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Reception with Current Harvard Students


Reception with Current Harvard Students
Reception with Current Harvard Students
Mon, 26. February 2018, 17:30 h - 19:30 h
Ottawa, Ontario
Harvard Club of Ottawa
Created by:
Meghan Sullivan


On February 26, help us welcome a group 15 Canadians who are current Harvard graduate students at the Kennedy School and the Law School. They are in town for several days to meet with top politicians and bureaucrats as they explore career opportunities in Ottawa.

The event will be held in the Albert Room of the Sheraton Hotel Ottawa from 5:30 - 7:30pm.


Harvard Graduate Student Study Trip - Student Profiles 
Visiting Ottawa Feb 26 – 27, 2018

1Charlotte McEwen, MPP ’18

Charlotte is a second-year MPP student at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to graduate school, she worked at The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation supporting nonprofits to leverage social innovation approaches, and also worked in consulting for private sector and nonprofit sector clients. Charlotte is interested in returning to Canada to support policy innovation and find new ways to enable effective cross-sector collaboration to improve social outcomes. Charlotte is from Waterloo, Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University.


2Keldon Bester, MPP ‘19

Raised in Calgary, AB, Keldon is a graduate of Queen’s University’s Applied Economics program. He spent the last 4 years consulting in both the public and private sectors for MNP LLP and Novantas Inc. and is now a student at the Harvard Kennedy School. Keldon has worked with a variety of organizations including Canada’s largest financial institutions, Aboriginal communities across Ontario, and multiple stakeholders in Ontario’s child welfare system. Beyond his professional life, Keldon has been involved in volunteer projects including researching the informal economy in Toronto with West Neighbourhood House, and high school mentoring with the BCG Pathways to education program.


3Aleema Jamal, JD ‘18 

Aleema is a third-year JD student at Harvard Law School. Prior to graduate school, she was the Executive Director of the Century Initiative, a new organization led by a group of Canadian cross-sector leaders looking to advance Canada’s human capital and global position. Prior to the Century Initiative, Aleema worked at McKinsey & Company in Toronto. Aleema is planning to returning to Canada, and has an interest in thinking about how Canada’s successes in immigrant integration, pluralism, and governance, can be used to support other developing countries that are emerging from conflict. Aleema is from Calgary, Alberta and holds a Masters of Science in Management Science & Engineering, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Stanford University. 


4Ryan Manucha, JD ‘19

Ryan is a second-year JD student at Harvard Law School. Last summer he worked with the Enforcement Division of the Ontario Securities Commission, where he assisted litigation counsel on hearings involving fraud and abuse of the capital markets. Prior to law school, Ryan worked as a trade and economic policy analyst at the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C., and following that, as an economic researcher at the Ontario Securities Commission. Ryan is intent on returning back to Canada following graduation, and maintains a keen interest in the many ways in which the law and economics intersect. Ryan is from Toronto and he received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics, magna cum laude, from Yale University.


5Sheri Meyerhoffer, MC/MPA ‘18

Sheri is a Canadian lawyer with experience in both the private (oil and gas) and public (international development) sectors. She is a global governance and diversity expert (peace and constitution building processes, national dialogues, conflict mitigation and management, human rights) with an ability to perform in complex and highly sensitive political environments. Sheri has experience assisting countries in transition, with policy formulation and negotiation at the highest levels (government and non-government organizations) and a strong interest in teaching, research and social innovation.


6Annie Donolo, MPP ‘19

Annie is a first year Masters in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. Before arriving at Harvard, she served as press secretary to Canada’s federal Finance Minister, the Honourable Bill Morneau. During the 2015 Canadian election, she coordinated logistics for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign tour. Previously, Annie worked in media relations, issues management, and legislative affairs for several ministers in the Government of Ontario, including the Deputy Premier. Annie is from Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from McGill University. 


7Tom McLaughlin, MPP ‘19 

Tom is a Canadian pediatrician from Vancouver, and a first-year MPP student at the Harvard Kennedy School. He currently works at BC Children’s Hospital, and previously worked as Chief Resident at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, as president of Canada’s national resident doctor association, and on the board of directors of the Canadian Medical Association.  He has worked on several advocacy projects for children, including a free clinic for refugee children in Toronto, legislation for safe ATV use, and access to community services in cities.  He is passionate about improving the health of children through evidence-based health and social policy, effective medical education, and high-functioning hospitals.


8Sasha Ramani, MPP ‘18

Sasha is a finance and consulting professional pursuing his Master in Public Policy degree at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Originally from Mississauga, ON, Sasha honed his management consulting skills in New York City with Mars and Co and Deloitte, where he advised investment firms on innovation, business growth strategy, and organizational design. At HKS, Sasha’s interests include fintech and the mobilization of capital for social impact. He works as a research assistant with Dr Christopher Smart, a former Obama Administration senior policymaker, on how technology can help to mobilize capital in emerging markets, and leads the Canadian expansion strategy for MPOWER Financing, a mission-driven fintech firm. Additionally, Sasha is nurturing a few technology-enabled businesses in the fields of travel, hospitality, and finance. Sasha received his Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.


9Na’im Merchant, MC/MPA ‘18

Na’im Merchant is a Mid-Career MPA candidate with an interest in international development and entrepreneurship. His parents moved from East Africa to London, Ontario where Na’im was born. He grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business and articled at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2010, Na’im moved to Malawi to work for the William J. Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Health Access Initiative. As Deputy Country Director, he led various programs to introduce and scale-up life saving HIV/AIDS medicines and diagnostics, and helped Malawi’s Ministry of Health launch a $20m nurse/midwife training program. In 2014, Na’im received a Master of Science in Population and Development from the London School of Economics. He then went on to become the Director of Policy and Partnerships at Last Mile Health where he helped the government of Liberia launch a national community health worker program serving 1.2 million Liberians and mobilized over $30m to finance the project.


10Jonathan Rosenbluth, JD ‘18

Jonathan is a third-year JD student at Harvard Law. Prior to graduate school, Jonathan worked at Labatt Brewing Company, where he learned the ins-and-outs of the beer industry. For better or worse, he was not the official taste tester. While an undergraduate student, Jonathan ran a small company called Campus Coupon. During law school, Jonathan has completed internships with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, the Canadian Office of the JAG, a law firm, and a consulting firm. At HLS, Jonathan has been heavily involved with the negotiation program. He is passionate about economic development, innovation, education, and the Toronto Blue Jays. Jonathan is from Toronto, Ontario and received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics from McGill University. He is thrilled to return to Canada after graduating.


11Harout Manougian, MPA ‘19

Harout is pursuing a two-year Master in Public Administration degree as part of a career transition from power systems engineering to election administration and regulation.  During his eight years at Hydro One, Harout was also elected as a school board trustee at the Toronto District School Board.  With a technology background from the University of Waterloo (B.A.Sc. ‘08, M.Eng. ‘09), he is particularly interested in the areas of cybersecurity, data privacy, and foreign agent use of Internet media.  Harout served as a board member with the Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto (RaBIT) and submitted a brief to the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform (ERRE).  In 2017, he served as an election observer in Armenia as they transitioned from a presidential to a parliamentary system.


12Joel Abraham Enríquez, MC / MPA’18

Entrepreneur and government official. He obtained a BA in Financial Management and Business at TEC de Monterrey, and holds an International M.B.A. at L´École Supérieure de Commerce in France. He is currently a Harvard’s Masons Fellow and candidate for the Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration specializing in Geopolitics and Economic Complexity as a factor of growth. In his private career, since 2002 he carried out responsibilities as industrial strategist for RENAULT in Paris and in B2C enterprises where he assumed functions as Mexico Chief in Operations for BACARDI Mexico until 2009. On the public arena, he served as Mexican Diplomat from 2009 to 2017 in Asia (China), Latin America (Argentina, Uruguay, Chile & Bolivia) and North America (Canada) as Mexican Trade and Investment Commissioner for PROMEXICO that is the Economic Mexican Ministry Trust for Commercial Trade and Foreign Investment attraction.


13Rico Garcia, MPP ‘19

Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Rico is a graduate of Queen's University in Applied Economics and Global Development Studies. He spent the last 3 years working at McKinsey & Company and is now a student at the Harvard Kennedy School. At McKinsey, Rico spent most of his time consulting for financial services companies (banks, asset managers, insurance, reinsurance, and pension funds) in Canada, Ireland, the U.S., Jamaica, and New Zealand. He also did projects and various due diligences in the retail space. In his spare time, Rico volunteers as a member of the Board of the Queen's University Alumni Association. He also enjoy the outdoors, sports, and playing music.


14James Irwin, MC/MPA ‘18

James Irwin is a Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, and  Mid-Career MPA candidate. Born in Canada to Australian parents, James grew up in rural British Columbia, and spent parts of his childhood in India and Australia. After earning a BA at Brown, including a year at SciencesPo, he moved to Seattle and ran the Sierra Club's Washington campaigns, securing $18 billion for transit. He ran the successful campaign of former Seattle mayor Mike McGinn. Until moving to Cambridge, James lived in Madison, Wisconsin.  He is the associate director of the Mayors Innovation Project, a think-and-do tank focusing on local government sustainability, equity, and democracy. He developed a partnership to test behavioral approaches to city problems with Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Group, and launched a learning network for local government Chief Innovation Officers. He was recently named among Midwest Energy’s 40 Under 40.  James coached the Midwest Champion UW Taekwondo team, where he trained 14 national medalists in the last three years. He is a former Search and Rescue volunteer.

Contact information

Margaret Huber, President


Sheraton Hotel Ottawa
150 Albert St