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Jamie holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics from Dalhousie University. He has worked in rural Kenya on environmentally sustainable development projects and recently returned from a fellowship in Bangladesh through Aga Khan Foundation Canada. During that fellowship, Jamie worked on agricultural value chain and microfinance projects connecting smallholder farmers with access to markets. He now works in Calgary with an NGO that “walks beside” hundreds of organizations in 68 countries as they develop their capacities to deliver water and sanitation programs locally.
Roya fell in love with the African continent on a six-week summer study abroad trip to South Africa. Less than six months after coming home, she was on a plane back there to continue her studies for two more years. Still unable to stay away, she returned as an International Development Management Fellow with Aga Khan Foundation Canada, working on capacity building and community organizing with civil society groups in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
A curious global citizen, Roya holds a Masters in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She works at Alberta CoLab, working to create new paths forward on complex challenges.
Sandra Dyal (Winnipeg, MB)
Sandra is a first generation Canadian who leverages her academic, private/industry and government sector experience to coordinate quality and international development initiatives. She believes that the best way to achieve development goals is through collaboration and cooperation between all sectors.
Sandra is a Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence who holds Bachelor degrees in Psychology, Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Winnipeg and a Master of Science in Food Science and Technology from the University of Alberta. She is a Corporate Social Responsibility Consultant who connects with companies and NGOs to develop community change and other social impact programs.
Shahirose is an Associate University Professor with the University of Calgary, Faculty of Nursing and has worked as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Public Health with Postpartum Community Services. She has over 20 years’ experience in newborn health and has practiced clinically or provided technical expertise in countries such as Australia, China, Kenya, Tanzania, Pakistan, Syria, and Uganda. Her academic involvement began in 1994 which includes 2 years as an Associate University Professor at Aga Khan University—School of Nursing, a consultant position with Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s Canadian Development Exchange Program (CADEX). She is passionate about strengthening health care for pregnant women, particularly in relation to addressing their mental health needs, and ensuring that every baby has the same chance of survival no matter where they are born. Her program of research relates to vulnerable population with a global health perspective.
This program is made possible with the support from Global Affairs Canada.