2019 World Bank - International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings
Michael Fawcett Sarty, Head Delegate
Niki Kashefi, Communications Coordinator
Maha Ali Khan
Catherine Nicole Bialas Giles
Michael Fawcett Sarty
Michael is a policy analyst in the Economic and Regional Development Policy Secretariat at the Privy Council Office in the Government of Canada. He has previously worked at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Treasury Board Secretariat, Finance Canada, and Global Affairs Canada. He has an MA from the University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and a BA from the University of Toronto. Michael has lived and worked in Russia, China, Japan, and Vietnam. In his spare time, Michael enjoys reading, running, spending time with friends and family, and mourning the Ottawa Senators.
Shannon Hazlett is an Associate at Longview Communications & Public Affairs. Here, she focuses on corporate financial communications, political risk assessment and crisis management for clients. Shannon has experience working in both the public and private sectors, with an understanding in policy, stakeholder relations and strategic planning. Prior to joining Longview Communications, Shannon worked as a lobbyist advocating on behalf of small businesses across the province of Alberta. Before that, Shannon acted as a Junior Policy Analyst for the Ontario Provincial Government in the Ministry of Environment. Shannon holds a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion from Dalhousie University.
Originally from Montréal, Émanuel Grenier-Benoit is an undergraduate student at Bard College in New York. He is currently pursuing a degree in Global & International Studies with a focus in Global Economics and a concentration in Human Rights, and is also a dual athlete in the NCAA by being a member of both the Lacrosse and Cross Country team of his College. Throughout his High School and Collegiate years, Émanuel has been involved in student’s associations as president of his high school graduating class and as the Chairman of the Student’s Board of Directors, an elected representative of 1700 students, of the Students’ General Association of his Collegiate. He also competed in the Canadian University League of Debate and was selected to compete at the Montreal Bar Tournament, was involved in Diplomatic Simulations by taking the role of Head Delegate in UN simulations or of Committee Chair of a Simulation of the European Union, was Head Delegate of an art exhibition and silent auction of Canadian artists that acts as a fundraiser for the Mental Health Department of St-Justine's Children's Hospital in Montréal, and worked in marketing as a campaign manager for a Canadian import and export company. Émanuel cares about reducing inequality and reflects upon ways in which the international community can truly impact the economic and social context of those who have yet to feel the emancipatory potential of a globalized market.
Niki Kashefi attended McGill University where she studied Political Science and Economics, with a specialization international development and trade. While at McGill, Niki investigated the role of foreign direct investment and bilateral investment treaties in facilitating democratic governance. She previously worked at the Consulate General of Canada in the Foreign Policy and Diplomacy section. Upon completing her internship with Global Affairs Canada, she worked as a Research Assistant at the McGill Institute for the Study of International Development. She currently works as an analyst at Tangerine Bank and as an advisor for the bank’s Women in Leadership initiative—a cross-functional program designed to bolster women’s representation in senior leadership roles. Niki is an avid reader and golfer. She lives and works in Toronto.
Maha Ali Khan
In her final year at the University of Waterloo, completing her Bachelors of Accounting and Financial Management, Maha Ali Khan has sought a thorough understanding of global financial systems, international markets, and the legislation and professional standards that govern these spaces. She has completed two internships at KPMG LLP, one of the world’s four largest accounting firms. Working out of the Toronto head office, Maha specialized in auditing financial institutions, gaining valuable insight into financial reporting and operations of entities like banks, investment technology firms, and wealth advisories. Maha is now interning at the Bank of Montreal’s investment banking arm, BMO Capital Markets. As an Analyst in the Global Middle Office, she performs support work for the trading floor, monitoring and analyzing financial information to ensure accuracy and adherence to regulatory requirements. Complementary to her academic background runs a strong passion for law and politics. Over the course of her undergraduate career, Maha participated in the Undergraduate Mock Trials Canada competition receiving awards for Leadership and Professionalism consecutively, and as Lead Counsel, guided her teams to placing in the top three during her last two seasons. She was part of founding the University of Waterloo Model United Nations club and is also a founding member and two-time Secretary-General of the University of Waterloo Model G20 conference, with a focus on creating forums for youth engagement on issues of global import. She currently co-chairs the Waterloo Riding Youth Council, ensuring that the voices of young constituents are duly represented in Parliament.
Catherine Nicole Bialas Giles
Catherine Giles is a Masters candidate in Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. She has had a rich international experience between both her academic exchanges to Spain and her professional experience in France. Interested in governance, politics and international relations, she intends to pursue a career in international affairs. She graduated with Honours from Queen’s University in Politics and Spanish. Over the years, Catherine has worked closely with Rotary International. She spearheaded a humanitarian effort to El Salvador with Queen’s Rotaract, participated and organized the Rotary Youth Leadership conference, as well as volunteered with the Rotary Youth Exchange program. While living in France, Catherine was part of the Junior Diplomats Initiative through SciencePo which engaged students with ambassadors and other important actors involved in diplomatic work. Catherine currently works part-time for her local MP on Parliament Hill. She also holds a research assistant position at the University of Ottawa, researching the health impacts on trafficked migrants escaping climate change. Catherine is excited to represent the Youth Diplomats of Canada as a delegate at the IMF meetings where she will gain the practical experience and further develop the skills required for a career in the Canadian foreign service.