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.

Winona Kent

Graduate Programs Assistant, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine

SPPH education staff by day, writer by night. Storyteller since I was a toddler drawing pictures on walls. UBC MFA (Creative Writing) program graduate. Author of 5 published novels (6th on the way).

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2018


M.V. Ramana

M.V. Ramana

Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

I obsess about nuclear things: nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, nuclear accidents, nuclear waste… I also love South Indian classical music, a good cappuccino and cooking.

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2019

Terri Kennedy

Terri Kennedy

Communications Designer, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT)

Graphic designer, travel junkie, avid runner and lover of the great outdoors. Committed to staying current with design trends and constantly challenging myself to learn more!

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2019

Tiffany Wong

Tiffany Wong

Student, BA Anthropology; Masters of Management Dual Degree

Campus Ambassador. CCEL Co-op Student. Passionate about meeting, learning about and working with people. Can be found at the beach on sunny days or trying out new restaurants on rainy ones.

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2019


Juma Orach

Juma Orach

Student, Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine

I’m committed to preserving human life one pair of lungs at a time by studying the effects of inhaled pollutants. Chai is my fuel and Salsa-rueda rejuvenates my soul. TV show enthusiast.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2018

Liska Richer

Liska Richer

Manager, SEEDS Sustainability Program (Community Development, C+CP); Instructor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Mobilizer, strategist, implementer, teacher/learner committed to addressing societal issues through community partnerships. Research in biodiversity, food, eco-human health. Foodie+DIY/Maker.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2018

Rebecca Todd

Rebecca Todd

Assistant Professor, Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Former contemporary dance choreographer. Current assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. Uses brain imaging and other methods to study how what’s emotionally relevant influences attention and memory.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2018


Tanya Chartrand

Tanya Chartrand

Undergraduate Program Assistant, School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan

Proud UBC alumna and staff member, firefighter, healthy living advocate and new parent of a teenager. Passionate about travel, country music, anything vintage, fun hair and line dancing.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2018

Tommy Koh

Tommy Koh

Student, Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Researcher and policymaker. Adopting a scholar-practitioner approach to solving society’s problems. Committed to persuade and be persuaded. Frequently on planes, sometimes at the controls.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2018

Cecil Konijnendijk

Cecil Konijnendijk

Professor, Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry

Passionate about trees, and especially about contributions trees and nature make to better cities. Also an avid writer, and working on urban forestry matters across the globe.

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2018