Leadership and Democracy LabWestern Social Science

Student Leaders & Support Staff

Alexa Bran

Alexa Bran

Team Leader - Energy Resources in Peru

Research Interests / Specializations: International Relations, Post-Colonialism, Latin American Politics, and International Law
Ashley Audette

Ashley Audette

Team Leader -Energy in Iran

Research Interests / Specializations: Post-Colonialism, Latin America, The Middle East
Jake MacDonnell

Jake MacDonnell

Team Leader - FinTech in South Africa

Research Interests / Specializations: Digital Disruption and Innovation, Economic Risk, Corporate Strategy
Duncan Spilsbury

Duncan Spilsbury

Team Leader - Biotechnology in Singapore

Research Interests / Specializations: International Relations, Geopolitics, International Law
Mary Peplinski

Mary Peplinski

Team Leader - Tourism in Cuba

Research Interests / Specializations: American Politics, International Relations, Ethnic Conflict, Human Rights
Nick Dang

Nick Dang

Team Leader - Energy in Indonesia

Research Interests / Specializations: Energy Policy, Natural Resource Management, and Sustainability
Blaine Yonemitsu

Blaine Yonemitsu

Team Leader - Tourism in France

Research Interests / Specializations: Emerging business, Business to government relations, political risk, Security risk
Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Team Leader - Oil and Energy in Libya

Research Interests / Specializations: Foreign and Domestic Policy in North America
Marissa Vaillant

Marissa Vaillant

Team Leader - Pharma in China

Research Interests / Specializations: Monetary Policy, American Politics, Behavioural Economics, Financial Markets

Haliz  Dôskee

Haliz Dôskee

Team leader - Renewable Energy in Guatemala

Research Interests / Specializations: Global health policy development, implementation, and reform, Third and fourth party actors, Interstellar relations, Interstellar policy development, Comparative global development

Ma’Ailah  Blackwood

Ma’Ailah Blackwood

Team Leader - Technology in the Philippines

Research Interests / Specializations: International Relations, Geopolitics, North Africa and the Middle East, Canadian Foreign Policy

Raajveer  Puri

Raajveer Puri

Team Leader - Chemical Industry in Pakistan

Research Interests / Specializations: International Relations, Diplomacy, Global Security, Political Risk, Macroeconomics, Macro-History

Ernest Tam

Ernest Tam

Team Leader - Textiles in Turkey

Research Interests / Specializations: International Relations, Global Finance, International Law, Economic Risk
Courtney Wong

Courtney Wong

Art and Design Consultant


Gwendoline Hovey

Gwendoline Hovey

Art and Design Consultant


Darby Starling

Darby Starling

Art and Design Consultant


Nameh Dhawan

Statistical Analyst