Nikki is a second year MGA student. As a journalism graduate from Carleton University, Nikki is passionate about the intersection of media and global affairs. Before beginning her MGA, Nikki lived and worked in Kampala, Uganda as an Aga Khan Foundation Canada Fellow. Her interest areas include access to information in areas of conflict and oppression, technology as a tool for civic activism and the role media plays in shaping public perception and influencing policy implementation.
LinkedIn: Nicole Gladstone
Bojana Radan is a second year Masters student at the Munk School of Global Affairs with an interest in global health and gender equality. She started off her academic career in life science at the University of Toronto, double majoring in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology but followed her passion for human rights into the Munk School. She hopes to peruse a career in medicine and promote the equal access to healthcare resources and services for all populations, especially women and girls within the Global South. This summer Bojana worked in Bangkok, Thailand, for the regional organization Youth LEAD, which works on HIV advocacy in Southeast Asia and created and ran their social media campaign for the 2016 International Youth Day.
LinkedIn: Bojana Radan
Tessa is a 2017 Master of Global Affairs Candidate. Prior to joining the MGA program, Tessa worked as a Business Development Associate at Prime Quadrant, a boutique investment research and consulting firm. She established and served as Manager of the Prime Quadrant Foundation which provides support for medical research at health care institutions across Canada. Tessa’s previous experience includes underwriting for Intact Insurance, as well as supporting the operations of the Honourable Peter MacKay’s office and Alumni Relations at Dalhousie University. Tessa received a Bachelor of Management with Distinction from Dalhousie University.
LinkedIn: Tessa MacNeil
Director of Creative Communications:
For over 7 years, Gabrielle Lim has lived abroad working with tech start-ups, digital entrepreneurs, and filmmakers. She has experienced firsthand the profound impact technology and the internet can have on local communities and economies, and as such, her interests lie in internet accessibility and privacy, global security, and feminism. Gabrielle’s past professional experience includes digital media consulting and marketing, content creation, and storytelling. In 2013 she executive produced Jellyfish (Indonesia & Malaysia), which won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short at Outfest Los Angeles 2014, while her horror short, Cowboy Kill Club (Thailand), was selected for 2015’s Etheria Film Festival.
Linkedin: Gabrielle Lim
Directors of Publications:
Moyosore is a second year Master of Global Affairs student. He moved to Canada from Nigeria in 2011, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University. Although he is interested primarily in the confluence of international law and international relations, Moyo is also interested in working on international trade and economics, especially as it affects West Africa. Before joining Global Conversations, Moyo served as the Opinion Editor of The Cord, a newspaper based in Waterloo.
LinkedIn: Moyosore Ademola Arewa
Alessandra is in the final year of her Masters of Global Affairs program. Professionally, she focuses on innovation and trade policy in North America, specifically Canada-US relations. She recently interned at the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. Presently, she is a Global Affairs Innovation Fellow with the Munk School and Global Affairs Canada.
LinkedIn: Alessandra Jenkins
Director of Written Content:
Colin Baulke is the Director of Written Content. He completed his B.A. in International Relations at the University of Western Ontario and is currently working on his Master’s of Global Affairs at the Munk School of Global Affairs.
LinkedIn: Colin Baulke
Cadhla is a first year Master of Global Affairs student. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in political science and psychology at the University of Guelph, and is also pursuing a collaborative degree in Environmental Studies. Prior to the MGA, she worked as a writer at an online magazine and at a democracy shop that specialized in innovative public consultation. Cadhla’s research interests fall in the area where global security, economies and environmental issues meet. She is very interested in citizen engagement, environmental policies, conflict resolution, and the delicate balance between security and privacy rights.
LinkedIn: Cadhla Gray
Akshay is a second year student in the MGA program and joined the Global Conversations team in September for the 2016-2017 academic year. This year, Akshay hopes to broaden his personal and professional horizons by working with his colleagues to keep the student community, as well as a wider readership, up to date on the complexities of global affairs through a wide array of nuanced analyses. Akshay has a wealth of experience in both editing and writing—he will most definitely be bringing this to his position as one of this year’s associate editors.
LinkedIn: Akshay Sharma
Doug is a first-year Masters of Global Affairs student and working with Global Conversations as an Associate Editor. He went to the University of Waterloo where he studied Political Science, French, and Mandarin Chinese. For the past several years, he has worked with an advocacy group doing research and policy analysis on higher education in Ontario to promote better access, affordability, and accountability for students. He is doing a collaborative program in environmental studies with his MGA degree, with his research interests lying broadly in security and the environment and how these fields interact.
Cred Atkinson – Asia US Irregular Warfare Andrew Aulthouse – North American Politics
Creed is a 2nd year Master of Global Affairs (MGA) student at the University of Toronto whose topical interests lie in international security, strategy and game theory, finance and economics, and innovation. Although his regional focuses tend to shift, he is currently most interested in the Asian region (inclusive of the Middle East) and the U.S. Specifically, he has done research in cybersecurity, economic sanctions, and diplomatic negotiations. Creed finished a Bachelors Degree in finance and has an advanced diploma in accounting.
LinkedIn: Creed Atkinson
Ari Blaff – Middle East & North Africa (MENA)
Ari is a Masters of Global Affairs student at the University of Toronto’s Munk School. Previously, he received an MA
Zara Bukhari – Development Economics
Zara Bukhari is a first year MGA student. She currently holds a BA (Hons. Spec.) in Financial and Business Economics as well as a Masters of Economics, from York University. During her Master’s she analyzed the economic implications of a legal human organ market. Her focus is predominantly within the financial sector, but eventually hopes to work for the Government of Canada analyzing and developing trade policies. Outside of this, she remains an active member of the community by volunteering for numerous non-profit organizations.
LinkedIn: Zara Bukhari
Kyle Jacques – Human Rights
Kyle Jacques graduated from McGill University in 2014 with an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. While at McGill he worked as a research assistant on a book about the history of socialist political thought. After graduating, he worked as a freelance writer for a current affairs journal based out of Montréal, writing on various issues surrounding international human rights. He later traveled to Guatemala, where he conducted research for an organization that provides skills training and employment assistance to returned international migrants.
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Marko Kljajic – Humanitarian Assistance
Marko Kljajic is currently a MGA Candidate and enrolled in the Collaborative Program in Ethnicity and Pluralism Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Marko hold an Honours B.A. in International Relations and a Minor in Transnational Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction from the University of Western Ontario. He has conducted research in transitional societies on topics related to mass violence, forced displacement, and atrocity crimes, and has experience working for both international and local non-governmental organizations in the field of peace-building.
LinkedIn: Marko Kljajic
Graeme Stewart-Wilson – Columnist
Graeme is a freelance development consultant whose current interests lie at the intersection of media and development. With Global Conversations, Graeme aims to explore how solutions journalism can challenge traditional narratives of social change. Prior to joining GC, he lead research for Power Struggle, a journalism fellowship about access to energy, and consulted on a review of the Nike Foundation’s Girl Effect Accelerator. Graeme has spent time in Kampala, Uganda, where he worked with the National Academy of Sciences putting together a report on African ownership of the post-2015 development agenda. Graeme holds a BASc from Quest University and is currently pursuing a masters in global affairs at the Munk School.
LinkedIn: Graeme Stewart-Wilson
Mojann Zibapour – Non-traditional Security
Mojann is a Master of Global Affairs Candidate (MGA) at the Munk School of Global Affairs. She graduated from the University of Ottawa in the French immersion program with a Bachelor of Social Sciences with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in Film Studies. She previously worked as a an analyst for the Ministry of Infrastructure of Canada and as an interpreter for the Office of the Secretary of the Governor General of Canada. This past summer she interned at Swisspeace, located in Bern, and worked on matters of transitional justice in post-conflict zones. Her research interests include security of women and children, human trafficking, disappeared persons and transitional justice. Mojann is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Persian(Farsi).
LinkedIn: Mojann Zibapour
Andrew is a second year Master of Global Affairs student. This past summer he interned at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in New York City. Andrew previously studied transnational criminal networks in North America as a Research Assistant at the Queen’s University School of Policy Studies. Andrew is passionate about all things political, and has a keen interest in North American relations, Canadian and American foreign policy, and American presidential politics.
LinkedIn: Andrew Aulthouse
Siobhan Bradly – Gender Equality
Siobhan is a first year Master of Global Affairs candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and also holds a BA Honours in Political Science with a History minor from Queen’s University. She is passionate about global health, development, gender equity and human rights.
LinkedIn: Siobhan Bradly
Sarah Israr – Cyber Security
Sarah Israr is a published writer and freelance journalist. Her work as a reporter has been published in the non-partisan International Affairs journal Freedom Observatory, the South China Morning Post’s country business reports, and her literary pursuits have been recognized by the University of Toronto which awarded her the Sonny Ladoo Book Prize award in 2014. Trilingual, and having lived in three continents by the age of ten, she is an avid traveler and is passionate about cybersecurity, foreign affairs and ethical sustainability.
LinkedIn: Sarah Israr
Rinchen-Dolma Karma – Central/East Asia
Rinchen-Dolma is a second year Master of Global Affairs student at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. She graduated from McGill University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and East Asian Studies. Her research interests include: Central and East Asian politics, human rights, international law, and refugee politics. In summer 2016, she interned in the political section of the Embassy of Canada to Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan.
LinkedIn: Rinchen-Dolma Karma
Briana MacLeod – European Politics
Briana MacLeod is a MGA Candidate 2018 who just finished an undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University, double majoring in Political Science and International Development Studies. She has a perpetual desire to travel and to discover the political, social, and cultural complexities embodied by each unique place. Most recently, she traveled to Strasbourg to participate in an internship with the Council of Europe, which gave her direct exposure to a broad range of governments and cultures at a time when Europe is undergoing fascinating challenges and evolution.
LinkedIn: Briana MacLeod
Tara Rajabi – Migration
Tara is a first year Master of Global Affairs student at the University of Toronto and holds a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of Calgary. Her interests lie in the intersection of human rights and migration, international law, sustainability, and the interplay between conflict and climate change. She hopes to one day pursue a career developing policy to address the current trends and humanitarian crises in global migration.
LinkedIn: Tara Rajabi
Mike Thomas – Asia Pacific Business
Michael is a Master of Global Affairs candidate with a broad interest in global capital markets. He is primarily focused on Canada’s trade relationships and foreign direct investment outflows, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Michael has held multiple positions in globally-focused organizations, including the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Descartes Systems Group and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Carleton University.
LinkedIn: Michael Thomas
Ben Windeler – Science & Climate Change
Ben graduated from McMaster University in 2015 with a degree in Integrated Science. His
experiences include stints as an environmental modeler, a science literacy TA, an AML investigator, and a canoe trip guide. He believes the frontier of science is fascinating, and that clear communication of research findings can benefit professionals in all fields.
LinkedIn: Ben Windeler