Our Team

As a non-profit, non-partisan, media platform for community news, Millennial Things Network is run by an incredible team of board members, volunteers, and field journalists from 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 Clinical Research Analyst at McGill University. She has over 7 years of experience in research, publishing, and administration. 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 feminist values. Find out more about Faria on her LinkedIn.

Chijindu Ukagwu

Vice President

Chijindu is the founder of MHAPy – a chatbot that monitors your mental health and helps you find peer support. He is a Registered Nurse in Mental Health 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. He is currently completing a Doctorate in Medicine (MD) at the University of Toronto.

Arghya Dev Biswas Aryan


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


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.  

Afreen Zaman Khan

Board Member

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

Dr. Jonathan Ruano, PhD

Board Member

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.

Sanjana Ahmed


Sanjana has a degree in Economics from North South University, Bangladsh 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.

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.


Jordan Alexander Johnstone

News Editor

Jordan holds a diploma in Print Journalism from Conestoga College. After working for several years in printing and 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 is observed in the world today. He is passionate about social justice and has a 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.

Field Journalist

Hazel-Rose Shanon Mendham

Hazel is currently enrolled in her third year at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism in Toronto. She is passionate about writing and distributing the news, with a special interest in storytelling through multimedia digital mediums. When not writing or researching a breaking news development, she can be found re-watching Harry Potter for the millionth time, or out taking her dogs on a long hike.

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/Volunteer Writers

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! 

Web & Data Analyst/Consultant

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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