Elected ISAB Leaders

Academic Year 2017-2018:

Graduate Chair: Mahvish Ilyas, Pakistan

Undergraduate Chair: Lina Qostal, Morocco

Vice Chair: James Goh, Singapore

  • Mahvish Ilyas - Graduate Chair
  • Mahvish Ilyas - Graduate Chair

    Mahvish is a student of Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) with concentration in Environmental Policy at School of Arts and Sciences. She was born and brought up in Pakistan. Before joining UPenn she was working with WWF-Pakistan as the head of Green School Programme which is one of WWF-Pakistan’s largest environmental education and youth engagement initiatives. She was also working on an international assignment in a multicultural setting as the WWF Asia Pacific Growth Strategy (APGS) Information and Knowledge Management Coordinator. Her role at APGS required close coordination with a network of 23 Asia Pacific countries as well as communicating with other WWF Network offices. Mahvish is passionate about traveling and exploring new cultures and cuisines. 

  • Lina Qostal - Undergraduate Chair
  • Lina Qostal - Undergraduate Chair

    Lina Qostal is the current Undergraduate Chair of ISAB and has been a member since Fall 2015. She is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, intending to major in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics. She was born and raised in Morocco, coming to the United States for the first time her freshman year. Her native languages are Arabic and French and she enjoys learning about new cultures. Before coming to Penn, Lina's commitment to Tennis allowed her to travel to many countries, especially in Europe and Africa, and compete against some of the best junior tennis players in the world. She is now representing Penn on the Women's Varsity Tennis Team. Her passion and dedication to helping others have led her to engage in activities such as tutoring and mentoring. Now, she wants to use her own experience as an international student to help bring Penn's international community closer together and to improve the transition of international students to life at Penn and in the United States.

  • James (Zuo Min) Goh - Vice Chair
  • James (Zuo Min) Goh - Vice Chair

    James is a sophomore from Singapore, studying Economics at the College of Arts and Sciences. He served about two years in the military as an Infantry Lieutenant before coming to college, having trained in jungle and urban warfare missions in Singapore, Brunei, and Taiwan. Having to adjust from the military to school life, he understand the difficulties of adjusting to a new culture and making new friends. Through ISAB, he hopes to make student life more enriching for all international students, through the organization of more social activities, more interactions between different cultural groups and raising awareness about the cultural diversity at Penn. In addition, he is also interested in economics, public policy, and international development, and is actively involved in numerous social impact consulting clubs at Penn, serving clients that range from Cambodia to Nigeria.

ISAB Members 2016-2017

  • Chhavi Aggarwal
  • Chhavi Aggarwal

    Chhavi was the 2016-2017 ISAB Undergraduate Chair and is a senior in Wharton studying Finance and Management. She was born in India, but spent majority of her life moving around South East Asia. She has lived in six cities other than Philadelphia and went to seven schools before coming to Penn. Having had to constantly adapt to changing environments, Chhavi understands the challenges that come with being an international student and hopes to better the international student experience at Penn, through ISAB. 

  • Danielle Goh
  • Danielle Goh

    Danielle is from Auckland, New Zealand and is in the Class of 2020. She is really passionate about social justice issues, namely youth advocacy, feminism and supporting marginalized cultures. She hopes to merge these passions with her contribution to ISAB, and is eager to help improve the experience for international students at Penn. Experience wise, Danielle was the international committee leader at her high school, a representative in youth governance groups and a representative on the Youth Advisory Board for Auckland. In her spare time, Danielle loves to read, travel and go thrift shopping. 

  • Karishma Nanwani
  • Karishma Nanwani

    Karishma is a sophomore studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She comes from Indonesia and is very excited to be able to help other international students at Penn with problems that she personally faced in order to make their transition as easy as it can possibly be!

  • Karim El Sewedy
  • Karim El Sewedy

    Karim El Sewedy is a freshman studying in the Management & Technology dual degree program, where he hopes to major in Systems Science and Engineering, and Entrepreneurship. Karim was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, but moved to the disparate culture and climate of Toronto, Canada at the age of 14. Immigrating inspired Karim to look at the world of international students from a different perspective, and from there, he developed a passion and love for advocating for such issues. Karim is greatly also interested in the fields of entrepreneurship, technology, and philanthropy, hoping to someday amalgamate the three into a business of his own. In his free time, Karim loves eating, watching TV, photography, and talking to his friends. In addition to his other commitments such as being Class of 2020 President, Karim can't wait to accomplish great things with ISAB.

  • Eric S Y Tse
  • Eric S Y Tse

    Eric is currently a junior studying Finance in The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Born in Seattle, he attended primary school in Beijing, secondary school in Hong Kong, and now is back in the States for university. During his time at university, he decided to devote his time and energy to promote U.S. - China relations, and as a result, he founded the Penn Wharton China Summit. He hopes the Summit will become the platform that connects students from the two countries and foster next-generation leaders. He believes the stories told by speakers at the Summit will enlighten and inspire students, aspiring leaders, and people from all over the country. Eric is honored to join the ISAB board. He is excited to work with these motivated peers to improve welfare of the international students and to design solutions for various concerns.

  • Youssef Yacoubi
  • Youssef Yacoubi

    Youssef is an international student from Morocco. He is majoring in Economics and is serving his second year in ISAB. Youssef went to a French school in Morocco and is familiar with the challenges of adapting to new environments and education systems. Through ISAB, he hopes to provide impactful feedback and recommendations to International Student Services and develop effective and successful programs for international students. At Penn, Youssef is involved with Wharton Middle East and North Africa and the Penn Consciousness club. During his free time, he also enjoys talking about film and theater.

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Past Leadership

Academic Year 2016-2017
Graduate Chair: Fangming Li (outgoing) Mahvish Ilyas, Pakistan (incoming)
Undergraduate Chair: Chhavi Aggarwal 
Vice Chair: Mitchelle Matesva, Zimbabwe

Academic Year 2015-2016

Graduate Chair: Fangming Li, China/Canada
Undergraduate Co-Chairs: Valerio Imperatore, Italy
Bill Ding, China 

Academic Year 2014-2015:
Graduate Chair: Benjamin Partridge, UK
Undergraduate Chair: Erica Aduh, NigeriaVice Chair: Jussi Lundstedt, Finland

Academic Year 2013-2014:
Graduate Chair: Benjamin Partridge, UK
Undergraduate Chair: Frederick Jiacheng Ding, Canada

Academic Year 2012-2013:
Graduate Chair: Kwadwo Tettey, Ghana
Undergraduate Chair: Sofia Bernier, Chile

Academic Year 2011-2012:
Graduate Chair: Qiwei Shi, China
Undergraduate Chair: Lorenzo Beacco, Italy

Academic Year 2010-2011:
Graduate Chair: Phoebe So, United Kingdom
Undergraduate Chair: Trixie Canivel, Philippines

Academic Year 2009-2010:
Graduate Chair:  Manisha Joshi, India
Undergraduate Chair: Amal Rahuman, Sri Lanka

Academic Year 2008-2009:
Graduate Chair: Anne Katrin Arnold, Germany
Undergraduate Chair: Annabelle Hache, Dominican Republic

Academic Year 2007-2008:
Graduate Chair: Zehua Li, China
Undergraduate Chair: Alexander Giannakakis, Egypt