Executive Board

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Anna Gallicchio

Anna Gallicchio

President

Major: International Affairs and Economics
Minor: Sustainability
Concentration: International Economics

Anna is a senior at the Elliott School studying sustainable international development, and is originally from Southern New Jersey. She currently works as the Enterprise and Community Development Intern with PYXERA Global, assisting with long term community development work in Nigeria and India. At GW, she served as SIR’s VP of Internal Affairs in 2017 and as an Alternative Spring Break trip leader to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Atlanta, Georgia focusing on urban sustainability and refugee resettlement respectfully. When she isn’t working on SIR or homework, she loves exploring the DC Metro area (and nearby hiking!), going to the farmer’s market, and planning her next cross country road trip.

Ksenia Potapov

Ksenia Potapov

Executive Vice President

Major: International Affairs, Economics

Ksenia has previously lived in Russia and Israel, but now calls Boston home (her climate preference is tropical). She loves any workouts that include punches and K-dramas without commercial breaks. This past fall, she studied in Strasbourg, France and took courses at the Strasbourg Science Po, where she learned about the economic history of the Euro Zone. Now that she’s a senior back in DC, however, she just really appreciates being outside in between math classes.

Joanna Ratigan

Joanna Ratigan

VP of Membership

Major: International Affairs
Concentration: International Development
Minor: Public Health

Joanna was born in Nelspruit, South Africa and has previously lived in Mozambique and Canada, but her home is New Rochelle, New York. She is extremely passionate about everything to do with health, and was able to immerse herself in that subject while studying abroad in Geneva, Switzerland. Joanna is a diehard fan of the Portland Thorns in the NWSL – she never misses a game and her mood is directly affected by result of each game.

Maisa Munawara

Maisa Munawara

VP of Academics

Major: International Affairs
Minor: Psychology
Concentration: Conflict Resolution

Maisa was born in Bangladesh and has since called Tennessee home for over 15 years. At GW, she is currently a Dean’s Scholars Program participant and is involved with the Muslim Students’ Association. Her research interests focus on the intersection between psycho-social resource provision and conflict resolution. In her free time, she is passionate about all things cooking and baking and is an avid fan of the Great British Bake-off. 

Flavio Corsi Mendez

Flavio Corsi Mendez

VP of Professional Development

Major: International Affairs, Political Science
Concentration: International Politics

Having been born in Venezuela but raised in the United States, Flavio has been interested in international politics, quite literally, since day one. His hobbies include going to the beach, watching television, and cheering on D.C. United. Flavio volunteered at an NGO in Argentina over the summer, giving him a better understanding of the role NGOs play in society, the challenges these organizations face, and the struggles of many Argentinians in a time of political and economic uncertainty.

Bianka Kern

Bianka Kern

VP of Marketing

Major: International Affairs, Economics
Concentration: Latin America

Bianka grew up in a military family, so she doesn’t call any one place home (except for the Vern). She loves hiking, learning new languages, and listening to podcasts. This fall, she is also working as a consultant for Community Engagement Consulting but spends most of her nights catching up on Bachelor in Paradise.

Madison Beltz

Madison Beltz

VP of Finance

Majors: International Affairs and Economics
Concentration: International Economics 

Madison hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, also known as the “City of Champions,” which she deems very fitting. Consequently, she is partial to Heinz ketchup and the colors black and gold. This past summer, she worked at an NGO in La Plata, Argentina, where she improved her Spanish and learned to tango. 
Michael Raphael

Michael Raphael

VP of Internal

Major: International Affairs
Minor: Arabic
Concentration: Security Policy

Michael was born in raised in Los Angeles, CA, and he demonstrates this by practicing yoga, being fashionable (at least in his opinion), and being a fan of AMC’s Mad Men. This summer, he has interned at the British Consulate General in Los Angeles and spent time honing his Arabic in order to pursue an Arabic Minor.

Inaya Ahmed

Inaya Ahmed

VP of Philanthropy

Major: International Affairs
Minor: Arabic
Concentration: International Development

Naya is a sophomore in the Elliott School of International Affairs majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in International Development, and minoring in Arabic. When she’s not poring over endless readings and Al Kitaab drills, she loves to explore (free) museums around DC, look up cringeworthy puns, watch & review movies with friends, and drink chai. Her interests within IA are refugee and migration issues, sustainability, and gender equality especially regarding access to education. As VP of Philanthropy, she aims to foster productive partnerships between SIR and non-profit/non-governmental organizations that support the most vulnerable populations on the planet. She looks forward to engaging membership in contributions to charitable causes not just monetarily but also through service.

Sahar Tariq

Sahar Tariq

Ombudsman
Shezreh Haider

Shezreh Haider

VP of Social

Major: International Affairs, Economics
Concentration: International Economics

Shezreh grew up near Tampa, Florida. She loves long walks, exploring new cities, and she can talk for hours about food. Her other activities include sleeping, watching Spanish dramas, and giving campus tours. Within International Affairs, she is most interested in economic development.