Akaash Maharaj, Chief Executive Officer (Ext 620)
Akaash has a lifelong passion for peacemaking, and for building mutual understanding between peoples and nations. He has addressed the United Nations on international prosecution of Crimes Against Humanity, and his articles have been published by newspapers in every populated continent. He has also been a broadcast essayist with TVOntario’s “The Agenda”.
Outside of his professional life, he is an active athlete. He was a triple gold medalist at the International Championships of Equestrian Skill‑at‑Arms, and subsequently led the Canadian Equestrian team and federation as CEO, to the team’s most successful Olympics and Paralympics of all time.
He earned his Master of Arts from Oxford University, in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and he was the first overseas student elected President of the student government in Oxford’s history. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, of the Royal Asiatic Society, and of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
Akaash has been decorated twice in Canada’s national honours, for his work on peace in the Middle East and for services to integrity in international sport. He was also commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, the state’s highest honour, for his contributions to global affairs.
Wendy Sung-Aad, Vice President (Ext 610)
Wendy has dedicated her professional life to advancing peace and justice, from a feminist, anti-oppression lens. She brings with her a wealth of experience in helping both international and community-based charitable organizations establish successful development and partnership practices.
Wendy holds a BA in Communications from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s Degree in Economics and Global Policy from the University of International Business and Economics in China. Wendy is a consummate relationship-builder, who is dedicated to smashing injustice in all its forms.
Outside of work, Wendy will travel long distances for a great cup of coffee or tea. She enjoys learning about ancient cultures, re-reading classics, and following developments in science and technology. In addition to her family and friends, Wendy dotes on her two sea-turtles affectionately nicknamed ‘Tutu’ and ‘Gala’.
Rachel Mansell, Vice President, Operations (Ext 680)
Rachel is a detail oriented, people-focused strategist, with a passion for conflict resolution practised through the lenses of human rights, diversity, and inclusion.
She completed her education at Western University (2006) and the University of Toronto (2013). Since inaugurating Mosaic’s Master of Global Affairs internship in 2012, Rachel has held a number of positions at Mosaic including Project Coordinator, Executive Assistant/Project Officer, Operations Manager, and Volunteer. In between, she has applied her skills: in the UK, at the University of Oxford’s Linacre College Development and College Office; in Toronto, at York University’s Centre for Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion; and in Montréal, at Testfire Labs.
Rachel speaks English, French, and Spanish. She is thrilled to be back home in Toronto. When she isn’t at Mosaic, Rachel enjoys experimenting in her kitchen, raising her puppy, and spending time with family and friends.
Olga Osmushina, Program Lead,
UofMosaic (Ext 670)
Olga is the UofMosaic Program Coordinator with a passion for driving positive social change. She holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Studies from the University of Ottawa and has extensive experience working with youth and delivering youth-oriented programs. Olga draws her expertise in stakeholder relations, fundraising, and project management from her time with nonprofit and NGO leaders. In her free time, she is actively seeking opportunities to help to make the world better every day by volunteering for different charities, but can also be found skateboarding on the Toronto Islands.
Fall 2019 Interns
Our internships are in partnership with various university programs. All our interns receive credit(s) from their course(s) in return for their placement with The Mosaic Institute. Read more about our fantastic team, below!
For more information on interning with The Mosaic Institute, please email us at email@example.com.
Moe Ali, CSC301 Partnership Program, University of Toronto
Moe Ali is a software engineer with professional experience in dynamic, fast-paced environments. A devoted problem solver with exceptional communication skills, Moe is constantly aiming towards both academic and professional success. With experience in project management and modern API’s, tools and technologies, Moe strives to bring a positive attitude to any work environment or task. Currently working and studying at the University of Toronto, Moe is in my HBSc. for Computer Science and also minoring in both Statistics and Creative Writing! Moe has a wide variety of interests, ranging from film & animation, app and web development, writing and more!
Rachel Bannerman, Community Research Partnerships in Ethics Program, University of Toronto
Rachel is a fourth year student at the University of Toronto studying Ethics, Society, and Law, Drama and Performance Art, and Indigenous Studies. She is grateful and excited to be joining the Mosaic Institute team, one which embodies so many of her passions: change through dialogue and making aspirations of equity and justice actionable. Rachel is deeply invested in the development and support of sustainable, community-owned solutions, and has gotten the chance to study these areas across Europe and Australia. When she’s not studying or researching, Rachel enjoys poetry, performance, and hiking. Rachel is from land described in Treaty 3 and Treaty 381, the traditional and perpetual territory of the Haudenosaunee, Attiwonderonk (Neutral Confederacy), and Anishinaabe nations.
Alexis Cochrane, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology Program, University of Toronto
Alexis is currently in her final year at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus. She is pursuing the university’s Communication, Culture, Information and Technology bachelor’s program, as well as a Certificate of Digital Communications at Sheridan College. As a writer and throughout her academic work, she focuses on topics of Intersectional Feminist Theory, Game Studies & Digital Storytelling. She is an aspiring master’s student and hopes to continue her research in Digital Media, considering the digisphere through an intersectional lens. In Alexis’ free time, she enjoys live music, story writing and reading feminist news sources. Her goal is to make the digital space more inclusive for everyone.
Brandon Dang, CSC301 Partnership Program, University of Toronto
Brandon is currently a third year Computer Science student at the University of Toronto. He is at present focused on mobile and web app development. Brandon believes that attention to detail is of the utmost importance and is determined to always develop products that are clean and reliable. He is passionate about understanding and learning new upcoming technologies. He hopes to someday travel the world. Brandon was born in and has lived in the Greater Toronto Area his entire life. In his free time, he enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy novels, as well as learning about history. Spending quality time with family is another favorite pastime.
Jordan Del Rosario, CSC301 Partnership Program, University of Toronto
Jordan is currently a third year Computer Science student at the University of Toronto. He is excited to be working with Mosaic on their current project. Jordan grew up in Vancouver and has loved living in Toronto for the past few years and hopefully for many more. One of Jordan’s passions is soccer, something he is terrible at is cooking, and a future goal of of his is to go travelling around the world for a year.
Julia Ghaddar, Peace, Conflict and Justice Program, University of Toronto
Julia is in her final year studying at the University of Toronto and pursuing a double major in Political Science and Peace, Conflict and Justice with a minor in History. She spent the previous semester studying at the Sciences Po Paris Campus. Julia hopes to continue her studies in International Security with a specialization on Middle Eastern Affairs. In her spare time, Julia enjoys taking photographs of both people and scenery, jogging, and baking.
Saba Javed, Peace, Conflict and Justice Program, University of Toronto
Saba Javed is a third year student pursuing a double major in Peace, Conflict and Justice and Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto. During her time at UofT, she has developed a keen interest in how national and local media shape cultural and political discourse. She is especially passionate about the work of Canadian long-form and investigative journalism. This year, she is the co-editor in chief of two student publications; one focused on human rights issues and the other on diaspora experiences. Having spent most of her life learning and working in the Yukon, Saba cares deeply about environmental and Indigenous rights and holding power to account. Outside of school, she spends most of her time planning her next trip from the city back to the mountains.
Neil Kohlmann, Community Research Partnerships in Ethics Program, University of Toronto
Neil is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto studying Ethics, Society & Law, with a minor in Middle Eastern politics. He is particularly interested in global paths to decolonization and transformative justice, with a focus on Canada. Neil is also passionate about community-based advocacy and activism. Neil is the volunteer relations director at Caffiends, a fair-trade student-run café on campus, powered by more than 160 volunteers. For the past three years, Neil has been a member of the varsity fencing team for U of T. Outside of school, Neil loves reading, cycling, and camping.
Seldin Lin, CSC301 Partnership Program, University of Toronto
Seldin is a third year Computer Science student at the University of Toronto. He enjoys playing board games in his spare time or sparring in ping pong. Seldin is from Chicago and moved here in grade 7 and has enjoyed Canada. Seldin likes eating any foods but primarily enjoys Asian foods.
Thomas Liu, CSC301 Partnership Program, University of Toronto
Thomas is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto studying Computer Science with specialization in Machine Learning and Statistics. Before joining Mosaic, Thomas spent his summer of 2019 interning at Interac, building web services and mobile applications. At Interac he picked up a multitude of development skills and unique insights into consumer technology/ behavior. When he isn’t coding or studying for school, Thomas finds himself mixing music, rock-climbing, or attending music festivals.
Kevin Yang, CSC301 Partnership Program, University of Toronto
Kevin is currently a 3rd year computer science undergraduate student studying at University of Toronto. He is extremely excited to be on the Mosaic team for the semester. Kevin is currently an executive of multiple clubs at UofT, including the Game Design and Development Club as well as the UofT Smash Ultimate club. His duties include helping run and organize events for both clubs. Kevin spends his free time studying Japanese, playing video games, and learning new technologies. He hopes that in the future, he’ll get a chance to visit Japan or maybe even work there.