Kai Scott is the Editor-in-Chief of Catalyst for the 2021-2022 AY. He is excited to help continue to build Catalyst while showcasing the incredible work of Catalyst’s talented writing, media, and editing staff. In school, Kai is in his final year of a Jt. Honours Political Science and International Development Studies degree, with a supplementary language minor in Chinese. His own interests lie in grassroots resistance, politics, and governance across East and Southeast Asia, with a particular interest in Burma (Myanmar).
Sarah is a second-year undergraduate student at McGill studying International Development and Political Science. She is thrilled to be stepping into the Co-Managing Editor role for her second year at Catalyst and looks forward to bringing the publication to an ever-growing audience. Her main areas of interest lie in indigenous issues and global human rights.
Naya is a U3 student studying International Development and African Studies. This is her second year involved with Catalyst and she’s incredibly excited about the content the team is working on. Naya is particularly interested in global health and East African history and development.
Francophone Section Director / Directrice de Section Francophone
Rachel Côté is entering her third year at McGill, pursuing a double Major in International Development Studies and Political Science. She is thrilled to take on the role of Director for the new francophone section and make it grow as much as possible to strengthen the bilingualism of McGill. Rachel is particularly interested in international affairs, environmental challenges, and sustainability.
Sena Lee is in her third year at McGill, majoring in IDS and Sociology. As this year’s Creative Director, she is excited to design graphics and media content to build Catalyst’s identity!
Social Media Director
Hanna Agro is entering her fourth year at McGill, majoring in IDS and Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She is excited to take on the role of Social Media Director and connect with the larger IDS community in a creative manner. Social media is such a strong tool we have to share relevant information with the world, and Hanna is excited to convey Catalyst’s identity through online platforms.
Zachary Beresin is in his third year at McGill University, pursuing a Joint Honours degree in International Development Studies and Geography. Zachary has served as an editor for Catalyst since January 2020. This is his first year serving as an editor for Chrysalis, the IDSSA’s annual academic print journal, having previously worked for the publication as a peer reviewer. His interests include a mix of urban planning, sustainability, and geopolitics.
Arielle De Leon is in her final year at McGill University, completing an Honours B.A. in History, with minors in Psychology and Jewish Literature. She also works as an editor for Historical Discourses, the McGill History Department’s undergraduate journal. Her main research interests lie in medical, gender, and sexual history in the United Kingdom during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Helia Mokhber is in her final year at McGill University, pursuing a B.A. Honours in Political Science with a major in Psychology. She is particularly interested in Political Theory, politics of the Middle East, and Political Psychology.
Ines Navarre is in her third year at McGill University, currently pursuing a B.A. Honours in International Development Studies with a minor in Communication Studies. She serves as a Web Editor for Catalyst and is particularly interested in Latin American politics as well as global human rights issues.
Mahnoor Syed is in her third year at McGill University, Faculty of Arts. Mahnoor is an International Development and Economics major. Her main areas of political interest are women in development, women of colour and gender based violence and feminism in South Asia.
Kibel Aker is a first year student at McGill University and is currently double majoring in Economics and International Development Studies.
Mehak Balwani is in her third year at McGill University, currently pursuing a B.A. in International Development and English Literature.
Melanie Baume is currently a fourth year undergraduate student at McGill University where she is pursuing a major in International Development Studies and an honours degree in Political Science, as well as a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. As a Staff Writer of Catalyst McGill, she is highly interested in the refugee crisis, sustainable development, education and world politics.
Emily is in her third year at McGill University majoring in Political science with minors in social entrepreneurship and international development.
Adriana Gabriela Franco is a fourth year student at McGill University, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts with a double major in Political Science and World Islamic and Middle East Studies. Adriana has been a staff writer at Catalyst for three years, and her areas of interest include food anthropology, and identity politics.
Riyana Karim-Hajiani is a student at McGill University pursuing a B.A. Joint Honours in Political Science and International Development Studies. Currently in her second year at McGill, she has joined the Catalyst as a staff writer. Particularly, she is interested to explore politics in the Middle East and North Africa.
Misbah Lalani is a first year at McGill University, pursuing a bachelor’s in international development studies, with a minor in economics or behavioral science. She is serving as a staff writer for Catalyst and is particularly interested in economic development and market conditions in Middle East.
Juliana Malka is a second year student studying a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Life Sciences at McGill University. She is passionate about international human rights and is serving as a staff writer for Catalyst.
Aakanksha Mathur is a second-year student at McGill University studying International Development Studies and Communication Studies. She is engrossed in understanding and evaluating global humanitarian issues and the effects of media in politics. Having lived her entire life in a cultural melting pot, Dubai, she has a keen interest in assessing topics via a cross-cultural perspective.
Jemima Maycock is in her third year at McGill University, currently pursuing a B.A. in International Development Studies and Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies (GSFS). With these majors as her background, she approaches international development topics and issues with a gendered lens. She is interested in women’s rights, particularly those of migrant women.
Sofia is a fourth-year honours International Development student, with a minor in communications.
Nikhita Panwar is a fourth and final year student at McGill University, double majoring in Economics and International Development.
Sage is a third-year student at McGill pursuing a double major in International Development and Political Science. As a writer for Catalyst, she is particularly interested in global supply chains and women’s education.
Joel Sawmadal is in his second year at McGill University, where he studies Economics and Political Science. This is his first year as a Catalyst staff writer and his interests include economic development and politics in developing countries.
Penni Tenzin is in her second year at McGill University, pursuing a joint honours in International Development and Political Science with a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. This is her first year serving as a staff writer for the Catalyst and she is beyond excited! In her free time you will most likely find her at a music festival or at least pretending to be at one!
Claudia Velimirovic is in her second year at McGill University pursuing a major in honours International Development and a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. This is her first year writing for Catalyst and she is particularly interested in gender inequality and women’s health.
Santhindu Wijesooriya is a first-year student at McGill University. He plans to double major in International Development Studies and Political Science while minoring in Finance. Santhindu is currently a Staff Writer for Catalyst and looks to grow his knowledge and experience in International Development through this.
Maeve is in her fourth year at McGill, studying Honors International Development and Classics. She spent last Winter traveling across East Africa as part of the Africa Field Study Semester, and she spent most of this past summer learning to dive in the Great Lakes off of Northeastern Wisconsin (unsuccessfully, one might add).
Hello, my name is Alex and I am the podcaster for Catalyst’s new podcast Candid! My background is history (as you will hear me mention many times to excuse my lack of knowledge) and I am in my final year of undergrad. I had a really great time recording this podcast and learning about international development from our talented authors. Give the podcast a listen on our website, or check us out on Anchor!
Saadwi Balaji is a Graphic Designer at Catalyst. She is currently a first year pursuing International Development Studies with a minor in Psychology, hoping to go into Humanitarian Law. She is most recently from the Boston area but has moved eight times in total! When she isn’t illustrating, she loves to draw, bake, travel, and drink bubble tea.