IAPSS President

The IAPSS President leads the organization and the Executive Committee, chairing Executive Committee meetings and ensuring that there is a collaboration between global departments, IAPSS Regions, and other organizational facets. They represent IAPSS externally and directly oversee the International Cooperation Department, which establishes and maintains IAPSS’ collaborations with other organizations, including but not limited to partners, association members, and strategic student government and advocacy allies. The IAPSS President has a pivotal role in IAPSS’ advocacy efforts to improve the lives of political science students and impact relevant policies at all levels of government. They provide an annual report to IAPSS members on the organization’s activities at a General Assembly near the end of each elected mandate.

Ginisha Dewani



Ginisha is currently serving as the President of the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS). Her academic journey began thanks to her zeal to learn and, in part, due to her belief that knowledge and skill sets are best realized to reach people and empower them. She has previously worked in diverse departments at the association including International Cooperation & partnerships, Public Relations and IAPSS Asia regional chapter.
Simultaneous with her ongoing doctoral study on Urban Governance and Sustainability at National Institute of Technology Jaipur, India, she also worked as a researcher at the National Center for Urban Affairs with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, India. She teaches Public Policy, Indian Constitution and World Affairs at her doctoral university. She also had the opportunity of working with students and support in designing the required course curriculum. She has worked on local projects in her city on development projects concerned with slum sanitation and rejuvenation of the city, in close collaboration with the city officials. Her liking towards research has made her write and present papers in multiple conferences and seminars.
She has recently supported the EU-India Policy Dialogue Support Facility, to smoothen policy understandings in diverse sectors among these regions.
She has been a proud Alumni of ASEF fraternity, under two projects- ASEF ARC8 Expert Internationalization in Higher Education: Mobility of People and Knowledge and ASEFSU23 as Project Assistant and Young Reporter.
Ginisha previously worked at the British Council as a Manager of Arts for South India Project which promoted project based collaborations between the UK and India.
She is academically driven towards Public Policy, Local Governance, Development Studies and International Relations. She was awarded the gold medal for excelling in her graduate studies and was ranked holder in her Masters in Public Administration program.

IAPSS Secretariat

The IAPSS Secretariat oversees IAPSS’ internal communications and democratic processes. The Secretary-General leads the Secretariat, which looks after the website, email accounts, and project management applications. They take minutes at Executive Committee meetings, organize General Assemblies and elections, ensure the IAPSS Legal Framework is followed, and oversee all matters pertaining to memberships.

Oleksii Zahreba



Oleksii is currently studying for the Master’s degree of political science, international and public affairs at the Université de Montréal. He also works at the International Political Science Association. Oleksii first joined IAPSS in 2019 in the position of Speakers Coordinator Assistant on the team organizing the World Congress in Vienna. After the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oleksii ran for an election for the chair of the USA and Canada chapter of IAPSS. He served as a chair of the USA and Canada region for the 2020/21 mandate. He was later elected to the position of the IAPSS Secretary-General, in which he continues to serve the global student political science community today. Through his involvement at IAPSS Oleksii helped to found the Global Student Government (GSG), and he is currently a Vice-President for Operations at GSG. In the past, Oleksii organized international Model United Nations conferences and served on the executive committee of the International Studies Club at his university.

Marta García Ruiz

Deputy Secretary-General


Marta is a graduate in International Relations at Ramon Llull University. After the completion of her bachelor’s degree, Marta pursued her master’s degree in Geopolitics, Territory and Security in London, thanks to a full scholarship by the Public Diplomatic Council of Catalonia. Currently, Marta serves as a full-time Regional Intelligence Analyst at Intelligence Fusion. Her work focuses on monitoring, mapping and tailoring information. Marta’s previous professional experience and life in Northern Africa has encouraged her to dig deeper into asset tracing and investigations.

IAPSS Financial Administration Department

The Financial Administration Department of IAPSS maintains the financial infrastructure of the association and manages the annual budget. Fundraising is also situated in the Financial Administration Department.

Crystal Staebell



Crystal Staebell joined IAPSS as an administrative coordinator for World Congress 2020 in Vienna. When the conference was canceled due to Covid-19, she did not despair and became a co-head of the virtual World Congress in 2021. During her time as the VP for Programs during the 2021-22 mandate, Crystal brought another dimension to the IAPSS academic events and expended IAPSS’ presence in the academic world. She now heads the Financial Department of IAPSS.

IAPSS Advisory Board

The Advisory Board offers guidance to the current Global Board and reviews various IAPSS reports and processes for quality assurance.

For general inquiries please feel free to contact the IAPSS Advisory Board at advisoryboard@iapss.org

Giulia Zampedri

Advisory Board Member

Giulia has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Salzburg (Austria). She is currently in her last year of an Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree Master in digital communication and Policy in Europe at the University of Salzburg and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She joined IAPSS in 2018 as a student ambassador and was from 2018 to 2020 the Regional Chair for Europe. In 2020, Giulia was elected as a member of the Advisory Board. As a member of the Advisory Board, she is committed to making sure IAPSS remains a great place for inspiring students to network and that their voice is heard and well represented.

Jim Jimeno

Advisory Board Member

Jim Jimeno is an acting director at the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. He currently supervises the consular assistance operations in the Asia-Pacific covering 19 embassies and 11 consulates general. He is a Pacific Forum Young Leader and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. He is also the co-chair of the Western Pacific regional hub of the Nursing Now Challenge. He has published peer-reviewed articles about health, migration, and sustainable development. He is an incoming MBA student at the Quantic School of Business and Technology and a recipient of the Strada Scholarship for Emerging Leaders.

María Paula Jijón Andrade

Advisory Board Member


Maria Paula has two bachelor’s degrees in Law and International Relations from IE University (Spain). She is currently enrolled in a master’s degree to Access the Legal Profession with a specialization in Public Policy from Pontificia Universidad Comillas (ICADE) in Spain. María Paula will be barred to practice law in Spain by 2022. She was a part of the IAPSS 2021 Virtual World Congress as a Chair, Discussant, and Panelist presenting her research on populism and judicial independence. Her interests include international relations, political science, constitutionalism, and government studies, as well as alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

IAPSS Programs Department

The IAPSS Programs Department oversees IAPSS partnerships and communication with external organizations.

Dannica Batoon

VP for Programs


Dannica Eirren Batoon is a Master of Strategic Communications Management student from Monash University in Australia. She served as a political science lecturer at a Philippine state university upon graduating with BA in Political Science at De La Salle University-Manila (Cum Laude). She works with World Literacy Foundation as a Youth Ambassador, Startmate as a Student Fellow, and Monash University as a postgraduate student representative, among others. Dannica also advocates environmental sustainability and the acknowledgment of the climate crisis. She volunteers under the Action Translate program to translate documents for the Secretariat of the Antarctic Treaty. As an intersectional feminist, most of her advocacies focus on improving the education quality offered to minority students.

IAPSS Academic Department

The Academic Department of IAPSS constitutes the academic pillar of the Association. It is designed to offer a number of unique opportunities for students of political science and related disciplines to develop their skills in academic research, writing, and presentation at conferences and other events.

The work of the Academic Department offers multifold ways for students to get involved and further develop academic experiences such as publishing in different formats and other important skills. We operate two journals (Politikon and Encuentro Latinoamericano), one blog (A Different View), Student Research Committees, and Delegations. For each branch, one IAPSS Board member (a Coordinator or an Editor-in-Chief) is responsible, together with the Head of the Department.

The two IAPSS journals (the flagship journal Politikon with a general focus and Encuentro Latinoamericano, which focuses on Latin American Studies) run a double-blind peer review process, as any professional journal. This, together with the expertise of the Editorial Boards, the Advisory Committee members, and the Paper Submission Guidelines ensures that each issue includes a number of high-quality articles, written predominantly by students and junior researchers.

Those who are interested in contributing with shorter reflection pieces can apply to join the Authorial Board of our blog ‘A Different View’ or submit a guest contribution to it.  Each year, a competitive Call for Applications is launched to select a small group of graduate or postgraduate students or more experienced junior researchers who will work together on a prescribed general theme, helped by the Academic Coordinator. The Student Research Committees offer another range of opportunities to IAPSS members. After a successful application process, students and junior researchers can become members of an IAPSS SRC focused on a particular subfield in political science and related disciplines. Within the SRC, they interact with other individuals with similar interests, work together with the other members on papers and other forms of research outputs, and form panels for the IAPSS conferences as well as conferences held by IAPSS’ partner organizations.

Last but not least, IAPSS Delegations are a prime outcome of the partnership of IAPSS with renowned academic and professional associations, such as IPSA (International Political Science Association), ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research), ISA (International Studies Association), or UACES (Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies). IAPSS panels at the conferences of these organizations feature selected work of the Academic Department affiliates and if capacity allows, separate Calls for Applications are launched for applicants who wish to submit abstracts for these panels.

For general inquiries please feel free to contact the Head of the Academic Department Team at academic@iapss.org

Eyrin Kyriakidi

Vice-President for Academic Affairs


Eyrin Kyriakidi graduated from the University of Peloponnese with a BA in Political Science and International Relations, and from Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main with an MA in Modern East Asian Studies. She has previously worked at the Centre for Security Studies in Athens, Greece, as well as at the Embassy of Greece in Seoul, Republic of Korea. She has also participated in delegations of the Hellenic Youth Parliament and the European Youth Parliament, and was a member of AEGEE/European Students’ Forum. Eyrin first joined IAPSS in 2021, as a member of the Political Theory Student Research Committee, where she later served as Chair. Her current research focuses on the bilateral relations between China and North Korea, South Korean politics, and East Asian political theory and philosophy.

IAPSS Public Relations Department

The Public Relations Department of IAPSS is mainly in charge of developing PR strategies and promoting IAPSS events and our academic publications.

Nadia Al-Kabariti
Vice President for Public Relations


Nadia Al-Kabariti graduated from the University of Jordan wit
h a BA in English and Spanish Language & Literature. Owing to her passion for community and economic empowerment, she used her career experiences to help and empower youth and refugees across Jordan by working in educational, employability, and post-COVID economic recovery projects sponsored by UN agencies, ministries of Jordan, and the U.S. Department of State. She is currently a full-time Communications Intern at UNDP assisting the Accelerator Lab Jordan in public relations and communication strategies to help promote on-going projects. Moreover, she’s a Freelance Exam Venue Invigilator/Supervisor at the British Council.

Keorapetse Modiba

Keorapetse is a Bachelor of Arts student at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa pursuing Majors in Politics, International Relations and Media studies. Her past experiences include social media management and student activism on campus. She often volunteers her time to assist NGO in her communities as a way of contributing to community development especially with issues concerning the youth in South Africa. Growing up in post-apartheid South Africa Keorapetse grew an interest in studying politics as she witnessed the aftermath of the
political and economical struggles that continued in the New South Africa.