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CIC Vancouver is one of the five original branches of the Canadian International Council founded in 1928. Our mission is to provide professionals, academics, students, and community members in the Vancouver area with a platform to stay engaged with international issues and help shape Canada’s role on the global stage. We seek to achieve this mission by hosting regular seminars and networking events with leaders and experts in the field of international affairs and public policy. We have partnerships with a wide range of post-secondary institutions and research organizations across British Columbia and beyond. CIC Vancouver is also reviving its mentorship program where we connect aspiring students and young professionals with experienced public policy and international affairs practitioners so they may learn and grow their own careers in public policy and global affairs.

2023 Branch Executive Team

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Luthfi Dhofier

Luthfi Dhofier (he/him) is a public policy and applied research practitioner with experience working in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Luthfi lived in Indonesia during the Asian financial crisis and saw the country’s transformation from a military dictatorship regime into a democracy, an experience that shaped his interests in international affairs and public policy. He is currently a policy analyst at the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) where he works with governments and communities across Canada to address a wide range of policy issues such as economic development, housing, and transportation. Luthfi is also a Co-founder and Executive Director of Global Water Rights, a non-profit organization with a mission to research and educate the public about rights to water and sustainable water management. He has contributed to National Observer, The Vancouver Sun, The Hill Times, the Hamilton Spectator, and more. Luthfi holds a Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs from the University of British Columbia.

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Elmer DySalvador
Chair of Research and Operations

Elmer Dy Salvador is an entrepreneur, researcher, public policy professional and longtime community volunteer to various local and international non-profit organizations. He considers himself a global citizen and thus, has taken the lessons and experiences he’s had while living, working and traveling abroad to inform his worldview. Elmer believes that there are positive examples that can be found all over the world that can serve as guides for policymaking to solve some of our most difficult challenges here at home. He holds a dual MSc. degree in Public Policy and Human Development from Maastricht University and the United Nations University.

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Gabriele Nandal
Chair of Programs and Strategic Initiative

Gabriele is driven by her curiosity. While this curiosity is not limited to global affairs, she is also fascinated by ancient history, living things, human nature, and what lies beyond the cosmos. This curiosity led to her becoming a biologist with extensive experience in research, managing projects, and education. Holding a M.Sc. from the University of Toronto, she is also an avid community volunteer. Gabriele is eager to bring her broad experiences working with diverse groups internationally, in addition to her insatiable curiosity to CIC Vancouver. She believes that engaging different perspectives in discussion on key issues helps foster meaningful change and essential community awareness. When Gabriele is not down a Wikipedia rabbit hole, you are likely to find her exploring the outdoors, painting, or trying every restaurant in the city.

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Tyler Yan

Tyler Yan is a seasoned technology professional who has helped private and public organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia to strategically build and expand their firms through digital solutions. In this capacity, Tyler has also assisted various organizations in improving their accounting and financial practices. Born and raised in Vancouver, he had the opportunity to work and volunteer abroad, and ultimately spark an appreciation for international affairs. Tyler looks forward to ensuring the prolonged financial health of our council through transparent and responsible fiscal planning.

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Christy Lim
Chair of Communications and Marketing

Christy (she/her) is a third-year student studying Political Science (Honours) at UBC. Her experiences working as a research assistant on a project examining media coverages of ethnic conflict and coordinating an undergraduate policy competition, combined with her own international background, have helped her to develop unique interests in identity politics, democracy, and media literacy. Christy looks forward to delivering inclusive communications and representing students’ passion and interests in international affairs.

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Michael Vento
Operations Manager

Michael is a second year student at the University of British Columbia. He is studying Political Science with a minor in Law and Society. He is from Rhode Island, on the east coast of the United States. Michael has contributed to the UBC Arts Undergraduate Society, the Ubyssey newspaper, and the Student Legal Fund Society at UBC. He learned about the Vancouver branch of the Canadian International Council while participating in the 2022 Canadian Undergraduate Policy Competition. He is excited to help CIC Vancouver’s administrative needs, and looks forward to the events the branch will throw. He encourages all students of any background to join the CIC Vancouver branch, as it is a great learning and volunteer opportunity for all. He also encourages all those in the Vancouver region to attend the CIC Vancouver events! You can contact the CIC Vancouver Branch at and Michael at

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Sohail Ahmed
Programs and Partnerships Manager

Sohail Ahmed has 3 years of experience in Professional Services and is presently an Associate in the Transfer Pricing practice at Price Waterhouse Coopers Canada (PWC) in the Vancouver office. Prior to this, he started his career in Policy Macroeconomic Research at EMIR, a U.A.E.-based advisory firm that serves CEOs of large multinationals operating in the Middle East, with a focus on government strategy and public policy. He has also volunteered with the Vancouver chapter of Muslims Achieving Excellence (MAX), a non-profit organization focused on career mentorship, networking and skill development programs for young professionals. He believes in the importance of diversity of perspectives and has international study and work experience in 4 countries and 3 different focus areas including Information Systems, Policy Market Research, and Transfer Pricing.

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Khondker Salehin Abrar Haque (Sal)
Research Manager

Sal is a recent graduate from Simon Fraser University, where he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a Minor in Social Data Analytics. He is affiliated as Don Lavoie Fellow with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a program dedicated to studying the national and international political economy through the Austrian Economics framework. Sal is an avid reader, and likes playing soccer and table-tennis, as well as exploring the Greater Vancouver Area in his free time.

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Jemma Heathcote
Events Manager

Jemma (she/her) is a second year Political Science student at KPU. She has experience working as a student intern for the South Surrey-White Rock Constituency in the Student Mentorship program at KPU. She is also President of the Debate Club at KPU, as well as the Model UN Club in an ongoing goal to encourage students to speak up about issues that matter. Jemma looks forward to working on events with the CIC in Vancouver as she believes it’s important to help engage Canadians in foreign policies and global politics.

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Mei Terasawa
Events Manager

Mei Terasawa is a third-year international student studying international relations at UBC. She is also a research assistant at the UBC Centre for Japanese Research and the UBC Konwakai Chair Program. While her main research interest is political and economic development in the Indo-Pacific regions, she wants to expand her field to examine Canadian foreign policy to contribute to the local community. With her knowledge of the Asia region and experience as a research assistant, Mei looks forward to joining CIC Vancouver and assisting in event coordination and promotions.