Alumni

Tuum Est!
Graduation 2017

Congratulations on completing the program and becoming our first cohort of UBC Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs alumni! We enjoyed gathering to celebrate your achievements with family, friends, faculty, and program staff and to look ahead to the next steps in your careers as policy professionals!

Employers, hire a MPPGA graduate! Our alumni are ambitious, globally-minded policy professionals. Find their profiles here. We would be pleased to connect you. Please contact MPPGA Program Manager Kerry Ross at kerry.ross@ubc.ca.

MPPGA Grad Reception
Alumni, your lifelong connection with UBC’s Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program offers you many benefits, access to policy events, the Alumni Network, and other opportunities. We encourage you to stay connected with us and your alumni community!

Subscribe to our MPPGA Alumni Newsletter

Get Involved

As your career progresses, consider the different ways to stay connected to the UBC MPPGA program and the next generation of change makers. You are invited to give a talk, mentor a student, or organize an event throughout the year. If you would like to participate, contact Kerry Ross at kerry.ross@ubc.ca

Mentorship Program

Advising and mentoring students can take place at all stages of your career. Share your lessons learned and experiences with students as your career develops. Help shape the next generation of talent!

Policy Practitioner Speaker Series

Intimate sessions with policy practitioners allow students insight into current ideas, topics, and best practices in policymaking. Students are keen to hear from a variety of professionals, recent graduates included. Come back and share your story on your career development and policy work!

Stay Engaged With Us

We would like to hear from you! Contact us regularly with your news, job successes, and stories to feature here and in our newsletters.

The MPPGA program hosts a number of events throughout the year. The best way to learn about these events is to subscribe to our newsletters:

Follow us and be engaged on social media:

UBC Policy LinkedIn (closed) group
As a student or alumni of the MAAPPS or MPPGA programs, request to join this (closed) LinkedIn group and stay connected with the MAAPPS/MPPGA professional network. Post questions, share tips, publish articles and leverage the existing alumni network!

Twitter @ubcMPPGA
Tag us with your news, successes, articles, and images to share on our channel.

Instagram @ubcmppga
Enjoy photos of our MPPGA community – that includes you! Send us photos of your new jobs, travels, and reunions with fellow alumni.

Facebook page
Stay up-to-date on program news and policy perspectives from our faculty.

Alumni UBC Benefits & Services

As UBC alumni, you receive many great alumni benefits and services that you can use throughout your life: career resources, stimulating intellectual programming, reunions, network connections and mentoring opportunities, and the award-winning Trek Magazine.

Find career stories, webinars, a career blog, job board on the comprehensive Alumni UBC Career Development website.

MPPGA Alumni Spotlight

In our MPPGA Alumni Spotlight, we will regular focus on select alumni who continue to inspire us through their work and embody important voices in the policymaking landscape both locally and globally.

Would you like to be featured? Please share updates on your career highlights and success by contacting Kerry Ross at kerry.ross@ubc.ca.

Raphaël Roman, 2017 MPPGA Alumni

Raphael Roman at Graduation

“As a fresh graduate of the MPPGA program, my first thoughts are going to the dedicated and truly amazing faculty members and staff that brought this 20-month program to life. Without their constant support, I doubt my experience would have been the same. In company of wonderful and inspiring peers with whom I have shared a similar passion for sound public policies and change-making, we have devised an intellectually stimulating and friendly environment, allowing our inner selves to embark upon innovative and exciting endeavours, experimenting with profound and core ideas that inspired us to apply to such a program in the first place.

In retrospect, I think the MPPGA program provided me with the opportunity to reinforce my confidence and personal engagement in the causes and issues I believe are some of the greatest challenges our current generation is currently facing (climate change, overfishing, economic inequality…). I learned not to give up on the dreams that I was pondering about during my last two years in the program. Indeed, as Oscar Wilde once said: “Progress is the realisation of utopias”, and you don’t need to go back too far in time to witness historical developments that were initially seen as pure utopias.

The broad and diverse array of topics that I have had the chance to explore and delve into nurtured my inquisitiveness and helped me to better comprehend some of the most complex geopolitical, economic, cultural, environmental and social challenges of our time.

Last but not least, the MPPGA program compelled me to move beyond my comfort zone, providing me with novel perspectives that I deemed necessary to go through in order to grow and prepare for the real world.

Besides reinforcing my confidence and commitment to induce real social change across the world, the MPPGA program has provided me with the skillset to do so, combining cutting-edge tools (both qualitative and quantitative) with strategic design expertise. I am now better prepared than ever to tackle the intricate challenges that will face the future generations to come, especially if prompt and concerted global actions are not taken.

I do not know yet what the next few years will look like, but I am already thrilled to be part of a global youth movement that aims to alter the current status quo to the advantage of the next generations. As a sustainability leader and an environment steward, I will keep “fighting the good fight”, as one of my former classmates (Brady Fox) rightly said to me at the end of the program. I sincerely hope to keep working in an intellectually stimulating environment as I have had the opportunity to do so during this program, and I have no doubts that my future career will entail applying and refining the soft and hard skills the MPPGA has initially equipped me with, in order to leave a permanent mark on the crust of the earth.”

June 2017 Update: “Currently, while being in the process of submitting two academic papers in fisheries economics, I have also just embarked upon a new summer fellowship in Data Science for Social Good at the University of British Columbia, in partnership with the University of Washington and the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative (CUAC). This 14-week summer program is gathering an eclectic group of both undergraduate and graduate students, with the aim of using the potential of “Big Data” to benefit the society. We are collaborating with the tourism branch of the provincial government of British Columbia, crunching extensive open-source data sets that touch upon business facilities, infrastructure and natural resources. Devising new and innovative data approaches, our ultimate goal is to inform effective policy for priority investments in the tourism industry, identify opportunities for growth, leverage adequate information on BC’s resources and amenities to attract more visitors and enhance the global standing of BC as an appealing destination for tourism.”

More information about the fellowship is available here.