International Student Advisory Board 2021-2022

Gael Abboud

Gael is an undergraduate student from Lebanon majoring in Cyber Security Engineering and minoring in Software Engineering. She is currently working as an I.T. Support for the GMU School of Engineering and teaches swimming during weekends. Gael aspires to help other international students during their time at Mason and is happy to share her experiences as well. 

Omoche Cheche Agada

Cheche is a doctoral student in the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) (formerly known as the Volgenau School of Engineering) from Nigeria. In addition to pursuing a Ph.D. in Information Technology, he is also working towards a master’s degree in Digital Forensics and Cyber Analysis. He has a passion for meeting and interacting with people from diverse cultures and learning about their way of life. He actively seeks opportunities to provide support to new members of the international student community.

Abdullah Almalki

Abdullah is a second-year Ph.D. student in Computational Science and Informatics. He started becoming involved in student activities in elementary school and believes that it helps develop one’s skills. In his spare time, he likes watching movies or hanging out with friends in coffee shops because he is a coffeeholic. He also volunteers his services to dog shelters as his form of self-care.  

Hassan Asif

Hassan is a Mason alumnus from Pakistan who graduated with his master’s degree in Software Engineering in December 2019. He is currently working as an I.T. consultant for a Georgia-based company. He loves doing photography and exploring new places in his free time.

Omone Isaac

Omone is a second-year graduate student from Nigeria. She is studying Social Work with a specialization in Family, Youth, and Children. She has an interest in immigration, refugees, and migration-related trauma.  She has a Master of Laws from the Queen Mary University of London.   

Omone loves meeting people and making friends from diverse cultures.

Rohan Joshi

   

Rohan is a returning ISAB member and a proud Mason alumnus from India. He graduated with a Master’s in Software Engineering in 2018 and is working as a software engineer at a disruptive startup in the e-IDV space called Global Data Consortium, which is headquartered in Raleigh, NC, also which is where he is currently based.

During his time at Mason, Rohan was involved with various groups and activities which helped him understand some ground realities and situations faced by international students. He was the Vice President of the Indian Graduate Students Association and served as a mentor upon graduation. This gave him a good opportunity to work with OIPS and more closely for the benefit of the international students. As an alumnus, he brings in a comprehensive view of tips on how to get involved on campus as a student as well as job search strategies.

Outside of work, Rohan is quite a social person (certainly pre-COVID) and likes to give his time to the benefit of people.

Alamin Molla

Alamin is a current Ph.D. student majoring in Earth System Science from Bangladesh. He received his M.S. degree from Auburn University in Alabama and his Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Rural Planning from Khulna University in Bangladesh. Aside from being part of ISAB, he is also a program representative for the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA). He likes to travel and enjoy nature. He loves to play cricket with his friends in his free time. He also likes walking around Mason campus and enjoy its surroundings.

Nebal Nahhas

Nebal is a graduate student at Mason from Jordan. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies/Early Childhood Education from Mason. She is currently in the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s (BAM) Programs. Nebal is pursuing her Master's degree and aspires to be a teacher for PreK to 3rd grade. Even though she is studying to become an educator, she has always been passionate about the medical field in general. 

Moien Odeh

Moien is an international human rights lawyer, research and teaching assistant, and Ph.D. student at George Mason University, Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution from Israel. While living in Jerusalem, Moien represented Palestinians in leading public interest cases in Israeli courts. His professional experience includes being a Political and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) advisor for diplomatic missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah; founder and manager of the legal clinic in East Jerusalem neighborhoods behind the Wall;  US State Department “young leader” and participant in the State Department’s “Leaders for Democracy Fellowship” on the theme of conflict resolution; fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; fellow, University of Virginia Center for Politics and Global Perspectives on Democracy; member, Al Shabaka, Palestinian Policy Network; member, European Academy of Diplomacy; “young legal leaders” of the International Bar Association;  LLB, BA(Accounting), Hebrew University; commentator and author Middle Eastern media (Al-Jazeera; Al Quds Newspaper; JURIST Legal News and Research), and US media. 

Sunil Pandey

Sunil is a doctoral student in the Biosciences program from Nepal. His aim is to become a lead scientist to solve global healthcare challenges. He is passionate about supporting international students, advising student outreach, networking, making friends, and building leadership skills. He enjoys traveling, long hiking, cycling, reading, writing brief articles, and doing experiments in the lab. 

Shrishti Singh

Shrishti is a doctoral candidate in Bioengineering from India. She aspires to be a leading scientist in solving global healthcare issues and would like to become a professor one day. She is passionate about supporting international students as they navigate their time at Mason, especially women. She currently serves as the President of the Graduate Student Association in Bioengineering and the Bioengineering representative in the Graduate and Professional Student Association. She enjoys traveling, reading, making cool graphics, dancing, or writing fictional stories or poetry, when not toiling away on experiments in the lab.

Xiaorong (Amber) Zhang

Amber is a fourth-year doctoral student majoring in Educational Psychology from Sichuan, China. She loves jogging, hiking, and playing tennis or badminton in her free time.