board of advisors

Yemi Soile

Yemi Soile

Yemi is the Founder and Head Co-ordinator of the Nigerian Students Union UK (NSUUK). He is a public speaker, entrepreneur, youth empowerment advocate, and youth ambassador for Africa. Yemi, has risen to national prominence by delivering inspirational speeches that move young people into action by helping them shake off mediocrity, turn their potential into performance and live up to their greatness. Yemi sees himself as 'A Leader of Tomorrow in Action Today' and enjoys mobilising young people to act on social problems. Yemi holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics and Business from the University of Greenwich, London and an Advanced Diploma in Administrative Management from the Institute of Administrative Management, UK.

Thais Roque

Thais Roque

Thais is a PhD student at Oxford University and writing her doctoral thesis on Biomedical Engineering.  Thais is of Brazilian-Iranian origin. She was born and raised in Brazil but moved to Germany at the age of 16 where she completed her schooling and undergraduate degree.  She then moved to the UK to do her Master's degree at Oxford University. Thais truly believes in the power of education and for this reason has set up the Oxford Students Refugee Campaign (OxSRC) with the aim to create a scholarship fund for those whose studies have been interrupted by war and/or persecution.

Aung Zin Phyo Thein

Aung Zin Phyo Thein

Aung Zin is a first year student from Myanmar currently studying International Relations. He is an active member of the Durham Union Society and a member of the Executive Committee, as well as being a Course Representative and a contributor to the Palatinate student newspaper. Aung Zin is a published author, having published his first anthology of writings in 2011 at the age of 15. In 2013, he was selected to participate in the Axiata Youth Leadership Development Program in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is the first winner of the 2013 Irrawaddy International Literary Festival.  Aung Zin also contributes to the Myanmar Times, focusing on education development, sports and politics. For Aung Zin, education serves as a powerful tool to unite people, young and old, by bridging ideas and insights. 

Rudra Dhakal

Rudra Dhakal

Rudra is from Nepal and was until recently Vice President Welfare Officer for St. Mary's University Student Union, as well as member of the Board of Governors of the Student Experience Committee and the International Students’ society. Rudra tackled many challenges since arriving in the UK as he was a migrant student from a poor country and was embarking on his studies in the UK after a gap of 18 years. He courageously dealt with the Home Office Immigration Department when he was detained for 110 days with the allegation that he was a 'bogus' student and won the immigration appeal representing himself. Rudra recently completed his BA (Hons.) in Media Arts.

Rashid Alhaqbani

Rashid Alhaqbani

Rashid is from Saudi Arabia and has been in the UK for over 6 years. He completed his Bachelor degree at Coventry University in Electronic Engineering and then continued his studies at Master's level at Nottingham Trent University in Engineering/Industrial Management. He is a member of the Saudi Council of Engineers and the Scientific Society for Saudi Students in the UK.

Dunia T elwaaer

Dunia T elwaaer

Dunia is originally from Libya and studying pharmacology at Nottingham Trent university. She has lived in the UK for more than six years, having also completed her high school education at St. Maqer College in Aberdeen, Scotland.  

 

Thao Pham

Thao Pham

Thao is from Vietnam has has been living in the UK for over 5 years. She is currently working on her second Master's degree in International Hospitality Management while setting up her own company, Vtree, a social networking site for the Vietnamese community in the UK. Vtree focuses on helping Vietnamese businesses establish themselves in the UK, but also provides a platform for Vietnamese students studying in or thinking of studying in the UK.

Ye Ye

Ye Ye

Ye is Chief Reporter and Senior Editor of the UK-Chinese Times, the UK's premier web portal and Chinese newspaper with a circulation of over 40,000 copies.  Ye is a graduate of Goldsmith's College, University of London, with an MA in Digital Journalism.  She also holds a BA (Hons.) in Society, Culture and Media from the University of East Anglia.  Ye is from Shanghai, China and has been in the UK for over 6 years.  Her work enables her to meet many international students (primarily from China) and document their experiences of living and studying in the UK.

Tee Ganbold

Tee Ganbold

Tee is Chair and Co-founder of the British-Mongolian Students Association. Tee is originally from Mongolia but completed her primary and secondary schooling in the UK. Tee recently completed her undergraduate studies in International Relations at the University of Leeds where she was a Student Ambassador. In 2013, Tee won the Best Female Mongolian Student in Europe Award, while in 2010 she was awarded the Deputy Lord Lieutenant's Cadet and worked extensively with youth organisations in London.

Gilmar Machado Queiros Junior

Gilmar Machado Queiros Junior

Gilmar was born in the USA but has a mixed Brazilian-French background. He began studying at Regent's University London in September 2012 and is pursuing a Bachelor degree in International Relations and International Human Rights. In April 2013, Gilmar was elected Regent's University Student Union President which he served until May 2014. During his first year of university, Gilmar was the first student from Regent's to ever win the Best Position Paper Award at the Model United Nations conference in New York City. This success was repeated the following year during which he was also selected to chair a committee.

Fiona Reidy

Fiona Reidy

Fiona is originally from Ireland and passionate about international education and the international student experience having lived, worked and studied in several countries herself. Until recently, Fiona worked for PaytoStudy, an on-line international student payment service, building relationships with students, universities and education agents world-wide. She also managed the initial launch of the Science Without Borders Brazilian Scholarship programme for Ireland, in partnership with Education Ireland, and coached hundreds of students through their first applications for international study.  Fiona is fluent in Brazilian Portuguese and currently mastering French, Spanish and Dutch.

Connor Russell

Connor Russell

Connor recently graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE) with a Bachelor’s degree in Maths and Economics and serves as President of AEGEE London - the European Students Association (Association des États Généraux des Étudiants de l'Europe).  The AEGEE is one of Europe's largest interdisciplinary student associations and strives for a diverse, democratic and borderless Europe.  Connor works as an Economist on collective employment rights and trade unions at the Department for Business, Innovations and Skills of the UK Government.  

George Stanley Njoroge

George Stanley Njoroge

Stanley is the Chair of the Commonwealth Students Association (CSA) and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and African Literature from the University of Nairobi. Stanley has a keen interest in Governance, Youth Empowerment and Leadership Development. He believes that he has an international and inter-generational mandate: to do his part in healing the world and making it a better place for current and future generations. He believes that part of this would include amplifying student voices to be heard in policy making and strategy formulation across the world

Grace Little

Grace Little

Grace is American and received her A-levels in the UK. During her time studying in the UK, Grace was able to expand her cultural awareness and harness a deep intellectual curiosity for international affairs, politics, and human rights. Currently, Grace is a delegate for the Model United Nation and an active member of multiple student organisations at her university. She hopes to use her experiences to establish a career in international development in the future and plans to continue her studies in the UK at graduate level.

Alexandra Kalogeropoulou

Alexandra Kalogeropoulou

Alexandra is from Greece and a final year student in Psychology and Counselling in Staffordshire University. She is a Student Representative for Health Science and also a Sustainability Representative for the Student Union. Alexandra is also active with local mental health organizations, such as North Staffs Users Group and Mind, where she volunteers as a social worker. Alexandra is keen to use her skills in psychology and counselling to provide support to ISNUK members. Alexandra is fluent in Greek, English and French.

Sanam Arora

Sanam Arora

A graduate of the LSE, Sanam is President of the National Indian Students Union UK (NISU), a national platform connecting students of Indian origin in the UK. Sanam possesses a fundamental belief in the power of youth in bringing about change to the status quo. By developing a network of future leaders, Sanam is creating a unique platform that will foster the Indo-British relationship of the future. Her vision lies in the power of youth as being the future of India and Indo-British ties, and a platform nurturing them into future leaders from an early stage. Aside from her responsibilities at NISU, Sanam is a financial analyst working for a global investment management firm, a freelance journalist and often indulges in educational consultancy.

Gledson Emidio

Gledson Emidio

Gledson is Chair of ABEP-UK, the Brazilian Association of Researchers and Postgraduate Students in the United Kingdom. ABEP-UK has a diverse membership base and a 34-year history in the UK, promoting Brazilian culture in Britain, whilst representing and assisting its members during their stay in the UK. Gledson has been the Chair of ABEP-UK since 2013.  He holds a BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences and an MSc in Analytical Chemistry. Gledson is currently working as a Research Associate at the University of Strathclyde.

Hiba Khurshid

Hiba Khurshid

Hiba is of Pakistani origin, born and raised in Saudi Arabia and a graduate of Leeds Beckett University. During her time at Leeds, Hiba was an active member of a variety of student union groups, projects and committees. Hiba served as President of the Enterprise Society and Vice President of the Islamic Society, and was also Treasurer and Presenter at the Student Air Radio station and journalist at Leeds On. Hiba holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Management and a Master's degree in Childhood Studies and Early Years. She is also a qualified English language teacher.

Florian Jaksch

Florian Jaksch

Florian is President of the Anglo-German Student Association and member of the founding team.  Florian studied Mathematics and Economics at the University of York.  After graduating in 2012 and completing several internships in business and investment, he currently works at Rocket Internet as Global Venture Development Manager. AGSA was set up to connect its members with each other and with the professional world.  AGSA Ambassadors represent AGSA across the UK.