Meet the Executive and Venture Board Team 2018-2019!
President – Ilakkiyan Jeyakumar
I’m Ilakkiyan, a 3rd year Engineering Physics student, Loran Scholar ’16 and the president of Engineers Without Borders for the 2018-19 year. Born on Sri Lankan soil and raised in the buzzing city of Toronto, nowadays I spend my time focusing on how best to bring good people together, across all disciplines, to work toward meaningful, systemic change. From our Youth Venture’s new approaches to education, to our Sustainable venture’s aquaponics system, to our Evolving Engineering and Advocacy ventures initiatives on inclusivity and civic engagement, we have a lot going on. We always need fresh perspectives and strong talent, and I hope you consider joining us.
Aside from that, you can find me hovering around food tables at networking events, out-of-breath after a short run, and ever on the prowl for good hot chocolate. If you would like to chat or learn more, please feel free to send me an e-mail (or carrier pigeon).
VP Support & Strategy – Victoria Purcell
I am a fifth year student in the Faculty of Science studying Cognition and the Brain. I initially became involved with EWB through the Global Engineering venture. Through that year I saw many goals and ambitions of EWB that I personally wanted to be a part of, especially the holistic approach that EWB approaches difficulties with. I could not be more excited to see what this year holds for me as VP Support.
VP External & IT Director – Susan He
I am a fifth year student in the faculty of electrical engineering. In my spare time, I enjoy skiing, hiking, and spending time with all my friends within and outside of the EWB community. For the upcoming year, I am most excited to spend more time with the EWB team and take on new adventures and endeavors as VP External!
VP Finance – Tori Koelewyn
I am Tori, VP Finance this year! I am a fifth year Engineering Physics Student and have been involved with Engineers Without Borders for 4 years! I was the president last year and have worked with Youth Venture and Global Engineering as a member and as a director. I am excited for all the ventures to succeed this year! Come chat with Engineers Without Borders (NOT JUST FOR ENGINEERS) or if you see me on campus come say hi to me!! Hope to see you around.
VP Member Learning – Brendon Tankwa
Brendon is a 3rd year Engineering Physics student, a MasterCard Foundation scholar and this year’s VP Member Learning for Engineers Without Borders. Brendon is an active community builder who invests his time and energy into reasoning about Automation, Renewable Energy, the Internet of Things and Africa. He is excited to foster a learning ecosystem and introduce some interesting topics to the EWB community this year. Feel free to contact Brendon if you are interested having an engaging discussion or simply looking to contribute to EWB meetings and want to find out how you can do that.
VP Communications & Sustainability Co-Lead – Ben Arneson
I’m a 3rd year Arts student interested in politics, music, and sustainability. This year I’ll be taking on the roles of Communications Director and Sustainability Co-Lead, and if you have any questions about these positions or about EWB in general I might be a good person to talk to. I’ve been an active member of EWB since 2016, and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve in the years to come!
Incubator & Kumvana Program Director – Jackie Ma
I am a fourth-year Materials engineer and will be filling in the position of Incubator. I am passionate about EWB UBC because it merges the critical thinking and problem solving of engineering to tackle social issues. EWB UBC is also an amazing place to meet like-minded, and impactful people, which was the reason I stayed in the Chapter. When I joined EWB, I volunteered my time in the Sustainability Venture and worked on Scrapless and Aquaponics. Then I went on to be a co-president with Tori. I hope to take my experience in the Chapter and incubate some great ideas.
Evolving Engineering Lead & Kumvana Program Director – Alex Gonzalez
Hello! My name is Alex, and I am a third year Materials engineering student. I am the current Evolving Engineering venture lead, as well as the Kumvana Program director. I have experience in both of these roles from the past year. I am passionate about fostering inclusive spaces and working towards a more equitable future. Outside of school, I love training for triathlons and reading Toni Morrison novels. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!
Chapter Initiatives Support Lead – Liam Crozier
I’m a third year Mining Engineering student minoring in International Relations. My interests include writing, excel, QuantumGIS, food/drink discovery, hiking, and live music. I care about sustainability, responsible mine development, and making Canada a better place.
Something I’m excited for in the upcoming year: Getting started with creating an awesome chapter-wide initiative!
Sustainability Co-Lead – Tommy Kuo
I am a first-year student in the Faculty of Science. At EWB, I hope to harness human ingenuity and interpersonal connections to create sustainable social systems. I am excited about joining this dynamic team of talented individuals and contributing to various on-campus sustainability initiatives. Outside of school, I am a choir singer and outdoor enthusiast.
Youth Venture Co-Lead – Iram Malik
I am just finishing my second year of Chemical and Biological Engineering. I’m all the way from Bangladesh and the reason I chose to be a part of YV is to get involved with the younger community and to help them grow and transition into the real world. This position requires pubic speaking so it’s a good opportunity to get over that fear of talking in front of a crowd. I look forward to working with all the team and facing all the upcoming challenges.
Youth Venture Co-Lead – Bhushan Appadoo
I am a second-year student in the faculty of Chemical and Biological Engineering. I am the co-lead of the Youth Venture with Iram. I have been part of EWB for a year now and the experience has helped me grow and taught me so much. I’m excited to work on the new Youth Venture projects this year.
Advocacy Co-Lead – Hamayun Aziz
“I am a third-year Mechanical Engineering Student from Pakistan. I have also lived for 15 years on a group of small islands called Bahrain in the Middle East. Growing up I had a taste of living in both a developing economy such as Pakistan and a developed economy such as Bahrain. So ever since I was small, I was aware of all the change that needed to happen to help humanity tackle the root causes of poverty and inequality. I believe that advocating for policies and getting the general public people active for issues we all care about are the strongest ways to drive change. To reflect this, I have met with 3 Member of Parliaments over the last year to talk about Canada’s role in International Development and have held member learning sessions for members to educate members on Canada’s ODA. So as you can see I am quite passionate about Policy and Advocacy! So if you see me on campus or find me at meetings, you know who to talk to about Policy and Advocacy.
Advocacy Co-Lead – Sridaran Rajagopal