Finance and Regulatory
Owais specializes in advising clients on regulatory and policy issues, particularly those related to financial systems, economic sanctions, anti-money laundering programs and risk. He focuses on helping clients understand the impact of complex regulations on strategy and business operations. Prior consulting activities saw him advise governments, central banks, and corporate clients in the Middle East, Europe and Canada.
Owais studied economics at York University and holds an MBA from Queen’s University. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in international development and conflict.
Varun distills data available from a wide variety of sources into valuable information. He is responsible for the design of measurement methodologies and frameworks, as well as the insights and analysis that lead to actionable recommendations.
Prior to consulting, Varun was the Lead Analyst at Syncapse, one of the pioneers in the field of Social Media Measurement. There, he completed in-depth studies, forecasting models and dashboard designs for companies such as Coca-Cola, AB/Inbev, JP Morgan and L’Oréal.
Varun studied Economics and History at the University of Toronto, which has influenced his multi-disciplinary approach to solving business and policy problems.
Communications, Outreach and Partnerships
Usaid (Muneeb) Siddiqui is a freelance journalist and writer. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Al-Jazeera America, and Religion News Service. He was a frequent contributor to PolicyMic, a millennial based online news service.
He completed his MA in International Relations from University of Sussex and a BSc from University of Toronto. He can be reached on twitter @UsaidMuneeb16
Design and Data Visualization
Di specializes in architectural and information visualization with an acumen for synthesizing complex written analysis into compelling and digestible visual narratives. He is the lead designer at Vitruviyan Rendering and works with a variety of boutique architecture firms around the world to conceptualize, render, diagram and communicate complex building ideas to their clients. He holds a Masters of Architecture as well as double majors in Architecture and the Psychology from the University of Toronto. His background in psychometrics, behavior and cognitive psychology have frequently bridged the stories behind the data to existing psychological concepts, enabling richer understanding of the underlying issues. Occasionally he farms crickets, you can ask him about that at email@example.com.
Investigations and Civic Engagement
Steven is a journalist and editor who focuses on international security-related affairs, often in the post-9/11 context. He has worked and consulted on a number of initiatives aimed at implementing effective counter-terrorism and civic engagement measures among Western Muslim populations.
He has worked as a journalist for The Ottawa Citizen and for CBC-Radio's Day 6 program. He is currently an associate editor of the The Islamic Monthly magazine and is a frequent op-ed contributor for CBC News online. His writings have also appears on Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera America, The Globe and Mail, Buzzfeed Canada, The American Conservative, and Embassy Magazine, among other outlets.
Steven studied Socio-cultural Anthropology at the University of Toronto before obtaining his Master of Journalism at Carleton University.