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Student Executive

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 actions come from the feedback by fellow graduate students, so please feel free to email your GSS executives for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Taran Dhillon

Taran Dhillon President

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

Teilhard Paradela

Teilhard Paradela VP University and Academic Affairs

Liaison with campus departments and organizations, advocate on graduate academic matters, supervisor of the GSS Advocacy Services.

Hanna Murray

Hanna Murray VP External Relations

Lobbyist on key graduate student issues to UBC and the government, liaison on decisions that may affect you, protector of graduate student rights.

Arezoo Alemzadeh Mehrizi

Arezoo Alemzadeh Mehrizi VP Students

Director of GSS career-related workshops and social events, liaison with graduate student organizations, manager of Graduate Student Orientations.

Keskine Owusu Poku

Keskine Owusu Poku 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.

Graduate Student Senators

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!

Francisco Gallegos

Francisco Gallegos Student Senator

Amber Shilling

Amber Shilling Student Senator

Past GSS Student Executives and Senators


  • 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