Executive Committee

The IAPSS Executive Committee, also known as ExCom, is the executing organ of the Association. It consists of the IAPSS President and six regular members who lead one department each (Events, Congress Management, Academics, Public Relations / International Cooperation, Financial Administration, Secretary-General / Membership Administration). A number of IAPSS Coordinators work in each department, directed by a member of the Executive Committee.

The board is led by the President who chairs all sessions and represents the Association both internally and externally. One member of the Executive Committe is appointed as Vice-President, permanently representing the President in case of absence.

Besides implementing the resolutions and decisions taken by the General Assembly, the board carries out the portfolio and annual agenda of IAPSS – comprising all events, publications, projects and membership services. The Executive Committee is elected at the annual IAPSS World Congress for a one-year mandate (running from the 1st of June until the 31st of May of the following year).


Jannick Burggraaff

Honorary Member
jannick@iapss.org

Jannick was born in Heerlen, in the south of the Netherlands. He got his Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations at the University of Amsterdam. Currently, he lives in Copenhagen (Denmark) where he studies Security Risk Management. His core interests are international security, defense policy, and energy policy. Jannick is fluent in Dutch and English and speaks German well. He is learning Russian and Danish. Jannick had been Study Trip Coordinator in IAPSS for a year, before becoming Head of the Events Department in April 2014 and Head of Congress Management in October 2014. From June 2015 to May 2016 he was the President of IAPSS.

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Jannick Burggraaff

Jannick Burggraaff

Honorary Member

Riina Bhatia

Vice-President and Head of International Cooperation & Public Relations
international@iapss.org

Riina is a 22 year old, second year International Relations student in the University of Turku. Through out her life she has traveled the world and gained many experiences of different cultures. She lived a year in the United States of America when she attended high school. Next semester she will be starting her studies at the University of Granada, in Spain. She has been actively involved in different kinds of association tasks, including event management and a current presidency in the Young Federalists of Turku. She has also taken part in many of the study trips as well as other events organised by IAPSS. Her research interests includes peace and conflict studies, human rights issues and international law. She is currently studying International Relations as her major, and Contemporary History and International Law as her minors. She speaks fluent Finnish and English. She is also proficient in Swedish and Spanish. She also has a fair understanding of Punjab, through her father.

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Riina Bhatia

Riina Bhatia

Vice-President and Head of International Cooperation & Public Relations

Maren Backbier

Treasurer Coordinator
finances@iapss.org

Maren was born in Nijmegen, in the Netherlands. Currently, she is finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, with a specialization in International Relations and European Politics. She is particularly interested in international security, human rights issues and the role of the European Union in the international system. She previously worked as the treasurer in the organization of the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2014 in Nijmegen. As of November 2015 she is the Treasurer of IAPSS.

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Maren Backbier

Maren Backbier

Treasurer Coordinator

Anna-Lisa Wirth

Secretary General
secgen@iapss.org

Anna-Lisa is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights at Malmö University, Sweden. Currently, she is doing an Erasmus at Sciences Po Grenoble, France. Apart from international law, she is highly interested in feminism and other related topics like ecology. Furthermore, Anna-Lisa has volunteered with different organisations like Rotaract International and engaged in on campus projects like cofounding a debate club. One of her most important leisure time activities are MUNs (Model United Nations). She so far participated in six conferences, two of them as chair. Anna-Lisa interned at Open Skåne, Malmö, an NGO working towards improving social cohesion in Southern Sweden. As she originates from Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, her mother tongue is German. Additionally, she speaks fluent English, owed to a one year exchange to the Irish West Coast, and some Swedish, acquired while studying. Now, she is seeking to improve her French and Classical Arabic.

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Anna-Lisa Wirth

Anna-Lisa Wirth

Secretary General

Vit Simral

Head of the Academic Department
academic@iapss.org

Vit was born near Prague, Czech Republic, graduated from the Masaryk University in Brno (Humanities, Political Science), University of Leicester (Law) and the Charles University in Prague (Historical Sociology). He continues his studies in PhD programmes at the IMT Lucca, Masaryk University and the Charles University. Currently, he divides his time between Prague and Vienna, researching the past and present of political finances in Central Europe and enjoying the varieties of the region’s cuisine.

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Vit Simral

Vit Simral

Head of the Academic Department

Filipa Brandao

Head of Autumn Convention & Summer School 2015
summerschool@iapss.org; winterschool@iapss.org

Born in Leiria, a small town in central Portugal, Filipa completed her BA in International Relations at  the University of Coimbra. Soon after she completed her MSc in International Security, she is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Bristol, which aims to understand the discursive politics surrounding recovery processes in post-catastrophe scenarios. Her interests in political philosophy, post-political discourses, resilience studies, art, and architecture have guided her recent work.

Filipa has always been involved in different student organizations, and currently is also a member of the IAPSS Academic Think Tank. She is always looking for a new challenge and project, as well as opportunities to better herself and grow.

Other than that, she is an avid fan of fiction novels and a true foodie. She speaks Portuguese and English fluently and is looking to improve her French, Spanish and Classical Arabic.

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Filipa Brandao

Filipa Brandao

Head of Autumn Convention & Summer School 2015