Erin McGee is currently a JPC for UNDP Cambodia, working for the Financial Literacy Program run by UNA-Canada and Banque Nationale. Erin has previously worked for a software company on the finance team where she split her time between accounting projects and managing people.
She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree (Commerce, Concentration in Accounting – Highest Honours) from Carleton University in Ottawa. She has both her Canadian CPA, CA and US CPA.
During her degree she was a teaching assistant, excelling at presenting accounting and tax information to small groups of students. When she’s not working, she is training to run her second half marathon or volunteering at the Ottawa Humane Society.
Ahmed Jawa is a student from Brock University in Business Administration (honours). During his first few years at Brock University, he has taken many courses that correlate with project management, monitoring and evaluation. Very recently Ahmed had the privilege to work for Niagara Region (Municipality) where he monitored and evaluated many projects and programs to ensure they are financially viable. To add on; at General Motors, as a manager, he evaluated and monitored the work produced by the workers. In addition to working for General Motors, he also got the opportunity to work with a Start-up, where the work entailed him to do a lot of data mining and data analytics to develop plans for many projects. Ahmed is a JPC for UNDP Cambodia.
Yashasavi Datta is a recent graduate of UCLA School of Law with a Masters of Law (LLM) specializing in International and Comparative Law with a focus on International Human Rights Law. In pursuance of her interest in the field, beginning with her engagement with human rights and policy right from the undergraduate level, subsequent work assignments and further in course of my master’s degree, she has acquired diverse work experience working on the issues of gender, gender identity, food security, refugee and migrant rights and freedom of expression. Yashasavi has a comprehensive academic knowledge of normative international human rights law together with hands-on experience in the field, interacting with domestic and international enforcement institutional mechanisms. Her career aspirations as an international human rights lawyer. Yashasavi is a JPC for UNDP Uganda.
Anish Tiwary believes in sustainable ways of living and he possesses education, experience and skills to not only contribute in implementing mechanisms to convert his ideologies into reality but he also ensures that the society understands the intensity of the human impact on the planet earth and joins the transformative movement. Currently, residing in St. Catharines, Canada, he comes from a small town in India, Bhagalpur (Bihar). As a development professional, he brings over three years of social enterprise experience in the waste management sector. He has worked on renewable energy, livelihoods creation, youth development, child abuse, sexual awareness, empowerment of women, sanitation, education, and climate change through twelve NGOs. He holds degrees in Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) and Post-Graduate Degree in Management – Development Studies (Micro-finance, Micro-enterprise creation and Livelihoods). He is currently pursuing his degree in Master of Business Administration (Marketing) from Brock University, St. Catharines. He represented Brock University, St. Catharines in the PepsiCo Apprentice Challenge in 2017 and also awarded ‘Winner of Goodman Cup – Case Competition 2017’. Anish is a JPC for UNDP Viet Nam.
Hyun Ju Lee is a Korean-Canadian who has a diverse and hybrid background in public policy and design. She holds a Master of Public Policy and Global Aﬀairs from the University of British Columbia and Bachelor of Fine Arts (Industrial Design) from Rhode Island School of Design. Ju has spent her career striving to make a meaningful social impact. That includes designing aﬀordable personal care product packaging for low-income households in India and leading a qualitative research project using Strategic Design Thinking approach to identify North Korean defectors’ self-suﬃciency challenges in South Korea and turning the inquiry into action. The research involved strong skills in analysis, communication, stakeholder engagement, and collaboration. She recently completed an end-to-end global policy capstone project on ﬁnancial inclusion policies and micro-ﬁnance in India. Ju enjoys spending time in the outdoors, indulging in diﬀerent cuisines, and making handcrafted cards. Hyun Ju is a JPC for UNFPA Bangladesh.
Amelia was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, but has also spent time living abroad London and Paris, and is fluent in both of Canada’s official languages. After graduating from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Political Science, Amelia pursued a Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia, which she completed in 2018. Her extended involvement with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre as a volunteer and past experience working in the Strategic Policy division for Latin America and the Caribbean at Global Affairs Canada have instilled in Amelia a strong desire to work towards alleviating the disproportionate levels of poverty, violence, disease and other threats to human security among vulnerable populations. In her current position as a Junior Research Scholar at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Amelia is contributing research on expanding Canada’s relations with Asia through trade, investment and innovation. Amelia is a JPC UNODC Myanmar.
Qasim Khanani is a Junior Professional Consultant working with the UNDP in Uganda. He has recently moved to Toronto, Ontario from Pakistan, where he is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Political Science from Brock University. As a Junior Professional Consultant 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.
Sakshi Jain is a Master’s student in International Public Policy at Balsillie School of International Affairs. She completed her Bachelor’s in Economics at the University of Waterloo. As an international student from India, she is passionate about gender equality, especially issues of maternal and child health, female education, and employment. She is a Certified Associate in Project Management with two years of work experience in various marketing and community engagement positions. Her current research includes a wide variety of topics such as views and preferences of women and care providers related to breastfeeding counselling, effective ways through which Canada can support the SRHR of adolescents, and innovative solutions to the global refugee education crisis. In her spare time, she volunteers with government-assisted refugees in her community and sits on various student committees.
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 of 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.
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. She has an interest in taking a feminist analysis of law enforcement and international affairs.
For the last two years, she has been working for Canada’s national police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, on many exciting projects that relate to gender, peace, and security- her passions in life. Zara is currently a Junior Professional Consultant working in the UNDP in Rwanda
Bo Wang is about to complete his Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Global Affairs from the University of British Columbia (UBC) this May. He aims to leverage his undergraduate background in economics and finance with new perspectives on policy to promote environmental improvement and stewardship. More specifically, Bo is passionate about economically viable and financially incentivized solutions to our global challenges around energy, environment, and sustainability. Bo places himself at the intersection of economics, finance, and governance, with a focus on the environment. At UBC, he explored various topical issues including climate change, energy transition, and air pollution. During his internship at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and research at the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute, he examined water risks and stewardship in various industries and geographies. From those experiences, Bo has developed an interest in environmental performance metrics used by high-impact companies, sustainability data providers and collectors, and most of all, environmentally-concerned investors. His upcoming research project at University of Zurich, Switzerland, will look at how financial institutions evaluate their exposure to water- and climate-related risks at a portfolio level.
As a young policy professional, Bo is excited to contribute to the work of the U.N. and its agencies with his unique skill-set and also to learn eagerly from his colleagues.
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.
Anthony Kubursy is completing a master of international public policy, specializing in international economics and environment/climate policy. In addition to having a comprehensive understanding of the UN system and member organizations of the UNDG, the interdisciplinary nature of his policy training provides a unique set of skills that range from global political economy to international environmental law. Anthony’s research is focused on the developmental role of energy and the environment when employing nexus approaches to implementing the SDG goals. His professional experience in the management of projects and teams ranges from delivering exceptional presentations and written reports to allocating large budgets and networking, all while effectively fostering client relationships and maintaining a high degree of ethical integrity.
Kelsey Goodman is a Master’s of International Public Policy candidate and Research Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. In her research fellowship, Kelsey is developing policy recommendations for Global Affairs Canada on the international impact of Canada’s ‘progressive trade’ agenda. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. Before undertaking her master’s degree, Kelsey worked as a management consultant in Toronto, developing strategy and recommendations for a major Canadian bank. She is passionate about youth engagement and economic development. A former children’s camp counsellor, Kelsey now volunteers with Syrian refugee youth as part of a mentorship and tutoring program. She looks forward to continuing her career in the consulting field, with a focus on economic development.
Elisa Soto-Danseco is a Junior Project Officer with the IDDIP, Canada Green Corps, and Model Assemblies departments. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management with a specialization in social policy and a minor in film studies from Carleton University. Elisa is passionate about the rights of marginalized groups of people, the intersections of individuals, groups, and institutions, community engagement, and inclusivity in policy. In the past, Elisa has volunteered abroad on projects aimed at the prevention of child labour and of child sex trafficking as well as within Ottawa as a facilitator in various projects directed at marginalized youth and youth engagement. She is also an active member of the Ottawa Wolves Rugby Football Club, Ottawa’s inclusive rugby team. In her spare time, Elisa enjoys playing rugby, cycling, listening to podcasts, and filmmaking.
Julien Braun is was an intern with the IDDIP department of UNAC. Her interests predominantly lie in the realm of youth/ community engagement and global education, which, was what drew her to the work of the United Nations Association Canada. In her early years of university she founded and directed a small youth organization which ran personal development conferences for adolescents. During that time Julien became heavily involved in the community engagement community of Ottawa, and was often called upon to do motivational speeches and workshops at schools and conferences. Julien’s passion for global issues eventually led her away from Ottawa. She spent the past few years living and working abroad. She has worked in the NGO sector in France, Netherlands and Egypt. Julien is currently back at the University of Ottawa, finishing her degree in Public Administration and Psychology, and plans to start a Masters degree in the study of Education Policy next fall.
Rob Sangster-Poole joined UNAC as a Communications Assistant with the Resource Development team. He is a wizard with HTML, graphic design and social media. Rob holds a degree in Africa & International Development from the University of Edinburgh, where his research focused on enhancing sustainability in North-South relationships. He also holds a BA from Dalhousie University and has studied at Trent University and the University of Ghana. Rob has a longstanding interest in food security — both in Canada and internationally — and has been a proud volunteer of organizations such as Food Secure Canada and Nova Scotia’s Ecology Action Centre. He is also a board member with Jamaican Self-Help, an NGO which works in education and community-building.
Chima Okonkwo is a masters of Arts student in Public Ethics at the University of Saint Paul, Canada. He holds a Bachelors of Social Science degree with Major in Economics and Minor in Public Administration from the University of Ottawa. He is assisting with the objectives of the International Diplomacy and Development Programme. His personal goals are to gain insight and more experience with the United Nations and its development goals both internally and externally and also to broaden his diplomacy skills. In addition, he hopes that this experience can help him gain more practical knowledge in the field of development work. He enjoys travelling, running, swimming and playing soccer.
Alexandra Bly holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Waterloo and an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from the University of Ottawa. She spent the final semester of her undergraduate degree working in Hanoi, Vietnam as a student services officer at a vocational college. Broadly, her research interests have included: feminism, gender, social movements, and how civil society can be an advocate for change. Alexandra is passionate about social justice, and has worked for various non-profit organizations that focus on issues such as women’s rights, environmental justice, and sustainability.
Reshma Dahal is an undergraduate student at the University of Ottawa, in the School of International Development and Globalization with a Minor in Law. She is an intern with the Resource Development department of UNAC, helping in fundraising efforts and to ensure global consciousness on social, political, economic and environmental issues.
She is passionate to protect the rights of marginalized individuals both nationally and internationally, to increase Canada’s human rights activism and reconciliation with Aboriginal Peoples. Reshma has worked with Ottawa based NGOs as well as education and orphanage support organizations in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Gabriela Carbó holds a degree in Political Science and International Development from McGill University. Her interests lie in governance & democracy, human rights, and vulnerable populations. She currently volunteers with the International Development and Diplomacy Internship Department at UNAC. In this position she is strengthening her social media and communication skills and gaining further programmatic experience. In addition, she is expanding her knowledge of the United Nations System and its work within Canada and abroad. Her work experience has consisted of working with activist groups to raise awareness for human trafficking, assisting in the implementation of election observation projects in Latin America and working to bring technology to people with disabilities in developing countries as a tool to empowerment. Gabriela has experience working for NGO’s and international organizations both in Ottawa and Washington DC.
Angelica Meira Costa is a graduate student at Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, specializing in conflict analysis and resolution. She believes the United Nations is an important partner in resolving and preventing conflict, and she came to UNAC to help our efforts to increase UN’s standing in Canada. Here, she is expanding her research and writing skills and learning more about UN’s actions globally. She enjoys skiing, hiking and travelling.