Meet the Team

Julia Smeed, Innovation Hub Project Lead 
Julia is an intrapreneur through and through. She is passionate about seeing students succeed with their goals and loves to see new innovations come to life. Julia is a mom to 3-year-old twins Joshua and Victoria and she loves jazz music.


femaleAfrodita Kujumdzieva, Knowledge Management Team
Afrodita Kujumdzjeva is a third year student doing a Specialist in Computer Science and a Minor in French as a second language. In her free time Afrodita loves to play sports such as tennis and flag football. She also has a passion for traveling. She is very excited to be a part of the Innovation Hub because as a student she has experienced the issues that the Innovation Hub aims to resolve.

rsz_alexandra_rodneyAlexandra Rodney, Team Member
Alexandra is a senior PhD student in the Sociology department. Her dissertation looks at healthy living blogs and their readers. Alexandra is excited to use design-thinking methodology and considers herself a gardening nerd!


Ali Seyed NoraniAli Seyed Norani, Team Member 
Ali Norani is a third
 year student at UofT, pursuing a specialist in psychology and a major in international relations. Ali loves video games, movies and Mexican food. After an incredible experience volunteering with the Innovation Hub during alternative reading week, Ali jumped at the opportunity to work with us again and is highly excited for what is sure to be a fun, and (dare he say it) innovative summer!

Angela WangAngela Wang, Knowledge Management Team
Angela Wang is going into her second year in grad school, in the Faculty of Information. Angela is really excited about being part of the team, and working together to create something that will benefit the student population as a whole! Interest-wise, Angela loves cooking, going out with friends, and travel.


Clara LucaClara Luca, Implementation Leader
Clara Luca is currently working on her Masters of Information at the iSchool, where she is studying Library and Information Sciences as well as Archives and Records Management. Clara is excited for her role at the Innovation Hub because she thinks it’s a great opportunity to unite the community on campus and beyond. In her spare time, she loves to write creatively, as well as work on her bullet journal and care for her small collection of plants.

DSC_0966Gabriele Simmons, Implementation Leader
Gabriele Simmons is finishing up her Women and Gender Studies Specialist Major. She’s excited to work with such an engaged team and to put all of the hard work that people have been doing in collaboration with the Innovation Hub into action. When she isn’t studying, Gabriele can be found watching Chopped Canada and/or crying about how much she loves to read fiction.

Heerea RikhrajHeerea Rikhraj, Organizational Learning Team Leader Heerea Rikhraj is entering her third year at UofT, and is doing a Specialist in Political Science and Minor in Psychology. Heerea is drawn to stories and different realities, which is why she loves to read (her favourite genre is historical fiction).She is also an avid movie watcher (she loves fantasy and thriller films). Heerea also enjoys baking.


DSC_0956Margaryta Ignatenko, Team Member
Margaryta is studying Journalism at UTSC. She has been part of the Innovation Hub since Fall 2016, and is excited to spend this summer exploring the international student portfolio, doing hot yoga and dog sitting.



Michelle JohnstoneMichelle Johnstone, Knowledge Management Team Michelle Johnstone is a first year Masters of Information student studying Knowledge and Information Management. She’s interested in designing for knowledge systems and social information sharing practices. She also loves squash (the sport and the vegetable) and is a honey enthusiast.


Vincent TuVincent Tu, Implementation Leader
Vincent Tu is currently a third year Finance Specialist student in Rotman Commerce. Vincent was part of the Future Ready domain during the fall and winter semester and he cannot wait to develop the ideas his team has thought of over the previous year, and bringing them into fruition. In his spare time, Vincent enjoys studying Japanese and singing. He has recently been getting into voice acting – as a hobby.

William PullenWilliam Pullen, Team Member
William Pullen has recently finished his second year at UofT, and is pursuing a double major in political science and history. He grew up in Vancouver, Canada and thus has spent most of his life on the West coast, however, he was extremely excited to move out East to attend university. William loves the outdoors and takes every opportunity to get outside and explore nature (even when he has to go out of his way to find greenery downtown).


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