Philipp Bien

Philipp began his academic career at the University of Konstanz in Germany where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Public Administration in 2018. Subsequently, he began hist postgraduate studies in Global Affairs at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto which he graduated from with a Masters of Global Affairs (MGA) in June 2021. Philipp’s academic interest is on global governance, international development and the Agenda 2030. From May 2020 until July 2021, he worked as a graduate research assistant to a development economist, contributing to studies on the consequences of violent conflict in Timor-Leste. Since May 2021, he is part of the Global Summitry Project where he is responsible for the design of a Master’s level course on the Agenda 2030 taught by Prof. Alan Alexandroff at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Further, he contributes background research, and analyses on sustainable development and global governance reform to the thinktank’s publications. After leaving the Global Summitry Project, Philipp aspires to remain in academia and pursue a Ph.D. in International Relations.

Luca Bonifacio-Proietto

Luca is currently a second-year Masters student at the Munk School of Global Affairs, at the University of Toronto. During his time with the Global Summitry Project (GSP), Luca has been a part of the China-West Dialogue team. He has worked closely with Erik Balsbaugh, a partner with the GSP, to develop a briefing book on key issues and legislation regarding the US-China relationship, as well as on key players in US Congress who help to facilitate that relationship. Luca attended Queen’s University for his undergraduate degree, where he graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor in Sciences, Honours. He majored in biology and minored in geography. His research interests include US-China relations, Arctic sovereignty, the political economy of the welfare state, and the spread/retrenchment of liberal democracy around the world.

Regina Robbins-Codera

Regina Robbins-Codera will be completing her term with GSP in October 2021 and will be moving to Japan on the JET Programme, an English Teaching and Exchange program between Canada and Japan for the next several years. As a research assistant for Professor Alan Alexandroff and the Global Summitry Project (GSP), Regina’s primary roles are overseeing and working on the China-West Dialogue, the Agenda 2030 Global Classroom, administration, and donor relations. In 2019, Regina graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Political Studies, focussing on the international relations and political economy of Eastern Europe. Subsequently, Regina graduated from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto with a Master’s in Global Affairs (MGA) where she focussed on Global Security. During her master’s, Regina worked with Global Affairs Canada on understanding the relationship between the humanitarian-development-peace nexus and climate change and worked with the International Organization for Migration (IOM-UN Migration) in the Private Sector Partnerships and Donor Relations Division. Regina’s primary research interests are in the security-migration nexus but has also recently worked on China-West relations, and the role of contiguous states in the Asia-Pacific.

Ziyi Hu

Currently in the second year of his Master of Global Affairs (MGA) program at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto, Ziyi is pursuing specializations in the market and cyberspace. Interested in global governance, Ziyi interned at the Global Summitry Project (GSP) in summer 2021. He engaged in research in the China-West Dialogue project at GSP. He analyzed domestic and foreign policies of some top economies in the world. Ziyi received his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Russian and East European Studies with a minor in Japanese from Union College (New York) in 2020. Ziyi also had research experiences in High Energy Physics and Virtual and Augmented Reality programs that teach Verbs of Motion to non-native Russian speakers. In combination with Ziyi’s background in science and Global Affairs, he wishes to continue his education after the MGA program to become adequate in Computational Social Science.


Vartika Suneja

Vartika Suneja is a student at Rotman Commerce, University of Toronto. She is pursuing a Management Specialist, and an Economics Minor. She’s a Research & Digital Associate for GSP, and some of her responsibilities include web content management, social media management, admin and navigating GSP’s overall digital presence. By formulating a strategy to increase traffic and improve website user experience, Vartika is contributing positively to GSP’s growth online. Outside of work, Vartika enjoys writing, research and is passionate about diversity and inclusion.

Tammy Cheng

Tammy is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree in the Rotman Commerce program at the University of Toronto. Her fields of study include a Management Specialist focusing on marketing and strategy & innovation, a Public Policy Major, and an Economics Minor. At the Global Summitry Project, Tammy is a research and digital associate responsible for expanding the Project’s online presence as well as assisting with the collection and review of articles for publication.