People Categories: Migration, Mobilities & Social Politics

Derya Cakir Demirhan

Derya Çakır Demirhan

Dr. Derya Çakır Demirhan is a lecturer at Zonguldak Bülent Ecevit University in Turkey and a visiting scholar at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Wilfrid Laurier University. She completed her PhD at Hacettepe University in 2020 and her dissertation was on the impact of Syrians living under temporary protection to the national citizenship …

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Saad Hammadi

Saad Hammadi

Saad Hammadi is a Global Governance Fellow and a student of the Master of Arts in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo. He holds a Master of Development Studies degree from the BRAC University and a Bachelor of Social Science in Media Studies and Journalism from the University of …

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Asha Harris

Asha Harris

A creative, detail-oriented, highly motivated community activist with over 15 years of experience in the violence against women/children sector working from an intersectional, gender-based, anti-racist,anti-oppressive framework. Much of my career has involved grassroots advocacy for children and their families as a frontline social worker as well as participation in numerous children’s rights activist groups and …

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Olivia Karp

Olivia Karp

Olivia Karp is a graduate student in the International Public Policy program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Prior to her acceptance into the program, she graduated from Ryerson University (now known as Toronto Metropolitan University) with an Honours degree in Political Science. Olivia has several work experiences in the NGO, non-profit, government and …

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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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Mayyu (Rahmat) Ali

Mayyu (Rahmat) Ali

Mayyu is a Rohingya poet, author, humanitarian worker and human rights activist. His Op-eds have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, the Guardians, Finanical Times, The Independent, Al-Jazeera, etc. He used to work for ACF, an International humanitarian organization in Rakhine State, Myanmar. In the refugee camps, Cox’s Bazar, he used …

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Michelle Ehinlaiye

Michelle Ehinlaiye

Michelle Ehinlaiye is a part of the 2022 – 2023 class of the Master of International Public Policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is a recent graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours role Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. During her time at Wilfrid Laurier, she developed a passion …

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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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Joanne Joseph

Joanne Mary Joseph

Joanne Joseph is a recent graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor’s in Global Studies. She is an international student of Indian descent born in the UK, having lived most of her life in Dubai and currently residing in Canada to complete her Master’s education. Joanne has always been interested in the impact of …

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Alyssa Haskell

Alyssa Haskell

Alyssa Haskell is a graduate candidate in the Master of Arts in Global Governance program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. In 2022, she graduated from the University of Windsor with an  Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Development Studies with Thesis and Great Distinction. In addition to her major, Alyssa completed …

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