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, with a particular interest in feminism, anti-racism and the eradication of violence. She brings with her a wealth of experience in helping both international and community-based charitable organizations establish successful partnership and development practices.
Wendy holds a BA in Communications from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s Degree in Economics and Public 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, you will find her searching for a great cup of tea or coffee, travelling long distances to learn of ancient cultures, re-reading a classic novel, or delighting in the marvels of 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.
Caitlin MacDonald, Next Gen Program Director (Ext 670)
Caitlin joined the Mosaic Institute in 2018 as the Next Generation Program Director. Caitlin has worked for a range of global non-profit organizations where she developed unique experience in peacebuilding, education and communications. Most recently, she worked for a leading counter-extremism organization based in the UK. Caitlin holds a Masters in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics where she focused her research on education as a tool for conflict resolution. She brings with her a deep passion for working with young people and promoting peace through education.
Camilla Balbis, Summer Intern
Camilla is a Master of Global Affairs student with a specialization in Diplomacy and Political Science, at the Munk School of Global Affairs in the University of Toronto. Previously, she completed studies at Oxford University, after graduating with an Honours BA in International Relations at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
She is passionate about international security, the danger and process of radicalisation, and the role online platforms have in fostering this phenomenon.
Camilla has studied across Europe and traveled throughout North and South America. She is an experienced news editor and an avid reader.
Henry Straughan, Summer Intern
Henry graduated this year from Oxford University with a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. During his time at Oxford, he edited and wrote for the student newspaper Cherwell. He is a keen writer, and recently won the Rebecca West Essay Prize.
Outside of academia he enjoys playing rugby, loves running and recently completed a half-marathon. He also regularly practices meditation. Henry has also worked as a waiter, a tutor, and a farm worker. He is most interested in and enthusiastic about issues relating to multiculturalism, and is a strong believer in dialogue as a way for human progress.