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Student Fellows

Rutvi Ajmera

Rutvi Ajmera holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Political Science from Concordia University, Montreal. She currently works in Canadian immigration law and specializes in working with economic migrants and families. She hopes to continue working with immigrants, especially in the area of integration. She is mainly interested in how public policy shapes human experience and how state and non-state actors shape global events.

Shariar Alam
Shahriar Alam

Shahriar Alam holds an undergraduate degree in International Management from McGill University, Montreal. During his time in McGill, Shahriar went on an exchange to South Korea. He has previously interned at the US Department of State. Prior to coming to Montreal, he has lived all his life in Dhaka, Bangladesh where he volunteered for NGOs and participated in international conferences throughout his time in high school.

Shahriar is passionate about foreign policy and takes a great interest in foreign languages. He hopes to find innovative and productive ways to serve as a global citizen.

Shahriar is a citizen of Bangladesh.


Alyssa Blank

Alyssa Blank holds an undergraduate degree from Concordia University, during which time she participated in a work study program for a women’s organization in the Peruvian Amazon and wrote constating documents for the Concordia Volunteer Abroad Project in Uganda. She also holds a master's degree from the University of Ottawa in International Development, where she focused her thesis work on conflict media directed to children. Alyssa has worked professionally in government relations, research, policy and communications. She is passionate about human rights, counter-radicalization, social engagement and finding innovative ways to address persistent issues. She is excited to serve as a MIGS Youth Fellow!


Isabela Coelho

Isabela Coelho is an exchange student on International Relations and International Law at Université du Québec à Montréal. Her home university is the University of Brasília, in Brasília, Brazil, where she is in her last year of her degree on International Relations.

Coelho has previously interned at the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and at the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Brazil in the Division of North and Western Africa. She has also worked with different volunteer projects throughout her time in high school and university.

Her main interests are in human security and human rights, with a preferred focus on poststructuralist analysis, such as gender and postcolonial theory. She is a citizen of Brazil.


Greer Nicholson

Greer Nicholson is a law student at McGill University. She holds two bachelors degrees also from McGill focused on political science, philosophy and economics with an honours thesis on norms of cooperation from a game theoretic perspective.

Greer worked as an editor for the McGill International Journal of Sustainable Law and Policy as well as the McGill Journal of Dispute Resolution. She served in the Canadian Forces Army Reserves for many years in infantry and intelligence. She also worked in rural Kenya for an international development NGO and interned in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.

Her main interest is the decision making with respect to cooperation and violent conflict, the role of human rights norms and international law.

Jennifer Serrat

Jennifer Serrat is a graduate of Indiana University and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from IE Business School, in Madrid, Spain. Her thesis project focused on an ongoing human rights case with the Inter-American Human Right Court.

Her international vocation began in 2013 when she moved to Seoul, South Korea to teach English. Her affinity for bringing together nations and cultures then took her to Australia and Spain.

Her interests lie in the benefits of diplomatic multicultural cooperation in addressing the issues facing international foreign policy and security, as well as working toward a more just world where equal treatment and fundamental principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are upheld.

Jennifer is a citizen of the United States, France, and Canada.

Past Interns

Emily Enright

Silke Melbye-Hansen

Isabelle Tamoj

Lilian Leifert

Cedrick Mulcair

Chantalle Gonzalez Lopez

Marrisa Fortune

Riley Haley

Erin Storus

May White-Vimouth

Nathalie Hitimana

Zach Sementes

Zach Paikin

Arvin Eyunni

Adan Suazo

Lea Watrin now works for the All Parliamentary Group on the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity

Meaghan Shevell

Camila Gomez-Perales

Alejandra Espinosa

Adrien Orloowski

Aminka Belvitt

Randy Pinsky

Myriam Menard

Jonathan Rozen

Neekoo Collett

Sarah Wiley

Kaitlin Davella

Christoph Semken previously served as an Assistant for Information Technology and is currently completing his Master of Arts in International Relations and Economics at the University of Aberdeen. His latest publication "Tracking the Blue: Phone and Vehicle Location Systems for UN Peacekeeping" is available at

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