Global Advocacy Director
Max is an activist-academic and adventurer passionate about health and human rights, development, and Canada’s role in the world. Below the 49th parallel, Max studies Health Policy and Management and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar.
He has been featured in the Globe and Mail, spoken at and attended conferences around the world, and presented original research at the United Nations. He speaks several languages and has previously advised both governments and the private sector on cultural integration and development policy. Currently, Max is Research Fellow to the Rwandan Minister of Health where he is preparing several articles on legal reform, health and human rights for publication. He recently helped found a new Global Shapers Hub of the World Economic Forum in Raleigh, North Carolina and is the North Carolina ambassador of Young Men 4 Gender Equality—a global network of young men fighting for gender equality. Finally, Max is also completing a yearlong study: a comparative study of the successes of human rights mainstreaming in the World Health Organization.
In July, Max had the privilege of leading YDC’s Y20 delegation to Australia as head delegate and negotiating the communiqué that was presented to G20 leaders. As Director of Global Advocacy, Max forges international partnerships and is responsible for ensuring YDC’s vision is maximally effective both at home and abroad. Connect with him @maxseunik"
As Research Director, Daniel is charged with building the thought leadership component of YDC, the Young Diplomats Forum blog, and leading the research efforts on the Y20 Accountability Report, in partnership with the G20 Research Center in Toronto.
Sally Dimachki graduated from the University of Ottawa in Conflict Studies and Human Rights & completed a Joint European Master's in Human Rights and Genocide Studies at Kingston University of London. She has spent time living in France, Reunion Island, Syria and Canada, allowing her to develop a passion for international diplomacy and to become fluent in French, Arabic and English.
Being the delegate of France for the 2012 Edition of the G(irls) 20 Summit, Sally produced a list of recommendations that were presented to the G20 leaders & emphasized the importance of including women's rights in their negotiations. She has previously worked at the Parliament of Canada, Nobel Women's Initiative and is currently a Program Officer at the National Judicial Institute.
As Director of Communications, Sally is responsible for managing YDC's internal and external communications, and for developing YDC's communications strategy.
Matthew Thomas is founder and managing director of Prospect Madison, a cross-sector leadership advisory firm aimed at enhancing collaboration across the business, government and non-profit sectors to address society’s most pressing issues. He is also a co-founder and faculty member of the flagship Presidio Institute Cross Sector Leadership Fellows program, which develops the capacity of 24 high potential leaders in the United States each year. Matthew chairs the boards of Young Canadians in Finance, Young Diplomats of Canada, and CanLeads – which are aimed at developing Canada’s next generation of leaders in finance, international affairs, and politics, respectively. He serves as a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission, and is a member of the World Economic Forum and Banff Forum communities. Matthew has published his work in the Harvard Business Review (“Triple Strength Leadership”), delivered remarks on leadership to audiences at the White House, Maytree Foundation and Corporate Executive Board, and led the Canadian youth delegation to the 2013 G20 Summit in St. Petersburg. Previously, Matthew served as the co-founder and executive director of The Intersector Project, a consultant with McKinsey & Company, an economist with the Department of Finance Canada, and an analyst with Morgan Stanley. You can reach him at @talktomatthew.
Professionally, Kevin practices lean six sigma innovation within the context of banking and capital markets. Outside of the workplace, his voluntarism includes leading council engagement at the Toronto Youth Cabinet, the official advisory body to Toronto City Council representing over 330,000 young Torontonians; serving on the advisory board for Success Beyond Limits, a non-profit community organization working with at-risk youth; advising his alma mater, the University of Western Ontario, on the President’s Advisory Committee for Environment and Sustainability, and as chair of the Dan Management Alumni Advisory Council.
Most recently, Kevin was recognized by Ascend Canada as Canada’s top under-30 Pan-Asian leader.