The BSIA is pleased to congratulate Maha Kamel, Olivia Matthews, Dani Marcheva and Dominique Souris for securing two of the top 10 winning entry positions in the International Policy Ideas Challenge 2017.

Now in its second year, the competition is organized by Global Affairs Canada, in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Open to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career researchers, the competition is designed to identify concrete innovative solutions to emerging international policy challenges faced by Canada. Winning submissions each receive a $3,000 prize.

“We are delighted by these results,” said John Ravenhill, Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs. “They are a further testament to the quality of the vibrant intellectual community at the School.”

Maha Kamel, a postdoctoral fellow at the BSIA, earned her place among the winning entries with her proposal, “The Belt and Road Initiative: A new level of bilateral cooperation between Canada and China”.

Olivia Matthews (Lead Researcher), a MIPP candidate at the BSIA, along with collaborators Dani Marcheva and Dominique Souris, both MAGG candidates at the BSIA, won for their entry, “Refugee responsibility sharing through innovative finance and risk-based mechanisms: Opportunities for Canada to lead”.

All ten selected finalists will now further develop their proposals into policy briefs, which will be presented to Government of Canada officials at a day-long symposium in Ottawa this November.

All the other winning submissions can be viewed on the International Policy Ideas website.

Congratulations Maha, Olivia, Dani and Dominique!