Board Members

Our executive committee is made of the following people who regularly keep in touch with administration officials, class reps, and the students overall. It consists of permanent members as mandated by the GISA constitution, and ad-hoc members composed of the presidents of the GISA Specialized Committees that have been formally recognized by the General Assembly.

Jasmine Pokuaa

Jasmine Pokuaa President

Since May, 2019

Jasmine grew up in Ghana / UK and obtained her bachelors degree in International relations and Politics from the University of Salford. Following that she worked in the education, health and quality assurance sector before applying to the graduate institute. She is currently studying in the Masters in Development program, with a major in power and conflict. She is open and approachable, and encourages anyone with any issue to reach out to her directly.

E-mail: gisa.president@graduateinstitute.ch
Office Hours: Upon request

Frenkchris Sinay

Frenkchris Sinay Vice President for Masters

Since May,2019

Frenkchris was born and raised in the Netherlands though his family is from Indonesia. Before coming to the Institute for the economic stream of the Master in International Law, he studied law and international affairs at Leiden University. Having worked for a think tank and the UN, Geneva was the logical choice to further explore his interests in international regulation, yet this time focused on trade and investment. Through GISA, he works together with class representatives and the Institute to improve students’ academic experience. In his spare time, he enjoys bringing people together through music, volunteering, and sports.

E-Mail: gisa.vp.master@graduateinstitute.ch
Office Hours: Upon request
Bram Barnes

Bram Barnes VP for PhD

Since September, 2019

Bram grew up in the United States, and is here with his wife and daughter. He graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a Double BA in history and sociology, and continued on to receive his MA in Global and International History from Aarhus University in Denmark. Currently in his second year, Bram is pursuing his PhD in International History with a focus on international education development programs. His research and activism have always focused on the practices of liberation and democracy in education, from the learning content to the institutions.

E-mail: gisa.vp.phd@graduateinstitute.ch
Office Hours: upon request

Mukta Dhere

Mukta Dhere Communications Director

Since September, 2019

Mukta is a Marketing and Communications graduate, a French trainer and translator and an ex language assistant. She loves to converse, meet new people, travel and write poetry. With her previous experiences in social media management, editorial for magazines, soft-skills training and cross-cultural communication, this role stays at the heart of what she loves to do. She is currently a first-year candidate of Masters of International Affairs, interested in Social Innovation, Design Thinking and Communication for Advocacy.

E-mail: gisa@graduateinstitute.ch
Office Hours: Upon Request

Lefei Chen

Lefei Chen Treasurer

Since May, 2019

Lefei holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University in southeastern China. She is now pursuing her Master’s degree on International Affairs specialized in security.

E-mail: gisa.treasurer@graduateinstitute.ch
Office Hours: Upon Request

Maya Kihiu

Maya Kihiu Events Coordinator

Since May, 2019

Maya has a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Waterloo. At present, she is a second  year Master candidate in Development Studies. Her areas of focus include public and political advocacy, and the intersections of power and development work in Sub-Saharan Africa.

E-mail: gisa.events@graduateinstitute.ch
Office Hours: Upon request

Antonio Garcia

Antonio Garcia Administrative Coordinator

Since September, 2019

Antonio is originally from Mexico and holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Monterrey. He is now pursuing his Master in International Law at The Graduate Institute, Geneva. After interning in the private sector and being involved in several projects with vulnerable communities, he is mostly interested in the social impact of International Law at the domestic level, as well as in Mexican foreign policy. At GISA, he is charge of the administrative aspect, such as the archives and institutional memory, as well as of transparency from the association to the Student Community.

E-mail: gisa.admin@graduateinstitute.ch
Office Hours: upon request

Specialised Committees 

Zaninka Mariane Ntagungira

Zaninka Mariane Ntagungira President, Environmental Committee

Since December, 2019

Zaninka was born and raised in Kigali, Rwanda and later lived in Togo and Guinée. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Tampa in Florida. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Development Studies, in the Environment, Resources and Sustainability track. Her research interests include environmental policy in Africa, including the plastics economy and renewable energy on the continent. Her hobbies include any fun in the sun, cooking and baking, and discovering coffee shops.

E-mail: gisa.ec@graduateinstitute.ch
Office Hours: upon request

Tanya Kini

Tanya Kini Co-President of the Welfare Committee

Since December, 2018

Tanya graduated from St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Sciences and comes from a professional background in sport and communications. Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Affairs, her research interests lie in gender, education, training, and sport.

Email: gisa.welfare@graduateinstitute.ch
Office hours: On request

Karun Gopinath

Karun Gopinath President of the Professional Development Committee

Since July, 2019

Karun is a second-year MDEV student with a wealth of previous work experience in India. In his last job at an education-based non-profit, Karun mentored numerous students in making successful career choices.

E-mail: gisa.pdc@graduateinstitute.ch
Office Hours: upon request

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