Meet our 2016-2017 Global Ambassadors


Andrew Global Ambassador
Bethany Global Ambassador
Deniz Global Ambassador
Danillo Global Ambassador
Feaven Global Ambassador
Jeffrey Global Ambassador
Malcolm Global Ambassador
Mina Global Ambassador
Natalia Global Ambassador
Sarah Global Ambassador
Tobi Global Ambassador


Program of Study: Major: International Relations. Minors: French, History, Commerce 

Activities and interest: Sport (watching and playing): football/soccer, tennis, hockey, Frisbee. Music (singing, playing guitar). Going out for a pint or two at the pub. Interesting discussions of any sort (politics, history, TV)  

Best things about University of Toronto: Location, location, location. U of T is at the heart of the greatest city in the North. 

Languages: English and French


Andrew Wiseman

About me:

I am Andrew, your go to guy for all things: directions, general Q&A about the University or city of Toronto, sports within and without the University, all genres musical, and good times at the bar.

I spent last year at the University of Warwick (UK). On my year abroad I did lots of travelling (UK and Europe), got involved in several university societies and sports teams, and met some amazing friends. If you are looking to get the most out of your experience I have plenty of advice about how to get involved. Surviving both Brexit and a year without seeing my family, I can also provide helpful advice if you ever feel homesick.


Program of Study:  Engineering Science

Activities and interests:  Baking, reading, swimming, hiking, travelling, learning new languages (though I’m not very good), whistling, drinking coffee, sleeping

Best things about University of Toronto: 

Languages:  Friendly Faces

Bethany Kon

About me:

I am an ambivert – an introvert undertaking the techniques of extrovertism. My secret? I am a firm believer in Eleanor Roosevelt’s phrase: “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

Fast lane for getting to know me: My greatest fear is missing an opportunity. My superpower is that I am a Pinterest expert, which means that I will bake anything (if you pay me). My fatal flaw is that I’m only on book 4 of the Harry Potter series. And my ultimate goal in life is to be able to juggle.

I spent this past summer abroad in Thailand, which was one of the most rewarding experiences – the friends, the adventure, the food, the culture. I had loads of first times: first time flying alone, first time on a motorbike, first time eating a worm, first time riding an elephant, first time swimming with fish. My advice? Stick to Roosevelt’s phrase and it’ll be life changing.


Deniz Samadi

Program of Study:  Major in Political Science, Double Minor in English and Philosophy

Activities and interest:  Like any average millennial, I survive on a healthy balance of sleeping in, surfing the internet way too much, and eating an alarming amount of take out. I’m an avid reader, I have an obsession with dogs, and I love to swim.

Best things about University of Toronto:  The great thing about going to U of T is living at the core of such a diverse city – the food, people, and activities are as varied as its incredible residents. 

Languages:  English, Farsi

Deniz Samadi

About me:

Hey there! My name is Deniz (pronounced like Denize if you’re unsure) and I’m going into my fourth year. I was born and raised in Toronto and I’m so proud to call this beautiful city my home.

I participated in two exchanges last year, one in Korea at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul and an internship at the Beijing Foreign Studies University in China. I also had the opportunity to backpack all across South East Asia in between my exchanges – the experience was unreal! I love to travel and meet people from all over.

I’m a hardcore foodie, self-proclaimed shopaholic, animal lover, and I think most of my friends would describe me as a social butterfly. I’m a fan of all things Torontonian – from Drake to Rupi Kaur to the Jays. You can usually catch me on a patio in the Annex or getting lost somewhere on Queen Street.

I’m so excited to meet incoming students and help them explore our awesome campus and city. But for now, let me be the first to say welcome to the 6ix!


Program of Study:  Civil Engineering

Activities and interest:  Food, traveling, nature and outdoor activities.

Best things about University of Toronto: The opportunity to create connections and friendships with people that I would have never imagined before.

Languages: Portuguese and English

Danillo Viana

About me:

Hey! My name is Danillo and I am a visiting undergraduate student from Brazil. I am a true believer that everyone has something interesting to share with other people, whether they are ideas, experiences or skills. One of my goals in life therefore is to explore all these areas and share them with other people.

Canada is my first experience abroad. And I have to say that having to start so many things from zero in a foreign country – from bank accounts to friendships - caused an unpredictable set of emotions in me. Now I feel comfortable enough to extract the best from this experience and share what I have learned with other international students. So, if you need of any kind of assistance, please, feel free to contact me. I would be more than glad to help you to have an amazing time at U of T and in Canada.


Program of Study:  International Relations

Activities and interest:  Skiing, cycling, reading, and traveling.

Best things about University of Toronto:  All the different clubs, societies, and sports that are available at the University – there’s truly something for everyone.

Languages:  English


About me:

I was born and grew up right here in downtown Toronto – so I know about a lot of the amazing events and things to see in the city, from our annual film festivals and museums to our award-winning national parks that are just an hour’s drive away.

However, last year, I decided that I wanted to try out living in another city, which is why I spent the past two terms studying abroad in central London, England.

Having participated in an experience like this, I definitely am aware of all the incredible opportunities that come with breaking free from your comfort zone – like the chance to explore an exciting new country and making friends from all around the world. But I also know how hard it can be sometimes, too, especially when you’re homesick or adjusting to a new culture.

That’s why I’m helping out at the CIE and offering some of my own knowledge and experiences. Like all the other global ambassadors, I just want to ensure that your transition to the university and the city is smooth and positive – so feel free to ask me anything and I’m looking forward to meeting you all in September! 


Program of Study:  Pharmacology and toxicology

Activities and interest:  Eating out, trying new recipes, reading and drinking coffee 

Best things about University of Toronto: So many opportunities are available for students!

Languages:  Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese), English, Spanish (basic)

Jeffrey Lai

About me:

I am going into my fourth year in Toronto. I was raised in Hong Kong, but I have also spent some time living in New York and Beijing. I did my research exchange in Singapore. My favourite part of the exchange is that I can try new food and know the local culture in depth! In my free time, I like to eat out with friends. If you need restaurant recommendation in Toronto, feel free to message me! 


Program of Study:  Anthropology, Literature and Critical Theory, & Material Culture 

Activities and interest: sports (soccer in particular), music, film, books, food (cooking, restaurants – eating in general)

Best things about University of Toronto: U of T’s location and its people; a haven of learning in a busy, busy city; and comprised of and surrounded by amazing people.  

Languages:  English, (minimal French)

Malcolm Sanger

About me:

I’m going into my final year at U of T and, having grown up in Toronto (or the 6ix), I’ve come to know my city from a variety of perspectives – I hope I can make you love it as much as I do. I loved spending a semester of last year on exchange in Sweden and found that being an exchange, international, or visiting student can be amazing but also overwhelming. I hope that with my experience of Toronto and being an exchange student I can help you have the experience you want here, at U of T and in Toronto.


Program of Study:  Sociology

Activities and interest:  Travelling, photography, concerts, camping

Best things about University of Toronto:  At the risk of sounding like a nerd, the classes are really fantastic!

Languages:  French, English, Serbian, (intermediate) Spanish

Mina Todosijevic

About me:

I'm a fifth year sociology specialist. I did my exchange at the University of Granada in Spain. It was a really amazing experience, and one of my favourite parts was the huge exchange community that was there. I'm excited to be on the other side of the exchange process – receiving new students and being able to show them around my school/city/culture!

When I'm not studying sociology, I like being outside doing pretty much anything. My talents include always dressing properly for the weather and being able to eat seven tomatoes in one sitting. I am also terrible at writing "about me's".

If you have any questions about Toronto/U of T/little trips you can do outside of Toronto/where to find cheapest food around campus, shoot me an email!



Program of Study:  International Relations and European Studies

Activities and interest:  AIESEC, international politics, travel, literature, running, learning new languages

Best things about University of Toronto:  The diversity of its students! And the libraries, especially E.J. Pratt.

Languages:  English, French, Serbian, Russian


Natalia Paunic

About me:

My name is Natalia Paunic and I am a fourth year student at U of T.  I was born and raised in Toronto, and I spent my third year on exchange at Sciences Po in Paris. I have been to 25 countries, including on a trip with U of T to China, and I love to travel and meet new people. I like old bookstores, going out dancing, and debating about politics. My favourite cities are Paris, Belgrade, Shanghai, and, of course, Toronto. 


Program of Study:  Specialist Major of Political Science

Activities and interest:  Traveling, camping, cooking and comic book reading!

Best things about University of Toronto:  The diversity and culture of expertise among all our professionals. We really are the best in the country!

Languages:  English

Sarah Mariani

About me:

I have just returned home from a year abroad in the UK! While they speak English, anyone can tell you that there is definitely a language barrier to overcome with the way they have chosen to use it. After a year of visiting a bunch of European countries and eating new foods, I’m back home to complete my final year of Political Science. In addition to my recent travels, my own background features relatives from all corners of the world and I look forward to bringing all of that cultural compassion to this new role of Global Ambassador! Come talk to me if you are looking to get out of the city and explore the great white north, or to find the best new ramen place in town. I look forward to greeting everyone upon arrival!


Programs of Study:  

Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry (Major)

Sustainable Energy & Engineering Business (Minors)

Engineering Leadership (Certificate)

Activities and interest:  Sports (mainly soccer), Video games (FIFA), Walking through nature parks, Photography and Creative Writing

Best things about University of Toronto:  The best thing about the University of Toronto is the number of vast opportunities and activities that it offers to its students to explore and discover their passions. Much like the city of Toronto, the University is very vibrant and diverse in its people and the span of backgrounds it reaches through clubs and other extra-curriculars.  

Languages:  English, Dutch (Intermediate), French (Basic), Yoruba (Basic)

Tobi Edun

About me:

I am a 4th year Chemical Engineering student at the University of Toronto. I was born and raised in Nigeria for 11 years, relocated to the Hague, the Netherlands and lived there for 6 years and now, I have lived in Toronto for 3 years. I know what it feels like to be away from home and I would like to help you as you make the transition.

When I came to Toronto in first year, it was my first time in the city and it was overwhelming at first, but learning the culture and getting to know people through shared activities have kept me intrigued. I have gotten to know a lot of amazing people throughout my journey here. Let me take you on your journey to meet some of the most thrilling people you will ever meet and get to know some of the exciting activities and attractions that Toronto has to offer!