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.
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
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 currently 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.