Meet the Team

National 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.

Contact at: president@nzisa.co.nz

Public Relations Officer – Kevin Guo

Since moving to New Zealand at the age of 10, I have spent over half of my life as an international student. Currently, I am a law student at the University of Auckland. In my spare time, I enjoy a bit of swimming, surfing, scuba diving, motorbike riding.

For me, public relations is about fostering relationships and building up a trustworthy reputation. My goal for this year is to advocate openly and unapologetically for every international student in New Zealand. As an executive member of NZISA, I hope to empower international students around the country and create opportunities to help them succeed.

Contact at: publicrelations@nzisa.co.nz

National Secretary – Adibah Izzani

Kia Ora everyone! I am originally from Brunei Darussalam, a country located on Borneo Island. I went to Cardiff, UK for boarding school and moved to New Zealand in 2017. I am currently a 5th year medical student from the University of Otago, Wellington. Before joining NZISA, I was as appointed as Secretary in the Otago Muslim University Students’ Association (MUSA) and Otago Brunei Students’ Association. With extensive experience living abroad, I assure you, I still encounter many new challenges every year! Through this role, I aim to connect with the international student community to find out what their concerns are and work together in improving international student experience in NZ. Outside of NZISA and studying, I enjoy going out on a road trip and on the weekends, you can find me queuing up for ice-cream!

Contact at: secretary@nzisa.co.nz

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