The North-South Institute




Hany Besada

Hany Besada leads the North-South Institute’s research on governance of natural resources.  He is a member of the Secretariat supporting the High Level Panel advising the U.N. Secretary General on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. He is also Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University‘s Institute of African Studies and Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa with the Centre on Governance. Previously, Mr. Besada was a Program Leader at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) where he oversaw the Health and Social Governance Program. Prior to that, he was the Principle Researcher: Business in Africa at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and Research Manager at Africa Business Direct, a trade and investment consulting firm in Johannesburg.  Mr. Besada has worked as a Senior Policy Advisor/Researcher for the South African Ministry of Local and Provisional Government, Amnesty International, United Nations Associations, the Joan Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice (IPJ) and the Office of US Senator Dianne Feinstein. Mr. Besada has published widely in international news media and academic journals.

Hany speaks English, Arabic and French.

Aniket Bhushan

Aniket Bhushan WebAniket Bhushan is a Senior Researcher at  The North-South Institute. His research focuses on open data, domestic resource mobilization in sub-Saharan Africa, financial sector policy, governance reform of the international financial system and the relationship between growth and socio-economic outcomes. His previous work focused on trade and health policy. Mr. Bhushan leads NSI’s work on the Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP), a data and analytical platform on Canada’s engagement with the developing world. Mr. Bhushan has completed studies in commerce (B.Com, Mumbai University, India), political science (BA, University of Windsor, Canada), and political science and international affairs (MA, Carleton University, Canada).

Aniket speaks English, Hindi, Urdu and Spanish.

Follow Aniket on Twitter at @CIDPNSI

Pablo Heidrich

Pablo Heidrich is a Senior Researcher at The North-South Institute. His research focuses on international trade and the economic impact of mining in Latin America. Mr. Heidrich is also an Adjunct Research Professor at the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University. Previously, he worked for the Latin American Trade Network on regionalism, integration and macroeconomic policies. Mr. Heidrich  has a Master’s in International Political Economy from Tsukuba University in Japan, a Graduate Certificate in International Relations from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences in Argentina and a Doctorate in International Trade and Development from the University of Southern California.  Mr. Heidrich is a recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant as a part of a consortium of Canadian and Latin American academics.

Pablo speaks English, Spanish, German and Japanese.

Follow Pablo on Twitter at @PabloHeidrich

Kate Higgins

Kate Higgins is a Senior Researcher at The North-South Institute. Her research interests include inclusive growth, trade, poverty dynamics, women’s economic empowerment, and global development frameworks such as the post-2015 development agenda. Previously, Ms. Higgins was a Research Fellow with the Growth, Poverty and Inequality program at the Overseas Development Institute in the United Kingdom and worked at the Australian Agency for International Development. She has worked with the United Nations, the World Bank, and a number of bilateral development agencies including the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, the Canadian International Development Agency, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. She has extensive field experience in East Africa and has also worked on shorter assignments in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, and Yemen. She holds a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons I) from the University of Sydney.

Kate speaks English and French.

Follow Kate on Twitter at @katedhiggins

Shannon Kindornay

Shannon Kindornay is a researcher at The North-South Institute. Her research interests include development cooperation, governance of the aid architecture, aid effectiveness, and aid and the private sector. Prior to joining NSI, Ms. Kindornay worked at the Canadian International Development Agency. She holds an MA from Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) and a BA in Global Studies and Political Science,  from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Shannon speaks English and French.

Follow Shannon on Twitter at @SKindornay

Barbara MacLaren

Barbara MacLaren is a researcher at The North-South Institute. Her key research interests are gender equality, labour, trade and migration.  Ms. MacLaren is currently managing a CATRTA project focusing on gender issues in rural Colombia. Barb has previous experience with the Canadian Foundation for the Americas, World University Service of Canada, Carleton University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and the Inter-American Development Bank. She holds a BA in political science and international development (McGill University) and an MA in international affairs (Carleton).

Barbara speaks English, French and Spanish.

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