To engage students in advancing the agenda on gender equality, GATE offers a competition each year for student fellowships.

Students interested in being a student fellow can apply through the MBA in-program awards in May of each year.

Each selected MBA Fellow receives a bursary of $10,000 and commits to work on a project related to the mandate of GATE. Projects include a short video series on women’s experiences in companies, a whitepaper on women in STEM, guidelines for adapting MBA courses to be more inclusive and a strategy for attracting more women to MBA programs. Consulting firm Bain & Company is partnering with GATE to provide consultants who can guide and support the Fellows as they complete their projects.

2020-21 Student Fellows

Stephen Akinwale

Stephen Akinwale is a CFA charterholder and a Chartered Accountant, with extensive experience in corporate and infrastructure finance, having worked with PwC Nigeria and InfraCredit (an infrastructure guarantee company). Prior to coming to Rotman for his MBA, he was with MYRA Investments, a Dubai based Private Equity firm, where he worked with multicultural teams on cross-border energy transactions.

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Hashir Beg

Having worked in national development programs that directly relate to SDG-5 (Gender Equality), Hashir has witnessed the impact that gender stereotypes, prejudice and systemic oppression have on the psyche of not just an individual, but also communities and society as a whole. The resolve to work towards a fairer, more egalitarian society drives Hashir to find creative solutions that maximize impact. His expertise ranges from conceptualizing and conducting qualitative research to distilling insights and strategizing behavioural change to find new approaches to social development issues.

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Laura Chavira Razo

Coming from a small town in Mexico, where it is difficult to access health services, Laura has had the mission to make it easier for people to recover their health, particularly among underserved populations. That goal has led her through very unconventional career paths, first as a physician for people living with HIV, then as an advisor for the Ministry of Health, and for the past five years as a Public Health researcher. By conducting research, she became aware of the huge gap between evidence and scientific publications and their actual impact on the population. Laura’s constant curiosity and deep commitment to health equity led her to pursue an MBA to learn how to escalate novel and impactful solutions to reduce health inequities.

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Chantal Chizea

Before Rotman, Chantal worked as a Reservoir Engineer for Shell Nigeria. Her passion for Diversity and Inclusion in all spheres led her to serve on the Executive Committee of the Shell Women’s Network where she was primarily concerned with career development, growth, and advancement of women in the male-dominated workplace. Chantal has volunteered regularly for the Society of Petroleum Engineers as part of the women development program and actively seeks opportunities to contribute to developing the female talent pipeline in STEM through coaching and mentoring. Passionate about giving back, Chantal also initiated and led the Feed #400 charity project in Lagos Nigeria.

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Aishwarya Nikam

Aishwarya is a marketing professional with a passion for combining creativity, data, and empathy to influence business decisions. A second year MBA candidate at Rotman, Aishwarya’s background is in marketing and business development across technology and consumer goods. Between her first and second year at Rotman, she interned with General Mills Canada Corporation and her strengths lie in connecting with people and leveraging cross-cultural teams to drive growth.

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Summer Interns

Bashir Chalabi

Bashir Chalabi is a Summer Intern at the Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE) and an MBA student at the Rotman School of Management. Bashir sees elimination of gender inequality in economy as an integral component of global sustainability agenda. He took assignment with GATE to help improving business community’s awareness about the existing gaps in this field, and to be instrumental in development of tools for their elimination on practice.

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Sonal Gupta

Sonal is a research assistant with GATE for the summer of 2020. She is also pursuing her Masters in Business from the Rotman School of Management and will graduate in 2021.  Through her experience of working with gender related issues she developed a deep interest towards the cause since a very young age. She believes that gender equality involves men as equally as women and both struggle to fit into their respective stereotypical roles created by society. During her tenure at GATE, she co-authored six case studies exploring the various initiatives by businesses to create an unbiased working culture. She aims to continue working on her passion and contribute towards eliminating conscious and unconscious biases in organizations..

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Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie Taylor is a JD/MBA student at the Faculty of Law and is passionate about advocating for gender equality. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta, where she graduated in the top 1.5% of her class. As a solo traveler to over 45 countries, Stephanie has witnessed the various barriers that women and minorities may face within their communities and she has become deeply invested in advancing conversations about these issues. While at Rotman, Stephanie has served as Vice-President of Women’s Affairs for the JD/MBA Students’ Association, acted as a Rotman Scholar for various Economics courses, and was Clinic Director for Artists’ Legal Advice Services, a pro bono legal clinic for Ontario’s artistic community. She has experience working in corporate law and will be joining a New York law firm upon graduation.

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