Meet the Team

National Executive

National President – Vikram Selvaraj

I’m an international student studying towards a Bachelor of Criminal Justice at the University of Canterbury. I am from Singapore, where I completed a degree in Business Management and started my own brand. So yes, this is my 2nd degree. But after years of dreaming about a career in policing and policy making, I am finally in my last semester. My other passions include running with my dog (who is also Singaporean), watching soccer (I’m a Arsenal fan UNFORTUNATELY) and binging crime series.

At UC, I had the opportunity to work with many international students through different events. I enjoyed connecting with people, and helping them feel belonged made it rewarding. My work was recognised by UCSA, and I was awarded the Blues Award 2021 for Outstanding achievement in Community Engagement. 

My experience in leading various teams and contributing to the international student community in NZ has led me to become the national president of NZISA 2022. My goal, as national president 2022, is to create more awareness of NZISA in the community. Our team aims to reach out and engage with as many international students as possible. This way I hope to stay true to my life motto; Love Yourself, Love Others and Love what You do. LOVE always conquers.

Contact at: president@nzisa.co.nz

National Vice President – Minnie Kalo Voi

Minnie Kalo Voi, Papua New Guinea ; Hula, Aroma (Central Province) and Matupit Island (East New Britain)

Minnie Kalo Voi is the current Vice-President for New Zealand International Students Association (NZISA) 2022, International Executive for Tauira Pasifika (NZ National Pasifika Students’ Association 2021-), former Welfare Executive (2021) of Massey University Students’ Association and former President of Massey University Pasifika Students’ Association (2019-2020). A student voice devotee who is passionate about advocating for quality education for ALL students in Aotearoa.
Minnie Kalo stresses that being the first of six siblings, living with their mother, she learnt women empowerment and leadership by service at home – various disciplines and values instilled evolved into several ground-breaking leadership roles. A good podcast, brunch on a lazy sunday and spending hours at the beach are a few of her favourite things.
Minnie Kalo currently works with the Residential Life services at Massey University, where she continues to advocate and play an important role in our Tauira (students) while juggling Undergraduate studies, a guardian to her younger sister and volunteer work.

Contact at: vicepresident@nzisa.co.nz

Education Officer – Geraldi Ryan

Kia ora, senang bertemu. I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia and have been calling New Zealand my home since 2017, where I did my Foundation Studies and Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Education) at the University of Otago. Currently, I am continuing my studies at the University of Otago studying Masters of Teaching and Learning (endorsed in Secondary Education) in hopes to become a New Zealand secondary teacher specializing in Junior Science, Chemistry, Dance or Social Studies.

In 2021, I was the OUSA International Student Rep and a NZISA Rep Council Member. I am privileged to be elected as NZISA Education Officer 2022 with aims to diversify and accurately represent international student voices here in New Zealand through The Code, submissions, research reports and infographic of international students issues around New Zealand. While I am grateful to be receiving such positive outcomes studying in New Zealand, I know that institutions can do so much more to improve the international students’ experience (academically and welfare).

Other than teaching and advocating, I like to experiment on contemporary, hip hop and jazz choreography. I like to actively work on my fitness journey, creative writing, travelling, café hopping and do some gaming.

Contact at: education@nzisa.co.nz

Women’s Officer – Kyra Shahana Butt

I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but have been living in Salem, Massachusetts in the United States since 2018. I am currently a third year Politics, Philosophy & Economics (PPE) student at the University of Otago in Dunedin and will be graduating in a semester. In my free time, I love writing poetry, trying out new plant-based recipes, and hitting the beach with my friends when the sun is out.

When I ran for NZISA, my goal was to create an emphasis on intersectionality when we speak of women’s rights, as those of marginalised groups are often overlooked. Through my role as National Women’s Officer, I hope to amplify the voices of our female and female-identifying international students in Aotearoa, as we all deserve a seat at the table when it comes to the decisions that affect us.

Contact at: womensofficer@nzisa.co.nz

Public Relations Officer – Bingyan (Ice) Jiang

Kia ora everyone.

Bingyan here. l was born in Shanghai, China. Im doing my medicinal chemistry degree at UoA. As an international student in New Zealand, l want to tell stories of foreign students, letting the New Zealand public know about international students.

That’s why l became the Public Relation Officer for 2022 in NZISA. I’m looking to improve and facilitate communication within NZISA internally and externally. l hope to help NZISA, by making different representative council members more united, and let the public know more about our NZISA’S operation and functions.

I hope all the international students can enjoy their studying life in Aotearoa.

Ngā mihi,

Contact at: publicrelations@nzisa.co.nz

National Treasurer – Ai Nee Looi

I am Ai Nee, a very proud Malaysian Chinese currently in my penultimate year pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Taxation & Accounting at the University of Canterbury. I am truly honored, humbled and grateful to be nominated as the National Treasurer for NZISA 2022.

I am passionate about volunteering, standing up for youth and making a change in the community. I strongly believe everyone is eligible and capable of voicing out and standing up for themselves and their community. Coming from a developing country where youth voice is still not being heard and the lack of youth participation, I find all the opportunities and lessons I have learnt here in Aotearoa so, so valuable therefore, I would like to take this chance to inspire other rangatahi and young women to bravely stand up for themselves and make a change. I cannot emphasize enough how we, as youths or even international students, should be confident and empowered to speak our mind and stand up for our community.

Besides studying, I chase plastics (frisbee!) with the NZ U20 Women’s National Training Squad, volunteer with the UC Student Volunteer Army, bond with my fellow Malaysian friends at CMSA and am always on the hunt for good food!

Contact at: treasurer@nzisa.co.nz

Campaigns Officer– Ryan Li Wei Sua

Salam Semua! I come from the bustling metropolis that is Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). A third-year student at The University of Auckland, I am currently undertaking a Bachelors in Arts (BA) double major in Politics & International Relations and Asian Studies.

I’ve had the pleasure of being appointed as a Youth Associate for the United Nations Association of Malaysia (UNAM) in 2018, primarily focused on Model UN development in the Malaysian national education curriculum. I’ve also had the honour of serving as Director at the 2019 edition of China’s largest international Model UN conference (NKMUN), held in Nanjing, China PR. I was also Co-Education Officer for UN Youth Auckland in 2020. Most recently, I served as the Vice President of the Union of Malaysian Students in Auckland (UMSA) for the 2021 term.

An avid learner of international relations and harbouring a passion for public policy, I’d like to specialise in Southeast Asian affairs in the future. You can find me dissecting geopolitical issues on a daily basis (and ranting about it!). To unwind, I enjoy a casual game of pickup (Ultimate Frisbee), and trying out new cuisines. Next up, Tibetan Momos!

Contact me at: campaignsofficer@nzisa.co.nz

National Secretary– Grace Amelia Zhang

Kia Ora, salam kenal! My name is Grace, I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. I am currently in my last semester of undergraduate studies at the University of Otago, majoring in Food Science, minoring in Consumer Food Science, and I am aspiring to be a Food Technologist in the near future. In my free time, I enjoy baking, travelling, and catching up with my friends.

I am privileged and grateful to be elected as NZISA Secretary 2022. Being part of a greater change for international students, I hope to amplify international students’ voices in Aotearoa by reaching out, connecting, and supporting the international student community.

I strongly believe that we, as international students, have our own rights to speak up and stand out in the community. As a Secretary, I would also like to take this opportunity to be as approachable in ensuring that the administration and communication within the team is well maintained, and that NZISA is in good hands.

Contact at: secretary@nzisa.co.nz

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Auckland University of Technology Students’ Association – International Officer – Prayag Shethia

My name is Prayag Shethia and I am the incoming International Affairs Officer at AUT Student Association! I study Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) degree majoring in Mechatronics engineering! I come from Mumbai, India and being around a crowd has always made me feel comfortable helping and pushing as many as possible!

I am inclined to helping international students in their issues related to the university and mainly play an important role in comforting them as much as possible so that they can adjust as fast as possible! From networking and employment series to advocacy and academic help, I want to be as big a support as I can!

Lincoln University Students’ Association – International Representative – Balaji Leksshman

I am Balaji. I was born in Tamilnadu, a southern state of India, and completed my Bachelor’s in chemical engineering. I always wanted to be an industrialist so I decided to pursue my postgraduate degree in food innovation at Lincoln University.

I always look forward to learn, practice and improve myself everyday. Taking risks and maturing as an ideal personality is my way of attitude towards new situations and a new environment.

Being the International Representative for LUSA and being an NZISA Representative Council member is a great opportunity to help students and the international community. Apart from my studies and work, I’m a DJ, so I play and create electronic music in my free time.

New Zealand Chinese Students’ Association – President – Summer Xia

I am Summer the 2020 President of NZCSA (New Zealand Chinese Students’ Association). I am from Shenzhen China and have been in New Zealand for eight years.

I am currently doing 5th year Mechanical Engineering, Finance and Information Systems at UoA.

Otago University Students’ Association – International Students’ Officer – Arina Aizal

I’m Arina, a final year University of Otago student in Bachelor of Arts majoring Psychology and minoring Gender Studies. Just like you, I’m an international student. I have made Dunedin my home and I’m passionate about ensuring that international students here have an amazing and diverse cultural experience at Otago. I represent international students in terms of advocacy and also coordinating cultural events.

Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association – President – Geo Robrigado

Waikato International Students’ Association – President – Kaitlyn Saunders

My name is Kaitlyn and I am the current President of the Waikato International Students’ Association (WISA). I am in my final year of a Bachelor of Business and am double majoring in Economics and Finance. I am a domestic student, but find it very important to make those who are from other countries feel welcome in New Zealand. As well as being president of an international student club, I am a mentor to incoming international students and a volunteer with the English Language Development program at the University of Waikato.
I am very proud to be the face of WISA as we aim to create a community that is welcoming and accepting to anyone and everyone.  We host at least two international-themed events each year which promote our inclusive club environment.

WelTec and Whitireia – Student Connection President – Kamilla Korokhova

I’m Kamilla and I came from Russia to do my first-year Diploma in Business. As an international student, I was unfortunate to experience a lot of stress and struggles that needed to be carried on my own. I’m here now, making sure others don’t have to go through all that and have someone out there taking care of their experiences. At Student Connection, we do our best to support each and every individual with any issues they may have.

Auckland University Students’ Association – International Officer – vacant

Massey University Students’ Association – International Officer – vacant