Shefaly Gunjal

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Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Management • University of Toronto

Bio

Shefaly Gunjal is a graduate from the University of Toronto with an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Management. During her time at the University of Toronto, Shefaly developed an interest in sustainability, human rights in relation to the environment, food security, and the socio-economic dynamics of green spaces in urban areas. Indian by origin, Shefaly grew up around an integrated culture of sustainability and minimal waste. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she drew this connection between her culture and the larger functions of sustainability, which sparked her passion and interest.

During the last few years, Shefaly has gained relevant experience in the field of environmental management, global food security, and research. In 2019, she conducted statistical analyses of survey data and drafted a manuscript exploring preferences of yard characteristics in relation to residential Green Infrastructure in Toronto, Philadelphia, and Malmo. Previously, she was employed as a research assistant for a United Nations consultant assisting in literature searches, section writing, and editing/formatting publications for four e-learning courses on “Agricultural Risk Assessment and Management for Food Security in Developing Countries” for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Lastly, Shefaly spent a year volunteering for a Toronto-based ENGO, Sustainability Network, facilitating events, and conducting administrative work which led her to better understand the network of ENGOs in Canada and the work they are doing in sustainable development and environmental conservation.

In her spare time, Shefaly enjoys working out at the gym, writing poetry, and creating art. She likes to organize gatherings with her friends for special occasions and spending time with her family. Personally, Shefaly is interested in human rights issues and enjoys discussions with her peers. Lastly, she fervently aims to improve her lifestyle to make it more sustainable to reduce her carbon footprint.

In the future, Shefaly aims to make a difference in the world of Sustainable Development by utilizing her skills, determination and expertise to shape policy, create an enabling environment between stakeholders and institutions, and research new and innovative ways to solve local, national, and global Sustainable Development issues.