Originally from Rwanda, Bahati Maganjo is an economic mobility pathway pilot (EMPP) consultant. Before immigrating to New Glasgow, Nova Scotia in 2021, she has worked with the University of Oxford’s Refugee-Led Research Hub in East Africa since its inception in 2020 while contributing as a mentor and supporter to various initiatives aiding refugees in Kenya throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
With her experience as a trained nurse, a founding member of the Global Task Force on labour mobility, the Refugee Research Hub at the University of Oxford, as well as a Continuing Care Assistant at the Glen Haven Manor, Bahati is passionate about enhancing refugee voices and advocating for policies that allow them to thrive with dignity. Having been a refugee herself for over 20 years, she has served her community as an interpreter, mentor, nurse, and researcher with multiple humanitarian agencies, including the UNHCR.
Through her lived experience as a refugee, Bahati joins RAN with an understanding of the system and the stringent policies that hinder refugees from living their lives comfortably. Her interests include policy advocacy in education, access to work, resettlement pathways, women’s rights, and peace activism. After nine years of working and interacting with displaced communities to advocate for peace, justice, and access to durable solutions, Bahati hopes to see RAN amplify refugee voices around the world to ensure their concerns are heard and their needs are met while achieving inclusive policies across Canada.