EXECUTIVE BOARD

President- Jessica Mansur

Jessica is a senior majoring in economics in Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences. She has been actively involved in the International Affairs Association ever since coming to BU, with this year marking her third and final year serving on its executive board. While Jessica hopes to pursue her juris doctor degree after graduation, she works in the meantime as a clinic coordinator with partners in Saudi Arabia to make advanced medical care more accessible throughout the Middle East. 

Vice President- Darren Stanizzi

My name is Darren Anthony Stanizzi and I am currently a senior majoring in Biology with a concentration in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Genetics on a pre-medical track with hopes and dreams of going to medical school and becoming a Urologist. I am a native Bostonian but grew up in the small and quaint town of Hollis, New Hampshire in a comically large family of 10 people. I am a die-hard New England Patriots fan and an even larger fan of BUIAA and Model United Nations. I am looking forward to leading weekly Global Insights meetings and serving as your BUIAA Vice President for 2017-2018!

Treasurer- Shivansh Chaturvedi

"Shivansh - or Shiv, if you prefer - is a junior Trustee Scholar in the Kilachand Honors College, studying Economics and Mathematics. While born and raised in seven cities across India, he has spent the last seven years in Nairobi, Kenya: the place he calls home. Throughout his time in Kenya, Shivansh was heavily involved with MUN, and attended international conferences around the world as co-president of the MUN program at his high-school. His international exposure and upbringing, combined with his love for economics, have led to his hope to work for the World Bank towards economic development and sustainability. Shivansh is also an International Peer Mentor, an Ambassador for the Kilachand Honors College, a Kanye West and The Weeknd enthusiast, and an international travel aficionado (21 countries down, countless more to go)."

Secretary- Danielle Wallner

Danielle is a junior studying International Relations with minors in Russian and Computer Science here at Boston University. Besides serving as secretary, Danielle is the CIO for BarMUN X, an active member of travel team, and former staff writer for the IRR.  She also is a Pardee Dean's Ambassador for the Fredrick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. Danielle spent last summer studying Russian in St. Petersburg, Russia, and would recommend каша to anyone. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Danielle loves everything Midwest.

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Marketing Director- Christy Jiang

Head Delegate- Sara Van Velkinburgh

Sara is a rising senior at Boston University double majoring in international relations and Spanish and a focus on Latin America and foreign policy. She hopes to work in foreign policy formation in D.C. post graduation. Sara first joined Model UN her freshman year of high school. Marking her eighth and final year of Model UN, Sara is serving as the head delegate of the Boston University Model UN travel team, where she is in charge of training the team. Outside of Model UN, Sara enjoys skiing, hiking, kayaking; generally most outside activities. Sara is a life-long learner and even though she may be graduating soon she loves reading about new topics and will continue to learn.

BarMUN Secretary General- Gayathri Angou

Gayathri Angou is a rising junior studying mechanical engineering with a concentration in energy technologies. She is passionate about sustainable development both from a technology and policy perspective and this brought her closer to the IAA and international relations community at BU. Gayathri has been part of IAA branches for three years now, especially our collegiate Model UN conference - BarMUN. BarMUN and BUIAA as a whole provides an unparalleled sense of community. Gayathri hopes to meet new members staffing our conferences other BUIAA events this fall!

BosMUN Secretary General- Naomi Carolan

Naomi is a senior at Boston University, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Computer Science. Outside of academia, Naomi occasionally dabbles in Korean, photography, and watching Survivor. In terms of Model UN, Naomi has been staffing conferences and competing on the collegiate circuit for nearly two years, and she is sad to see that this will be her final conference. Model UN has shaped Naomi’s time at BU from her academics to her social life. Naomi has been immensely thankful that the sport (yes, she calls MUN a sport) has not only taught her great skills moving into her career but has also helped her to become a better person. She can only hope to give to the MUN community a fraction of what it has given her.

Co Editor-in-Chief - Raina Kadavil

Raina Kadavil is a rising junior at Boston University studying International Relations with a specialization in Security Studies in the Middle East and North Africa. She has spent three years as the Programming Coordinator and later Communications Specialist for the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, interned for the President of the International Commission of Jurists in Australia, and worked on policy and legal casework for David Lammy MP in Westminster. She is also a Coca-Cola Scholar, the co-founder of Global Ambassadors Interact, the author of the Young Adult Fiction novel “The Voice of Thunder,” and has had the honor of speaking at the United Nations several times. She has been involved in BUIAA since the beginning of her BU career, and has previously served as Modern Crisis Coordinator on the BarMUN Secretariat and as Marketing Director on the E-Board. But her favorite part has been writing for the IRR, and she can’t wait to transform it this year!

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Co Editor-in-Chief - Gowtham Ashokan

Civic Teachers Director- Nastia Kukunova

Nastia is a sophomore at the College of Arts and Sciences from Westwood, Massachusetts. She is majoring in International Relations and minoring in French. Her interest for IR spurred after the Maidan Revolution and annexation of Crimea and the subsequent effects on her family throughout Russia and Ukraine. Outside of BUIAA, Nastia dances with Boston University’s Ballroom Dance Team. Nastia is very interested in languages, and how they can affect a person or a culture’s political and social identity. She is fluent in Russian and English, and is also proficient in French, Spanish, and Ukrainian.