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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 

Azadeh Tamjeedi

Azadeh Tamjeedi is the Acting Senior Legal Officer at UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in Canada. She has worked with UNHCR since 2017 and is currently based in Ottawa. During her time with UNHCR she also worked at the office in Vancouver for two years. In 2018, Azadeh completed an emergency deployment to Boa Vista, Brazil to assist with the large number of Venezuelans arriving in the country. Prior to working with UNHCR, Azadeh worked as a lawyer at the Centre Francophone de Toronto where she represented asylum- seekers before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) and the Federal Court of Canada. As a law student, she specialized in social justice issues and gained valuable advocacy experience at the Parkdale Legal Clinic in the area of poverty law. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Honours History and Political Science from McGill University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Azadeh was called to the Ontario bar in 2011. 

Hannah Scott

Hannah Scott is the Social Media and Digital Content Associate at UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency in Canada. At the organization, she manages UNHCR Canada’s social media channels, website, and other digital fundraising platforms while telling the stories of refugees worldwide. As an alumni of the Communications and Digital Media Studies program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, she is intrigued by the ways that communication technologies can alter the existence and consequences of humanitarian issues such as the refugee crisis. A graduate of the Masters of Social Justice and Community Engagement program at Wilfrid Laurier University, Hannah has studied and reported on refugee issues in the past, writing her thesis on the coverage of refugees in Canada’s legacy print news organization. Presenting on refugee issues such as the Rohingya crisis at conferences such as the National Communications Association Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, Hannah is inspired to stand alongside refugees to tell their stories to Canadians and individuals worldwide so they can understand their plight. 

Shaza AlShamsi

Shaza AlShamsi (she/her) is a 22-year-old Syrian student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, who is interested in pursuing a Behavioral Neuroscience major. Shaza is from a small town in Syria, where she lived until she was 14 years old. She and her family moved to Lebanon in 2012, where she stayed for about six years before moving to Canada. Her family is still located in Lebanon. When Shaza was 16, she moved back to Syria alone, determined to pursue her studies. She received her grade 9 degree and studied for grade 10 during the summer break at home. When school started again, she was able to enroll in eleventh grade, which she passed before working on her grade 12 degree. From living in the war to moving around the world alone, Shaza has faced many difficulties along the way, namely homesickness. However, she was willing to put all her attention on her studies, her dream, and her mission. Shaza cannot wait to join VYMUN 2020 and share the story of her journey to Canada and where she is now. She hopes everyone stays healthy and enjoys the conference! 

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