February 12, 2015 - Young Professionals Working in International Development Forum

Attention IDS Undergraduates! - Where Can International Development Studies Lead You?

ISID and IDSSA will be hosting its 5th Annual 'Young Professionals in Development Forum' on Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Come listen to Young Professionals working in the Development Sector. Learn what educational, volunteer and work opportunities they encountered and see where these experiences have led them in their career. At the end of the panel presentations, you will have the chance to speak with them in an informal Q & A.

WHEN: Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 2:00  - 3:30 p.m. followed by a Q & A session.

WHERE: Leacock 232

RECEPTION: Wine & Cheese Reception in Leacock 232 mezzanine immediately following the Q & A session  3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


Kristin Farr – Program Management Officer –IDRC International Development Research Centre

Kristin Farr works at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) as Program Management Officer with the Governance, Security, and Justice (GSJ) Program. A Crown Corporation that works closely with other Canadian government departments, IDRC encourages and supports researchers and innovators in developing countries to find practical, long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems their societies face. More specifically, GSJ funds research that addresses concrete development challenges posed by insecurity, injustice and the abuse of power. Prior to joining IDRC in June 2012, Kristin worked on criminal justice and security sector reform issues with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Based in Vienna since January 2009, she moved to the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa in Cairo in January 2011 – just in time to bear witness to the public protests and political unrest that ultimately overthrew President Hosni Mubarak. While with UNODC, much of her time was spent working with a team of international corrections advisors to implement a prison reform program in South Sudan.

Kristin holds a BA in International Development Studies and Political Science from the University of King’s College at Dalhousie University and an Erasmus Mundus Master’s Degree in Global Studies from the Universities of Vienna, Austria and Wroclaw, Poland. After completing her MA thesis on Migrant Trafficking in the European Union, she participated in an internship program at the Canadian Delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Liam Midzain-Gobin –

Liam Midzain-Gobin is currently completing his MA in Political Science at the University of Ottawa. He has worked in field of international relations within the NGO sector, as well as working at Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and most recently having spent three years at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. His current research focuses on International Relations and Indigenous rights.

Mahmud Naqi - Development Officer, Pakistan Program

Mahmud Naqi is a Development Officer with the Pakistan Development Program at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). Before joining what was then CIDA in 2012, he worked with the Rideau Instiute and the University of Ottawa as a researcher, and has experience working in the development sector in both India and Pakistan . He has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Development Studies from McGill University, and a Masters in International Affairs from Carleton University.

Riaz Nathu - Program Officer, Aga Khan Foundation

Riaz Nathu works at the Aga Khan Foundation Canada as a Program Officer overseeing humanitarian and development programming in parts of the Middle East and Asia. Previously, Riaz has been involved with access to financial services and market development projects in Mozambique and Bolivia. Holds a Masters in Local Economic Development from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelors of International Business from Carleton University

Emily Newcombe - Analyst on Governance Democracy and Human Rights, Pan-Africa Affairs Division

Emily recently completed her Master of Arts in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (University of Waterloo) and holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences Honours in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from the University of Ottawa. Her research focused on peacebuilding and corruption in post-conflict reconstruction. Emily also gained over two years of policy analysis experience through various co-op work terms with the Government of Canada. She notably worked with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, FINTRAC and the Sudan-South Sudan Task Force within the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). Following her most recent co-op work term, Emily was hired as an analyst with the Pan-Africa Affairs Division at DFATD, where she focuses on governance, democracy and human rights in sub-Saharan Africa.

Robyn Stewart – Manager of US Program Development and Funding, CUSO International

Robyn is a strategy and business development professional with a leading International Development organization in North America called Cuso International.  She has over 10 years of experience in international development and humanitarian programming, with exceptional experience in corporate diplomacy, project management, strategy and planning, partnership building, and fundraising.  She has a deep understanding of corporate communications and marketing, building and scaling projects and organizations, and building partnerships between public, non-profit, and private sector companies.

In her current role as Manager of Program Development and Funding (US), she is leading the expansion of her organization's business into new markets through the development of new products and services, building new partnerships, leading a communications and public relations strategy, and through resource development.  She currently manages Cuso International’s US operations, manages a Public-Private Partnership between Cuso International, Accenture and USAID, and is responsible for building new partnerships with US organizations, companies and funders.

Robyn completed her Undergraduate Degree in International Development Studies at McGill in 2006 and her Master’s Degree in International Peace Studies at the United Nations-Mandated University for Peace in 2007.  She has traveled to 32 countries and managed international development projects in Zambia, Cambodia, Ghana, Afghanistan, Jordan and Syria, Philippines, Kenya, Ethiopia, Jamaica and Peru.  Robyn was recently back at McGill’s ISD to speak on a panel as a subject matter expert on engaging diasporas in development.

Twitter: RobynGStewart
LinkedIn: ca.linkedin.com/pub/robyn-stewart/19/179/242


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