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
John W. Parker

John W. Parker Vice-President for PhD

since October, 2018

John holds a BA in International Studies from Baylor University in Texas and an MA in International Affairs from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. He is a second-year PhD Candidate in the International History Department. His hobbies include curating his collection of Japanese handicrafts, listening to songs in languages he cannot understand, contemplatively dining alone, and aimless wandering. 

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

Srivedant Kar

Srivedant Kar Communications Director

Since September, 2018
Srivedant Kar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and Social Sciences from Cluster Innovation Centre, University of Delhi. With a background in journalism, he has interned at the United Nations and led DU Beat-the largest campus newsletter of India as its Associate Editor. He is also the co-founder of the SDG Society, a not for profit which works for SDGs in India. He is currently in his second year of Master’s of International Affairs with a major in Global Security.

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

Sunaina Bambra

Sunaina Bambra Administrative Coordinator

Since October, 2018

Sunaina graduated with a bachelors in Political Science from Hindu College, University of Delhi, India. Thereafter, she taught children in a government school in Delhi for two years, under the Teach for India fellowship. She is currently in her second year of Master’s of Development Studies with a major in Mobilities, Space and Cities. She is interested in Gender, Migration and also loves to talk about political issues of the South.

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

Specialised Committees

Spencer Williams

Spencer Williams President of the Environmental Committee

Since December, 2018

Spencer holds a Bachelor in Arts & Science and an MA in Economic Policy from McMaster University in Canada. He is pursuing a Master’s in International Affairs with a major in Environment, Resources, and Sustainability. His hobbies include playing a few instruments, most sports, and spending time outdoors. 

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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