2014–2015 Committee

President – Jenny Steinitz

Jenny is a third year politics student at Churchill College. This is Jenny’s second position on the committee, after having served as Director of Press last year. Before coming to Cambridge, she worked in UK Parliament for 10 months, and during her time here, has acted as JCR President of Churchill College and Faculty Representative for Politics, Psychology and Sociology. She has a particular interest in foreign and education policy.

Outside of TWS, Jenny is often bumping into things, running around or playing guitar.

Director for Policy – Laura Grunberg

Laura is a German/Swiss/Chinese, in her second year reading Human, Social and Political Sciences. She has a particular interest in International Relations and Development, although wants to eventually end up in Public International Law and potentially focus on anti-corruption and bribery work. She has co-written for TWS previously and is also involved with Student Community Action.

Aside from keeping up with her seemingly unending reading list, Laura can be found playing her ukulele, reading Al Jazeera or trying out a variety of sports. But more importantly, she is always restless, just waiting for a new country/culture to explore, or person to meet!

Director for International Affairs – Helena Roy

Helena is in her second year studying Economics at Pembroke. She has a long-standing interest in international relations, has lived in Belgium and the USA, and collaborated with Harvard for the TWS paper on NATO in a changing world. Her past experience includes work with Deutsche Bank and AIG.

Helena divides her time between Cambridge and the Cam, and has an uncanny ability to talk incessantly about rowing. Beyond TWS and the river, she manages to pursue interests in art history, chocolate and travelling to China.

Director for Ideas – Isabella Yamamoto

Isabella is a second year student from Japan and England, studying Politics and International Relations (HSPS tripos), at Homerton. Her bicultural upbringinbg in Tokyo sparked an interest in the way inter-state political relations shape the international sphere. Specifically, she is interested in development and the role of the international community. She has previous experience as a delegate and chair for Model United Nations, and has been active with various NGO’s such as Hope International in Pursat, Cambodia. Isabella will intern with the Foundation for Sustainable Development in Jodhpur, India working towards implementing a micro finance programme in a local refugee camp.

Aside from her academics, Isabella is a chorister for her college choir, and enjoys discovering all the fabulous types of chocolate and tea in their respective societies.

Ideas Curator – Jayson Probin

My name is Jayson Probin, I am a second year Economics student at Girton College. My main economic interests are policy at the zero lower bound, financial regulation and the recent ‘secular stagnation’ hypothesis. I am also interested in politics particularly constitutional issues and electoral reform.

Outside of TWS I am the internal affairs officer for the Cambridge Society for Economic Pluralism (CSEP) and an editor for the Cambridge Undergraduate Journal of Development Economics. In my spare time I enjoy swimming, cycling and dreaming of where to travel next in the world.

Treasurer – Jeffrey Xiao

Jeffrey is a second year economist at Pembroke. With a strong interest in international relations, modern history and macroeconomics, he has joined the TWS committee to keep finances in check and find sources of funding.

Aside from being Ethnic Minorities officer in the Pembroke Junior Parlour Committee, he enjoys playing table tennis and rethinking his worldview to be as politically correct and morally acceptable as possible.

Director for Guests – Ella Mi

Director for Press – Max Twivy

Max is in his second year studying History at Trinity College. He is particularly interested in social mobility and inequality, national identity, immigration, and the role of religion in the modern world.

Outside TWS, Max is President of the Trinity Politics Society, Head of Online Publicity at the Cambridge Union, a keen badminton and squash player, a saxophonist, and an avid Arsenal fan.

Director for External Affairs – Philip Mead

Phil is a second year Economist at Fitzwilliam College. His main interests are in development economics and microfinance. He intends to use his degree in Economics to work with NGOs or with an institution such as the World Bank conducting research.

Phil has been editor of the Undergraduate Journal of Development Economics and has conducted research into the most efficient way to measure our carbon footprints. In his spare time he is an active musician and rower.

Director for Conference – Ezra Cohen

Ezra is a second year studying Human, Social & Political Sciences at Jesus College. His interests include UK fiscal policy, the Middle East and the constant car-crash that is US politics. He wrote an article titled ‘Food for Thought’ on the global food crisis for the 2014 Conference Paper.

Outside TWS, Ezra is a stalwart of the Jesus III football team, and his mood is usually dictated by the most recent Welsh Rugby result.

Deputy Director for Conference – Benjamin Mak

Benjamin is a third-year Law student at Gonville and Caius College. Outside TWS, he is active as a debater and adjudicator with the Cambridge Union.

Director for Publicity – Jacob Lypp

Jacob is a third year Politics student at Emmanuel College with a particular interest in issues of order and justice in international relations and the politics of the Middle East. Before joining the committee, he co-wrote a paper developing political solutions to the humanitarian crises in Sudan, a topic he had already engaged with in a year he spent working at a French NGO supporting refugees and asylum-seekers.

A citizen of Germany, Jacob enjoys musing about the subtle cultural differences between his two homes in Cambridge and on the continent. Aside from that, when not attempting to keep up with lengthy reading lists, he is an avid piano player and finds time for the occasional good novel or film.

Secretary – Lara Spencer

Lara is a graduate studying at Corpus Christi. Her main interests lie in international development, healthcare and the interplay between science and policy. As well as her secretarial role in the Wilberforce Society, Lara is the treasurer for the Cambridge arm of a grassroots charity aiming to improve educational resources in Nepal.

When not trying to explain to everyone what her degree consists of, Lara enjoys travelling, and dabbles in various choirs and orchestras.

Director for Brand – Suvi Joensuu

Suvi formerly served as the Director for Ideas Conferences at The Wilberforce Society from March 2013 until March 2014. She is a third year Politics and International Relations BA (Hons) student (Politics, Psychology and Sociology Tripos) at Newnham College. Suvi is a Finnish-American who grew up in the United States but moved to Finland during her teenage years. She has broad interests across the humanities, in all of which she is focused on developing a considered, critical approach to social science and modern society. Her personal interests include natural health, exercise and writing. She speaks English, Finnish and Swedish, and enjoys traveling.

Director for Publishing – Peter Charles

Peter is a third year geographer at Emmanuel, and a new face in the society. He takes great interest in current economic policy and foreign affairs, and will be doing a dissertation on the role of ‘anchor institutions’ in the UK. Peter longs to return to his second homeland of Australia, where he spent a few years as a teenager, and really misses the weather.

Peter is also president of a successful student society, and always enjoys a cup of tea.

Director for Online Media – Vacant


2013-2014 Committee

Details to be added soon.

2012–2013 Committee

Chairman – George Bangham

Director for Policy – Alison Andrew

Director for External Affairs – Anna Stansbury

Director for Ideas – Rose Beale

Director for Press – Millad Matin

Director for Publicity – Richard Stockwell

Director for Publishing – David Baynard

Director for Guests – Michael Campbell

Director for Connect – Nick Crawford

Secretary – Johnny Zemlick

Treasurer – Albert Beardow