Executive Board

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President: Julie George

Julie George is a combined Bachelor/Masters student of Political Science at Boston University. Although born and bred on Long Island, she has grown to call Beantown her home. Aside from being Secretary General of BarMUN VII, she has been highly involved in competing on the circuit, staffing conferences, and teaching Model United Nations to middle and high school students. In her free time, Julie thoroughly enjoys hiking, photography, and trying new cuisines. She is ecstatic to serves as the Boston University International Affairs Association’s President in the 2015-2016 academic year!

Vice President: John Benducci

John is a junior in the Questrom School of Business majoring in Marketing with a minor in International Relations. He is originally from Dumont, New Jersey – a small town that he has lived in his entire life before coming to BU. Outside of executive board, John served as the Chargé d’Affaires for BarMUN VII, Marketing Director on last year’s Executive Board, is a proud member of the Travel Team, volunteers at the Community Service Center. In his spare time, John loves watching reality television (e.g. Survivor, Big Brother, and RuPaul’s Drag Race), playing Fifa, Mario Kart, and Super Smash Bros., and baking Pumpkin Nutella Cheesecake.

Treasurer: Sam Sherman

Sam is a junior studying International Relations, and Middle East and North African Studies with a concentration in Muslim Societies at Boston University. Originally from Jupiter (seriously, it’s in Florida), Sam decided that never-ending snow would make him cooler (hahaha). He has served as the Modern Crisis Coordinator for BU’s collegiate conference BarMUN VII and is currently Operations Director of BosMUN XV. Outside of Model UN, Sam spends most of his time obsessing over the Arab world, listening to just about every genre of music, and making terrible jokes.

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Secretary: Jessie Mansur

Jessie is a sophomore on the Pre-Law track studying Economics and Journalism. While the logistics are still in question, she continues to hold on to her lofty dream of helping save the world. Specifically, she is interested in poverty alleviation and how government structure influences economic stability. Jessie considers herself a true Midwestern, having been born and raised in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. She has loved being able to explore Boston and experience all that the East Coast has to offer. Outside of BUIAA, Jessie can be found updating her Spotify playlists religiously, trying any and all new foods, and reliving her favorite seasons of Survivor. Jessie is very excited to be this year’s Secretary and cannot wait to see BUIAA through what’s sure to be its most successful year yet!

Marketing Director: Sara Van Velkinburgh

Sara is a sophomore in the Pardee School of Global Studies majoring in International Relations and minoring in Spanish. She is originally from Denver, Colorado, which she adamantly insists is the West Coast. While she loves the life of the city, there is some part of her that desires to be a mountain hermit. She loves escaping to the mountains to hike, bike, ski, and snowboard, or simply curl up with a book, most likely Game of Thrones. In her free time she likes to run, read, and do mini-projects like puzzles. Unfortunately she is completely oblivious to pop culture, a fact that proves continually entertaining. Outside of BUIAA Sara is involved in BU’s Francophone Association where she plays soccer for their intramural team, Les Frites (The French Fries)! She can’t wait for another fantastic year with BUIAA!

Graham Atherton is a Junior in BU’s College of Arts and Sciences with a major in Philosophy and Political Science and a minor in Arts Leadership. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Graham began participating in Model United Nations in high school. After a freshman year at the University of Maryland, Graham transferred to Boston University, initially pursuing a degree in percussion performance from the College of Fine Arts. Outside the Model UN world, Graham enjoys writing fiction, drawing, and meticulously editing instagram photos.
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Secretary General of BarMUN: Sathvika Ramachandran

Coming from Sugar Land, Texas, Sathvika is a junior double majoring in Psychology and International Relations and specializing in International Systems and World Order in South Asia. She is particularly interested in industrial and legal psychology, India’s social and political climate, and perception and behavior. Within BU’s International Affairs Association, Sathvika has thoroughly enjoyed staffing conferences, traveling on the circuit, and discussing world affairs. Outside of BUIAA, Sathvika enjoys volunteering, participating in numerous campus organizations, traveling, and exploring Boston. Sathvika is honored to serve as the Secretary-General for BarMUN VIII and looks forward to a fantastic conference!

Secretary General of BosMUN: Lara Cohen

Lara Cohen is the Secretary-General for the upcoming Boston Invitational Model United Nations Conference, BosMUN XV. Lara is a junior in Sargent College majoring in Human Physiology and minoring in International Relations. She is on the pre-medical track and dreams of one day becoming a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. Outside of BUIAA, Lara is involved in Global Medical Brigades and Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority. Her hobbies include dancing, exploring Boston, listening to music, and spending time with friends. Lara is extremely honored and excited to lead BosMUN this year. With the conference turning 15 years old, she hopes to make it the best yet!

Global Civics Director: Alyssa Scheiner

Alyssa Scheiner is the Director of Global Civics for the 2015-2016 academic year. She is currently a junior double majoring in International Relations and Middle East and North Africa Studies. Last semester she studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland but she is excited to be back in beautiful Boston, Massachusetts! Global Civics is a big part of her life and has become one of the most rewarding things she has done at BU thus far. In her free time (that’s not BUIAA related) she is a member of the BU Marching Band and Pep Band. She loves cycling and plans to do the Midnight Marathon this year! Additionally, her passions include a love for food, BU Hockey, reading, scrapbooking, hanging out with friends, traveling, pizza (She’s from New Jersey so that’s not all that surprising), music, and community service. In Geneva, she had the incredible opportunity of working at the U.N. during the 28th session of the Human Rights Council and she is eager to bring her experience from Switzerland back to the U.S. If you have any questions about Global Civics, IR, MENA, Study Abroad, or anything feel free to contact her!

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Co Editor-In-Chief of the IR Review: Anushka Pinto

Anushka is the Co Editor-in- Chief of the IR Review. With an interest in writing and design, her role includes editing submissions and contributing to the layout as well as overseeing and managing the entire publication. As a junior and a College of General Studies (CGS’15) alumnus, Anushka has continued into the Pardee School of Global Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS’17) and is pursing a degree in International Relations and a minor in Chinese. Her academic interests include war history, especially the Second World War, and Chinese language studies. Currently in her fifth semester of Chinese, Anushka hopes to be able to study abroad in Shanghai and fully immerse herself in the Chinese language and culture. In addition to Co Editor-in-Chief of the IR Review, she is very involved in Boston University’s Student Government Association and is Treasurer of the Asian Studies Initiative (ASIABU).

Co Editor-In-Chief of the IR Review: Morgan Peterson

Morgan is a junior majoring in International Relations with a concentration in the Environment and Development in Latin America. Morgan has travelled all across Latin America, falling in love with the diverse cultures and peoples the region has to offer. She also has special interests in women’s education and empowerment, recently fulfilling a local internship in the field. When she is not hard at work you can find her reading an interesting book at a coffee shop, exploring the historic streets of Boston, or sampling delicious food at a local restaurant. For further inquires concerning the International Relations Review or to contact Morgan personally please email irr@buiaa.org or mmae@bu.edu.

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