Below are bios of past, and present students who have contributed to this project.

Veronica Mwangi – Fall 2017 Intern 


I am a PhD student at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya. My research is on Food systems in Kenya with a focus on the contribution of the wheat, dairy and beef food systems to food security, reduction of poverty and inequality. I am excited and very grateful for the opportunity to be a Queen Elizabeth scholar at University of the Fraser Valley. It’s a golden opportunity to learn, work and interact with professionals, academicians, students and stakeholders on a global level. Asante to the UFV team that has made this possible. I look forward to learning all that UFV and Canada has to offer!

Mariam Genes Shirima – Fall 2017 Intern 

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My name is Mariam and I work as a Research Assistant at Ardhi University, Tanzania. Currently, I am also pursuing Master Degree in Public Policy Analysis and Programme Management at the Institute of Human Settlement Studies, Ardhi University. I would first of all like to thank the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship program for this amazing opportunity which enables students to connect and share knowledge, ideas and experiences about different cultures in different communities. I extend my sincere appreciation to Prof. Kombe and Prof. Cherie for their tireless efforts of making this possible. I feel honored to be one of the Queen Elizabeth Scholars and I look forward to gaining new knowledge and experiences.

Stephen Otieno – Fall 2017 Intern



My name is Stephen from Kenya. I’m a PhD candidate at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi. My research is on Environmental performance of coexisting food systems (water, carbon emissions and food waste). This exchange facilitated by the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship offers a unique platform to engage, learn and deepen my understanding around this topic.

Alissa Cook – Fall 2017 Intern


Mambo! My name is Alissa and I’m a third year Global Development Studies student with a minor in Sociology, as well as an ACSM certified personal trainer and an Organizational Design Student. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be a Queen Elizabeth Scholar recipient, and am looking forward to learning and conducting research in an academic setting internationally. So far the people of Tanzania have been so welcoming and kind, and I’m grateful to be able to learn from each person we encounter. When I’m not studying you can find me working, training, hiking, eating Pho, or travelling!

Gemma Bridgefoot – Fall 2017 Intern


Habari! I have been looking forward to this internship for a long time now, and feel honoured to finally be here. I am eager to learn from this country, my fellow interns, and the connections we make while researching at Ardhi university and exposing ourselves to Tanzanian culture. I am a 3rd year Global Development studies student with a passion for social justice, urban planning, and cultural anthropology. Immense gratitude goes out to the Queen Elizabeth Scholar grant for making this internship possible.

Amy Chiasson – Fall 2017 Intern

I am a third year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in Peace & Conflict Studies and Political Science. This QES internship in partnership with Ardhi University in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania gives me a unique opportunity to conduct research on food systems and engage in a field of study that is different but complimentary to my own. I am excited to explore Tanzania and soak up as much of this culture as someone can in three months!

Vizuri kukutana na wewe!

Josie Dyck – Fall 2017 Intern


I am a fourth year student in the Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies program also pursuing a minor in Business Administration, and have completed my intermediate proficiency certificate in Spanish. This internship in East Africa with the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program is an amazing opportunity to gain experience internationally, and to learn about sustainable agriculture and food systems in a development context. I am so grateful to be a part of this community!

Chelsea Krahn – Fall 2017 Intern


I am in my final year of studying for my Bachelor of Arts in Global Development my minor in Geography. I am excited about the opportunity to be a QES recipient so that I can learn, engage and participate in a global context that is focused on food security. I am passionate about sustainable urban planning, food systems and development. I look forward to working with UNOPS and UN Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya.

Karlene Dowhaniuk – Fall 2017 Intern


I am a third year Bachelor of Arts student in the Global Development Studies program at UFV with a minor in Geography. I’m thankful and excited for the opportunity to work with the East African Institute, and to further my studies related to sustainable food systems and community development.

Karl Krahn – Fall 2017 Intern


My name is Karl Krahn and I am a fourth year Bachelor of Science student majoring in Biology. I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to conduct research on food sources for Nairobi, Kenya with the East African Institute at the Aga Khan University. This semester will provide me with a priceless chance to further develop my research skills in an international context in pursuit of future biology graduate studies.

Sonja Klotz-Fall 2017 Intern


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My name is Sonja, and I am in my final semester of my Bachelor of Arts degree. I will be graduating with a Major in Sociology with a Social Research Concentration and am excited to complete my degree while being on  a global adventure of a lifetime. I am super stoked to be here in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and am looking forward to putting my 5 years of academic and field research into practice. I am honoured to have been selected for the QES 2017 Internship, and partner with amazing people who work in the Global & National Development sector.

Tutaonana! (See ya!)

Priyanka Kaul – Fall 2017 Intern


Mambo!!! My name is Priyanka and I am currently in my final year of the Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of the Fraser Valley. I am majoring in Geography with areas of concentration in Physical Geography, Environmental Studies, Urban Studies and GIS. I am so excited to be doing my internship here in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; working on Food Security and Food Systems. Thank you QES for giving me the opportunity to come here and conduct research while working with professionals within the International network. I look forward to developing my skills in field research that will assist me in future graduate studies. I also look forward to immersing myself and learning about the vibrant culture that Tanzania has to offer.

Maisha marefu! (Cheers!)


Given Justin Mhina – Fall 2016 Intern


My name is Given Justin. I feel so honored to be a Queen Elizabeth Scholar. I thank the organizers for their tireless efforts to keep this wonderful program going.

Elitruder Makupa – Fall 2016 Intern


Habari! I am Elitruder Makupa an intern from Tanzania. Currently, I am doing my PhD research. I feel blessed to be among the QES beneficiary under Fall 2016. Many thanks to Prof. Cherie and  Prof. Kombe for making this possible.

Claurien Zanoria – Fall 2016 Intern


My name is Claurien Zanoria I’m in my final year of my studies at UFV. I will graduate with a major in GDS and a minor in political science. I’m so thankful for this unique opportunity that would not be possible without the hard work of Cherie and Dr. Kombe.

Dallas Peeling – Fall 2016 Intern


My name is Dallas Peeling and I will be graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Global Development Studies, a Certificate to Teach English as a Second Language, and Intermediate Proficiency Certificates in French and Spanish. Previously I have done an internship in San Francisco working for an NGO doing corporate philanthropy and international grant making. I have also studied abroad in France. I’m excited for the East Africa internship program because it is a terrific opportunity to explore the field of international development and the many avenues that it can lead you.

Gurpreet Jaswal – Fall 2016 Intern 


My name is Gurpreet and I am a current student at UFV. I’m in my third year of the Economics program and I am currently undecided of where I want to go with my degree. I thought this was a great opportunity to gain research experience and explore Tanzania! Thanks to Cherie and QES for allowing us all to come on this amazing adventure!

Kristin Swardh – Fall 2016 Intern


Hello! I recently completed my Social Services Diploma and Professional Communication Essentials Certificate through the University of the Fraser Valley and am working towards a Bachelors of Social Work. The goal of my internship is to gain personal and professional experience while exploring this beautiful country. Thank you to everyone involved in allowing us to have this amazing opportunity.

Madison Stewart – Fall 2016 Intern

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Mambo! My name is Maddie and I am a fourth year Global Development and International Relations student originally from Vancouver Island, BC. I am also the Vice President of my university’s Global Development Studies Club. In this position I have organized fundraisers, social events and advocacy campaigns on poverty and inequality. During my free time in Canada I enjoy road trips, finding new hikes, making guacamole, surfing, reading, drinking tea-lattes, and visiting my coastal hometown as much as possible.

Liam Halpin – Summer 2016 Intern


I recently graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelors of Arts majoring in geography. This is my second time to East Africa and I am very excited to return to the region. I look forward to being able to work within a interdisciplinary setting on food systems.

Tyler Dove – Summer 2016 Intern

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As a Business student at the University of the Fraser Valley I’m pretty much just excited to be invited out to this thing.  Thanks Cherie!

Sheena Walper – Summer 2016 Intern

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Hi I’m Sheena and I’ve recently graduated from UFV with a Bachelor of Business, specializing in Human Resources. I love travelling so this internship seemed like the perfect opportunity to both travel and gain international research experience. I’m excited to explore Tanzania and immerse myself in the culture. Once I go home I hope to pursue a career in international business, after some more travelling of course!

Heather Sumner – Summer 2016 Intern


Presently, I am a Global Development student at the University of the Fraser Valley. I have a constantly nagging travel bug which has taken me around the world and has given me the opportunity to experience many different lands and cultures first hand. With a great interest in rights-based development, sustainability and conservation, food security is an important issue with which I am excited to be involved. The East Africa Internship Program is allowing me to gain much needed experience in these matters and further my learning with hands-on participation in developing solutions for sustainable, accessible food systems in East Africa.

Amanda Penner – Summer 2016 Intern


Currently, I am an undergraduate student of English and philosophy at the University of the Fraser Valley. I am interested in exploring and better understanding cultures that differ from my own, and I also have an interest in issues of sustainability and in education. The opportunity to intern in Dar es Salaam and in Mwanza really excites me, as it will allow me to develop my knowledge in all of these areas.

Lisa Harrington- Winter 2016 Intern


I have graduated with my Social Services Diploma from The University of the Fraser Valley and I am currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Social Work. I wanted to participate in the East Africa Internship Program to support my future aspiration of a career working with vulnerable populations internationally. I am passionate about people’s capacity for growth and change. Once my current degree is complete I plan on continuing into a Masters Degree in International Social Work. If I am not in class then I can usually be found wherever live music is present.

Sydney Raison – Winter 2016 Intern

Hi my name is Sydney Raison and I am a 3rd year undergraduate student at the University of the Fraser Valley. I am a Geography major with an Environmental Science concentration. This internship opportunity really intrigued me because I had never been anywhere but the developed world, and have always wanted to learn what life is like in the developing world. Learning hands on is my favourite way to learn, and you can’t be much more hands on then in the country itself! And hey, who doesn’t love an adventure?

Curtis Finlay – Winter 2016 Intern


I am currently in my fourth and final year at the University of the Fraser Valley, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Geography. I have a passion both for social sciences and for travel and have always dreamed of visiting East Africa. As an added bonus the internship also offers me an opportunity to work on a project I find immensely interesting and that will be a valuable assets should I decide to apply for grad school. These factors combined to make the East Africa internship the perfect way for me to finish my final semester of my undergraduate degree at UFV.

Aneesha Dhillon – Winter 2016 Intern


I am currently in my final semester of my Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of the Fraser Valley, with a focus in English and Geography.  The East Africa Internship Program is allowing me to get out in the field and to actually practice everything that I have been taught in the classroom as well as to further improve my skills.  I thought that there could be no better way to complete my degree than by seeing a little bit more of the world!

Jeremy Wagner – Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 Intern


I graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelors degree in Political Science in December, 2014. I am interested in pursuing a career public policy/ public administration and the East Africa Internship Program is giving me the opportunity to examine food security and food system sustainability through policy analysis. After gaining more relevant experience in the field, I plan to pursue a Masters degree in Public Administration. In my spare time, you’ll generally find me in the mountains.

Patricia Magala – Fall 2015 Intern

I am currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Global Development Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley. I took this internship as a completion requirement for my degree and to learn about how food systems affect developing countries and the world at large. I love to laugh, and I love the rush of adrenaline! After finishing my undergraduate degree, I plan to pursue a Master’s degree in Human Development.

Sierra Nickel-Summer 2015 Intern


I am currently a 3rd year undergraduate student at the University of the Fraser Valley, studying Geography in Urban Studies and Planning. I love spending time outdoors, and have a knack for adventures. I am involved in this project to learn more about the functions of cities in developing nations, and the impact they have on the surrounding communities. Once graduated, I plan on completing my Masters in Urban Planning.

Josh Rempel – Summer 2015 Intern


I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of the Fraser Valley, majoring in Geography in Environmental Science.

Marie Verbenkov – Summer 2015 Intern


I recently graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelors of Arts Criminal Justice Degree, a Psychology Extended-Minor, and an Intermediate Certificate in French. With this education, I would like to continue my studies and pursue a career combining my passions of human rights and international relations. Due to my adventurous personality, in my pastime I am inclined to be exploring the outdoors or engaging in some kind of physical activity.