Our Team


Hello! My name is Maham Aqil, and I am this year’s President of the International Development Studies Student’s Association (IDSSA). I am a 5th year IDS student. I am a firm believer of giving back to the community as I have been actively doing so for the past few years here at UTSC. The many reasons why I chose to take upon the role as the President of IDSSA is aim to bring all IDS majors, specialists, and minors students together and reach out to other DSA’s in the social science region and to create a community and space that is welcoming to everyone. Therefore I believe that this will give more opportunities for more student leadership.


Hi! My name is Veena Ganesarasa and I am the VP Logistics of IDSSA. My role entails event planning, training apprentices and coordinating with fellow executives to cater to the academic and social needs of the IDS community. I am currently in my second year, pursuing a major in Public Policy and double minors in IDS and Economics. I love to read, debate and embrace my numerous existential crises. I joined IDSSA as a way to become connected with likeminded individuals and professionals in the IDS field.


Hi! I am Olivia Stockman, VP Promotions for IDSSA. I am in second year and fulfilling a double major in International Development Studies and Political Science. During my first year I realized that I rarely got involved on campus and found myself solely going to lectures then commuting back home. I joined IDSSA to more involved with my department and learn about it from the inside out. Having been apart of IDSSA, I have met so many great people that have changed my experience here at UTSC. The experience has been extremely beneficial and I’m so happy I joined.


Hi guys! My name is Keshav Sarawagi. I am a second year IDS student and also this year’s VP student Engagement. I am currently doing a double major in International Development Studies and Political Science. I am an international student in Canada coming from Nepal. I hope to gain expertise in the field international development and go back and help my country to regain its path towards holistic growth. I am an adventurer and nature lover who is passionate about hospitality, travel, and social responsibility. Apart from that, I am a bookworm and training for Muay thai. Keeping busy is how I aspire of becoming a successful man. My role as VP student engagement is to act as a bridge between the IDSSA and the IDS student community by initiating events and activities for them and addressing their concerns, suggestions and put it forward to the team and act accordingly in favour of the IDS Student Community. I believe I can understand people well, and being in IDSSA as VP Student Engagement gives me exposure to student life and how to manage it given at different situations. It gives birth to teamwork and idea creation that is good for the greater good in the future.


Hello my name is Tebat Kadhem, and I’m the International Development Studies Students Association’s Vice-president of External Outreach for the 2016-2017 year. I’m very excited to see you all during the School year, and want to encourage everyone to come out to the IDSSA events participate, learn, and have a good time. I’ve been apart of the IDS community at UTSC for only 1 year, but I would love to part my “wisdom” and “trade secrets” with you all. I’m currently entering my second year at UofT, and I’m hoping to graduate with a double major in International Development Studies, and Coop Public Policy with a minor in environmental studies. I’m very passionate about helping my peers with any concerns they may have, and strive for transparency and equitability within the IDSSA, but at UTSC as well. So if you have any questions, concerns, comments, or need any help communicating with professors, or anyone else I’m here to help.
Yours Truly, Tebat Kadhem


Hello Everyone! My name is Shruti Anandan. I am a third year IDS co-op student and the VP Finance for this year’s IDSSA 2016-2017. I joined IDSSA because I fee like it is a great opportunity to contribute towards the IDS community at UTSC and it also gives me a chance to work with an amazing team of like minded individuals. My position as VP Finance also helps me gain practical skills that I may not learn through my curriculum. Being a part of the team is a great way to meet other students within and outside the IDS program and gain some practical skills. I look forward to interacting with you all.


Greetings! My name is Fariha Hoque, and I am this year’s VP academics for IDSSA. I am currently a third year student doing a major in IDS and a double minor in Sociology and Public Law. My role is to make sure that IDS students are receiving the utmost academic provisions through academic related services and events provided for them. During my first two years at UTSC, I noticed that a lot of the IDS student body did not receive or was a lack of academic needs in comparison to other programs. I felt as if there needs to be a change. Thus, I made the decision to become VP academics only to better and enrich the academic experiences for the IDS student body. I encourage you all to take advantage of all the academic related services and events, as it will be most beneficial for one. Thank you.
~Fariha Hoque

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