Gavin Davies was born and raised in Calgary, but did his undergrad BA Politics at Acadia University, Nova Scotia. There he focused on political theory and IR, and had summer jobs as an intern at Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) in New Delhi, and with the deputy Premier of Queensland. After he graduated, he taught English for six months in southern China, traveled through SE Asia, and then worked for Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Bangkok on promoting social democracy values and sustainable development.
To deepen his knowledge base, he did an MSc in Transnational Security Studies at University of London, which then led to full time work for CHRI in New Delhi. There he focused on Commonwealth nations’ compliance with UN human rights mechanisms, in particular, an extensive report on India’s progress on Sustainable Development Goal #16 (government transparency and accountability). After a year and a half, he began to transition from the NGO sphere into policy making by focusing on the increasing importance of China in global affairs. He then went back to China to study Mandarin in Beijing, and is now aiming to combine his global experience with the practical policy skills offered through the MPPGA. His main policy interests are in diversifying Sino-Canadian relations, in potential areas like health care, education, and new avenues of trade.
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