IAPSS Board

IAPSS Board

Generally, there are three central institutions on which IAPSS is built upon: the Executive Committee, the Supervisory Committee and the General Assembly, the highest decision making body.

General Assembly

The General Assembly, also known as GA, is composed of all individual members, association members, alumni and honorable members that IAPSS holds. The General Assembly decides upon the general framework of the association. It votes upon statutes, decides upon the annual budget and membership fees, sets long-term goals and elects the other institutional bodies of the association. By involving all members, it ensures the democratic, transparent and empowering decision-making character of IAPSS. The General Assembly meets once a year for one day, at the end of the IAPSS World Congress (March / April). A second General Assembly is to be held in fall online.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee, also known as ExCom, is the executing organ of the association. It is composed of 8 members with 5 of them having their own department. Every department is composed of multiple IAPSS Coordinators directed by one member of the Executive Committee. The board is led by the President who chairs all sessions and represents the association both internally and externally. Besides implementing the resolutions and decisions taken by the General Assembly, the board carries out the portfolio and annual agenda of IAPSS – embracing all events, publications, projects and membership services. The Executive Committee is elected at the annual IAPSS World Congress for a one-year mandate.

Supervisory Committee

The Supervisory Committee, also known as SupCom, is the main monitoring organ of IAPSS. It supervises the work of the Executive Committee and overviews the proper implementation of the financial agenda of the association and the resolutions taken by the General Assembly. The Supervisory Committee reports directly to the General Assembly and can recommend actions in case violation of the statutes. Elected for a one-year mandate at the annual IAPSS World Congress, it composes of not more than three members.

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Anna-Lisa Wirth

President
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Anna-Lisa is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights at Malmö University, Sweden. During the last academic year, she completed a Certificate of Political Studies in French at Sciences Po Grenoble, France. Her academic interests focus on international law, women’s rights and environment. Furthermore, Anna-Lisa has volunteered with different organizations like Rotaract International and engaged in on campus projects before joining IAPSS. One of her most important leisure time activities are MUNs (Model United Nations). 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, fluent French and some Swedish as well as Standard Arabic. Anna-Lisa got involved with IAPSS through participating in a summer school and following that a study trip. Prior to being President, she was the Secretary General of IAPSS. In regards to this mandate she is seeking to build more sustainability and accessibility for IAPSS members in regards to the different events organized.

president@iapss.org

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Wilfred Dominic Josue

Vice President and Head International Cooperation and Public Relations Department
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Wilfred Dominic Josue finished his Bachelor of Arts major in Political Science from De La Salle University Manila in the Philippines. 2014 was when he left his hometown to pursue Graduate studies abroad. He recently finished his Master of Arts in Politics and German Post War History from the Freie Universität Berlin. His research interests include Technology and Politics, German Post War History, Security in the South China Sea and ASEAN-EU issues. Currently he is taking MA Governance in the FernUniversität in Hagen and as topic he would like to explore the complexities of the EU and Asian relations on Cyber Security Governance. Having helped in the organization of the IAPSS World Congress 2016 in Berlin, Wilfred is ready to lead the International Cooperation and Public Relations Department. He hopes that through his initiatives, IAPSS will have more involvement not only in his home continent, which is the Asia-Pacific, but also in other continents in the world so that Students from all over the world will feel that there is an international organization of, for and by them ready to help them advance the causes of the discipline of Political Science.

international@iapss.org

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Laura Dunkley

Secretary-General
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Laura is an MA student in Germany completing the final year of a double Masters degree in political science and is also the Media Coordinator at IAPSS within the International and Public Relations Department. Having joined IAPSS a year ago, Laura attended the Convention in Prague in September 2015 and co-organised the 2016 World Congress in Berlin. Within her new role, Laura looks forward to the continued work within IAPSS and also maximising the public outreach of the association. Laura’s personal research interests include security, international development, and environmental issues from a feminist perspective.

secgen@iapss.org

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Kateryna Dyshkantyuk

Treasurer
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Kateryna was born in Kiev, Ukraine and moved at the age of 14 to Germany. Currently, she is finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Bremen with a specialization in Ethics and Political Philosophy. Her thesis focuses on Humanitarian Interventions and Just War Theory. Kateryna has spent an Erasmus semester at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris. Her mother tongues are Ukrainian and Russian, she speaks fluently German and English and is improving her French. Besides of her academic interests she has been always widely involved in different kinds of voluntary activities. Since 2013 Kateryna has regularly taken part in academic conferences and events organized by IAPSS. In her mandate she hopes to contribute significantly to the further development of IAPSS by connecting students across the globe and enable them to exchange ideas.

finances@iapss.org

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Max Steuer

Head of the Academic Department
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Max holds an MA (with distinction) in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University in Budapest with an award-winning thesis on the role of the Council of Europe in setting the standards for regulation of ‘hate speech’ in three Central European countries. Since 2015, he is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Political Science, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, and studies Law at the Faculty of Law of Comenius University. His research focuses on political rights with an emphasis on freedom of speech; political institutions, particularly in Central Europe; and democracy, legitimacy, constitutionalism and the rule of law in the European Union. Max has been involved in the work of several political/civil society organizations (e.g. Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Slovak Helsinki Committee) and participated at international events and projects (e.g. Allianz Summer Academy, HUWISU, EULR Summer School). At IAPSS, he was Student Research Committees Coordinator from November 2015 before elected as the Head of the Academic Department from June 2016.

academic@iapss.org

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Axel Nordenstam

Head of World Congress 2017
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Axel is a Swedish undergraduate student who combines Political Science, International Relations, European Studies and German. He is expected to receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Political Science from the University of Gothenburg in 2017. At the University of Gothenburg, Axel has also been a board member of the University Library Board. In fall 2016, he is an exchange student at the University of Vienna, Austria.

After receiving a ”Student of the Year”-award whilst graduating high school, he has combined civil society engagement with academic studies. In 2013, he founded the think tank Fler Unga (tr. More youth) in order to increase youths political impact in Sweden. Later on, he got elected to the board for the Swedish national organisation for students interested in foreign affairs: the Swedish Association of International Affairs. He held the presidency for the Swedish Association of International Affairs 2015-2016. He has also been awarded a scholarship from Olof Palme Memorial Fund. Furthermore, one of his favorite movie is Good Will Hunting.

worldcongress@iapss.org

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Nickolas Carrillo

Head of IAPSS Convention
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Nickolas Carrillo is currently majoring on International Relations with a minor in Political Science at Universidad San Francisco de Quito – Quito, Ecuador. He is currently going through his last semester in order to get his bachelor degree in IR. His research interests include relational ontologies in IR, contemporary theories of IR, philosophical approaches to IR and Latin American studies, principally cultural affairs. Having participated as a volunteer in the first IAPSS Conference in Latin America in 2015, he is willing to start his duties as Head of Convention for the IAPSS Convention 2017 that will take place in Quito-Ecuador. Furthermore, he hopes that his work at the IAPSS Convention 2017 will academically enrich young scholars worldwide by encouraging the sharing of ideas, diversity and the spread of knowledge through the possibilities that IAPSS offers.

convention@iapss.org

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Kristian Xavier Carrera Kurjenoja

Head of Events Department
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Kristian Xavier Carrera Kurjenoja is a student, young scholar and activist. Educated in the areas of Social Anthropology and International Relations at the bachelor level in his native Mexico, he studied a MA in Political Science and South Eastern European Studies jointly granted by University of Belgrade and Graz. Nowadays Xavier is enrolled in the European Regional Master in Democracy and Human Rights, between the University of Bologna and Sarajevo. For the last three years he has lived in the former Yugoslavia and performed fieldwork in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Montenegro. His main research interests are diversity management and the political systems of the Western Balkans- Besides from his mother language, Xavier is fluent in English and Serbocroatian, has a decent knowledge of French and is currently learning Albanian and Macedonian.

events@iapss.org

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Nino Peyman Vitone

Member of the Supervisory Committee
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Peyman Vitone is 24 years old and he is currently attending a MA degree in International and Diplomatic Studies in the University of Siena, while he has previously concluded a BA degree in Political Science and International Relations in Roma Tre University. His binational family background and the experiences that he has gained through his early life have allowed him to be mother tongue in Italian, Farsi and Greek while he can talk fluently in English and quite fluently in Spanish and French. Throughout his studies, he has gained a particular interest in International Relations theories, diplomatic history, political sociology and Middle Eastern Affairs.
From May 2014 until March 2015 he was the Delegations and Student Research Committees Coordinator in IAPSS, while now he covers the position of Supervisory Committee member for the 2016-2017 mandate.

Except his academic interests, he’s very fond of classic literature as well as historical and fantasy novels. Being Italian has made unavoidable a loving relationship with good cuisine, which involves that he enjoys both cooking and sharing the result of his efforts with his friends. Furthermore, he’s also a big football fan although a poor player, but still this proves to be the right balance in order to keep the pace with the sedentary life of a university student. As the saying goes: mens sana in corpore sano.

supcom1@iapss.org

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Florian Zabel

Member of the Supervisory Committee
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Florian has completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Hamburg and the School of Public Policy at UCL. He has recently started his graduate studies at the Institute of Social Sciences at Humboldt University of Berlin and the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po Paris. His academic field of interest focuses on international relations, political economy and development studies with a in-depth regional expertise on West Asia and North Africa; esp. Egypt and GCC countries. Besides his strong academic dedication, Florian has gained extensive professional experiences in various fields such as development cooperation, diplomacy and academic research – both, domestically and abroad. While leading the largest department within IAPSS, Florian is also actively involved in different networks, associations and unions to abolish social inequality and educational injustice due to his personal background.

supcom@iapss.org

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Yara El-Korety

Member of the Supervisory Committee
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Yara was born in Cairo, Egypt. She got her BA in Political Science from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University. She attended the 18th Summer School on Human Rights held by Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and also attended the Jean Monnet Module, an international module taught in 72 countries, discussing different topics on “The Euro Mediterranean Relations from a Southern Perspective”.

Yara is mainly interested in democracy and good governance which is also a critical issue for her country as it is going through a slow transition after the 25th of January Revolution in 2011. She is very keen in applying for a Master’s program in a relevant topic that combines teaching in several political science sub-disciplines.

Yara currently works for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Egypt. Her mother tongue is Arabic and as foreign languages she speaks English, French and very good German. Yara’s utmost passion is cultural dialogue.

supcom2@iapss.org

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Max Steuer

Head of the Academic Department
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Max holds an MA (with distinction) in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University in Budapest with an award-winning thesis on the role of the Council of Europe in setting the standards for regulation of ‘hate speech’ in three Central European countries. Since 2015, he is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Political Science, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, and studies Law at the Faculty of Law of Comenius University. His research focuses on political rights with an emphasis on freedom of speech; political institutions, particularly in Central Europe; and democracy, legitimacy, constitutionalism and the rule of law in the European Union. Max has been involved in the work of several political/civil society organizations (e.g. Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Slovak Helsinki Committee) and participated at international events and projects (e.g. Allianz Summer Academy, HUWISU, EULR Summer School). At IAPSS, he was Student Research Committees Coordinator from November 2015 before elected as the Head of the Academic Department from June 2016.

academic@iapss.org

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Jaroslava Barbieri

Editor-in-Chief of POLITIKON
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Half-Italian and Half-Ukrainian. Jaroslava is currently an MPhil candidate in European Politics at the University of Oxford. Prior to this she studied MSc in Political Theory at the LSE. She studied philosophy for her undergraduate degree at “Sapienza” University of Rome and University of Paris Sorbonne IV. Her research focus is on European foreign policy and enlargement, Russian foreign policy, and post-Soviet democratisation and conflict transformation. She is also interested in the role of cognitive biases and political communication in framing decision-makers’ geopolitical strategies, especially in the post-Soviet space. As the editor-in-chief of Politikon, the academic journal of the International Association of Political Science Students, she is ready to help IAPSS shape not only its image of a truly international student association, but also its unique voice, coming from all corners of the world and all sub-fields within the discipline of Political Science. Together with the editorial team, she will make sure that student voices get heard and have the chance to exhibit high standards of political thought and put forward challenging ideas in politics for a truly international audience. Political developments never rest and neither shall our Politikon editorial board!

politikonjournal@iapss.org

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Mihai Sebastian Chihaia

Delegations Coordinator
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Mihai holds a BA in International Relations and European Studies and has recently graduated from the MA in Security Studies and European Integration at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania. His eagerness to gain more knowledge and experience in international affairs enabled him to study in Portugal and Israel as well as participate in a broad range of workshops, conferences and simulations across the globe. His academic interests include international politics, regional security focused on Middle East, diplomacy and conflict resolution. Being very keen in researching in the field, he has published several articles and he would like to pursue a PhD program. In addition to his native Romanian, he is fluent in English, has a good knowledge of French and Portuguese and he is improving his Norwegian and Hebrew skills. He has been involved in internships in several NGOs, the Romanian Government and is always keen for new challenges.

delegations@iapss.org

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Melany Cruz

Editor-in-Chief of ENCUENTRO LATINOAMERICANO
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Melany Cruz is a PhD Candidate at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. She is broadly interested in political theory, the theory of political violence, Latin American politics and the thought of Michel Foucault and Frantz Fanon. Currently, she is researching about the phenomenon of criminal violence in Latin America, particularly the political meaning of public lynching in Mexico, as part of her PhD project. Having started working as a member of the Editorial Board of ‘Encuentro Latinoamericano’ in 2015, Melany became Editor-in-Chief of the Journal in 2016. She hopes that this experience will give space to different graduate and undergraduate students to publish their work on an international platform as is IAPSS. Therefore, she aims to promote ‘Encuentro Latinoamericano’ to be a critical journal on Latin American politics, which could bring together different approaches and readers around the world.

elajournal@iapss.org

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Charlotte Christiane Hammer

Academic Think Tank Coordinator
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Charlotte was born in Cologne and holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Bonn University (Germany) as well as a Masters in Risk and Security from Durham University (UK). She is a PhD candidate at Cardiff University (UK) investigating pandemic preparedness. Her research interests revolve around Global Health, Disaster Preparedness and Humanitarian Action. Charlotte holds PhD studentship from Cardiff University and has previously been funded by Aberystwyth University and the German Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes e.V.). Her extracurricular interests include first aid, outdoor sports and travelling. Charlotte is fluent in English, German and French and speaks Spanish and Danish at beginner’s level.

thinktank@iapss.org

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Eleni Krikeli

Student Research Committees Coordinator
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Eleni grew up in a small town in northwestern part of Greece. She is s pursuing her Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Languages at The University of Melbourne. In 2015 she was a Lin Martin Melbourne Global Scholar to study abroad at Maastricht University. Her study abroad program focused on International Relations and Politics in the EU: Peace, Conflicts and Human Rights and included study trips in Brussels (European Parliament and European Commission) and in The Hague (International Court of Justice and International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia).  Her research areas focus on: European policy, European- Pacific relations, international criminal law, European law and global justice by related contemporary debates such as climate change, migration and human trafficking. She has been involved in projects that aim to promote and protect human rights in Australia. Particularly, she was a Legal Research Assistant for the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into conditions and treatment at the regional processing centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Also, she has been involved with the work of several organizations such as UN Youth Victoria and Australian National Committee for UN Women.

rc@iapss.org

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Stephanie Kramer

Editor-in-Chief of A DIFFERENT VIEW
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Stephanie Kramer is a graduate with a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam. She also holds a Master’s degree in Archaeology from the same university. While doing her studies, Stephanie enjoyed participating in Model United Nations programs and she was vice president of the student council of her faculty. Her main research interests are international relations, conflict studies, public policy, diplomacy, the European Union, participatory democracy and the politics of inequality. Currently, Stephanie lives in Athens to do research on the diplomatic dispute over the Elgin/Parthenon sculptures between the United Kingdom and Greece.

adifferentview@iapss.org

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Nickolas Carrillo

Head of IAPSS Convention 2017
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Nickolas Carrillo is currently majoring on International Relations with a minor in Political Science at Universidad San Francisco de Quito – Quito, Ecuador. He is currently going through his last semester in order to get his bachelor degree in IR. His research interests include relational ontologies in IR, contemporary theories of IR, philosophical approaches to IR and Latin American studies, principally cultural affairs. Having participated as a volunteer in the first IAPSS Conference in Latin America in 2015, he is willing to start his duties as Head of Convention for the IAPSS Convention 2017 that will take place in Quito-Ecuador. Furthermore, he hopes that his work at the IAPSS Convention 2017 will academically enrich young scholars worldwide by encouraging the sharing of ideas, diversity and the spread of knowledge through the possibilities that IAPSS offers.

convention@iapss.org

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Steffy Ramos

Convention Panels Coordinator
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Steffy Ramos is a Bachelor in International Relations, graduated from Universidad San Francisco de Quito with a minor in Translation. Former teacher assistant on academic research and student dissertations. She has been involved in many film festivals and currently working on cultural and linguistic research. Now she has the position of Convention Panels Coordinator on the IAPSS Convention 2017 that will take place in Quito-Ecuador.

convention-panels@iapss.org

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Cristina Quijano

Convention Speakers Coordinator
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Cristina Quijano is a senior at Universidad San Francisco de Quito majoring in International Relations and Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. Her main research interests are international security, political philosophy, migration, peacekeeping and cultural studies. Cristina spent a year abroad at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. where she had the opportunity to do research in her areas of interest, to complete internships in the Ecuadorian Embassy in the U.S. and the Organization of American States as well as to attend international conferences at Harvard University and the U.S. Naval Academy. Cristina has also participated in student organizations such as the Georgetown United Nations Association, IR Journal El Outsider and Georgetown’s Women Center. Currently she is in charge of the speakers coordination of the IAPSS Convention 2017 that will take place in Quito-Ecuador.

convention-speakers@iapss.org

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Amira Zaza

Convention Administration and Communication Coordinator
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Amira Zaza is a Bachelor in International Relations from Universidad San Francisco de Quito. She has two minors, one in History and the other on Political Science. Her academic research interests are mainly in human rights and diplomacy. Her current job is in the Ecuadorean-Arabic Commerce Chamber as the director in the International Relations department. Currently she is in charge of Convention Administration and Communication Coordination on the IAPSS Convention 2017 that will take place in Quito-Ecuador.

convention-info@iapss.org

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José Zurita

Convention Logistics Coordinator
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José Zurita is an International Relations and Political Science undergraduate student from Quito-Ecuador. On December, 2016 he will graduate as an IR Bachelor. His main research interests are development of cyberspace and its influence on the security of States as well as the difficulty investigation faces when a cyber-attack occurs. He also has a keen interest in the role of information on the IR dynamics, specially when information is confidential. He is currently in charge of the Logistics Coordination for the IAPSS Convention 2017 that will take place in Quito-Ecuador. He is eager to welcome you all to his wonderful city as well as to this IAPSS Convention at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ).

convention-logistics@iapss.org

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Axel Nordenstam

Head of World Congress 2017
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Axel is a Swedish undergraduate student who combines Political Science, International Relations, European Studies and German. He is expected to receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Political Science from the University of Gothenburg in 2017. At the University of Gothenburg, Axel has also been a board member of the University Library Board. In fall 2016, he is an exchange student at the University of Vienna, Austria.

After receiving a ”Student of the Year”-award whilst graduating high school, he has combined civil society engagement with academic studies. In 2013, he founded the think tank Fler Unga (tr. More youth) in order to increase youths political impact in Sweden. Later on, he got elected to the board for the Swedish national organisation for students interested in foreign affairs: the Swedish Association of International Affairs. He held the presidency for the Swedish Association of International Affairs 2015-2016. He has also been awarded a scholarship from Olof Palme Memorial Fund. Furthermore, one of his favorite movie is Good Will Hunting.

worldcongress@iapss.org

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Hager Ali

Convention Logistics Coordinator
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Hager Ali, 23, received her BA in political science and sociology at the University of Frankfurt, Germany, in January 2016. During her studies, she worked as journalist and illustrator and participated in several Model UN-Conferences. At the last IAPSS World Congress in Berlin, Hager participated as panelist and published her paper on military behavior during the Arab Spring in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Other than that, her research interests include political communication, social movements and research design. Hager is currently pursuing her MA-degree in political science at the Central European University in Budapest.

wc-logistics@iapss.org

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Ariane Bouf

Convention Speakers Coordinator
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Ariane is 24 and was born in France and moved at the age of 5 to Singapore for five years. She is a student finishing her Master’s degree in international relations at ICES in France. She holds an undergraduate degree in American and British studies from Paris West University and a Master 1 in international studies in English form Sorbonne Nouvelle University. She spent two semesters at the University of Connecticut in the USA, focusing on Anglo-Saxon culture and American politics. She also spent one semester at Wenzao Ursuline University in Taiwan studying Asia- Pacific geopolitics. She chose as her thesis subject the relationship between Taiwan and the United States on military and economic aspects. Her fields of interest include: American politics, children’s rights and security issues. Besides her mother tongue, Ariane speaks fluently English and Spanish and is improving her Italian. She has recently volunteered (VIP, sales, administration) at the Asia-Pacific Conference of the Junior Chamber International held in Taiwan last June. She believes that communication and respect are key tools to a peaceful world. Ariane is currently interning as a translation assistant at the French Malaysian Chamber of Commerce in Kuala Lumpur until January 2017.

wc-program@iapss.org

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Eren Demirbas

Convention Administration and Communication Coordinator
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Eren Demirbas has completed his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at Malmö University, Sweden, and has an academic focus on transnational advocacy networks, minority rights, and Caucasian Affairs. Passionate about youth empowerment, international collaboration, and project management, Eren has developed an extensive experience in these fields through his involvement with civil society organisations – Project Leader for the Swedish Association of International Affairs and President of youth-led NGO UF Malmö – and the organisation of international MUN conferences.
Having joined the association recently, Eren is in charge of the Conference Administration for the IAPSS World Congress 2017. He is looking forward to welcoming you to beautiful Budapest in April for what will be an exciting and insightful event.

wc-info@iapss.org

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Anthony Medina Rivas Plata

Convention Panels Coordinator
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Anthony is a current Erasmus Mundus Master student in Public Policy at the Erasmus Rotterdam University-ISS and the University of York. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations at the Peruvian Academy of Diplomacy and a B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. As Chair of the International Relations research area at the Institute of Andean Political Studies in Peru, Anthony coordinated the elaboration of two issues of the Andean Journal of Political Studies (Revista Andina de Estudios Politicos, ISSN: 2221-4135) about Latin American integration and trade policy. His research interests are: Foreign Policy of Latin American countries, Comparative Models of Latin American Integration (CAN, MERCOSUR, UNASUR, ALBA, CELAC), and Governance Processes in Regional and Bilateral Free Trade Agreements.

wc-panels@iapss.org

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Evelina Semaskevic

Convention Sponsorships Coordinator
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Evelina is International Relations graduate from University of Essex. While studying she was actively involved in the fundraising activities for ANZA charity and organized on-campus society to support it. Evelina’s academic interests are international development and peacebuilding. She is constantly participating in international conferences and events to widen her knowledge in these spheres. Evelina firmly believes in IAPSS mission and fully supports it. Currently she is responsible for sponsorship coordination for World Congress.

wc-sponsorship@iapss.org

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Kristian Xavier Carrera Kurjenoja

Head of Events Department
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Xavier is a student, young scholar and activist. Educated in the areas of Social Anthropology and International Relations at the undergraduate, he studied a MA in Political Science and South Eastern European Studies jointly granted by the University of Belgrade and Graz. Nowadays, Xavier is enrolled in the European Regional Master in Democracy and Human Rights, between the University of Bologna and Sarajevo. For the last three years he has lived in the former Yugoslav space and performed fieldwork in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Montenegro – been especially concerned in peaceful transformation, democratization and the dealing with the past process. His main research interests are diversity management and the political systems of the Western Balkans. Some of his research findings have been already published in international academic journals.

Besides from his native Spanish, Xavier is fluent in English and Serbo-Croatian, has a decent knowledge of French and is currently learning Albanian and Macedonian.

events@iapss.org

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Tobias Jerzewski

Seasonal School Coordinator
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Tobias has completed a bachelor degree in Political Science at the Free University Berlin and HEC Paris. He has recently started a dual master’s degree in European Affairs at Sciences Po Paris and the Free University Berlin. In addition to classic European and Franco-German issues, Tobias developed a sense of curiosity about the Eastern dimension of the European Integration. On one hand, he focused in this context on Poland’s role within the EU – for instance, it is an important growth country, which seems to find its role as a regional leader. On the other hand, he examined the neighborhood policy towards the Ukraine in the complex network with Russia. Additionally to the European politics based field of study, he showed active interest about the history of ideas. In fact, it constitutes the foundations a political scientist requires to decipher complex problems back to their roots.

Besides his addiction to French “savoir vivre”, he is a true sports lover. He speaks German, French and English fluently and is looking to improve his Spanish, Portuguese and Polish.

summerschool2@iapss.org

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Serap Aydemir

Seasonal School Coordinator
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Serap Aydemir is currently a Joint MA Candidate in South-Eastern European Studies at the Universities of Belgrade and Graz. During her master’s studies, she worked as a student research assistant at the Centre for Southeast European Studies in Graz for a semester. Prior to her graduate studies, she did European Voluntary Service (EVS) at an NGO, where she worked with migrant and refugee youth, for a year. She holds a BA in Business Administration from Marmara University. Her research interests include ethnic and religious conflict management, everyday nationalism, gender roles, genocide and mass violence, minority mobilisation, and nation state building.

winterschool@iapss.org

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Pawel Pustelnik

Study Trip Coordinator
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Pawel is a PhD student at Cardiff University. He graduated from Social Science Research Methods Masters at Cardiff University as well as from Masters in Global Environmental Governance at Free University in Amsterdam. He also studied International Relations and Diplomacy (BA) at Wroclaw University, Wyszynski University in Warsaw and La Sapienza in Rome. Pawel has extensively worked with various student-led organizations: Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe, Religions for Peace Youth Network as well as International Young Nature friends and others. In his research he is looking at the EU policy-making with regards to environment and he is particularly interested emissions trading systems. Previously he has been working on issues related to bio-patents and US regulations concerning agriculture.
Pawel has so far organized two study trips with IAPSS. The first place in New Delhi, Mumbai and Agra in October 2015 and the second brought over 20 students to Brussels in March 2016. Pawel hopes to further develop the study trips portfolio with IAPSS by adding new destinations and themes.

studytrips2@iapss.org

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Veronika Kandusová

Study Trip Coordinator
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Veronika was born in Prague where she has completed her bachelor degree in Sociology and Social Policy. She is currently enrolled in master programme in Public and Social Policy at the same university – at the Charles University in Prague. Therefore her main academic interests are within these fields with special focus on welfare states and their policy processes, labour market policies or application of feminist critical theory in understanding how (in)equalities are part of social construction. Her first involvement in a student organization was in the Gothenburg International Student Organization (GISA) in Sweden where she studied one year during her master programme. This experience motivated her to join an international student organization at her home university – the Charles University International Club (IC CUNI) where she was elected as the President of the Club. She currently works on a project at the Department of Social and Public Policy and works in an NGO in Prague.
Veronika is fluent in Czech, English and believes that she will improve her level in German, Swedish and Russian. When she has free time she likes to spend it actively by travelling, reading or doing sports.

studytrips5@iapss.org

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Lucie Batoušková

Study Trip Coordinator
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Lucie Batoušková is a Czech national living in England. She is pursuing her BA (Hons) in European Studies and Spanish at the University of Portsmouth. Her academic interests include theories in international relations and political philosophy, evolution and impact of extremism and populism in Europe (including the role of the media), intercultural management and negotiations and lobbying in the EU. She is working on a dissertation on “The EU-Russia relations in the context of Ukraine crisis (case study: Czech Republic)”.She spent a semester in Granada, Spain studying Modern languages and their literatures together with Professional translation. She is fluent in Czech, Slovak, English, Spanish, and studies Russian. Her previous work experience includes fundraising for a Czech NGO “Person in need” in Prague and an internship as a volunteer English teacher under the Peruvian NGO “Otra Cosa Network” in Trujillo. She enjoys fitness, reading about collective evolution and peace education and has a passion for independent travelling. She lived and worked in countries including Czech Republic, Scotland, New Zealand, Peru and backpacked in Europe, Asia and South America. Identifying herself as a global citizen she believes that the world needs active, caring, knowledgeable global community that works towards positive change within the society. She is thrilled to be a new Student Trip Coordinator in the IAPSS and looks forward to playing her role in bringing together young people from all over the world and engaging them in thought provoking conversations and meaningful events.

studytrips3@iapss.org

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Karina Kurenkova

Study Trip Coordinator
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Karina is currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s program in Political Science (Department of Public Policy and Administration) at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. In July 2016, she spent a month in Paris, studying migration issues at Sciences Po Summer School. Her research interests focus on public policy, decision-making and issues related to the politics of crisis management. At the university, Karina has been leading a political case club since October 2015.
She is fluent in English, but also learns French and Ukrainian.

studytrips4@iapss.org

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Wilfred Dominic Josue

Vice President and Head International Cooperation and Public Relations Department
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Wilfred Dominic Josue finished his Bachelor of Arts major in Political Science from De La Salle University Manila in the Philippines. 2014 was when he left his hometown to pursue Graduate studies abroad. He recently finished his Master of Arts in Politics and German Post War History from the Freie Universität Berlin. His research interests include Technology and Politics, German Post War History, Security in the South China Sea and ASEAN-EU issues. Currently he is taking MA Governance in the FernUniversität in Hagen and as topic he would like to explore the complexities of the EU and Asian relations on Cyber Security Governance. Having helped in the organization of the IAPSS World Congress 2016 in Berlin, Wilfred is ready to lead the International Cooperation and Public Relations Department. He hopes that through his initiatives, IAPSS will have more involvement not only in his home continent, which is the Asia-Pacific, but also in other continents in the world so that Students from all over the world will feel that there is an international organization of, for and by them ready to help them advance the causes of the discipline of Political Science.

international@iapss.org

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Jan Behrens

Website Coordinator
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Jan was born in the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen in Germany and is studying at the local public University. There he was a member of the organisation committee of the IAPSS Academic Conference and General Assembly 2012. Inspired by the atmosphere with many interesting students of different backgrounds, he decided to begin the second part of his Political Science studies with the 2016 IAPSS conference in Berlin. Having met the amazing people who are ambitious in contributing to the great idea of this association encouraged him to support the organisation with his knowledge about creating and maintaining websites.
In the position as Website Coordinator Jan wishes to be able to help increasing the usability and value of the online representation of IAPSS as well as developing new features and improving the appearance of IAPSS in the ICPR department and with the rest of the team.
Jan’s academical interests are in Political Theory and Philosophy and concepts like multi-level governance and federalism following the idea of the divison of power.

website@iapss.org

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Tobias Scholz

Social Media Coordinator
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Coming from the Northwest of Germany, Tobias studied Political Science and History at the Georg August Universität Göttingen and the Savitribai Phule Pune University in India. His critical interest towards new challenges in a globalized world has strengthened his academic curiosity on different cultures and their interplay in the political sphere. Therefore, he analyzed various discourse dimensions in the refugee crisis discourse of the European Parliament for his Bachelor Dissertation. He is interested in the character of norm-creation and norm-reproduction with a particular eye on India’s role in the 21st century.

Having taken part in the IAPSS Summer School in Kyiv 2016, Tobias realized the great potential of an organization that brings together Political Science students from all over the world. Bringing together not only means discussing together and to find solutions together but also to understand each other. Irrespectively of the intended career aspiration, this outcome is supposed to everyone’s advantage and this is the motivational reason for Tobias to support our Team as Membership Campaigns Manager.

Currently, Tobias studies International Relations at the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Universität Potsdam.

campaign@iapss.org

Dominik Feld

Membership Campaign Coordinator
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