Maximillian (Max) Seunik is the Transition to Scale Program Coordinator at Grand Challenges Canada.
Prior to joining Grand Challenges Canada, Max worked in Uganda, leading two field-based impact evaluations with faculty at Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania and Innovations for Poverty Action. He has also conducted economic and risk analyses on Chinese infrastructure investments in Central Asia and the Caucasus with Bain & Company (Beijing) and served as Research Fellow to Dr. Agnes Binagwaho during her term as Minister of Health of Rwanda. Max has also worked with IntraHealth International analyzing the impacts of sexual and gender-based violence against women health workers on health systems strengthening. He has also conducted and published research on health and human rights, largely focused on WHO’s Gender Equity & Human Rights Secretariat.
In civil society, Max manages the operations of Young Diplomats of Canada and serves on CIVICUS’ youth board. Within Canada’s G7 Presidency, Max led the Youth 7 (Y7), a formal G7 Engagement Group, and a policymaking process that successfully influenced G7 outcomes on gender, environment and the future of work. In the local community, he organized local community service projects as Curator of the Toronto Global Shapers Hub of the World Economic Forum. He has spoken at conferences around the world and has presented original research on the role of young men and healthy masculinity at the United Nations.
Max holds a master’s degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing as a Schwarzman Scholar. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.