Meet Our Current Team

The Global Connections Program is led by a team of student staff and a group of dedicated student volunteers, known as Community Leaders. Meet our Fall 2022 team!

Program Coordinators

Zaena

Hello everyone! My name is Zaena, and I'm a fourth year International Studies and Philosophy double major. I love creating art, finding new plant-based recipes, and watching animation films. I'm so excited to be back with the GCP, and I'm equally excited to meet all of you. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions, or just want to chat!

Narges

Hi folks! My name is Narges and I’ve moved here from Iran and I’m in my fourth year, majoring in Communication and minoring in Business. In my free time, I like reading books (mostly fictional), watching movies and tv shows, and listening to music. I picked up cooking during quarantine and it turned out to be the habit that I find the most relaxing. I’m excited to meet you all and maybe share some recipes!

Senior Community Leaders

Kristine

Hey everyone! I’m Kristine and I’m in my second year in Communication and hoping to minor in Legal Studies. I’m excited to be apart of the Global Connections Program. On my free time, I like to watch movies and tv shows! If you want some suggestions, please don’t hesitate to say hi! As an international student myself, I hope to help and support you throughout this semester. I look forward to virtually connecting with you all!

Heidy

Hello everyone! My name is Heidy and I am a third-year business student concentrating in Human Resources Management and International Business. I enjoy travelling, attending concerts, and watching movies. I love meeting new people so please don't hesitate to say hi! I am really excited to be part of the Global Connections Program and am looking forward to connecting with all of you!

Christina

Hello everyone! My name is Christina and I am a fourth-year biological science major. I love cats, the outdoors, and books, so I'll always be happy to chat with you about that (or anything else). I still clearly remember my first few months at SFU, and getting involved in SFU's community and meeting new people, made the transition a lot easier. That's what inspired me to sign up to become a Community Leader and help you have an amazing experience as well :)

Community Leaders

Annika

Hello, my name is Annika Sharma and I am second year business student. One thing that attracted me towards Beedie was I like engaging with people and I love talking to them. For my hobbies I don't even know I have so many of them I just lost my count I like doing anything new that I have never tried before. I am very adventurous to try everything but on the other side of my personality I am very sober and peaceful. Moreover, being so much adventurous and being so calm at the same time is just me. In my experience sometimes talking to someone or by just having a conversation it can really change your life. If you need any help regarding anything Global Connections Program is the best place to contact even though we cannot solve every issue but we will guide our best to make sure you are at the right place to solve all of your queries.

Areej

Hi everyone! My name is Areej and I'm a fourth year Molecular Biology and Biochemistry student. In my free time, I like reading books, watching movies and tv shows or trying new recipes to cook and bake. I am so excited to be a community leader and look forward to meeting you all!

Arshia

Hello everyone, my name is Arshia , and I'm a second year business student. I am thrilled to be a community leader and to share my experiences with you all. During my spare time, I usually like to read astrology books and go for walks. I am looking forward to meet everyone and know about your exposures as well.I would love to be available for you if you have any query or just want to get along. 

Ashhal

Hi everyone, my name is Ashhal Vellani and I am going into my second year this Fall, pursuing a BS in Computing Science. I really enjoy video games, movies, walking, hiking and a little bit of photography (especially of the scenic sunsets and beautiful nature around BC). I am so excited to join the GCP this year and meet tons of new people.

Ayesha

Hey everyone! I am Ayesha Shehzeen and I will be starting my second year this fall! My intended major is psychology and I’m hopefully minoring in BPK! Being an international student myself, I know it can be pretty difficult transitioning from High-school to a totally different environment for University. As a community leader, it will be my pleasure to help you all and ensure a smooth transition to University. So don’t hesitate to reach out and I am looking forward to meeting y’all in person!!

Chika

Hi everyone! My name is Chika, and I am a fourth-year Political Science student. I am an international student from Japan, and I am so excited to meet new people and get to know about different cultures through the Global Connection Program. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, crocheting from time to time, and walking outside to explore this beautiful city. I was a member of a choir before the pandemic hit, and I have a passion for singing and music in general. Please feel free to reach out if you need anything. I’m looking forward to meeting you all!

Chris

What’s up everyone! My name is Chris and I am a third-year Business student concentrating in Human Resources Management & Marketing (minor). I came to Canada three years ago from China by myself so that I know exactly how hard and lonely it is to study abroad. I love going to the gym, biking, hiking, shopping, listening to music (Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber…), watching movies (Marvel), etc. Join GCP and reach out to me if you need any kinds of help or advice, you will have a grateful experience when you look back at the end of your university life.

Erica

Hey everyone! My name is Erica and I am a third-year student majoring in Communications. In my free time, I like watching movies as well as exploring food places. I am excited to be part of the Global Connections Program and make connections with everyone. I also love listening to music, so feel free to come and chat with me when you want some recommendations or just anything in general! I look forward to meeting you all soon!

Hana

Hello everyone! I am Hana Moosaakbari. I am a third year student majoring molecular biology and biochemistry. I enjoy listening to music and learning new languages. I am an international student and I am very excited to be a part of global connection program to connect with you all and make friends!

Houman

Hello everyone! My name is Houman and I am a third year Molecular Biology and Biochemistry student. I am so glad to be apart of the Global Connections Program. I love to meet people from across the world and make new friends. I hope to help and support you through this semester.

Jasjit

Hi everyone! I'm Jasjit and I am a third-year biology student. At times, school can feel draining and lonesome, but we've all been there, so don't hesitate to reach out! I love helping out, even in the smallest of ways! In my free time, I enjoy watching movies and reading books while binge-eating chocolate. Feel free to give me any movie or book recommendations! I can't wait to meet you all very soon!

Joan

Hi everyone! My name is Joan, and I’m a second-year business student planning to concentrate in Finance and Accounting. In my free time, I enjoy going for long walks, watching Netflix shows and exploring new places. I am very excited to be a community leader and looking forward to share my experiences with you!

Macy

Hi everyone! My name is Macy and I am a fourth-year Communications student. I like learning new languages and cultures. I know transferring into university life can be a bit stressful so do not hesitate to reach out. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Malika

Hey everyone! My name is Malika and I am a third year Health Sciences student. I love playing chess, listening to music and watching crime shows/movies. I have been a member of global connections program and I am grateful to be working with the team as a community leader. I would love to share my experiences and help you all. So, feel free to reach out to me with any concerns. Looking forward to meet you all!

Megan

Hey everyone, I am Megan. I am a 2nd year criminology student who came from Hong Kong about 6 years ago. I am so excited to get started and meet everyone in the coming Fall! I like to knit, watch dramas and crime docs, play ukulele, sing and swim during my spare time. I hope that I can do my best to help you guys, feel free to reach out :) Looking forward to meeting you all!

Nadia

Hi! I am Nadia, a third year doing a biological sciences major and health science minor. I have been a part of the GCP program since my first year at SFU and I am now so excited to be a community leader. I understand some of the challenges that come with being a new international student having been one myself, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. A little bit more about me, I love exploring and everything to do with nature and you’ll often find me outdoors hiking or doing photography. I also like reading books and would welcome any book recommendations you have. I look forward to meeting and connecting with all of you!

Ryan

Hi everyone!! My name is Bach, but you can also call me Ryan. I am in my third year at Beedie pursuing double concentrations in Operations Management and Management Information Systems. I LOVE BUBBLE TEA. Others than that, I love volunteering, connecting with new people, and enjoying getting engaged in the community. Coming from Vietnam as an international student, I understand the cultural differences and how hard it is to integrate into a new environment. I'd love to share my experiences with you and hope that we will have a good time together with GCP.

Theresia

Hi everyone! My name is Theresia and I am studying actuarial science with a minor in business administration. In my free time, I like to do anything that relates to music, like singing, playing some instruments and listening to them. I really like doing karaoke too. Also, feel free to reach out to me about anything. I'm very excited to see all of you this semester!

Alex

Hello everyone! My name is Alex and I am currently a 3rd year student studying business. I like active things such as soccer, hiking, and biking. My first year was the hardest here in SFU and I am thrilled that I will be able to help you out. I look forward to interacting with you. Let's make our time here fun and enjoyable.

Amirul

Hey!!!! My name is Amirul. I will be completing my third year as an Economics major and Climate Change and Society minor. As an international student, I know it is intimidating, stressful and confusing to transition to a new country, culture and environment. But have no fear when Global Community Leader is here. Global Connection is one of the convenient ways to get to know about campus resources and life, along with learning about life in Vancouver. You can always reach out to me for your concerns and questions, and I am happy to help. I like meeting people and learning about them, which is one reason that motivated me to join the Global Connection Program. Besides school, I am really into travelling and mobile photography. Besides that, I love binge-watching movies and series. I am excited to meet all of you and looking forward to knowing more about you.

Annisa

Hello everyone! My name is Annisa and I am an 3rd year business student. I am so honoured and excited to be a part of this program as the community leader. I love outdoor activities and traveling. I also enjoy learning culture so feel free to show me yours:) Looking forward getting to know and meeting all of you!

Arjun

Hello everybody! My name is Arjun and I am a 4th year Health Sciences student. I'm super stoked to be a part of the Global Connections program and am really looking forward to meeting you all! I know a lot of you may be worried about university life and are under a lot of stress, but don't worry you can always reach out to me with whatever might be troubling you. I love helping people with anything really, and just know that we're all in this together and we're all gonna make it!

Bill

Hi everyone. I'm Bill, and I'm a fourth year Physical Geography student. I was previously part of the Exchange Buddy Program and have enjoyed meeting exchange students from different countries. I like mystery stories, fiction or non-fiction, and I enjoy watching movies. I look forward to meeting everyone and wish all the best as the future unfolds!

Choyoung

Hello friends! My name is Choyoung Tae, and I am a senior business student concentrating in HR&IB. Last four years, I did three exchange semesters (at Tsinghua University and Seoul National University), worked for a software company in South Korea, and traveled to 12 countries. I always love to meet up with new people, so feel free to contact me anytime if you want to hang out! I am very looking forward to meeting you all soon. 

Dayeong

Hi everyone. My name is DaYeong Kim. Just call me Yeong! I am a second year in Criminology. I like watching shows in Netflix and especially, re-watching Sherlock! I am really looking forward to meet you all and hear your stories.

Denise

Hey everyone! My name is Denise. I am in my third year studying Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach, going for a hike, or playing golf. I am very excited to be part of Global Connections Program and get to know other fellow SFU students. I can’t wait to meet and connect with you all!

Eryn

Hello everyone! My name is Eryn and I am a second year Linguistics major student. I enjoy watching movies, eating and hanging out with friends a lot. I understand that university life could be stressful so feel free to reach out! Looking forward to meeting you soon!

Hayden

Hello there! My name is Hayden. I am a second year communication student. I am really excited to be part of the team and meeting all new people. As also being an international student, I would like to share my experiences to help you all. I am also a music and film addict, feel free to talk to me! Looking forward to the semester!

Jash

Hi everyone! My name is Jash and I am majoring in Psychology while also completing two minors in Business and in Counselling & Human Development. I’m so excited to become a part of the Global Connections Program and am looking forward to building connections! During my free time I enjoy reading, binging tv shows and movies, long walks, listening to music, attending shows and concerts, and trying new things. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want to chat. Looking forward to meeting all of you!

Jessica

Hi everyone! My name is Jessica, and I am a second-year student in Biological Sciences. I enjoy painting, listening to K-pop, and trying different types of cuisines (desserts are my favourite). I also love going to cafés. With any anxious feelings you may have, I hope to share my own experiences and help you along the way! I am so excited to be a part of the Global Connections Program this semester as a community leader and can’t wait to meet you all :>

Kurumi

Hello everyone! My name is Kurumi, a third year Beedie student concentrating in Accounting. I’m very excited to join the Global Connections Program to share my experience and hoping to help others create a great memory at SFU. I’ve been involved in SFU and Beedie Community through student organizations, events, and the co-op program. Feel free to connect with me if you have any questions or just want to chat! Looking forward to having fun together in Fall.

Mars

Heyo everyone! My name is Mars, and I’m a second-year APCS student. I’m an international student from Dubai, but I’m originally from India and Portugal. I’m excited to be taking on the role of Community Leader and to be able to help my peers get adjusted. I definitely know what it’s like to be leaving home to head off to university and start fresh, but trust me, the transition does get easier, and joining the GCP is definitely a great place to start. In my free time, I really enjoy keeping up with and playing sports, (especially Soccer, Rugby, and Basketball), watching movies and tv shows, and listening to music. I can’t wait to meet you guys and If you ever need someone to talk to you, feel free to reach out :)

Meetika

Hey guys! My name is Meetika Singh and I am a third-year criminology student. I enjoy anything that gets me outside and I am always keen to try out new activities. Let me know if I can help ease any confusion you face because I've definitely been there and would be glad to help!

Myriam

As a member of the Global Peer Education Program, I am excited to meet other students and to work together to celebrate the diversity of cultures we have here on campus.

Peter

Hello everyone! My name is Peter, and I'm a 5th year Health Sciences student. I'm the type of person who is constantly open to getting song recommendations from people. I love listening to music, mostly Korean music, as I am from Korea myself! I do love going to karaoke with my friends despite being bad/mediocre at singing. I was previously a VP of Finance at the student club UNICEF SFU, and I am currently a volunteer at an FHS lab. Can't wait to meet you all, and please feel free to reach out!

Tracey

Hello everyone my name is Tracey Ho and I’m a Second year student studying Visual Arts under the faculty of Contemporary Arts. I like to listen to music, sketch, paint and hiking in my spare time. The reason I want to get involved with GCP is to meet new friends and faces. Feel free to ask me anything!