Bio: Brian joined McGill as the Director of Global Engagement in 2020. Brian leads the unit and is responsible for the strategic vision for McGill’s global engagement and for clearly communicating that vision to McGill’s internal and external stakeholders, supporting the international components of McGill’s Strategic Academic Plan 2017-2022. The unit facilitates international agreements with partner institutions that have a university-wide benefit, encouraging research collaboration, revenue-generating opportunities, and international mobility. Support provided by the unit also contributes to advancing social accountability and social justice programs in a global context, including development programs and programs tied to sustainable development goals. Additionally, the global engagement unit capitalizes on the geographic expertise of its team to identify potential opportunities for expanded engagement and shares those opportunities with relevant Faculties and internal stakeholders.
Kalyna Kruczowyj - Associate Director
Email: kalyna.kruczowyj [at] mcgill.ca
Bio: As Associate Director of the Global Engagement Unit, Kalyna implements the University’s global engagement strategy by facilitating university partnerships and other institutional agreements, guiding risk management, and supporting programs for displaced individuals. Following her graduation with a Bachelor of Arts (psychology and linguistics) from McGill, Kalyna developed an expertise on internationalization in higher education over a decade of work at diverse departments across the University. Kalyna has a particular interest in health and wellness (and syntax trees!). Outside her work at McGill, she is active in volunteer and governance roles and is currently working on a project to promote cultural diversity through food.
Joanna Hosa - Advisor (Americas, Africa, and Europe)
Email: joanna.hosa [at] mcgill.ca
Bio: Joanna Hosa is a Global Engagement Advisor for the Americas, Africa, and Europe. She works on building international partnerships and new research collaborations across all faculties at McGill University. Joanna follows geopolitical developments, evaluating their impact on McGill’s international strategy and partnerships. She provides expertise in evaluating requests for new partnerships and institutional visits.
Joanna is an experienced project manager and policy analyst, and has previously worked with think-tanks, civil society organizations, and EU institutions across London, Paris, and Brussels. She is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and the College of Europe.
Jie Yu - Advisor (Asia, Middle East, Oceania)
Jie Yu is the Global Engagement Advisor for Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania, advising on international partnerships aligned with McGill's global engagement strategy.
Jie supports research collaboration and facilitates student and faculty mobility opportunities between McGill and institutions from the geographic region. Jie also organizes visits from international institutions and engages external stakeholders to promote partnerships.
Jie studied and worked in China, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and Germany. Jie is a graduate of Queen’s University (PhD in Human Geography). Drawing on her prior work in higher education, government bodies, and non-profit sector, Jie is committed to facilitate collaboration and dialogue between McGill and global communities.
Annie Vos - Administrator
Email: annie.vos [at] mcgill.ca
Bio: Annie Vos (she/her) joined McGill University in 2017 as the executive assistant to the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Global Engagement in 2021.
Originally from Belgium, Annie lived and worked for years in the Middle East, specifically with Palestinian, Iraqi, and Syrian refugees via international non-profit and diplomatic organizations, including 10 years with the Vatican Embassy. Annie holds a bachelor in translation (Arabic, French, English, Italian). Following her pastoral care studies, she lived and worked in a refugee camp where she served end-of-life patients.
On a personal level, she is passionate about human rights and equity and volunteers with Aids Community Care Montreal. She loves swimming, hiking, and biking.
Bobby Ansari - Administrative Assistant
Email:bobby.ansari [at] mcgill.ca
Bio: Bobby is a graduate of McGill University (B.Com) and the Johns Hopkins Institute for Medicine and Spirituality and Trauma Counselling (MA) Bobby is a certified Spiritual Care Professional with the American Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. She also has broadcasting and social media experience where some of her articles on the cultural appropriation of yoga had gone viral. She has previously lived and worked in Ankara and Antalya, Turkey teaching English as a Second Language and in Washington DC at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. She speaks English, French, Turkish and Bengali and is a citizen of Canada and Bangladesh.
Francesca Valenti - Global Engagement Advisor (Americas, Africa, Europe)