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People Data

Jamie Chen

Sergio Snabian

Jamie Huiyi Chen is a third-year student at the University of Toronto, pursuing a double major in International Relations and Political Science, with a minor in Contemporary Asian Studies. Born and grown up in China, Jamie is bilingual in Mandarin and English and wishes to have Asia as her area of expertise in academia. Having been actively involved in learning and preserving the history of Asia in World War II, Jamie is keenly aware of human rights violations and war crimes, and from which she has gained interests in the responsibilities of the international communities to protect civilians from humanitarian tragedies. As the Research Analyst this year, Jamie hopes to obtain deeper understanding about R2P in Asia and the policy directives the principle of R2P provides to individuals states and the United Nations.

Emily Chu

Sergio Snabian

Emily is a second-year student at Trinity College, University of Toronto. She is a graduate of the Trinity One International Relations Program, and is currently pursuing a double-major in International Relations and Political Science, along with a minor in American Studies. Previously conducting research in the human rights field, Emily was introduced to R2P and its significance in the international community through extensive research of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide in her first year of university. She hopes to continue that experience through contributing to the research team at the CCR2P this upcoming year, and hopes to focus on the effectiveness of the R2P doctrine in recent years, and how R2P may be strengthened in response to human rights violations of recent memory. 

Katherine Yampolsky

Sergio Snabian

Kat is a first year student at Trinity College at the University of Toronto, with plans to pursue a specialist in Peace, Conflict and Justice studies. She is currently in the Vic One Program in the Pearson stream, which focuses on public service and responsible citizenship. Fully bilingual in Russian and English, and fluent in French, Kat is very interested in the global dimensions of R2P and how this policy can evolve from one of international norm to international law. She realizes that youth have an incredibly powerful voice and can be the driving force for change in times of great turbulence. She is looking forward to serving as Youth Outreach Officer and working with the youth of today to advance the discussion of R2P. 

Daniela Zaks

Sergio Snabian

Daniela is a first-year student at the University of Toronto and is currently in in the International Relations Stream of the Margaret Macmillan Trinity One Program. She is looking to study International Relations and Economics and is particularly interested in how the role of R2P is being shaped by changes in the global system. She is originally from the UK, although her parents moved from the former Soviet Union. She has previously volunteered through the Rosetta Foundation as a Spanish Translator for a range of NGOs, and is proficient in Spanish and fluent in Russian. She graduated from Stanford University Online High School and ultimately plans to attend law school. She is grateful for the opportunity to join the CCR2P as a Research Analyst.

Carey Davis

Sergio Snabian

Originally from Massachusetts, Carey adopted Toronto as her new home this autumn. She is currently in her first year at Trinity College, and is part of the Munk One program. As she continues her career at U of T, she hopes to pursue studies in Peace, Conflict, Justice, International Relations, and Political Science. Carey is particularly interested in studying justice and equality through the theory-application nexus as well as the multilateral- cosmopolitan perspective. She is eager to contribute to the CCR2P team and the principles of R2P. 

Yazmeen Kanji

Sergio Snabian

Yazmeen Kanji is a second year student at the University of Toronto pursuing a double major in Equity Studies and Cinema Studies as well as a minor in African Studies. Yazmeen is currently the Vice President of the WE: Free The Children Chapter at the St George campus. She is a former Munk One student at the Munk School of Global Affairs and a previous Social Media intern for the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. Yazmeen was a part of the winning team for the 2016 Munk One Case Competition by the Munk School of Global Affairs. Her team proposed a solution to prevent sex trafficking in Toronto and Yazmeen actively continues to conduct research on the matter. Yazmeen is also a professional videographer and an award winning youth filmmaker. She is currently creating socially conscious films in an effort to create awareness and to instigate foreseeable change. 

 

 

Tate Crowards

Sergio Snabian

Tate is in her fourth year at the University of Toronto pursuing a double major in Economics and International Relations with a minor in Political Science. After growing up living in 7 countries, on 4 continents, Tate is especially keen to explore international development. The intersections of the R2P principle and development are especially interesting, as development and personal safety go hand in hand. While taking the TRN250 course Tate was able to explore one of the shocking events that prompted the of principle R2P, the 1971 Bangladesh Genocide, engaging in a study about a country where she spent 4 years. Tate is involved in Model United Nations and is keen to engage in lively discussions regarding international events and politics. She hopes to gain more experience with the principle of R2P and involve a new generation in positive, impactful international relations through her position with the CCR2P. 

Jana Kurrek

Sergio Snabian

Jana Kurrek is a first year student at Trinity College at the University of Toronto. Her research is centralized around intersectionality-based policy analysis, focusing specifically on indigenous issues. She initiated an annual medical outreach program for young First Nations students and is currently involved in research for the Women’s College Hospital. Jana helped start Allies Canada Inc., an organization that addresses health inequities on a structural level. She hopes to pursue work in History and Politics.

Andrea Ho

Michael Switzer

Andrea is going into second year and is planning to major in Neuroscience and International Relations, with a minor in History. Research for her Vic One Pearson Class cultivated an interest in R2P, particularly its strength in changing international behaviour from conflict resolution to conflict prevention. This year, Andrea had the pleasure to be involved with NAMUN, the Attache, psychology and immunology research labs and is intent on finding meaningful intersections between the sciences and social sciences.Andrea’s other CCR2P involvements include serving as an assistant editor for the “R2P” dispatch journal, and one of the organizers for the CCR2P Canada 150 Debate; she is excited to continue her work with CCR2P this summer as a Research and Policy Intern!

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Esme Lafleur

Michael Switzer

Esmé is going into her Third Year as a student at Trinity College of the University of Toronto, pursuing a major in International Relations and a double minor in Political Science and French Literature. Having graduated from the Trinity One Margaret MacMillian program in the International Relations stream, Esmé is interested in international human rights and security in which R2P plays a major role. Having grown up in Paris, and now living in Toronto, Esmé is fully bilingual in French and English and is particularly interested in the dynamics between Europe and the rest of the world. Esmé has been delighted to help expand CCR2P high school chapters in Canada and throughout the world as a Community Outreach Officer throughout the year and will continue to do so over the summer.

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Andrew Wiseman

Michael Switzer

Andrew completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto majoring in international relations and minoring in French and history. During his undergrad Andrew worked for INDePth Conference, focussing on critical approaches to South Asian studies, and for the South Asia and Middle East Forum (UK), working on the Syrian refugee crisis. He specializes in American foreign policy and the history of international relations. Next year he will be pursuing an MPhil in international relations at the University of Oxford

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Apefa Adjivon

Michael Switzer

Apefa Adjivon is a second-year student completing a double major in Diaspora and Transnational Studies and Peace, Conflict, and Justice. She is involved in several organizations on campus, including being Vice President of the UofT Trek for Teens club, Vice President of Finance for the Panhellenic Council, and Equity co-chair for Victoria Universities Students Administrative Council. Recently, she served as a Youth Delegate at the Youth Assembly at the United Nations working towards Sustainable Development Goal #5: Gender Equality. At the UN she was a winner of the Social Venture Challenge and was awarded a Resolution Project Fellowship for her social venture the Pearl Project; a center for girls in low-income communities with the purpose of pairing girls with mentors and skill-based opportunities to help them achieve their goals. She represented UofT at Parliament as a participant of the Women in House program and was invited back to present the Pearl Project at Parliament by the UN and the British Council.

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Engin Polar

Michael Switzer

 Engin Polar is a second year Turkish-American student at the University of Toronto. Engin completed the International Relations Stream of the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program and has previously been a Compliance Analyst for the G20 Research Group and a Research Analyst for the Canadian Centre for Responsibility to Protect. His research interests include armed conflict, state-building in the Middle East, counter-terrorism, and international law. After he completes his undergraduate degree, he plans on attending law school.

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Sameen Zehra

Michael Switzer

Sameen Zehra graduated this year from the University of Toronto, Trinity College with a major in Peace, Conflict and Justice, and double minor in Political Science and Contemporary Asian studies. She is particularly interested in conflict resolution, global governance and policy responses to challenges related to international security and human rights concerns. She was previously an intern at the U.S. Consulate Toronto, President of the University of Toronto Refugee Alliance and Lead Editor on South Asia for Synergy: The Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies.

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Sonida Gjonaj

Michael Switzer

Sonida is in her Third year at the University of Toronto pursuing a major in International Relations and minors in German and Spanish.  Apart from the languages she studies at UofT, she is fluent in Albanian and Greek. Her interest in IR and specifically in the R2P principle is focused on the role of global agents in the protection of human rights during crises. This stems from her having been raised in Albania during a time of social unrest, when the country was transitioning from a dictatorship to a democracy, and also from her having witnessed the humanitarian crisis caused by the Kosovo war at a young age. In addition to her internship with CCR2P, Sonida is employed at a law firm and her work includes helping refugees around the world.

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Agnes Yu

Michael Switzer

Agnes is going into her fourth year studying International Relations and Ethics, Society and Law. She is interested in the relationships between R2P and states with little normative power, and the BRICS perspective of R2P. Agnes is excited to join CCR2P as a summer intern, and looks forward to contributing to the database through her fluency in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. 

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Tate Crowards

Michael Switzer

Tate is going into her Fourth year at University of Toronto pursuing a double major in Economics and International Relations with a minor in Statistics. After growing up living on 4 continents, in 7 countries, Tate is especially keen to explore international development. The intersections of the R2P principle and development are especially interesting, as development and personal safety go hand in hand. While taking the TRN250 course Tate was able to explore one of the shocking events that prompted the of principle R2P, the 1971 Bangladesh Genocide, engaging in a study about a country where she spent 4 years. Tate is involved in Model United Nations and is keen to engage in lively discussions regarding international events and politics. She hopes to gain more experience with the principle of R2P and involve a new generation in positive, impactful international relations through her internship with the CCR2P

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Nadim Dabbous

Michael Switzer

Nadim is a third year student specializing in International Relations, and minoring in Political science and Middle Eastern studies, He is also a graduate of the Trinity One International Relations program. Nadim is interested in several fields related to international relations specifically conflict resolution and transitional justice. He has worked with several local and regional NGO’s, including the International Center for Transitional Justice, as well as Oxfam whereby his work was focused on women’s access to justice in the Middle East this summer.

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Angela Hou

Michael Switzer

Angela is a second year student pursuing a double major in International Relations and Ethics, Society, and Law. She is currently as a research analyst in CCR2P's Undergraduate Research Division, serving her second year with CCRAngela is a second year student pursuing a double major in International Relations and Ethics, Society, and Law. She is currently as a research analyst in CCR2P's Undergraduate Research Division, serving her second year with CCR2P after being an analyst in the English division of CCR2Plive. Outside of CCR2P, Angela is an avid Model United Nations enthusiast and debater.2P after being an analyst in the English division of CCR2Plive. Outside of CCR2P, Angela is an avid Model United Nations enthusiast and debater.

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Co-Founder & Executive Director

Elliot J. Gunn

Tina Jiwon Park 

executive.director@ccr2p.org

Tina J. Park is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for R2P and oversees various strategic and operational aspects of the Centre. Tina has advised the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) at the 127th Assembly in Quebec City with Dr. Edward Luck, the former UN Secretary-General’s Representative on R2P. She further assisted the IPU at the 128th Assembly in Quito, Ecuador for the adoption of R2P Resolution entitled “The Role of Parliamentarians in Enforcing R2P.” Tina has participated in the civil society consultative process for the the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s Report on Responsibility to Protect since 2012 and has participated in the UN General Assembly's annual informal and interactive dialogue on R2P. Tina is a frequent commentator on R2P-related issues and has travelled around the world to advocate for the political implementation of R2P. Tina recently co-authored a book chapter with Victor MacDiamird on the role of private sector in implementing R2P, to be published by Cambridge University Press, 2015. An award-winning scholar, Tina is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation at the  University of Toronto, focusing on a hundred years of history between Canada and Korea. Tina teaches Canadian foreign policy on campus and has served as a Junior Fellow at Massey College and a member of the Governing Council of University of Toronto. (www.tinapark.ca)

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