People of UBC

UBC’s unique personality comes from the people that study, teach, work, and live in its community. Every individual contributes to what sets us apart. In this series, we invite you to meet the people of UBC.

Shagufta Pasta

Educator, Career & Experiential Learning, Centre for Student Involvement & Careers

Storyteller. Social planner. Builder of community. Energized by stories, faith and cities. Committed to helping students navigate the new world of work. Lover of chocolate and cardamom tea.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2018


Adam Schubel

Adam Schubel

Staff, Communications and Government Relations Officer, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

Public policy enthusiast, speech writer and fan of all things B.C. Turning a love of politics, current affairs and the Okanagan into a living.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2019

Nadja Kunz

Nadja Kunz

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Applied Science, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering

Knowledge broker seeking to inspire the private sector towards more responsible water management and stewardship practices. Climber, mountaineer, sun seeker, global traveler.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2019

Samarth Shyamanur

Samarth Shyamanur

Student, Faculty of Applied Science, BASc. in Integrated Engineering

Exploring the confluence of energy, transportation and urban systems. Fascinated by the power of thoughtful design and the magic of storytelling. Constantly inspired by nature, and by family.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2019


Sarah Patrick

Sarah Patrick

UBC Alumna (2018), Faculty of Arts, BA, Psychology Major, Health & Society Minor

Dedicated snacker. Fair weather biker. Passionate about the interplay of mental and physical health and its relation to social inequality. Working to build a more connected and engaged city.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2019

Zining Wang

Zining Wang

UBC Alumna (2018), Faculty of Arts, Double Major Economics and Asian Area Studies

Born Chinese, international student, community connector, dialogue facilitator, Asia-Pacific enthusiast, and a life-long learner. The world is a big place, let your curiosity guide you!

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2019

Danika Coulbourn

Danika Coulbourn

Student, B.Sc. Natural Resources Conservation, Faculty of Forestry

Director at The Calendar and Student Ambassador. Passionate about building community through events and traditions. Catch me on campus leading the UBC Polar Bear Swim or Homecoming Trek!

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2019


Fok-Shuen Leung

Fok-Shuen Leung

Department of Mathematics, Academic Director, UBC First Year Experience

Mathematician and mentor. Students deserve real mathematics, with all of its difficulty and flinty grace.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2019

Isabelle (Izzie) Fortuna

Isabelle (Izzie) Fortuna

Student, B.Sc. Behavioural Neuroscience, Minor in Health and Society, Faculty of Science

Grateful for opportunities to engage with the community through campus tours, research & Filipino youth mentorship. Excited to study public health and education. Always in the mood for food!

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2019

Sepideh Pakpour

Sepideh Pakpour

Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan

Adventurous. Yoga lover. Always looking for new inspiration and challenges. Dreaming of implementing change in human microbiome-based diagnostics and therapeutics.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2019