President, Arian zAND
Arian is a senior student at UBC Faculty of Arts, pursuing his interests in Political Science and Economics. His academic focus and research include formal and informal political theory, computational modeling of human behaviour in economic and political settings, micro-level decision theory, public financial literacy and Middle Eastern Politics. To depart from the worldliness of politics and economics, Arian spends his free time delving into classical Persian literature, in which he experiences the fullest meaning of rapture. After finishing undergraduate, Arian hopes to pursue further academic endeavors in politics, law or economics.
He has been involved with PSSA since his first year at UBC and is delighted to begin his journey with this year’s crew.
Vice-president, Arsalan Ghaemi
Arsalan is a 3rd student majoring in Political Science. Being born in a country where democracy and human rights are often not respected but being raised in Canada sparked Arsalan’s interest in political theory, philosophy and the “why” and “how” of politics. In addition to his work with the PSSA and his studies, Arsalan is also a public speaking and debate coach at a Vancouver based academy, and likes to listen to audiobooks. He’s excited for the PSSA to have a great year!
vice-president finance, HARSUMAN BENIPAL
Harsuman is a third year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and a minor in Law and Society. She has academic interests in political theory as well as comparative politics. After completing her undergraduate degree, she hopes to attend a Canadian Law School so she can fulfill her dream of practicing as a lawyer and focusing on the different areas of civil law. In her spare time, she loves travelling and exploring this beautiful province and can always be seen hiking, cycling or just relaxing by the beach. She also enjoys watching sports or binge watching shows on Netflix as well as exploring new places to eat and hang out. She looks forward to being part of PSSA for a second time and once again, engaging with students on campus to help promote and develop interest towards Political Science.
Vice-President external, Kamal Rosode
Kamal is a fourth-year student at the University of British Columbia, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and minor in Economics. His particular interests lie in international political economy, blockchain, international finance, monetary policy, public policy, security studies, and political governance. Last summer, Kamal had the pleasure of interning at a venture capital firm in Vancouver, BC, which broadened his knowledge of finance, particularly private equity. This has furthered his interest in the role that finance and economics plays in politics. Moreover, after graduation, he plans to complete his MBA. Some of his hobbies include, but are not limited to: playing sports, eating ramen, reading, hanging out with friends, and hiking. He looks forward to a great year with the PSSA!
Vice-president internal, Keona Silva Pinto
Keona Silva Pinto is a 5th year student majoring in Political Science with a minor in Law and Society. She has academic interests in political theory, international relations and security studies. After taking a course on Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control, she was invited to participate in, and completed the 2nd CTBT Science Diplomacy Symposium in Vienna, Austria. It is at this symposium, where she developed a passion for bringing awareness to the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons tests, while promoting the CTBT and its verification regime. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, she hopes to pursue a degree in Law focusing on International Law. When she’s not freaking out over the amount of readings she has to complete, she enjoys watching basketball (Go Boston Celtics!), trying different flavoured donuts, and re-reading the Harry Potter series. She is looking forward to her fourth year as a member of the PSSA executive team, and engaging with her fellow Political Science students during this academic year.
Vice-president marketing, Emily Beatty
Emily is a 5th year Honours Political Science student minoring in French, and Vice President of Marketing for UBC PSSA. She is interested in ancient Greek, contemporary and feminist political theory as well as human rights activism. Emily has been involved as a researcher within the Political Science department and has volunteered as a campaign aid in both recent provincial and federal elections. Emily also works for the UBC French, Hispanic and Italian Studies Department as the Student Coordinator of their Learning Centre and tutors French there. In the future, Emily hopes to travel the world, and more specifically to explore the rich history of various cultures and communities through architecture and artwork. Ultimately, Emily is considering studying law and eventually working with an NGO or human rights activism group.
vice-president policy, Anmol Perhar
Anmol is a fourth year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and a minor in Commerce. Anmol’s academic interests lie in international relations, American and Canadian foreign policy, as well as security and terrorism issues related to the MENA (Middle East and North Africa). Outside of academics, Anmol is passionate about giving back to her community and spends her free time volunteering for Dress for Success, a non-profit that empowers women into the workforce. Anmol’s hobbies include reading fantasy and mystery novels, scrolling through beauty and fashion accounts on Instagram, as well as travelling to tropical destinations. After graduation, Anmol hopes to attend law school and work in the international human rights and security sector. She is excited to be a part of PSSA and looks forward to the upcoming year!
VICE-President academic, Tanya Mozafari
Tanya is a third year pursuing a major in Political Science and minor in Commerce. She is particularly fascinated by the overlap between the political and corporate world; social entrepreneurship, public policy, sustainability, and human rights are a few of her interests. She is also in a sorority on campus, an Editor for the UBC Journal of Political Studies, and owner of her lifestyle brand, Allbaloo. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to take a year off to work abroad, before coming back to Canada to earn either a law degree or an MBA. In her free time she is usually outdoors on a hike, immersed in a book, or binge watching documentaries on Netflix.
vice-president equity & inclusion, Cathy He
From the cold, barren tundra that is Edmonton, Alberta, Cathy is a fourth-year double majoring in Political Science and Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice. She hopes to attend law school in the United States and become a civil rights attorney (if the LSATs don’t do her in first…). Her areas of interest are intersubjectivity & power, feminist theory, intersectionality, and social justice, and Hannah Arendt, bell hooks, and Kimberle Crenshaw are some of her personal heroes. On campus, you can find her (silently) crying on the 5th floor of Koerner’s Library, hogging the printers in IKB, and participating in sorority activities as a member of the Panhellenic Council. Off-campus, she enjoys eating kimchi out of the bucket, taking photos of her food, dogspotting in Yaletown, and not taking herself too seriously.
Alumni & Community Engagement Officer, Taylor Sterzuk
Taylor is a fourth-year student, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics. Her particular interests lie in public policy analysis and the economic and social implications of public policy, as well as international relations and the politics of foreign policy. After graduation, she plans to obtain a master’s degree in public policy or political science. For the past two summers, she has had the pleasure of interning in the office of a Member of Parliament and experiencing government and public policy first hand. Her dream job would be to work at a world-renowned think tank, participating in policy analysis and research. She loves Vancouver more than anything, and in her spare time you can find her at the beach, watching the sunset, eating sushi, and hanging out with friends.
Social Media Director, Haley MacGrill
Haley is a second year General Arts student at the University of British Columbia. Her major is undeclared, but she plans to major in Political Science and minor in Creative Writing. What interests Haley most about political science is foreign policy, specifically Canadian and American, international relations, and the Canadian government both Federal and Provincial. She has held previous positions within her sorority, and currently works as a Student Assistant for Pacific Affairs on West Mall. In her free time Haley likes to write short fiction, read (Harry Potter over and over until she has all the pages memorized), binge watch Seth Meyer’s ‘A Closer Look’, listen to the Arctic Monkeys on eternal repeat, explore Vancouver, and eat sushi like there’s no tomorrow. Haley is very excited to be working with PSSA and looks forward to an incredible year!
Junior year director, Jasmine Sekhon
Jasmine is a second year student planning to major in Political Science, and minor in either Economics or Commerce. She is mainly interested in law, government structure, financial markets, international relations, development and economic growth. During the summer she had the opportunity of volunteering at a law firm, which focused on the branch of business law. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in corporate law, which ties in her interests of both politics and commerce. Jasmine’s hobbies and interests include reading, travelling, hanging out with friends, and hiking. She is looking forward to a great year with PSSA!
Alumni & Community Engagement Officer, Faria Amin
Faria is a 4th year Political Science student also minoring in Human Geography. Topics of interest include human rights, security studies and public policy analysis. This is her first year on the Political Science Students Association, and she could not be more excited for the upcoming year. She previously served on UBC Sororities’ Panhellenic Council, in the role of Vice President Programming - a position which she extremely enjoyed and learned a lot from. Upon graduating, she plans to take a year off to travel and work, and then (hopefully) attend law school. In her spare time she can be found binge watching TV shows on Netflix, finding cool brunch spots, going to concerts and hanging out with friends.
Co-Director of Mentorship Program, Katie Beatty
Katie is a 3rd year Political Science student minoring in GRSJ, and is the co-director of the UBC PSSA mentorship program. She has a special interest in feminist political theory and environmental justice. Katie has had a wide range of volunteer experiences in the political community and this is her debut as an actor in the PSSA. Katie also works for the UBC Annual Giving Centre as both a student fundraiser and a fundraising supervisor. In this position, she is part of a team of UBC students devoted to raising funds for bursaries, scholarships, endowment funds and a multitude of priority projects including UBC’s Downtown East Side Learning exchange programs. She is an active member of the UBC player’s club where she has gained experience as an on-stage actor, and as a member of their executive’s team. She is a strong believer in the power of activism through art which was part of her initial draw to the theatre community. After attaining her Bachelor of Arts degree at UBC, Katie hopes to travel the world, gain practical experience in as many fields as possible and then return to school for a graduate program.
Executive Assistant, cassandra Millar
Cassie is a second year student majoring in Political Science and minoring in Environment and Society. She is passionate about Canadian politics and climate action, with a keen interest in public policy that works to address environmental issues and promote a more sustainable future. After completing her undergraduate degree, Cassie plans to attend law school. She is excited to be joining the PSSA and is excited for a great year ahead!
Executive Assistant, Taylor Chivers
Taylor is a third year student majoring in Political Science and minoring in Sociology. Before going into first year, she was uncertain of what she wanted to do with her future, but after taking her Intro to Political Science course, she became passionate about the subject. She has found a particular interest in political theory and how they apply today as well as international relations. Taylor is planning on pursuing her masters in public policy and global relations upon the completion of her undergrad. That being said, she is really looking forward to be working with the PSSA this upcoming school year.
Executive assistant, Alison Soe
Alison is a second-year Arts student, hoping to major in Political Science. She became interested in Politics after taking a class at UBC, especially connecting different theories with real world examples. In her spare time, she likes watching soccer or playing table tennis, and is also an executive in UBC table tennis club. This is her first year working with PSSA, and she looks forward for the year!
executive assistant, Yuval Daniel
Moot Court Chair, Aanchal singha
Aanchal is a third-year student, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Law and Society. She is also pursuing a business degree at BCIT in hopes of uniting her passions of politics, law and business in the future with a career in law. She is particularly interested in corporate, business, and real estate law. This is Aanchal’s second year working with the PSSA, but her first working specifically with UBC Moot Court. She is very excited to carry on the legacy of such a prestigious conference this year. In her leisure time, she enjoys volunteering her time with organizations such as the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, the Liberal Party of Canada, and the City of Burnaby. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, going on foodie adventures, finding cool places to take photographs, dancing to throwbacks, and watching anything law related on Netflix.
Model Parliament vice Chair, Pawan Minhas
Pawan is a third year POLI major trying to come down on either an Economics or Philosophy minor, while also trying to take as many Theatre classes as possible. He's spent a lot of time making Spotify playlists, crafting perfect lives for his Sims, and sitting in the Ubyssey office to stall his many deadlines (shockingly ineffective). Pawan is most interested in Canadian politics, specifically towards economic trends and Canada’s role on the world stage. He's also still trying to adjust to big city living after having spent most of his life in the relatively isolated, highly controversial town of Fort McMurray, Alberta, so he will gladly take all the local restaurant recommendations offered. After his undergrad, Pawan hopes to find a place with the nonpartisans of Canadian government, ideally working within the Privy Council or a commissioner’s office.