Executive Committee

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Sheena Liang

Sheena Liang

Academic Chair

Majors: International Affairs, Finance
Concentration: International Development

Sheena is a sophomore and an international student from Guangzhou, China. She came to the United States for an exchange experience in her junior year of high school in Green Bay, WI, and she decided to stay to finish her education. In addition to being an academic chair in SIR, Sheena is also a member of the research department of the Chinese Development Student Think Tank, and a project manager in AIESEC. Outside of academics, she loves dancing, especially Chinese Traditional Dance, Jazz, and K-Pop dances. She also enjoys baking (a hobby she picked up during quarantine), learning Spanish, and traveling.

Vinithra (V) Sudhakar

Vinithra (V) Sudhakar

Academic Chair

Major: International Affairs
Minor: Applied Ethics
Concentration: International Development

V is a sophomore from North Carolina, which is why she will often complain vaguely about “yankees” and the lack of good southern food in Foggy Bottom. Her academic interests lie in sustainable development and the role of ethics in conducting development work. Beyond serving as an academic chair for SIR, V is also involved with the Elliott School through her work with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and as a student advisor to the LEAP Initiative. In her free time, V plays the violin and enjoys spontaneous trips to the various museums in DC.

Maisa Munawara

Maisa Munawara

New Member Representative

Major: International Affairs
Minor: Psychology
Concentration: Conflict Resolution

On campus, Maisa is actively involved with the Dean’s Scholars Program and the Muslim Students’ Association. She is currently working on a research project examining the development of Mental Health and Psychosocial Services (MHPSS) for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. In her free time, she spends her time baking, painting, late-night walking, and watching every British mystery show in existence.

Maddie Vincent

Maddie Vincent

Recruitment Chair

Major: International Affairs
Concentration: Security Policy

Maddie is a junior from Massachusetts. Her interests within IA include natural resource and environmental policy, transnational crime, and geopolitics. On campus, she currently serves as co-president of GW Youth Diplomacy and Language Institute, a community service organization that brings free after-school foreign language education to DC public elementary schools. Outside of school, you can usually find Maddie scootering around on her quest to find the best desserts in DC!

Victoria Huang

Victoria Huang

Recruitment Chair

Major: International Affairs
Minor: Computer Science
Concentration: Security Policy

Victoria is a junior from Boston, a fact she consistently brings up unprompted by comparing its confusing layout to DC’s grid design. Her academic focus centers on great power competition and non-proliferation, along with a side interest of Latin American politics. On top of serving as a recruitment chair for SIR, she’s been part of the GW Model UN travel team since freshman year and is the Director of Conference Relations for GWCIA, their middle school MUN conference. When she’s free, she enjoys reading Spanish literature and listening to audio drama podcasts.

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Matt Staff

Matt Staff

Alternative Greek Representative

Major: International Affairs, Political Science
Concentration: International Politics
Minor: Public Health

Matt is a sophomore and is originally from Wisconsin, but moved to Michigan this past winter. In addition to his involvement with SIR, he volunteers for various environmental conservation groups in the DMV area and participates in GW’s intramural basketball. He is currently an intern at The Borgen Project as a part of their Political Affairs team. In his free time, he enjoys sightseeing, hiking, and playing basketball.

Lily LaMattina

Lily LaMattina

Social Chair

Major: International Affairs
Concentrations: Asia, Global Public Health

Lily is a junior from Buffalo, NY, but she loves living in DC. In addition to Sigma Iota Rho, she is a GW TRAILS guide, where she leads students on weekend and adventure break trips outdoors and serves on their Diversity, Inclusion, & Accessibility Committee. Lily is currently interning at The Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization, where she works in two policy programs: International Partners, which oversees the Institute’s 11 international partners in Europe, India, New Zealand, Mexico, and Japan, and Ascend, which focuses on ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security. Last summer, Lily volunteered as an English Foreign Language Teacher for third grade students in the rural province of Nantong, Jiangsu, China, where she lived with a host family and developed her Mandarin Chinese. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking, swimming, traveling, and anything outdoors!

Michael Raphael

Michael Raphael

Webmaster

Majors: International Affairs, Arabic Studies
Concentration: Middle East

Michael is a junior born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He credits his interest in the Middle East/North Africa region in large part due to his Coptic heritage and periodical visits to the region throughout his early life. When he is not studying, he could be found practicing his Arabic skills with relatives, curating his ever-expanding Arabic music playlist, indulging in period-piece dramas, jump-roping, and occasionally finding (inner) balance with yoga.

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Sahar Tariq

Sahar Tariq

Social Media Chair

Major: International Affairs
Concentrations: International Politics, Comparative Political, Economic, and Social Systems
Minors: Psychology, Political Science

Sahar is a junior in the Elliott School who is involved in several organizations such as Allied In Pride, Anything but Colonial Coalition, and GW Chamak. She is also in the Deans’ Scholars Program. You can usually find her editing videos, drinking way too much cold brew and bubble tea, and virtually working on her internship for a social justice nonprofit organization.