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The GSS is directed by a five-member group of student executives, elected annually by UBC graduate students.

Together, the GSS Student Executives represent and advocate for all graduate students at UBC Vancouver to UBC, all three levels of government, and community organizations.

Your GSS Student Executives run your student society and manage the day-to-day operations, including advocacy, businesses, committees, events,  finances, student services, Graduate Student Centre (GSC), and more.

Have a question or suggestion? Some of our best projects come from feedback by fellow graduate students, so please feel free to email your GSS executives or come by and visit them.

Open office hours for our executives:

  • Philip: 12 – 3 pm on Thursdays and Fridays
  • Pouya: 11 am – 3 pm on Fridays
  • Tarique:
  • Sara: 9 am – 12 pm on Thursdays; 9 am to 2 pm on Fridays
Nicolas Romualdi

Nicolas Romualdi President

The public face of the GSS, advocate for key graduate student issues, wrangler of the student executive team.

Tarique Benbow

Tarique Benbow VP University & Academic Affairs

The office of the VP – University and Academic Affairs acts as a liaison between the GSS Council and campus organizations, from UBC Administration to graduate student associations.

Philip Karangu

Philip Karangu Financial and Executive Oversight Officer

Financial helm of the GSS, manager of day-to-day budgets and fiscal sustainability, coordinator of annual business plans and audits.

Pouya Rezaeinia

Pouya Rezaeinia VP Students

Planning and implementing programs to meet the academic, social, cultural and recreational needs of Society members, coordinating Orientation Week for incoming graduate students.

Sara Hosseinirad

Sara Hosseinirad VP External Relations

Advocating on behalf of graduate students at UBC, the provincial and federal government level, and in the local community, raising concerns of graduate students and creating awareness about decisions that may affect graduate students.

Our Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Student Senators are the voice for graduate students on UBC Senate. They represent graduate students and ensure their interests are represented fairly on UBC Senate.

The Student Senators promote graduate student career development, increase communication to promote awareness of key graduate student issues on the Senate and to gain student feedback.

Your GSS Student Senators are two of the 18 student representatives on the UBC Senate. The Senate is the highest governing body responsible for all academic matters, including admissions, awards and scholarships, approval of new courses and programs, examination policies, and curriculum changes. All matters dealt with in senate affects all students one way or another!

Temitope Onifade

Temitope Onifade Student Senator

Alexa Tanner

Alexa Tanner Student Senator


  • Senator: Miranda Huron (May-July 2017)


  • President: Genevieve Cruz
  • VP University & Academic Affairs: Mahshid Ghaffartehrani
  • VP External Relations: Nicholas McGregor
  • VP Students: Jennifer DeBoer (May 2016 – January 2017) & Taran Dhillon (February-April 2017)
  • Financial & Executive Oversight Officer: Dante Mendoza
  • Graduate + Post Doctoral Studies Student Senators: Miranda Huron and Jason Speidel


  • President: Tobias Friedel
  • VP University & Academic Affairs: Enav Zusman
  • VP External Relations: Bingyu (Gloria) Liu
  • VP Students: Kevin Mehr
  • Financial & Executive Oversight Officer: Xiaolei Deng
  • Graduate + Post Doctoral Studies Student Senators: Sarah Simon and Nicholas Dawson


  • President: Colúm Connolly
  • VP Administration: Kevin Mehr
  • VP Academic & External Affairs: Daniel Wood
  • VP Finance: Tobias Friedel
  • VP Services: Min Xia
  • Graduate + Post Doctoral Studies Student Senator: Julienne Jagdeo
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Student Executive