2019 World Bank - International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings
Menad Sekhi, Head Delegate
Karen Lamola, Communications Coordinator
Menad is a young professional from Ottawa with a Joint Honours in Public Administration and Political Science. He is the President for a non for profit organization, The Amazigh Cultural Association of Ottawa (ACAOH). He has experience leading and motivating a team to and achieving desired results. His professional career at Global Affairs Canada exposes him to a multitude of international development stakeholders and keeps him up to date on the successes and challenges that we face in terms of international development. He enjoys the work he does under the Feminist International Assistance Policy.
Karen Lamola has worked in the non-profit industry for over 6 years, specializing in communications, stakeholder relations, research and advocacy. Her passion for advancing inclusive policies for marginalized populations can be traced back to work with various non-profit agencies with foci that ranged from moving people from poverty to possibility, empowering women, ensuring students have the best educational experiences and building thriving communities. She recently received an opportunity to work internationally, providing research support for the Section for Inclusive Quality Education at UNESCO Bangkok. Now back in Canada, Karen looks forward to applying lessons learned from her experiences as Communication Coordinator for the World Bank/IMF Annual Meeting.
Lakshmi is a Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade in Toronto. Here, she focuses on the development of policies and programs to better support entrepreneurs and small businesses in Ontario. Lakshmi has experience working in both the provincial and federal government, with an understanding in policy, stakeholder relations and data governance. She has previously worked in research and evaluation roles in Ottawa at the Department of Immigration Refugees, Citizenship Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency. Lakshmi holds a Master of Public Service from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Medical Sciences from Western University. While at Western, she co-founded Covers4Change, a social enterprise venture that designed and sold unique laptop covers online to help build a school in South Sudan. This is where her passion for promoting awareness of quality education and entrepreneurship was first sparked and is still very much interested in closing the gap between education and the labour force.
Rachel is a Research and Data Analytics Officer at the Department of Canadian Heritage in the Government of Canada where she conducts quantitative, socioeconomic, and public opinion research for the Department. Before her work in the federal government, Rachel worked at Ontario’s Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Rachel holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics from the University of Toronto and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. While pursuing her studies, Rachel was awarded the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award and the Principal’s Involvement Award for her outstanding contributions in university affairs, significant leadership in campus organizations, and active involvement on committees and councils. Through her extracurricular involvement, she discovered her passion for public service, social justice, equity, and active citizenship, which motivated her to invest her time in local initiatives such as non-profits that serve marginalized populations, political advisory committees at the City of Toronto, and a Board of Directors at a women’s shelter in Ottawa. Her experiences further inspired her to create macro-level change in her work as a pro bono Researcher for the UN, where she wrote reports that evaluate crisis response initiatives in the Middle East and Africa. Rachel is passionate about sustainable development and aspires to have a global reach in her career.
Hailing from Halifax, Kyle MacDonald is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Ottawa. He is pursuing a degree in Political Science and Philosophy, focusing his studies on political thought and formal semantics. He has just completed his first coop work term for the Federal Government at the Canadian Coast Guard where he worked in Strategic Communications on a diverse set of projects. Through his studies, Kyle has examined the inner workings of the IMF & World Bank in detail and looks forward to sharing his ideas for better conditions for youth globally. Only halfway through his first degree, Kyle is ambitious and excited to apply his ideas and learn more within the framework of the YDC.