Ankita holds an Honours Bachelor of Science and a Masters in International Relations & Medical Anthropology from the University of Toronto. Her research interests include pediatric health, global heath, gender studies and politics. She conducted her graduate thesis research in Malawi, Africa where she focused on socio-cultural factors impacting pediatric anti-retroviral adherence (ART). Committed to a global approach to learning, Ankita has also traveled to South Africa to participate in an intensive training course on promoting rational medicine use in the community, conducted by the World Health Organization, Royal Tropical Institute and the Universities of Amsterdam and Western Cape. From 2005-2008 Ankita was involved with Dignitas International, a research-oriented “academic NGO” that is developing a community-based approach to treatment, care and support for people living with HIV in the developing world. She started first as a volunteer, and then went on to co-found Dignitas Youth, a growing international network of young leaders striving strengthen and improve the international response to HIV/AIDS. Ankita was responsible for chapters across Canada, US and the UK and organized major fundraising and advocacy initiatives. During her time at Dignitas she was also the International AIDS Conference project manager for 2006 and in her last year was the Executive Assistant to Dr. James Orbinski, Former International President of Doctors without Borders/MSF & Dignitas International, and Professor of Political Science and Medicine, University of Toronto. Ankita is passionate about creating a safe and enriching environment for children. She has been a program instructor at local community centres and libraries in York Region, Ontario where she developed program curricula for children on the topics of leadership, self-esteem, public speaking, and recreational activities such as traditional and contemporary South Asian dance. She has also volunteered with various organizations including The Hospital for Sick Children and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She is a former Junior Fellow of Massey College.