meet sauve scholars alumni

Siddharth Bannerjee

India

Siddharth Bannerjee

Siddharth is from Bangalore, India. He has studied government and public policy in North America, with a focus on international development and human security. During the summer of 2008, he worked in a Canadian political campaign as well as a summer school project in Montreal and Quebec City, Canada. He has also participated as a project...

Madalena Dias

Portugal

Madalena Dias

Interacting and living with other Scholars from such different cultures and backgrounds, who all envision a better world, was also an outstanding opportunity for personal development and to achieve a broader perspective of the world.

Madalena is from Lisbon, Portugal. She holds a graduate degree of Social Work from the...

David Donovan

Canada

David Donovan

The greatest benefit of the Sauvé program is the ability to create lasting interpersonal relationships and friendships, both with the executive and among the Scholars themselves. I made several life-long friendships in the short time spent living with a group of amazing Scholars in a gorgeous mansion in Montreal.

David is...

Liran Gal

Israel

Liran Gal

The time I spent at the Sauvé House was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will always cherish. It affected my life both professionally and personally. The eight months I spent with the Sauvé Scholars - 12 individual from around the world - taught me not only about other countries and their cultures, but also about myself. The...

Humaira Habib

Afghanistan

Humaira Habib

The 9 months that I was in Montreal were amazing. I learnt a lot from everyone. Now that I’m back in my county, I feel very happy that I was one of the participants and for sure it has greatly affected my work and my future plans in radio.

Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Humaira moved with her family to Pakistan to escape the...

Christopher Kutarna

Canada

Christopher Kutarna

Christopher is an intense person:  a sponge for new knowledge and a constant font of original thinking.  His enthusiasm to ignite the ideas in his head consistently draws together talented people and abundant resources to see them become real.  Currently based in Beijing, he’s focusing his energies into three spheres...

Guillaume Lavoie

Canada

Guillaume Lavoie

Guillaume is from the Saguenay Region in Quebec, Canada. His expertise lies in government relations and public policy analysis, notably in federal regimes. Having lived and work on four continents and visited over 30 countries, he has consulted for the public, private and NGO sector, in Canada and...

Jonathan McIntosh

United Kingdom

Jonathan McIntosh

Jon is from the United Kingdom. He graduated with a BA and Master’s degree in Classics from Cambridge University. He was the President of his College, Girton and also took the opportunity to learn to fly with the University Air Squadron as well as play plenty of sports. He has traveled widely, often with a purpose such as...

Sherif Nakhla

Egypt/United States of America

Sherif Nakhla

Sherif is Egyptian, born in Boston and a citizen of the United States. After having lived the first ten years of his life in Boston, he moved to Cairo, Egypt with his family. He graduated with a BA in theater and a BA in Mass Communication from American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Having experienced two different cultures and...

Emily Paddon

Canada

Emily Paddon

I don't think I can pinpoint one special event which specifically left an indelible mark, it was more the accumulation of many moments which were cause for thought --- sitting down at the kitchen for our regular Sunday night dinner and reflecting on how important sharing food and friends are, working on Dari and English with Humaira...

Xiaoli Pan

Peoples' Republic of China

Xiaoli Pan

Xiaoli is from Shanghai, China and graduated with a BA degree in International Relations from University of Leeds in the UK and a master’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of London’s prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies, in the UK. While she was growing up, Xiaoli had the...

Kini Schoop

United States of America

Kini Schoop

Kini is from San Diego, California, U.S.A. and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (1994) where she majored in Mass Communications. She works as a media specialist in New York City, specializing in media relations for issue-driven organizations.

Prior to her current post at The Nature Conservancy, she has...

Kirsten Verdel

The Netherlands

Kirsten Verdel

Kirsten is from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. She also took classes in International Relations, Communication Technology and International Law at Carleton University in Canada, and studied Chinese language and culture at Taiyuan Daxue in...

“Leaders must dream of changing the world.

They must have an inspired vision of the changes they want to make and be prepared to consecrate all
their energy to that purpose. A capacity to communicate their objectives is indispensable to sustain
the enthusiasm of their collaborators and their perseverance in action.”
— The Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé, Opening Speech to the National Conference for Young Leaders, June 2-8, 1991