Meet Ottawa’s newest Global Shapers

The Ottawa Hub is gearing up for Canada’s 150th

After an intensive recruitment process, the Ottawa Hub of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community is excited to introduce you to its newest members!

These nine incredible individuals stood out among a highly competitive pool of applicants, and we are very excited to partner with them to elevate the Ottawa community and one another as we take action to improve the state of the world. They were selected on the basis of their achievements, leadership potential, unique skills/perspectives, and commitment to make a difference.

The new Shapers are joining our Hub at an exciting time. With Canada’s 150th birthday fast approaching, and with the Ottawa Hub co-hosting the 2017 SHAPE North America Summit with the Toronto Hub this summer, we have never been more excited to showcase our city’s strengths and work together to make Ottawa even more livable, welcoming and inspiring.

Please join us in welcoming Ottawa’s newest Global Shapers:

Kamiliya Akkouche

Kamiliya is completing a hon. BSocSc in International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa. Born in the sea port city of Odessa, Ukraine and raised in Dubai before immigrating to Vancouver at the age of 8, Kamiliya’s cosmopolitan background has influenced her commitments to human rights, migration and security challenges.

Currently, Kamiliya serves as Junior Advocacy Officer in the Advocacy and Public Diplomacy division at the Department of Global Affairs Canada. In the past, she served as Junior Policy Advisor in the same Department at the Office of Protocol, Diplomatic Services. She has also analyzed and provided recommendations to senior analysts for grants of citizenship and discretionary grants of Citizenship at the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and most recently, has conducted research on education policies and integration of Syrian refugees in Turkey as part of an internship with the Centre for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM) in Ankara. She is fluent in Russian, English, French, Spanish and is currently studying Arabic.

Eliza Ali

Eliza is a PhD student in neuroscience at Carleton University pursuing research in juvenile stress and its effect on the neural systems involved in reward through development.

She is currently an outreach coordinator for Let’s Talk Science and a member of the Society for Neuroscience Chapter in Ottawa. Eliza was a guest scientist on TVO Kids’ Look Kool and has traveled to communities in Northern Ontario and Nunavut teaching science in elementary and high schools. For her commitment to science outreach, she was nominated for the Let’s Talk Science National Volunteer Award.

Midia Shikh Hassan

Midia is currently a chemical engineering student and the coordinator of the Difference Makers program at the University of Ottawa. She previously obtained an Hon. Bachelor’s degree in health sciences and biochemistry from the University of Ottawa. Midia has been involved with various entrepreneurial competitions and programs at University of Ottawa, which has led her to be recognized as an aspiring social entrepreneur on campus.

Midia has founded several projects and startups that solve social issues through engineering entrepreneurial design. She is involved with a startup that provides 3D printed prosthetics to amputated war refugees. She is also involved in Refugee Outreach program that aims to increase societal integration of Syrian refugees through technology and entrepreneurial training.

David Lawless

David Lawless is passionate about science, policy, and shaping innovative governments. He holds a Master of Science from the University of Oxford where he studied international environmental policy as a William Lyon Mackenzie King Fellow and an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Scholar. His research focused on multilateral environmental science and diplomacy and the integration of natural and social sciences in fulfilling environmental agreements.

Currently, David is serving as a Policy Leader (RPL) in the Government of Canada. He recently completed an innovation fellowship at the MaRS Discovery District and was previously a WISE Fellow with the Qatar Foundation in the Middle East and a visiting Research Associate at Brasenose College, Oxford. David believes in actively improving the state of the world through civic engagement, creativity, and community-driven collaboration.

Christine Martel-Fleming

Christine is obtaining her Master of Public Policy in collaboration with Asia-Pacific studies from the University of Toronto. She is currently undertaking research on how tri-sector partnerships can encourage Canadian youth to culturally engage with China. Christine is fluent in English and French, with an intermediate proficiency in Mandarin.

She is passionate about youth diplomacy and youth engagement strategies to tackle disenfranchisement from declining economic mobility. She represented the Young Diplomats of Canada at the OECD 2014 Forum in France, and was a participant in the Kakehashi cultural exchange between Canada and Japan in 2016.

Christine has volunteered with a number of community organizations including Civic Tech TO, the Centre for Social Innovation, the University of Ottawa’s International Development Week, and Engineers Without Borders. She has also worked for a number of different federal government branches and non-profit organizations including Elections Canada, the NATO Association of Canada, and the International Development Research Centre.

Ayah Nayfeh

Ayah is a Program Management Officer in the Inclusive Economies program area at Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). In this role, she contributes to program development and the management of a portfolio of research projects focusing on health information systems, and youth, gender and health issues in the Middle-East.

Ayah holds a Master’s of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa, and has received a number of prestigious scholarships and awards including the Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship (valued at $100,000) through the Networks of Centres of Excellence. Currently she serves as an Associate Editor for the Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences and writes as a guest blogger on various platforms, including the Huffington Post Canada.

Tarun Rahman

Tarun is a medical student at the University of Ottawa, and is the National Officer of Partnerships for the Canadian Federation of Medical Students. He holds a Master of Public Health from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

His passion for global health, in particular refugee and migrant health, has led him to work in Gaza, Zambia, Jordan, as well as Uganda. Tarun is a committed story-teller — through writing and photography — highlighting issues of culture, identity and health.

Liora Raitblat

In 2015, Liora co-founded Go Give-Back, a mobile donation platform that allows donors to make charitable contributions to local nonprofits and charities, which garnered several awards across the city.

Liora currently works in consulting at Deloitte, where she has also assisted with the launch of a local innovation team to connect startup technology with the public sector.

Liora graduated with an Hon. Bachelor of Commerce with a specialization in marketing from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. Through volunteering in a number of organizations, such as Enactus, she found her passion for entrepreneurship and creating positive impacts in communities.

Jessica Slade

Jessica Slade is an executor of Merit360’s Action Plan 001, a partnership with United Nations focused on achieving the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water & Sanitation. Her passion and enthusiasm in the field of global engagement has enabled her to pursue multiple leadership opportunities with various non-profit organizations including Water Ambassadors Canada and as co-founder of WASHable International, helping to develop the necessary framework and strategies for each organization to reach their target goals efficiently.

Jessica is currently a student at Carleton University, completing her Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership. She holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University, and completed the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at the Grand Valley Institute for Women in Waterloo. Jessica’s goal is to help create transparent structures of development through the formation of ethical policies and leadership efforts.

As an accomplished speaker, Jessica has spoken and traveled extensively to a number of countries including the Netherlands, Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua, to assist and consult on various endeavors- including initiatives rooted in strategic partnerships and cross-sector collaboration. She has occupied a number of executive positions within charitable organizations, providing leadership and mentoring. Having been recognized for her various contributions on a wide range of social issues, Jessica continues to show strong commitment to philanthropic efforts in Canada and abroad. She was awarded a Youth Philanthropy Initiative grant for a grassroots charity in her home community of Haliburton, Ontario.

Past Ottawa Hub Projects

Shaping Davos: The World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community pioneered Shaping Davos, a game-changing concept to bring the world to the WEF’s 2015 Davos Annual Meeting , and Davos to the world. The Ottawa Hub was selected as one of 40 cities globally to host a local event, which the Hub followed up with a virtual broadcast to Davos-Klosters via satellite with CBC Power & Politics host Evan Solomon from CBC’s Ottawa studio.

The Power of Tri-Sector Leadership: The Ottawa Hub was proud to partner with the Young Diplomats of Canada to host a breakout session titled “The Power of Tri-Sector Leadership’’ as part of the One Young World Summit. This session, which took place at the Embassy of the United States to Canada, featured a speech followed by a question and answer session with the US Ambassador to Canada, Mr. Bruce Heyman, as well as case studies discussions with Canadian tri-sector leaders.

Ottawa Peace Talks: The Ottawa Hub was proud to support Interpeace and the Global Centre for Pluralism in delivering the first “Peace Talks” event in North America, focusing on how respect for diversity can promote more peaceful societies through inclusion.

About the Global Shapers Community

The Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, is a network of city-based Hubs developed and led by young leaders between 20 and 30 years old who want to develop their leadership potential towards serving society.

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