Amita Kuttner (they/he) holds a PhD in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz; their research focused on black holes, wormholes, quantum effects, and the early universe.
Amita was the Green Party of Canada candidate in Burnaby North-Seymour in the 2019 election, while serving as the party’s science and innovation critic and bringing forward policy on artificial intelligence and emerging technologies. They then ran for leadership of the Party in 2020, and volunteered locally during the 2021 election.
While at university, Amita led advocacy groups supporting the inclusion of marginalized people in the sciences, and scientists in the political process. Amita co-founded and served as director for Moonlight Institute, a non-profit that develops climate, tech, and decolonial policy, as well as frameworks for a just and equitable future.
Amita was appointed Interim Leader of the Green Party on November 24, 2021, becoming the youngest, the first trans person and the first person of east Asian descent to lead a major Canadian political party.
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