Afrah Arif

Professional & Graduate Peer Mentor

About Candidate

Motivated Masters of Global Affairs candidate expecting to graduate in June 2022. I can bring an array of skills and out-of-the-box thinking to the table with professional and academic experiences gained across Asia, the Middle East, and North America. Passionate about collaborating with a diverse group of people while working towards achieving a common goal and meaningful impact. I am fluent in English and Tamil, and my personal interests include exploring culinary experiences, traveling to new places, and tennis.




Masters of Global Affairs

Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Development Emphases Global Education Policy; Global Impacts of COVID-19; International Development Policy; Global Innovation Policy; Social Entrepreneurship (Rotman School)


Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

American University in Dubai

International Relations Track Minor in Social Sciences Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies CGPA: 3.86/4.00 - Magna Cum Laude

Work & Experience


Graduate Intern

May 3, 2021 - July 23, 2021
Canadian Chamber of Commerce

- Worked under the direct supervision of the Vice-President of Policy & International and presented deliverables that were used towards policymaking and organizational agendas. - Conducted research and completed reports on Canada-U.S Government and business relations that were used for the chamber's long-term organizational strategy. - Synthesized reports and analyzed policies and senate bills in Canada. - Provided event summaries on national and international programs attended on behalf of V.P Of Policy and International that were used towards advocacy and policymaking for Canadian businesses. - Initiated and completed independent reports on an ad-hoc basis.


Cognitive Skills Trainer

July 14, 2019 - November 26, 2020
The Brain & Learning

- Curated the BrainRx program to help enhance cognitive skills for children facing a wide range of social and academic challenges. - Achieved a seven year cognitive age increase with the first student I completed the program with. - Enabled high achieving students and students with learning disabilities to surpass and meet their cognitive age averages. - Monitored and assisted students on their digital training requirements while meeting and exceeding their cognitive age averages. - Documented and followed through with the students' progress over 72-hour program length.


Activities Coordinator

January 10, 2016 - April 27, 2017
American University in Dubai Student Services Office

- Assisted with ad-hoc tasks related to office organization and preparation of events. - Coordinated and assisted students with queries related in activities and event organization on campus. - Organized, arranged, and coordinated activities over the course of two semesters for visiting students to the university. - Collaborated with students and faculty from diverse backgrounds in event management, student club set ups, and visiting students activities agenda.


Human Resources Intern

May 1, 2016 - December 8, 2016
Motorola Solutions

- Supported the Human Resources team with general tasks related to employee assistance and in several recruitment stages. - Collaborated with employees in seven regional offices in the compilation and completion of all employees' Human Resources files. - Conducted interviews and onboarding procedures for candidates and new hires. - Assisted with communication with employees based in the Middle East Libya & Egypt region.


Critical Thinking
Cross-cultural understanding
MS Office



AUD Student Leadership Award

Given to select graduating students who demonstrated outstanding commitment towards campus and student leadership.

(Princess) Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Award for Excellence

Given to a single outstanding female student in the school for demonstration of leadership and commitment to social gains.

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