EPPC 2017 Team

AIDAN POTTER
EPPC 2017 Chair
Aidan is a MPP candidate at the Hertie School of Governance, interested in East Asian security and European integration. His is a Montreal native who earned his Bachelors in Political Science from McGill University. He hopes the life changing EPPC experience will provide him with the professional inspiration he will need upon graduation.

 

 

KYAN LO
EPPC 2017 Co-Chair
Kyan has always been drawn to different cultures and has moved around the world a lot for the past several years. Before moving to Berlin to pursue his master’s degree in public policy, he received his degree at UC Berkeley and worked in the San Francisco for about two years. He is particularly interested in studying the role of technology in policy making and how it would shape governance in the future.

 

CRISTINA CIORDIA
Treasurer
Cristina Ciordia is a Master of International Affairs candidate at the Hertie School of Governance. She studied International Relations at Universidad Central de Venezuela at her hometown, Caracas. She has worked mainly for the private sector, but wishes to pursue a career in international organizations. Her interests include transnational security, global politics, traveling and the Boston Red Sox.

 

SOLÈNE HÉMERY
Secretary
Solène Hémery is from France and is the Secretary for the EPPC. She completed her Bachelors in International Relations at Bristol University and is now a proud Master of International Affairs student at Hertie. She enjoys public speaking competitions and dancing.

 

 

FARIDA ABDELHADY
Secretary
Farida is a MIA candidate at the Hertie School of Governance. She holds a Combined B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Ottawa’s Carleton University. Before coming to Hertie she had the opportunity of working for Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada, for Carleton’s Mobility & Politics Research Cluster, as well as for the Bundestag’s Committee for Economic Co-Operation & Development. In the future,Farida hopes to apply her diverse experiences to driving change in development co-operation and migration policy.

 

LOGISTICS

JUDY KING-PERKINS
Logistics Chair
Judy King-Perkins is currently enrolled in the Master’s of International Affairs (MIA) program at the Hertie School of Governance. She is a Fords Scholar who holds a BA in Political Science from Penn State University and MA in Education from Concordia University. Her focus is on International Security and the cross sectional interaction with development policies in emergent and post-conflict areas.

 

ALEXANDER T. SORG
Alexander is currently enrolled at the Hertie School of Governance as a MIA candidate.He supports the European Public Policy Conference as a member of the logistics team.His academic interests include security policies, the European Union and development policies.

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

BRETT VANDERBOSCH
Communications Chair
Brett enjoys gardening, seeing how many Wikipedia tabs he can open, exopolitics, reading pretentious literature, and supporting sport teams that break his heart every year (Sköl Vikes!). He has previously worked for the U.S. Senate in various capacities such as Deputy Press Secretary, Field Representative, and Special Assistant for Sen. Al Franken. Brett speaks several languages poorly and currently resides in Berlin.

 

SONYA ONG
Sonya is a MPP candidate at the Hertie School of Governance. A native of Sabah, North Borneo Malaysia, she holds a bachelors in Media and Communications from the University of Melbourne. In her previous life, she worked in media strategy and content development. She is fascinated by all things digital; like how she can do almost everything from her mobile phone (except download food). Her current interests lie in public communication and development policies.

 

EMMA KRAUSE
Emma is a MPP candidate at the Hertie School of Governance, interested in energy and urban policy. She previously worked for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, for former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and on the 2012 Obama Campaign. Her Bachelors is in Communications and Political Science from Emerson College in Boston. A proud dual U.S. – Canadian citizen, she hopes to eventually return to her native Toronto to positively impact her country and drink all the maple syrup.

 

RINA HAJDARI
Rina is completing her graduate degree in International Affairs at the Hertie School of Governance, with a specific interest in economic policies and international crisis management. She was previously based in her native Kosovo, where she was involved in initiatives that analyzed developing post-conflict countries in the Balkans. Her aim is to be able to one day provide a fresh approach to policy-making with regard to foreign affairs and conflict resolution. Having grown up in Prague, she has a fondness for Czech dumplings and operas. She speaks four languages fluently, and is currently enjoying her Russian lessons – something she might need once she is able to work hands-on in Eastern and Southeastern Europe.

 

SUBHODEEP JASH
Subhodeep Jash is a Master of Public Policy Candidate at the Hertie School of Governance. Prior to this, he worked as a Senior Consultant at Dua Consulting, the government affairs (GA) arm of one of India’s leading law firms on advocacy programs for companies such as Google and Harley Davidson. He has also had a one-year stint with the Office of the Chief Negotiator of India to the WTO at the Department of Commerce. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Symbiosis Law School, Pune as well as a post-graduate Young India Fellowship (in liberal arts and leadership) from Ashoka University. He also happens to be a huge cinephile, a trivia nerd and an ardent supporter of Manchester United.

 

ACADEMIC COMMITTEE

SIMON VAN DER STAAIJ
Academic Chair
Simon is currently pursuing a MPP degree at the Hertie School of Governance. He arrived in Berlin just months after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Leiden University College, where he did a BSc in liberal arts and sciences. His previous work at the Brill-Nijhoff Writing Centre. He has some experience organizing academic gatherings from his work as chair of the College’s volunteer committee. After Hertie he might return to his cozy Dutch motherland, although his eagerness to explore other parts of the world might get the better of him.

 

BRUNO ST-JACQUES
Bruno is a MPP student at the Hertie School of Governance specifically interested in cultural and urban issues. He has previously worked in anti-corruption organizations.Outside of the policy field, you can find him contributing to various projects revolving around music in Berlin and abroad.

 

 

 

JUANITA CORREDOR
Juanita is a lawyer and MPP candidate at Hertie focused on human rights issues. She is interested in broadening her knowledge in order to create sustainable policies that will positively impact her country. As you will probably be able to tell by her accent and vibrant charisma, she is a proud Colombian. She plans to eventually go back to Colombia and contribute to the peace building process.

 

 

JEN LOBO
Jennifer is a MPP candidate at the Hertie School of Governance. Having recently graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in International Development and Globalization, her interests lie in the relationship between development and policy. When not crushing over her Canadian Prime Minister, she can be found brunch-ing,traveling, or reading.

 

 

GWENDOLYN BLACK
Gwendolyn joined the MIA class at the Hertie School of Governance in 2016. She interested in combining international politics with psychology and hopes to eventually understand what makes the world go round. Her main area of focus lies in peace and conflict management, both of the political and personal kind. She has interned for a cotton trade project at GIZ and the central refugee centre Petit Château in Belgium.

 

 

JOIA BUNNING
Born and raised in Amsterdam, Joia has left the country of bikes and cheese to explore the urban life of Berlin. She holds a Bachelors in Political Science and International Relations, and is currently in the MIA program at the Hertie School of Governance. What her next destination in life will be is unknown, but at heart she will always remain a European citizen.