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Our Students

Fall 2021 Cohort

We are thrilled to introduce you to our Fall 2021 cohort of Ted Rogers PhD in Management students.

Victoria Granova

Victoria Granova

vgranova@ryerson.ca
Area of Interdisciplinary Specialization: Management, Cybersecurity and Psychology
Supervisor(s): Dr. Atefeh (Atty) Mashatan

Victoria is an incoming part-time PhD in Management student, who is passionate about strengthening the "human factor" in cybersecurity and will be doing interdisciplinary research in cybersecurity and psychology. Victoria is Founder of the CyberToronto Conference, an annual community conference for the GTA. Victoria is also the President of the (ISC)² Toronto Chapter board, where she works to create professional education opportunities and connects security groups across the GTA to advance the industry together.

In industry, she works as a cybersecurity professional in a FAANG company. Victoria also contributes as an occasional Instructor at York University in the Cybersecurity Certificate Program.

Victoria holds the CISSP, CISA and CPA designations and has an MBA from Queen's University. She was awarded Canadian Security’s Top 10 Under 40, as well as Canada's Top 20 Women in Cybersecurity in 2021.

Atiyeh Kazerooni Monfared

akazeroonimonfared@ryerson.ca
Area of Interdisciplinary Specialization: Digital Enterprise and Social Media
Supervisor(s): Dr. Ravi Vatrapu

Atiyeh K. Monfared is a PhD student in Management at the Ted Rogers School, specializing in Digital Enterprise and Social Media. She has over ten years of experience working in IT industry. Atiyeh did her Master of Science in Industrial Engineering at IUST (Iran University of Science and Technology) and her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering - System Analysis at AUT (Amirkabir University of Technology), Iran. Her research area falls under the Business Data Analytics and Supply Chain Management umbrella with interests in Resilience and Transparency.

Atiyeh Kazerooni Monfared
Yisheng Li

Yisheng Li

yisheng.li@ryerson.ca
Area of Interdisciplinary Specialization: Digital Enterprise and Social Media
Supervisor(s): Dr. Ravi Vatrapu

Yisheng holds an MS degree in Data Analytics at George Mason University and an MS in Management at Brock University. He published a paper as a contributing author in the American Journal of Health Behavior and presented his research at several conferences. His primary research interest is in computational social sciences with a focus on conspiracy theories on social media. Specifically, he is investigating the formation of homophily of conspiracy theories through the lens of social/cognitive theories. To this end, he aims to employ machine learning and natural language processing coupled with big data. Broadly, he is interested in the ethical implications of AI (e.g., fairness, transparency). Yisheng was granted the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Brock Faculty Supervisor-MSc Student Research Award, Brock Graduate Studies Dean's Excellence Award, and Brock Distinguished Graduate Student Award.

Saifur Rahman

mdsaifur.rahman@ryerson.ca
Area of Interdisciplinary Specialization: Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Supervisor(s): Ken Grant / Wendy Cukier

Saif is currently working as a Research Assistant at the Ted Rogers School of Management’s Diversity Institute at Ryerson University, Toronto. He has completed the Masters of Science in Management (M.Sc.M) program from Ryerson University in 2021. His research interest includes entrepreneurship and strategy, Unicorn startups, women entrepreneurship, project management, and change management. He is also working as a professor in the Project Management program at the School of Management, George Brown College, Toronto.

Saif is a certified Project Manager (PMI-PMP, and PMI-ACP) and Business Analyst (CBAP-IIBA and PMI-PBA), as well as a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB-ASQ) practitioner, with over 12 years of experience in the Management Consulting, FinTech, Process Automation & Digital Transformation, and Investment Banking domain. He has also completed his Bachelors (2008) and Masters (2012) in Business Administration from University of Dhaka.

Saifur Rahman
Meet Shah

Meet Shah

meet2.shah@ryerson.ca
Area of Interdisciplinary Specialization: Real Estate Studies
Supervisor(s): Dr. Murtaza Haider

Meet completed his Master of Science in Management from the Ted Rogers School of Management, where he was awarded the MScM Best Thesis Award. His thesis analyzed the impact of government policy change on hedge fund performance measured through return, flow, and risk. Meet also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Brock University. His research interests include hedge funds, real estate finance, real estate law, and REITs. With previous industry experience and academic knowledge, Meet strives to make an impact by exploring new and innovative topics in Real Estate Management and Finance.

Nicole Taylor

nic.taylor045@ryerson.ca
Area of Interdisciplinary Specialization: Strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation
Supervisor(s): Wendy Cukier

Nicole has earned both an MA in History from the University of Western and an MBA from the University of Windsor. She received her BA in History from the University of Ottawa. Past research includes Understanding the Context of Resiliency of Older Immigrant Entrepreneurs with York University where she created research methodology and literature review reports, GTA with Western, and transcriptionist for The Franz Boas Papers which required  a contextual understanding of History, Public Policy, First Nation Studies and Anthropology.

During her MBA, she was part of a Consulting  team for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles where she conducted a strategic audit of the organization to identify areas of opportunity and niche consumer segments and worked with senior leadership on a national corporate partnership strategy for the launch of a new product in 2019. She was nominated by peers to represent the MBA cohort in faculty and administrative meetings and empowered executive members to pursue leadership opportunities through events like Community Champions and MBA Society charity events.

Nicole is developing her passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion for diverse genders and ethnicites at the CEO level.

Nicole Taylor
Dane Vanderkooi

Dane Vanderkooi

dvanderkooi@ryerson.ca
Area of Interdisciplinary Specialization: Digital Enterprise and Social Media
Supervisor(s): Dr. Atefeh Mashatan

Dane Vanderkooi is currently a Research Assistant at the Cybersecurity Research Lab (CRL) at Ryerson and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) from the University of Ottawa where he majored in General Management. Following his undergraduate degree, Dane worked at the Department of Justice first as an administrative assistant and later as a data analyst. He also recently finished his Master of Science in Management (MScM) at Ryerson University where he specialized in Information Technology Management. Throughout his tenure here at Ryerson, Dane has been able to present his research at the SERENE-RISC 2020 Cybersecurity Conference and the CRL Research Exhibit in 2019. For his Ph.D., he will specialize in the Digital Enterprise and Social Media research area. More precisely his research is focused on digital privacy management and information disclosure in addition to IoT end user adoption and social media analytics.

First Cohort

Charlie Wall-Andrews

Charlie Wall Andrews

charlie.wallandrews@ryerson.ca
Area of Interdisciplinary Specialization: Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Supervisor(s): Dr. Wendy Cukier

Charlie Wall-Andrews (MBA, MA, BA, CCIP) is a Trudeau Scholar and lecturer at the University of Toronto. In addition to having over a decade of management experience, she is an alumna of the prestigious Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship, which specializes in social entrepreneurship and cross-cultural leadership. As a leader in the creative industries, she established many programs such as the Creative Entrepreneur Incubator and Equity X Production Development Program which prepares artists to turn their passion and talent into a sustainable career. Charlie did her Master of Business Administration at Ivey Business School, Master of Arts (MA) at York University, and Bachelor of Arts at Laurentian University. She is dedicated to advancing scientific research and critical theory in management studies and creative entrepreneurship. She conducts research at the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University and studies under the supervision of Dr. Wendy Cukier.

Dike Ike

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Area of Interdisciplinary Specialization: Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Supervisor(s): Dr. Howard Lin, Dr. Anna Triandafyllidou

Dike’s primary research interest lies in the entrepreneurship behaviours of immigrants in Canada. In addition, he is interested in immigration and settlement, particularly as it applies to new immigrants in Canada. Prior to joining Ryerson University, Dike worked as a manager for over five years in several multinational companies. Dike holds an M.Eng from Covenant University, and has authored over twenty highly cited publications in international journals and conferences.

Dike Ike
Natalia Lumby

Natalia Lumby

nlumby@ryerson.ca
Area of Interdisciplinary Specialization: Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Supervisor(s): Dr. Ojelanki Ngwenyama

Natalia Lumby is an educator and researcher with a passion for packaging, design, sustainability and technology. Currently an Associate Professor in the School of Graphic Communications Management, she has been teaching at Ryerson since 2008. Her research interests are largely in consumer packaging. Lumby looks at packaging systems from a variety of stakeholder perspectives. She has investigated innovations in packaging technology and evaluated the performance of systems and processes in packaging. During her PhD in Management at TRSM, she will be focusing on exploring management systems that support sustainable innovations in packaging.

Osama Aziz

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Area of Interdisciplinary Specialization: Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Supervisor(s): Dr. Kenneth Grant, Dr. Andre Laplume

Osama received his education up to bachelor in Pakistan. Osama’s bachelor is in accounting with specialization in finance from the University of Management and Technology Pakistan. He did his masters at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada in management with specialization in Entrepreneurship and Strategy. During his stay at Ryerson University, he was involved in different research works in addition to academic work. One of his major research works was to contribute to a report "The Survival Rate of Startups Funded by Angel Investors" co-sponsored by NACO and federal government's MITACS research program. He also had the honour to work as a teaching assistant during his bachelor degree and a research assistant during his masters degree. Osama has nine research papers as well as five international conferences on his credit. His area of interest is economic activities particularly in the field of entrepreneurship.

Osama Aziz
Samin Shaaban

Samin Shaaban

sshaaban@ryerson.ca
Area of Interdisciplinary Specialization: Digital Enterprise and Social Media
Supervisor(s): Dr. Farid Shirazi

Samin is a doctoral fellow in the interdisciplinary Management program specializing in Digital Enterprise and Social Media. She is an Adjunct Professor at Seneca College in the School of International Business Management and a Faculty Researcher in the Office of Applied Research and Innovation. Her teaching and research interests embrace but are not limited to the following areas: data analytics, environmental sustainability and climate change. Samin’s dissertation research concentrates on integrating big data analytics with environmental sustainability, and compliance through the fusion of deep learning and blockchain.

She has a background in Law and Business, with a focus on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) from TRSM, where she wrote a thesis on the impact of ICT and international protocols on carbon footprint and climate change, for which she was awarded both the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and TRSM Distinguished Thesis Award.

Sedat Ogeturk

sogeturk@ryerson.ca
Area of Interdisciplinary Specialization: Real Estate Studies and Retail and Consumer Services
Supervisor(s): Dr. Tony Hernandez, Dr. Dogan Tirtiroglu

Sedat received his MScM degree in Real Estate Management from Ryerson University in 2018. He studied engineering at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey and proceeded to work in various upscale manufacturing institutions. Sedat obtained his MBA degree from Ryerson University in 2015. His research interests include commercial real estate and real estate investment trusts (REITs) specific to Canadian REITs.

Sedat Ogeturk
Sohrab Mashhadizadeh

Sohrab Mashhadizadeh

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Area of Interdisciplinary Specialization: Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Supervisor(s): Dr. Aziz Guergachi

Sohrab’s research interests include corporate strategy, quantitative market analysis, and exponential organizations. Sohrab has done his undergraduate in engineering and has several years of experience working in the corporate environment before joining the Ted Roger School of Management. Sohrab has completed his Master of Science in Management at TRSM specializing in strategic market analysis. Based on his academic excellence and his research during his graduate studies, he was awarded the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Ryerson Graduate Development Award, and the MScM program’s Distinguished Thesis Award.

Zachary Robichaud

zachary.robichaud@ryerson.ca
Area of Interdisciplinary Specialization: Retail and Consumer Services
Supervisor(s): Dr. Hong Yu, Dr. Wendy Cukier

Zachary is a proud double alumnus at Ryerson university having completed his Bachelor of Commerce, Major in Retail Management, in 2017 and most recently, his Master of Science in Management in 2019. His thesis examined the impact of virtual reality on Generation Z consumers’ purchase intentions regarding fair-trade coffee. Following the successful defence of his thesis in the summer of 2019, Zachary developed a conference paper that was subsequently accepted for presentation by the 2020 American Collegiate Retailing Association annual conference where it won best graduate student full paper submission. His research area falls under the retail and consumer services umbrella with interests in omnichannel retail, smart shopping, consumer behaviour and psychology, and sustainable retailing.   

Zachary Robichaud