Executive Chair – Hattie Stacey
Having spent the past six years working in fundraising and development for various specialist health-care charities Hattie is now studying on the Law Tripos at Hughes Hall. She is incredibly excited to lead The Wilberforce Society in its first year as a registered charity and to ensure that the Society continues to produce the highest quality policy research, pro bono to MP’s, charities and policy makers.
Outside of TWS you will find her perpetually clutching a mug of over-brewed tea, singing acapella or occasionally talking logistics on the Hucy May Ball Committee. After life at Cambridge she is keen to pursue a career at the Bar, focusing on Human Rights and Administrative law.
Vice-Chair – Jun Pang
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Jun is a second year HSPS student at St. John’s College, specializing in Politics and Sociology. She is interested in intersectional approaches to advocacy and public policy, particularly within the areas of human rights and democratic development. In the past, she has worked with local NGOs to provide learning support to refugees, research political prisoners in Mainland China, and promote gender equality in education and politics. In Cambridge, she is an Editor for Notes Magazine, and is active in FLY (BME Women’s Network) and WomCam.
Having been a part of TWS for the last two years, Jun has served as a Deputy Director of Policy, an Editor, and a Writer, working on projects such as the Brexit Commission and the End Rape on Campus Commission on sexual assault/harassment policies in Cambridge. She will be working closely with Policy in her role as Co Vice-Chair.
Vice-Chair – Vidya Ramesh
Vidya is in her second year reading History at Gonville & Caius College. She is particularly interested in gender equality and women’s empowerment through international development schemes.
Last academic year as Director for Ideas at the Wilberforce Society, Vidya also cultivated an interest in Food Security and technological content fidelity, having mentored curated discussion groups on these topics. As Vice Chairman for this year, Vidya plans on supporting the Chairman by reinforcing communication between the Committee and TWS membership, and expanding the scope of training and development further, within Ideas and beyond.
Vidya joined TWS as a Fresher because she wanted to take part in an activity where she could simultaneously learn about and institute policy change. She got her first taste of this co-writing a policy paper on Sexual Harassment Policies in British institutions of Higher Education.
In her spare time, Vidya enjoys competing with the University of Cambridge Powerlifting Club, working as Campaign Manager on the Woman’s Campaign committee, and bouldering on the rock climbing wall at Kelsey Kerridge!
Director for Policy – Michelle Wong
Michelle is a first year Law student from Hong Kong at Newnham College. She is passionate about human rights and social justice advocacy, and is particularly drawn to an intersectional approach to feminism. She also has a keen interest in exploring public policy and how it can work together with legislation to provide practical solutions to issues. She is excited to work alongside the rest of the team to produce research and policies that aim to make an impact both locally and globally.
Prior to coming to Cambridge, Michelle was the Legal Education Secretary of Law Association, HKUSU, and a volunteer at various NGOs. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, watching shows, cooking, traveling and taking photos.
Deputy Director for Policy – Justin Yang
Justin is a second year PhD student (Public Health & Primary Care) at Wolfson College. He is broadly interested in social and economic policy with a specific focus on health and social services. Prior to his doctoral studies, Justin worked as a strategy consultant at Avalere Health (Washington, DC) in the Reimbursement and Market Access practice.
Outside of TWS, Justin is involved in a variety of leadership roles with the Wolfson College Students’ Association, Wolfson College Boat Club, and the Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange. He has also represented Wolfson College in the 2016-17 series of University Challenge.
Deputy Director for Policy – Mark O’Brien
Mark is a second-year studying Philosophy at Caius, and originally hails from Northern Ireland. He was initially drawn to TWS due to a dissatisfaction with media reporting and pub conversations on contemporary politics, coupled with a desire to get better educated on political issues. Having co-written two policy papers with TWS last year, he is eager to make the writing process more accessible to students, and also ensure papers remain both of a high quality and of relevance to real world problems. He personally has interests in global health, education and short-termism in political decision making, as well as in political theory generally. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to blues and reggae music, visiting London and exploring Ireland by car. In the future, he intends to pursue a career in policy, and would particularly like to work on problems at the intersection of ethics, policy and political philosophy.
Deputy Director for Policy – James Burn
Director for Conference – Yen Jean Wee
Yen Jean is a second-year law student from Singapore, with a particular interest in social policy, the interaction between politics and the protection of human rights, and the shaping of cultural identity. She was previously involved with TWS as an Editor, and worked on policy papers on gender discrimination in the workplace and the impact of Brexit on human rights in the UK. In her second year, she also helped to organise the TEDxCambridgeUniversity Conference 2017. As the Director for Conference for 2017/18, she hopes to make this year’s TWS Conference an even more engaging and enriching experience for all involved, and strongly believes that the combination of empathy and constructive dialogue has the potential to redefine our socio-political landscape. In her free time, she can be found enthusing about her newly acquired coffee press and making the same five varieties of cheesy pasta.
Deputy Director for Conference – Chet Johal
Deputy Director for Conference – Rebecca Fennessy
Rebecca Fennessy is a first year law student at Gonville and Caius College.
She is very much looking forward to working towards one of the highlights of the Wilberforce Society’s calendar, the annual conference. Having organised a highly successful History and Politics Symposium in her final year of school, Rebecca hopes to build on the Wilberforce Society’s previous achievements to organise a thought-provoking and dynamic conference. She aims to diversify the conference speakers to ensure that a wide range of views are represented.
She has broad interests in current affairs and is particularly drawn to domestic and international politics, and issues concerning gender equality. Her long-standing involvement with the Environmental Investigation Agency stems from a keen interest in climate change and conservation. Rebecca is extremely passionate about education, having taught in a secondary school in Lusaka, Zambia and currently tutoring in a local Cambridge school.
Director for Online Media – Simon Percelay
Simon is a second-year student studying HSPS at St John’s College, originally coming from France. As Director for Online Media, he is responsible for the Society’s website and its presence on social media, making sure to engage as much as possible with the student population in Cambridge. His areas of interest include European and Middle Eastern politics, political sociology, diplomacy and government structures.
Outside of TWS, Simon has been writing about French politics for Varsity, and is trying to reform St John’s room ballot system as a member of JCR. He is the ex-Vice President of the French Society, and is involved in creating an online platform of support for French Cambridge applicants. He is also Secretary General for the 2017 Cambridge University International Model UN Conference. He has an unhealthy love for maps, languages and useless trivia, and in his spare time he enjoys making fun of British customs.
Director of Publishing – Alex Reeds
Alex is a final year MML student (Russian & Spanish) at Christ’s. He is particularly interested in international politics and relations, focusing on US-Russia relations and the Middle East. Having studied political science at St. Petersburg State University on his year abroad, he was keen to join TWS because of the opportunity to discuss and devise solutions to some of the world’s most significant issues.
Outside TWS, you will most likely find Alex out on the football field, having captained Christ’s 1st XI in his second year. He plans to enter the Foreign Office to become a diplomat after graduating, and wants to take up Arabic to add to his myriad of languages. In his spare time, Alex loves travelling and listening to rap music.
Director for Publicity – Connor MacDonald
Deputy Director for Publicity – Phoebe Bright
I’m a second-year HSPS student at Christ’s College, reading Sociology. I am fortunate enough to be working with Connor and Heng Xuan as a Deputy Publicity on this year’s TWS Committee! My background is in communications mainly, but I did an Art Foundation before coming to Cambridge – and getting involved in publicity is a great way to use those creative skills on something really cool. I have a strong belief that I am part of something really special in The Wilberforce Society. We have some incredible opportunities here, and I want to get the word out about the work we do!
Deputy Director for Publicity – Heng Xuan
Heng Xuan is a second year Land Economist at Wolfson College. His interests mainly revolve around environmentalism, gender equality, geopolitics, graphic design.
Outside of TWS, Heng Xuan is in the University Karate team and heads the CU Buddhist Society. On occasion, he can be found camping in the mountains of Europe, telling bad puns, and browsing Memebridge (sometimes simultaneously).
Director for Ideas – Matija Franklin
After finishing high-school in Belgrade, Serbia, Matija Franklin is doing a psychology MPhil at Sidney Sussex College, with a specialisation in Behavioural Economics. He is currently conducting research at the Policy Research groups and with the Junior Researcher Programme, but has previously worked at the Cambridge Organisational Leadership & Decision-Making Group, Prosociality and Well-Being Laboratory, as well as the Embodied Cognition and Emotion Laboratory. He is interested in the decisions that make people more or less likely to cooperate in social settings.
He has previously conducted research on decisions related to technology adaptation and conflict resolution strategies, a study on reducing consumer behaviour though online interventions, as well as an embodied cognition approach to understanding the relationship between disgust and guilt. The policy papers he has written or is currently writing are related to the automatisation of the workforce, common-pool resource management, forecasting techniques and Universal Basic Income.
He is very excited to lead The Wilberforce Society’s Ideas Team and is looking forward to the learning opportunities that the pannel discussions will provide for everyone.
Deputy Director for Ideas – Isabella Nubari
Isabella is currently a first year from Trinity College navigating her way through the thorny legal landscape as part of her degree. It therefore comes as a surprise that in her free time, she enjoys engaging in conversations about other complex issues that plague the world. As Deputy Director of Ideas, she seeks to unpack controversies one conversation at a time, and to provide an avenue where individuals can participate and enrich the conversation with their diversity of viewpoints. She hopes that in her tenure, she can create a platform for students to not only share their opinions, but to understand where it sits in the spectrum of possibilities.
When bored by her intellectual pursuits, Isabella dutifully does her job as Development Director of the Cambridge University Venture Capital and Private Equity Society and attempts to code in her free time.
Sponsorship – Aloysius Ng
Secretary – Jeremy Ng
Treasurer – George Hudson
George is a first year medical student at St John’s College from Leicester. As a medical student, TWS is for him a fantastic way to escape the world of bones and bodies and to get involved in a society which focuses on pragmatic solutions. TWS is, in his opinion, a society which he can show off – not a regular run-of-the-mill political society nor a casual talking shop, instead it is a society which can make a real difference to the world of policy-making!
His role as Treasurer is set to include looking after the society’s finances and making sure the society doesn’t overspend. He will be in charge of delegating money for projects and policy proposals as well as budgeting for the annual conference TWS runs every year, and he cannot wait to get going. 2017-2018 looks to be an exciting year for the Wilberforce Society and he’s thrilled he can be a part of it.
Director for Socials – Wen Yee Chan
Wen Yee is a first year law student from Hong Kong at Sidney Sussex College. She is interested in Chinese history and politics, feminism, economic policy and domestic issues such as mental health. She joined TWS as she wanted to be involved in the society’s unique ability to utilise discussions to bring practical change outside of the Cambridge bubble. Outside of TWS, Wen Yee enjoys ballet and watching copious amounts of television.
Director for External – Tom Ryan
Tom is a second year Politics and International Relations student at Christ’s, and this year’s director of externals. The Wilberforce Society appeals to him because it connects the outside world to see the fresh and innovative perspectives of some of the most brightest students in the world. This year, he decided to take a more active role in that process, and is going to be creating a channel between the policy work that TWS does and groups outside the university.
Chairman – Chia Jeng Yang
Vice-Chairman – Clemens Öllinger-Guptara
Director for Policy – Umang Khandelwal
Deputy Director for Policy – Alicia Loh
Deputy Director for Policy – Edward Ashcroft
Director for Conference – Connor MacDonald
Deputy Director for Conference – Gordon Hao
Director for Online Media – Andrew Tan
Director of Publishing – Brendan Tan
Director for Publicity – Pranjal Bajaj
Director for Ideas – Vidya Ramesh
Deputy Director for Ideas – Clara Von
Deputy Director for Ideas – Nora Kalinskij
Sponsorship – Edward Chan
Ideas Curator – Sumita Chakraborty
Treasurer & Secretary – Monica Wong
External Affairs Officer – Faith Yeung
External Affairs Officer – Nikhil Dwivedi
External Affairs Officer – Ned Kenwright
Socials Officer – Jeremy Ng
Socials Officer – Lucia Keijer-Palau
Chairman – Laura Grunberg
Director for Policy – Chia Jeng Yang
Deputy Director for Policy – Lukas Fuchs
Deputy Director for Policy – Jason Wong
Director for Conference – Tom Bevan
Director for Conference – Sophie Ashford
Director for Online Media – Brendan Tan
Director for Online Media – Georgi Rusinov
Director for Publicity – Tamsin Ireland
Treasurer & Secretary – Shilpita Mathews
Director for Ideas – Louise Ellis
Ideas Curator – Nora Kalinskij
External Affairs Officer – Clemens Oellinger
External Affairs Officer – Jonny Dodd
Director for Guests – Tom Daniels
President – Jenny Steinitz
Director for Policy – Laura Grunberg
Director for International Affairs – Helena Roy
Director for Ideas – Isabella Yamamoto
Ideas Curator – Jayson Probin
Treasurer – Jeffrey Xiao
Director for Guests – Ella Mi
Director for Press – Max Twivy
Director for External Affair – Philip Mead
Director for Conference– Ezra Cohen
Deputy Director for Conference – Benjamin Mak
Director for Publicity – Jacob Lypp
Secratary – Lara Spencer
Director for Brand – Suvi Joensuu
Director for Publishing – Peter Charles
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