Agnivesh Mishra graduated with Honours from the University of Toronto with a B.A. in political science and economics. During his undergraduate years, he was extensively involved in Model United Nations (MUN) conferences and consistently won awards in major MUN competitions, including at Harvard University. Agnivesh went on to complete a master's degree in political science at the University of Waterloo, where his thesis concerned the role of soft power in nation branding and diplomacy, utilizing the example of the Bollywood industry in helping achieve Indian foreign policy objectives. While working for the Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service division of the Canadian Consulate in Shanghai, Agnivesh contributed to the development of Sino-Canadian bilateral relations through political economic reporting on regional issues and public relations initiatives. During the time, he was also working as National Policy Director for STAND Canada and contributed to Canadian policy engagement in Central Africa, including preparing a recommendation paper to implement the Disarmament, Demobilization and Re-integration (DDR) program for combatants in the Sudans. Prior to Yale, Agnivesh worked with the Alberta public service in different capacities including in international trade, immigration and sustainable energy policy. He helped expand Alberta's commercial profile in China, Korea, Japan and India through trade promotion, engagement with local and international Asian stakeholders and developing Asia-oriented market research reports; contributed to policy development to enhance skilled immigration into Alberta; and, advanced Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) policy initiatives in Alberta and the world through the development of a robust provincial engagement strategy on CCS. Agnivesh is fluent in English, Hindi, Oriya and Urdu, has conversational working proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and knows basic French. At Yale, Agnivesh will be pursuing his interest in diplomacy and foreign policy studies with a focus on South Asia and East Asia.