2019 PODS Fellows

The 2019 PODS fellows were chosen from a highly competitive field of applicants. They represent a diverse range of academic backgrounds and interests, and share a passion for solving policy problems.

Tamara Jacod

Tamara graduated with a Bachelor's in Education. The contrast between her experience as a head teacher in a private Cambodian school with considerable means and teaching in Quebec public schools with limited resources opened her eyes to structural issues that can only be addressed outside of the classroom. She also taught in an Indigenous community where she witnessed the efforts to reclaim culture and indigenize education. She is interested in using data science to take part in evidence-based educational policies in the Quebec context.

During PODS, Tamara interned at CIUSSS (Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de Centre-Sud-de-l'Ile-de-Montréal) where she analyzed the distribution inequalities of food programs in primary schools in the greater Montreal area.

Currently, Tamara is a MEd Society, Politics, and Culture candidate at the University of British Columbia.

Garima Karia

During her Joint Honours degree in Political Science and History, Garima specialized in the study of international political economy and researched the intersection of trade policy and women’s welfare alongside Professor Leonardo Baccini. She has engaged in similar work abroad, most recently as an analyst at a London-based impact investment firm specializing in frontier market entrepreneurs. Garima plans to pursue a career in economic policymaking, and hopes that the quantitative skills she will hone through the PODS program will allow her to champion gender-based policy reform efforts.

Garima interned with the strategy team at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), where she worked with economic data about Canada’s tech sector in an effort to inform Canadian innovation policy.

Garima is now pursuing a J.D./B.C.L at McGill University.

Martin Law

Martin graduated from Urban Systems Geography with a double minor in Environmental Studies and Geographic Information Systems. He has experience in both theoretical and empirical urban geography, with published academic writing on the topic of new cities and GIS analyses in Field Notes, the McGill Undergraduate Geography Society journal. Martin has performed ground research at the Ocean Recovery Alliance. His interests lie in the ongoing transition to sustainable city living and he hopes to gain further insight into such urban research with the help of data science.

Martin interned at the Applied Research Lab within Open North, where he conducted analyses on open data quality in specific local contexts to provide metrics for measuring success of open smart cities.

Béatrice Libchaber

Beatrice graduated with a degree in International Development Studies and Geography. Her research experience with Dr. Sarah Moser and her work with Equitas International Center for Human Rights has led her to focus on the field of migration, specifically as it relates to human rights. Beatrice hopes to pursue a career in the field of global affairs in the future, and use the skills she will learn in PODS to partake in innovative research projects and visualizations.

Béatrice interned at the McGill Observatory on Health and Social Services Reform with Dr. Amelie Quesnel-Vallée and Dr. Rachel McKay. Her project focused on using public provincial data to analyze the relationships between specific policies and doctor involvement with the Quebec government health insurance board.

Bea is currently a Masters of Global Affairs candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.

Saeesh Mangwani

Saeesh is pursuing a double major in Environment and Development and Urban Geography. As a research assistant at the New Cities Lab, Saeesh focuses on dissecting the colonial legacies in legal and political institutions that are enabling the construction of new cities in India. Saeesh is looking forward to using the skills he learns from PODS to apply a quantitative lens toward further explorations into policy development, aspiring to use his education to supplement design and environmental policy work in his home country, India.

Saeesh interned at Data Sciences Inc. His project focused on developing an automated person-matching algorithm that accurately identifies matching and duplicate records between datasets.

Currently, Saeesh is wrapping up his undergraduate degree.

Kate Marr-Laing

Kate pursuing a degree in Political Science and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. Inspired by her work in community development and her academic focus on anti-oppressive research practices, she is excited to learn about data science and its potential to bolster harm reduction initiatives and inform effective and responsible policy. Kate plans to pursue a career in social policy, hoping to work with non-governmental organizations within Canada.

Kate interned at the Institute for Research on Public Policy, where she made projections of the prevalence and incidence of dementia across Canada’s provinces and territories.

Kate was awarded the prestigious Guy-Drummond Fellowship to pursue her MA in Political Science at McGill University and Sciences Po.

Sara Mohammadi

Sara pursuing a degree in Economics and Political Science. She has previously interned with the Climate Reality Project Canada and the public administration of her hometown in Switzerland and has co-founded a non-profit organization that combats food waste. Given her interest in energy policy and economic development, Sara aims to eventually work as a policy analyst at a think tank or in a government office.

During PODS, Sara interned with Ajah, where she worked on a network analysis of donors and recipients of funds in the non-profit sector.

Sara is now finishing up her undergraduate degree, and hopes to take more methods courses.

Madeleine Nicoloff

Madeleine graduated with a degree in Honours International Development Studies. Her interests lie at the intersection of migration and forced displacement, ethnonational conflict and peacebuilding, and social justice. Through her work with refugees, migrants, and women in community-based initiatives in different areas of the world, Madeleine recognizes policy-oriented data analysis to be a critical tool in creating effective policy recommendations and sustainable, systemic change. She plans to apply the quantitative analysis skills she learns at PODS to pursue a career advancing human rights and conflict resolution policy advocacy.

Madeleine interned at the Conference Board of Canada (Institut du Québec), where she made a map in order to visualize census data from the 1986 and 2016 censuses.

Currently, Madeleine is working at the National Democratic Institute.

Camille Préel-Dumas

Camille completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Honours Political Science and is pursuing a career in social policy, with a particular interest in immigration and welfare policy. Through her work at Accueil Liaison Pour Arrivants (ALPA) in Montreal and The Inter-American Dialogue in Washington D.C., she has gained insight on how to better equip cities for the integration of immigrants, and looks forward to building on this knowledge through quantitative analysis.

Camille interned at Precision Analytics, where she analyzed demographic data to help medical schools reach more underrepresented groups and increase diversity within health care education.

Currently, Camille is a Data Analyst at the MDRC think tank working on social policy.

Koji Shiromoto

Koji completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at McGill with joint honours in Political Science and Economics, with a minor in German Language. Over the past three years, he has written and edited for the McGill International Review, with a particular emphasis on elections and party politics in Japan and the European Union. Koji hopes to pursue a career either in policy journalism or urban planning.

Koji interned at Plotly, where he created visualizations on a wide variety of datasets, for use in the documentation for its ggplotly package.

Tamara Yang

Tamara is passionate about human rights and its intersections with international policies on immigration and citizenship, forced displacement response, and labour migration. She is especially interested in working towards cross-cultural solutions, having interned in places ranging from rural Uganda to east Vancouver. She also holds a Certificate in the Studies of Social Sciences and the Humanities from Sciences Po Paris. Tamara graduated with a Joint Honours in Political Science and International Development Studies.


During PODS, she interned at Prospered Project, a research group led by Professor Arijit Nandi at the Institute for Health and Social Policy, where she analyzed the socioeconomic determinants of sterilization practices from the Annual Indian Health Survey.

Currently, Tamara is pursuing a MSc International Migration and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.