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.

Vincent Wolff

Vincent Wolff President

since May, 2017

Vincent obtained his bachelor degree from the University of Zurich in Banking & Finance. Now as a second-year graduate student in International Finance and Macroeconomics, his research focuses on financial integration, banking regulations and the implication on capital flow pressures.

E-mail: gisa.president@graduateinstitute.ch
Office Hours: Friday from 10 a.m-12 p.m  in cafeteria

Stephen Michael Lee

Stephen Michael Lee Vice-President for Master Programmes

since May, 2017

Stephen graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a bachelor’s in Philosophy in 2014. Now a first year M.A. student in International Relations and Political Science, he is interested in the extent to which crises can impact peace operations.

E-mail: gisa.vp.master@graduateinstitute.ch
Office Hours:

Salomé Tulane

Salomé Tulane Vice-President for PhD Programmes

since October, 2017

Salomé holds a BA in European studies from Sorbonne and a MSc in History of International Relations from the London School of Economics. She is a first year PhD Candidate in the International History Department.

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

Vivin Qiang

Vivin Qiang Communications Director

since October, 2017

Vivin Qiang holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Communication from Eureka College. She has had experience working in program management and advocacy at a refugee resettlement agency in Nashville, Tennessee. She is currently in her first year of Master’s of Development Studies with a major in Mobilities, Spaces, and Cities.

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

Lotfi El Jaï

Lotfi El Jaï Treasurer

since October, 2017

Lotfi El Jai is a 1st year Master of International Affairs Candidate from Morocco. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance  from Jackson State University, and an Associate’s Degree in Business from Prairie State College. Lotfi plans to major in Trade and International Finance. Lotfi speaks French, English, Spanish and Arabic.

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

Elizabeth Erpenbeck

Elizabeth Erpenbeck Events Coordinator

since May, 2017

Ellie obtained her B.S. in Environmental Economics from Cornell University. She then owned and operated her own business in California for five years. Ellie is now a master’s degree candidate in International Economics at the Graduate Institute.

E-mail: gisa.events@graduateinstitute.ch
Office Hours: Thursdays 12:00 – 14:00 (send an email to fix exact time and location)

Maylis Avaro

Maylis Avaro Administrative Coordinator

since October, 2017

Graduated from a master in Economics and social science in Paris (Ecole Normale Supérieure) and from a LSE MSc in Economic History, Maylis is now a PhD candidate (2nd year) at IHEID. Studying economic history of European central banks for her thesis, she is doing a PhD major in the Int’ History department and a minor in the Int’ Economic department.

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

Specialised Committees

Gianluca Gygax

Gianluca Gygax President of Environmental Committee

since February 2018

Gianluca holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from University of Zurich. He is now pursuing the Master in International Affairs with a focus on environmental governance and international cooperation. Besides his studies he works as a magician and loves to be in the mountains.

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

Aydincan Awchi

Aydincan Awchi President of Welfare Committee

since February, 2018

Aydincan Awchi received a degree in International Relations and double major in Philosophy from Maltepe University, Istanbul. He is currently a first year candidate of Master in International Affairs.

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

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