Meet the Team

National President – Sabrina Alhady

I am from Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. I came to New Zealand in 2016 to study at the University of Otago; starting my education journey in Foundation Year, and then completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and minoring in Anthropology. Before joining the NZISA Executive, I was the Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) International Students’ Officer and represented Otago on the NZISA Representative Council.

Within this role, I hope to engage and empower international students, and improve international student representation and involvement in the decision-making process on an institutional and national level.

Outside of my role, I enjoy eating good food with great company, and exploring my creative side through reading, writing, painting and knitting.

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National Vice President – Afiqah Ramizi

I am a proud Malaysian who still believes to this day that we have all sorts of exotic and affordable food – one of the greater blessings in life that I always miss when living here in New Zealand.

As a 4th year medical student at the University of Auckland, I decided to continue my membership with NZISA (as a part of my non-medical commitments) and this year, gratefully as the elected National Vice President. For 2019, I was the International Students’ Officer of Auckland University Students’ Association (AUSA) and a member of NZISA Rep. Council.

Over the course of several years studying in Auckland, I have realized that it is never easy being an international student no matter how long I have been here. Every year international students are faced with new challenges affected by the international education sector that is rapidly progressing. I may not be a leader who knows everything on policies, laws and legislations. However, I aim to help ease the stages of surviving in this country, with the support from a strong, committed team of council members consisting of locally elected international student leaders.

When I am not working or studying, you might find me in the kitchen trying some new recipes, singing melodious tunes but only the choruses, or watching FRIENDS time and time again.

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Interim National Secretary / Public Relations Officer – Ryan Wei

Born in China, studied in Singapore. I am currently in my third year of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Auckland University of Technology. Before my time at NZISA I served as the International Students Officer at Auckland University Students Association.

Public relations is about managing reputation. My goal as Public Relation Officer is to collaborate with internal team and maintain open communication with stakeholders using all forms of media and communication to build, maintain and manage the reputation of NZISA. Mentoring the future leaders is also an important task, the aim is to empower international students and support leadership opportunities for future generations of student leaders.

Outside of NZISA and studying, you will be seeing me on the field coaching/referring school football teams during most weekends.

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National Treasurer – Xueyan Peng

I came to New Zealand from China to further develop my education as well as my English. I have recently graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Master of Professional Accounting degree.

I am genuinely proud and excited to be a part of NZISA and a member of the national executive. NZISA offers a unique opportunity for international students to learn and experience working in the not-for-profit sector. As treasurer, I help NZISA make better budgeting and financing decisions on expenses for campaigns. My goal is to ensure that every dollar spent is spent to benefit the over 100,000 international students that we represent.

Outside of my role as a treasurer, I am fascinated by clinic psychology as well as music. Most of my spare time will be spending on researching on clinic psychology while enjoying good music, or hanging out with friends.

Auckland University Students’ Association – International Officer – Maria Khaydar

I was born and raised in Russia and moved to New Zealand 2 years ago to study at Auckland University. I am in my final year of doing a Bachelor degree in Operations Management and Business Analytics.

I am very proud and excited to represent the International community at UoA, as well as work with NZISA is representing international students. I want to ensure that international students don’t get mistreated in our university community, and working towards an equal approach would be my primary goal for 2020. I don’t have any prior experience in student politics, however, everyone should start from somewhere, and this year will be my first year of making changes!

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.


Auckland University of Technology – 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!

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.

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.

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

Lincoln University Representative

Massey University Representative

University of Waikato Representative