MEMBERS

Here is a list of volunteer members of the Student Chapter. Together they help out with activities related to the Chapter.

2020/2021 STUDENT CHAPTER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Kelechi Odoemena – Chapter President
Kelechi a postgraduate of agricultural economics from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria is interested in using systems thinking and dynamics to addressing complex agricultural challenges mainly within the livestock system. He is a passionate advocate of the methodology being used by young researchers in African countries for a better representation of the distinct complexity and dynamic nature of their agricultural systems.

William Liem – Chapter Vice-president

William graduated with a BA in Sociology from the University of British Columbia and worked as a research assistant at Columbia University on a longitudinal poverty study, and also worked at a biometrics start-up focused on delivering digital identity to low- and middle-income countries. He then earned his Master of Social Work with a specialization in system dynamics from Washington University in St. Louis. He currently works on special projects at SKIP DesignEd focusing on the intersections of technology, equity, and systems thinking. William's research interests focus on using system dynamics to understand structural injustices leading to disproportionate outcomes of gender and sexual minorities.  

Jasmine Gipson – Chapter Secretary

Braveheart Gillani – SD Colloquium Organizer

Braveheart Gillani graduated with his Bachelor’s in Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. Post-graduation, he practiced as an offshore engineer and a project manager in the oil and gas industry. He earned his Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in mental health and domestic social and economic development and a specialization in System Dynamics from the Brown School of Social work. Braveheart is currently pursuing his PhD at the Mandel school of Applied Social Sciences and  is interested in using System Sciences and System Dynamics to understand wicked social problems, identifying integrated interventions and leverage points towards collective healing. 

Cherie Dirk Forbes – SD Colloquium Organizer

Cherié is a PhD Candidate at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) specialising in applied palaeoecology, with a small component of participatory system dynamics. She believes that having a long-term perspective of changes in ecosystem services and using systems-thinking and SD as a tool to interrogate these changes can increase our understanding of social-ecological resilience. Previously she was a Project Manager at SouthSouthNorth and a Consultant at Conservation South Africa working with local communities on climate change adaptation projects and Ecosystem-based Adaptation. Cherié has a passion for biodiversity conservation, sustainable land-use management and environmental education. Cherié loves working with people and is excited to be volunteering as a co-chair of the SD Colloquium (2021-2022).

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2019/2020 STUDENT CHAPTER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Andrijana Horvat – Chapter President

Emiliya Suprun – Chapter Vice-president

Shreya Sonthalia – Chapter Secretary

Kelechi Odoemena – Chapter Management Committee Member

Kuan-Lin Chen – Chapter Management Committee Member

Sergio Alzate – Chapter Management Committee Member

Busra Gencer – Chapter Management Committee Member

Tim Kousemaker – Chapter Management Committee Member

Jennifer Johnson – SD Colloquium Organizer

Laura Upegui – SD Colloquium Organizer

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2018/2019 STUDENT CHAPTER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Andrijana Horvat – Chapter President

Emiliya Suprun – Chapter Vice-president

Shreya Sonthalia – Chapter Secretary

Sergio Alzate – Chapter Management Committee Member

Kuan-Lin Chen – Chapter Management Committee Member

Busra Gencer – Chapter Management Committee Member

Tim Kousemaker – Chapter Management Committee Member

Kelechi Odoemena – Chapter Management Committee Member

Martina Curran – SD Colloquium Organizer

Jennifer Johnson – SD Colloquium Organizer

Laura Upegui – SD Colloquium Organizer

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2017/2018 STUDENT CHAPTER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Larry Gottschamer – Chapter President

Maximilian Happach – Chapter Vice-president

Andrijana Horvat – Chapter Secretary

Sergio Alzate – Chapter Treasurer

Emiliya Suprun – Chapter Management Committee Member

Erika Palmer – SD Colloquium Organizer

Martina Curran – SD Colloquium Organizer

Johanna Gisladottir – SD Colloquium Organizer

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