects with various stakeholders in the community. With my previous experiences, I am equipped to carry out a variety of tasks including drafting positioning briefs and providing logistical support for projects. She aspires to pursue a career in meaningful development work.
Ethan – Currently working at IOM Ghana
Ethan Way is currently completing an MA in Governance, Development, and Public Policy at the Instituteof Development Studies, where he is gaining expertise in decentralization, policy implementation, and anti-corruption strategies. He has extensive international experience with project management, donor relations, and research. Ethan has worked in post-conflict northern Uganda as a consultant and donor representative for a Canadian charity. Subsequently, he served as a director on the organization’s board, procuring funding and advising on projects. Ethan has published numerous pieces of research based on primary data collection, and is currently an associate on the editorial team at Participedia, a global research network. Through his work, Ethan hopes to help construct more inclusive, resilient, and effective democratic systems in which everyone’s human rights are respected.
Gabriela – Currently working at UNICEF Peru
Gabriela Carbó has over four years of professional experience working with non-governmentalorganizations and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Development from McGill University. Over the course of her career, Gabriela has assisted with designing, implementing, and evaluating international projects. She has strong research, writing, and analytical skills. She is passionate about gender-equality, rural development and youth participation. While working as a Policy and Advocacy Assistant at the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Gabriela advocated for human rights defenders and pushed for policy changes around women’s participation in peacemaking processes. As a Project Assistant at the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada, she worked on agricultural development projects for small-holder farmers focusing on productivity, food security and sustainability. Gabriela is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
Isabelle – currently working at UNDP Cambodia
Isabelle graduated with a Master’s degree in economics from HEC Montreal. She then had the opportunityto do her thesis in Auckland, New Zealand at AUT University. Her research focused on the maternity wage penalty and she evaluated whether the introduction of a government subsidy for childcare in 2007 has helped to reduce this wage penalty in New Zealand. As a research fellow at the New Zealand Work Research Institute, she collaborated on several projects to analyze the economic impact of government policies. Recently, she was an ambassador for an international mission to Vietnam, where she had the opportunity to help foster and understand cooperative development in a developing country. She has also participated in the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit in Washington DC, where she learned about the challenges of gaining employment for youth and new employment opportunities worldwide. The combination of her experiences has allowed her to acquire a strong intellectual background on social economic issues, and to understand its various dynamics. But above all, it has strengthened her desire to be a force for change in solving current and future challenges to build an economy oriented for people. Mostly she just aspires to use her skills and knowledge to think critically about these challenges and to create innovative methods to evaluate and resolve them.
Katherine – currently working at UNODC Thailand
Katie North is a recent graduate based in Ottawa, Canada. For the past year, Katie has worked as a JuniorAnalyst for the Counter-Terrorism and Anti-Crime Capacity Building Programs with Global Affairs Canada. In this role she focused on projects in North and East Africa, dealing with thematic issues of foreign terrorist fighters, terrorist financing, and violent extremism. With this internship, Katie hopes to gain exposure to trafficking and criminal networks in Southeast Asia. Katie hopes that this opportunity will aid her in building a career in countering the trafficking of wildlife and natural resource products. Katie holds a Bachelor’s degree in African Studies and a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs, with a specialization in Intelligence from the Norman Paterson School at Carleton University.
Kristen – currently working in Namibia
Kristen Myers is a Master of Arts in Global Governance candidate interested in international development and the UN system. She has development project experience working with local groups in Uganda and Zimbabwe, and work and travel experience in thirteen countries. She has an extensive research background in government, corporate, as well as academic settings, including supporting the drafting of two international relations books. Her current areas of work include identifying national and multilateral governance solutions to problems of artificial intelligence and human rights, which will be presented as a policy brief to Global Affairs Canada. Looking ahead, she wants to gain practical experience and build her expertise in programmes and projects addressing critical issues of migration, development and human rights.
Loic – currently working at UNICEF Peru
Loic has studied in Canada, Argentina and Sciences Po Paris, and finally completed my Master’s degree inInternational Relations from the London School of Economics. He researched the link between food insecurity, political instability, and violence, with a fieldwork in Egypt. He was always very inspired by the work of Jean Ziegler on the subject, and built his career and education in a variety of roles but with always the same interest for food security. In 2017, he was the Canadian youth delegate at the 2017 G20 Summit in Germany, on the topics of Climate Change and Food Security for all, within the SDG’s framework. In the last two years, he has mainly worked in research and academia, first for a scientific journal in London, then in an executive position, managing Peter Lang Publishing Group’s publications in political science, which included a series on the politics of food. After working in research and publishing with academics, practitioners and various stakeholders, he is eager to take on a more proactive role in the field of food security.
Mackenzie – currently working at UNDP Ukraine
Mackenzie has an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science and Nutrition, and a Master’s Degree inPublic Health and International Development from Guelph University. Her interests include practical skills in public health practice, healthcare accessibility, and health equity. She enjoys collaborating with and learning from diverse individuals, and this passion has led to employment experiences abroad. She has lived and worked in Cambodia and Uganda doing research related to nutrition and maternal healthcare accessibility. Mackenzie was responsible for working with stakeholders to understand objectives, create valuable projects, and allocate resources to effectively meet goals. Subsequently, she developed plain language documents and a formal manuscript, incorporating inputs from co-authors, in order to disseminate research findings. She is now seeking to play an active role in facilitating global well-being and expanding her existing skill set.
Ross – currently working in UNDP Indonesia
Coming from a graduate education in political science and a year’s intense legislative work in the CanadianHouse of Commons, Ross Linden-Fraser joins IDDIP with a strong interest in democratic governance. Most recently, Ross worked as a non-partisan, bilingual advisor to two Canadian Members of Parliament. In this role, he was involved in the review and analysis of legislation to implement the UN Arms Trade Treaty, wrote bilingual speaking notes and opinion pieces published in national media, and prepared reports that informed party policy. This, combined with his academic background, has given him a strong grasp of political systems and the dynamics of consensus-building, and made him comfortable working in multilingual, multi-partisan environments. Ross graduated top of class in International Relations at Western University and holds an MSc International Relations from the London School of Economics.
Sloan – currently working at UNDP Indonesia
Sloan is a recent Masters graduate of Queen’s University in International Relations, with a Bachelor’sdegree in International Relations from Western University. His professional background includes working for the Toronto-based NGO Operation Groundswell in Guatemala, franchising his own summer window cleaning company amounting to 42K in revenue and 5 full-staff (Q4), as well as interning for the Japanese transport-hotels conglomeration Hankyu Hanshin Holdings in Osaka, Japan. His academic background is in economics and global development. The combination enables him to critically analyze policies as well as substantiate my claims with data. Sloan hopes to facilitate climate change mitigation and adaptation in Indonesia, as well as gain experience working for a UN agency abroad.
Stephen – currently working at UNDP Rwanda
Stephen is a driven and conscientious leader dedicated to solving difficult development problems. He aims to use science, statistics, and data to achieve better outcomes for people across the globe. He recently completed an MSc in Renewable Resource Sciences at McGill University. During his studies, he worked in Panama with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization to improve sustainable rural development policies. During this research, he collaborated with indigenous Embera communities to analyse the effectiveness of Panama’s forest conservation programmes. Prior to his graduate studies, Stephen was a Studio Y Fellow at Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District where he developed innovative sustainability programmes for clients in the public and private sectors. These projects ranged from making entrepreneurial supports more accessible for the United Way to tracking sustainable development progress for the federal government.
Zara – currently in Rwanda
Zara Raquel is a graduate student at the University of Ottawa in Feminist and Gender Studies. Last year, she completed her honors undergraduate degree in International Development and Globalization. Throughout this time, she was in the co-operative education program by which she obtained student employment at various government departments. Zara is a hard-working student who balances full-time studies, her duties as a teaching assistant and part-time employment. She has an interest in taking a feminist analysis of law enforcement and international affairs.
For the last two years, Zara has been working for Canada’s national police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She works on many interesting projects that relate to gender, peace and security—her passions in life. She is looking to have a professional development experience in which she can learn about and contribute to the host organization’s mandate.
Qasim – currently in Uganda
Qasim Khanani has recently moved to Toronto, Ontario from Pakistan. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Political Science from Brock University. As this is the first time a Junior Professional Consultant is working in Uganda, Qasim is responsible for working closely with the private sector to help develop small and medium enterprises by providing his expertise and this is in alignment with the National Development Plan 2015/16-2020 to achieve middle-income status.
Sulamita – currently in Ukraine
Sulamita Romanchik is a current Master of Arts in Global Governance candidate and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with an Honours Specialization in Political Science and a Major in French Language and Literature. During her undergraduate studies, Sulamita participated in a couple of academic research trips abroad. The first was to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to study peacekeeping missions of the UN and peace support operations of the AU; the second was to several European countries to study labour and migration. She also holds extensive policy analysis experience from her time working as a Policy Analyst at the municipal level at London City Hall. Currently, Sulamita is writing a couple of policy briefs to present to Global Affairs Canada on the governance Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its potential Human Rights implications. The various practical skills acquired through these positions have prepared Sulamita for meaningful and versatile current, and future, work with the UN.