Brandon McNally, MA in International Relations, Leiden University, The Netherlands
(Rotary Club of Lethbridge East and Rotary Club of The Hague International),
Global Grant Scholar, 2018-2020

 
Brandon McNally is an MSc student at Leiden University in The Netherlands where he studies International Relations and Diplomacy. The program trains students in the areas of mediation and negotiation while providing an in-depth study of the areas which affect the international realm (such as law and the economy). Brandon’s specific interests lay in evaluating the connection between the environment and conflict.
 
Brandon obtained a BA Political Science with a minor in Religious Studies from The University Lethbridge. During his time at the University of Lethbridge Brandon was an active participant in student government, a board member of the Lethbridge Public Interest Research Group (LPIRG), and member of several campus clubs/organisations. He was the recipient of The University of Lethbridge President’s Grant for International Community Engagement, with which he went to Nepal to intern at ECCA, an environmental NGO. He also gained extensive research experience by independently completing field research on the Navadurga, a tantric Hindu tradition, and through his role as a research assistant for Dr. Rodrigues in the final year of his BA.
 
Human rights has always been a passion of Brandon’s. He has been a member of Amnesty International in various capacities, including a National Youth Coordinator for Amnesty International Canada’s English branch. Following his undergraduate Brandon worked for Peace Brigades International (PBI) in Kenya as a field officer. PBI provides security mechanisms for human rights defenders at risk. Brandon assisted in providing security assessments, accompaniments, advocacy, as well as recommending and fulfilling non-violent protection measures.
 
After completing his master’s degree Brandon intends to work on diffusing conflict and developing peace in order to help build stable societies where human rights are respected and advanced.
 
To find out more about Brandon’s career, visit his LinkedIn page.