Our Team

As a non-profit, non-partisan, media platform for community news, Millennial Things Network is run 100% by an incredible team of volunteer writers, editors, data analysts and web developers from all across Canada. The diverse experiences and background of our team is our greatest strengths. Meet our team of editors below:

Board of Directors

Faria Ahmed

Acting Executive Director/ Co-Founder

Faria holds a Master’s of Science in Immunology from the University of Ottawa and is currently working as a Research Analyst. She has over 7 years of experience in research, publishing, and management. She is a seasoned entrepreneur and has managed several successful businesses since 2009. She is passionate about rights of immigrants and refugees, rights of gender and sexual minorities, and considers herself a feminist. She considers herself a feminist and is also an animal rights activist. Faria is a co-founder of Millennial Things Network. Find out more about Faria on her LinkedIn.

Sanjana Ahmed

President/Co-Founder

Sanjana has a degree in Economics from North South University and works in the private banking sector. Her expertise in financial economics has been crucial to develop the column on financial advice at millennial things. Sanjana is passionate about bringing change through policy development and implementation. She believes true empowerment comes through positive and mutually beneficial collaborations between countries and communities.

Chijindu Ukagwu

Vice President

Chijindu is the founder of MHAPy – a chatbot that monitors your mental health and helps you find peer support. He also works as a registered nurse in Ontario, providing mental health care to people who have come in conflict with the law. Chijindu is passionate about technology solutions which drive social change.

Arghya Dev Biswas Aryan

Treasurer

Arghya holds double Master’s degree, one in Development Management and Practice and one in Psychology & Counselling after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He is currently working as a debate instructor for Toronto Debate Academy. He has been associated with the art of communication for more than a decade and aspires to be an academician with a fascination towards science of human behavior. He has served as a consultant for organizations such as TIB, KfW and many more. Link to Linkedin profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/arghyadevbiswasaryan/

Edwin Caballero

Secretary

Edwin holds a masters degree in microbiology and Immunology from the University of Ottawa. He is currently working on his doctorate degree in microbiology and immunology from McGill University. He has over 9 years of experience in academic research and scientific teaching. Edwin is passionate about public health and international development.

Saleh Nur

Board Member

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Saleh holds a Master of Science in Data Analytics from the University of Kent, UK and is currently working as an Information Systems and Analytics Specialist. He has over seven years of experience in systems development, business intelligence, market and social research, and process innovation. Saleh is focused in the development sector and is passionate about sustainable innovation, social market systems, and human-centered design.  

Editorial Advisors

Dr. Mehnaaz Momen, PhD

Dr. Momen is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at Texas A & M International University in Laredo, Texas. She teaches Political Science and Public Administration, and has published multiple books related to her field. Her book “The Paradox of Citizenship in American Politics: Ideals and Reality” was published in 2017 and “Political Satire, Postmodern Reality, and the Trump Presidency: Who Are We Laughing At?” in 2018.

Dr. Jonathan Ruano, PhD

Jonathan holds a phD in History from the University of Ottawa, Ontario. He is a business analyst at Invest Ottawa, supporting the local tech start-up community with market research, lead generation, and investors. Along with his economic development experience, Jonathan has also been mentored by Harvard graduate and full professor Eda Kranakis on thesis writing, editing, framing and defending original arguments, thinking outside the box, and identifying logical flaws with arguments.

Afreen Zaman Khan

Afreen holds a Master’s in Public Health from John’s Hopkins University and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto.

Editors

Jordan Alexander Johnstone

News Editor

Jordan holds a diploma in Print Journalism from Conestoga College. After working for several years in print media and graphics design, he is now pursuing a degree in History & Political Science at the University of Ottawa. Jordan has a strong understanding of politics and socio-economic oppression of marginalized populations. He believes that patterns of oppression as observed throughout human history tend to repeat themselves, and that is what we observe happening in the world today. He is passionate about social justice and has keen interest in democratic socialism.

Kajal Pawar

Jr. News Editor

Kajal is currently enrolled in the Interactive Media Management post-graduate program at Algonquin College. She has a graduate certificate in Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media. She has over four years of experience with news writing and content creation. As COVID-19 hit our lives, she has continued to remotely work and volunteer for media startups as a content creator. When she is not busy being a journalist, she likes to read Japanese fiction and poetry.

Brittany Christian

Jr. Content Editor

Interested in professional and technical writing. An online student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock working on her Bachelor’s in Professional and Technical Writing to become a freelance writer. Working on a certificate to become a Pharmacy Technician. A blogger. Just want to get more experience in writing and to put those skills into her career.

Jewel Tynes

Jr. Content Editor

Jewel is in her third year at the University of Ottawa where she is pursuing a degree in Communications and Political Science. She is passionate about international development and hopes to get involved in the humanitarian field in the near future. When Jewel is not volunteering in her community, she spends her spare time engaging in classical ballet and maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Neelia Fuad

Jr. Content Editor

Neelia is an international student who is currently based in Vancouver. She holds a degree in International studies. Her interests lie in the aspect of culture and how it influences communities. Having written many articles on current socio-political issues, Neelia aims to use this platform to share her knowledge and experiences as a multicultural individual. Neelia’s hobbies include eating, dancing and telling stories!

Workshop Instructor(s)

Maz Atta

A proud journalism graduate from Carleton University, Maz dedicates his full attention to the world of stories and trends. You can count on him to tell your story through writing, audio, or video. Either way, he is now ready to share his storytelling experiences with many others

Contributors

Melissa Alves

Melissa holds a diploma in Publishing from Langara College. She currently works in the marketing and advertising industries and has experience writing for magazines and online publications. On the side, she enjoys wildlife and landscape photography and runs her own design business, Nettle Creative. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, environmental issues, and social justice. Her experience growing up as a first-generation Canadian with a small business in the family has greatly shaped her outlook on life. Learn more at melissa-alves.com

Michael Shlega

A second year student in Computer Science at Carleton University, Michael enjoys writing and all things tech! Using writing as a creative outlet, he enjoys it as a hobby and as a relaxation method. 

Matthew Ochal

Matthew is currently a student at Ryerson University, where he is finishing up a BFA in Film with a minor in Philosophy. Aiming to eventually work as a writer and producer, he is currently a commercial production assistant. Matthew hopes to use writing to explore and share unique and interesting experiences.

Alina Susan Joji

Alina is currently a business student doing her diploma in Algonquin college, Ottawa. She is passionate about personal finance and marketing. She is also passionate about guiding people with her knowledge in personal development, productivity and finance tips.

Malaika Lindsay

Malaika is a student at the University of Ottawa majoring in Accounting. She enjoys researching various topics on history, the economy, environmental issues, theories and others. She is an avid fan of anime.  One of her favorite quotes is: “He who climbs the ladder must begin at the bottom.” Malaika believes that sometimes you can get discouraged but it’s an important reminder that to achieve your goal, you have to start somewhere. And with hard work and determination, success can always be achieved! 

Oghomwen Eregie

Oghomwen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Carleton University with a Concentration in Biomedical Sciences and a Minor in Philosophy. His interests range from antimicrobials research and development to ethical theories and politics. In his spare time, he is an avid reader and enjoys good films and music.

Sumit Banik

Sumit Banik is a public health activist with experience in different health studies as a research worker in Bangladesh. He has completed his post-graduation degree on public health. Sumit is passionate about working for marginalized and unprivileged community people, developing their health outcome through a sustainable approach. Currently he’s working with Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) as Master Trainer in ‘Our Lives, Our Health, Our Futures’ Programme at Bandarban Hill District in Bangladesh. He is also a citizen journalist and freelance writer and already wrote more than 200 letters/articles in renowned Bengali newspaper/blog site.  He is an enthusiastic personnel to share his development views and thoughts through an innovative platform to reach international audience.

Adiba Kamal

Currently an undergraduate student, studying in English at North South University. A fast learner and eager to work in every challenging situation. She intends to pursue a career with an organization that provides an opportunity to capitalize her skills in the field of Writing and Editing sector.

Tech Team Volunteers

Vijay Victorious

Vijay is an experienced designer, developer and entrepreneur in the UK, Canada and other locations. He’s experienced in helping businesses and organizations achieve their mission through creative and practical solutions. His expertise is in web/app development, design, branding and creative direction. He is passionate about non-profits and actively consults and guides various organizations around the world.

Harsh Patel

Recent grad student of Computer Programmer from Algonquin College, Ottawa. Passionate to discover true potential of myself by having an eagerness to learn about the tech world and interest of trying to write and solving true problems which will make an good impact to people. I believe that experience is the best teacher in the world. So try and explore new things with clarity and vision that can help in achieve any potential goal.

Anamiika Binte Rahman

Anamiika is in her final year at The City College of New York, where she is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology. She’s passionate about explore the technical sides of a company that relates to analysis and coding at the moment. Besides working and studying for undergrad, she’s also a passionate Bollywood Dance teacher and a Peer Counselor who advocates for mental health in Bangladesh. She hopes to learn more about the experiences of people all across the world because that in itself is the key to growth.

Oussama Srii

By joining this team I seek to share my knowledge and learn more from the other members of the team to develop my skills either technical or personal. Furthermore  I believe that this work will have a positive impact on society.

Srikanth Katoori

Srikanth Katoori is a recent graduate from the University of Ottawa, with a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering. He is passionate  about web development and web design.He has experience as a junior developer. He personally believes that learning is the best way to explore and enhance one’s skills. Being interested in the non-profit organization ,he would like to learn  from all the fellow beings by sharing his knowledge and experiences with the people around which will eventually leads to achieving the personal and professional goals.

Podcast Host(s)

Hasan Ul Mokaddes

Hasan holds a Master’s in Information from the University of Toronto. He has worked as an analyst in multinational corporations which ranges from financial sector to telecommunication and retail sector. He comes from a political background and is passionate about youth and younger generations. Hasan wants to build a platform of conversation for millennials for them to express their opinion and doubts and make them grow organically in the world of politics, society and science based on facts and researches in the scientific community.

He is interested in what motivates the younger generation and what drives them and in turn what are their expectations from the society as a whole and how could we reach there. Find out more at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hasanmokaddes/

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