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Madison Lee

Madison Lee

Madison Lee (she/her) is a Ph.D. student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She also recognizes her position as a settler on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. She completed her BA at Wilfrid Laurier University and her MA at the University of Waterloo. Madison’s MA focused primarily on cryptocurrencies …

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Kate Weaver

Catherine Weaver

Catherine (Kate) Weaver is Associate Dean and Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, where she also co-directs Innovations for Peace and Development and is a Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law.  Kate teaches and conducts research on global …

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Adwoa Konadu-Yiadom

Adwoa Konadu-Yiadom

Adwoa Konadu-Yiadom graduated from Christian Service University College, Kumasi-Ghana with an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies. After her bachelor’s degree, Adwoa has worked as a journalist for the past eight years as a radio and television host, producer, news anchor and reporter. She served in both private and public media organizations in Ghana including Ghana …

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Kendra Shields

Kendra Shields

Kendra Shields is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa, completing a Joint Honours Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science and Economics. During her studies, Kendra worked at various federal government departments. This work provided her with invaluable experience in international affairs and sparked a newfound passion for public policy. Kendra has fostered …

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Frederick Okello

Fred Okello

Frederick Okello is a private development consultant on Sub-Saharan Africa. He advises development agencies operating in Africa on research, development and political issues. Frederick holds a BA Hons in international development, political science and philosophy from Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia. His research interests are in liberal internationalism, transnational justice systems, forced migration and …

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Ethan Ellsmere

Ethan Ellsmere

From walking the fence line of Gaza in the aftermath of Nakba day to talking with an ex-child soldier of the Khmer Rouge, Ethan Ellsmere continues to be fascinated in exploring international relations on a deeply personal level. Ethan has always been a passionate policy student – seeking to deconstruct the world of governance and …

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Matthew Olsen

Matthew Olsen

Matthew Olsen is a student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in the Master of Arts in Global Governance program. He graduated in 2022 from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Political Science and Business and a minor in public policy. During his undergraduate degree, Matthew was highly involved on campus as …

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Matthew Vucic

Matthew Vucic

Matthew Vucic is a graduate student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, pursing a Master of Arts in Global Governance. He is a recent graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in History. His research interests include Global Political Economy (specifically in research surrounding North/East …

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Jenna Phillips

Jenna Phillips

Jenna Phillips (she/her) recently graduated with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, with a Minor in Geography and Environmental Management and a Diploma in Environmental Assessment. During her undergrad, Jenna explored the socio-political dimensions of sustainability and how critical a systems lens is …

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Heba Hamzeh

Heba Hamzeh

Heba is a graduate of Damascus University, with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a major in accounting. Her professional and academic choices have always been to serve the goals that she is passionate about, which are first and foremost to be an influential member in her community—one who could make a positive lasting change. …

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