2016 Youth 20 Summit
Beijing, Shanghai / CHina
Petros Kusmu, Head Delegate
Annie Cao, Communications Coordinator
Head Delegate Petros Kusmu is an experienced management consultant, accomplished public policy advocate and scholar in international trade. After spending nearly seven years in Eritrea, Petros developed a passion for social justice, politics and economics, which inspired him to pursue a BA (Double Honors) in Economics & Political Science at the University of Alberta. In addition to presenting his research on international trade at numerous international academic conferences, Petros partly edited a New York Times Best Seller – The Third Industrial Revolution – during his time at the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, DC.
Post graduation, Petros was President and VP External of the U of A Students' Union – a $13.5 million organization that represents over 31,000 students. During his terms, he successfully co-led efforts to change provincial election laws, bolster federal PSE funding schemes and create Ignite – Canada's largest student-led consultative PSE project. The campus media acclaimed his Presidency as "one of the most successful terms an SU president...has had."
Petros recently completed his MSc in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics on a full-ride scholarship as a Chevening Scholar. In London, Petros worked as a pro-bono management consultant for an international NGO, completed a consulting project for the European Parliament and co-authored a chapter in a book on EU-US trade that was called "Best Policy Study Produced by a Think Tank" by the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to being a Senior Consultant at Monitor Deloitte, Petros assisted instaMek in expanding their startup into a nation-wide business and was featured on the CBC's Canada's Smartest Person program.
Annie Cao is the Communications Coordinator of the delegation. She has just completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from McGill University and will be attending the University of Ottawa in Fall 2016 to pursue a Master of Arts in Public and International Affairs. During her undergraduate studies, she also spent one semester abroad studying Public Policy and Global Affairs at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
Annie is passionate about the bilateral relationship between Canada and China: her interests in Sino-Canadian diplomatic ties led to an opportunity of developing her leadership skills with the China-Canada Junior Chamber of Commerce. As well, Annie is currently serving as a consultant at Montreal International and works on implementing strategies to attract foreign direct investment and critical international workers to the Greater Montreal area. Having previously interned in the Public Affairs/Diplomacy section at the Embassy of Canada to China in Beijing, Annie aspires to contribute to public service through the Canadian diplomatic corps. She is interested in economic empowerment and wants to utilize her knowledge to multiply cultural links and bridge economic ties through mutual investments and exchange of technologies between nations.
Having observed the scarcity of women and even more those from ethnic minority backgrounds in international politics, Annie wishes to become a role model for women of foreign roots in becoming prominent leaders and shapers of the future. She is fully trilingual in English, French, and Chinese Mandarin and has learned Spanish for six years. She has also travelled extensively across the globe and enjoys dancing as a hobby.
Sabrina works in business development in Calgary, Alberta. She previously worked in external and government relations focusing primarily on government affairs at the provincial and municipal levels. Sabrina has been extensively involved in provincial politics including working on the recent provincial and federal elections. Sabrina has a broad range of governance experience, including serving as the student representative to the U of C Senate, as well as serving as the Chief Returning Officer on the Students’ Union for two years. She has a long history of volunteerism and has served in several senior volunteer staff roles including Model UN conferences with the National Collegiate Conference Association and the Northwest Association for Global Affairs. Sabrina did her undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary focusing on political science and economics.
Umang Khandelwal studies law at the University of Cambridge, having formerly received her BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.
During her time at UBC, Umang served in multiple leadership positions on campus, advocating for initiatives to improve the student academic experience and actively promoting intercultural understanding in her community. Internationally, she participated in the 2014 WTO’s Public Forum in Geneva, the World Democracy Forum in Strasbourg, and the Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Washington D.C where she met prominent public officials and gained an appreciation for the need to include the youth perspective in decision-making to develop effective policies. Umang has also worked as a legislative and administrative assistant to a Peer at the House of Lords in the United Kingdom, focusing on issues such as prison reform for women and increasing the participation and representation of women in politics. In addition to her coursework in Vancouver, Umang spent a term abroad at Sciences Po in Paris, where she discovered a deep affection for cheese fondue.
At Cambridge, she represents students as a Board Member at the Faculty of Law, and was recently elected as a member of the university’s highest policy-making body, the University Council. Umang also has an interest in research, which she applies in her roles as the former Editor and current Director of Policy with The Wilberforce Society – the UK’s leading student-run think tank.
Umang is humbled and excited to be part of the Canadian delegation at the Y20 summit this year.
Currently a Head Brewer with Mill Street Brewery, Alexis Wagner graduated from the University of Guelph in 2014 as the top academic student in engineering, completing a Bachelor of Biological Engineering and a minor in Food Engineering. She received Guelph’s highest undergraduate convocation award as an internationally recognized nanoscale biopolymer researcher, founder of Guelph Golden Gears volunteer network, three-term Engineering Society Vice President Academic, student senator, Academic All-Canadian varsity athlete, and youth field hockey coach. After graduation, Alexis joined Labatt’s Brewing Development Program and moved to Newfoundland to take on the role of Brewing Group Manager at Labatt Breweries in St. John’s.
In the year since relocating to St. John’s, Alexis joined the board of Food Education Action St. John’s and was selected to represent the industrial sector on St. John’s Food Policy Council. Alexis coordinates the St. John’s Fruit Tree Project, a group that harvests and redistributes excess fruit throughout the city, and also helps orchestrate Eric Street Park Community Garden. To further her understanding of resilient food systems, Alexis spent two summers volunteering on farms throughout Scotland, England, and France.
As a Global Vision Ambassador, Alexis partnered with Newfoundland’s Provincial Government to research market trends and potential trade opportunities on a Trade Mission to China in August 2015. Further selected to lead the Canadian Youth Delegation at the 2015 APEC CEO Summit in Manila, Alexis delivered on mandates for the Ministry of Global Affairs and Parks Canada.