Sarah Faruqui, Co-Director
Hong Kong / Northwestern '18, Political Science + minor in Legal Studies
What inspires Sarah: Well-intentioned thoughts that become tangible and impactful actions
Sarah was born in Pakistan but has spent most of her life in Hong Kong. She has been fortunate enough to live in a number of other countries: Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and the Czech Republic. She loves documentaries and articles that challenge her thinking. She is passionate about women’s rights issues, specifically the eradication of sex trafficking and access to education and justice. She firmly believes that the GES staff is made up of the most inspiring and passionate people on Northwestern's campus. Sarah can’t wait for GES 2018, and spending yet another year learning and growing with the GES family.
Jonathan Novoa, Co-Director
Los Angeles, CA / Northwestern '18, Computer Engineering
What inspires Jonathan: Human ingenuity and hope
Jonathan grew up in Los Angeles, CA. He is interested in emerging technologies, economic literacy in developing countries, and increased representation of in STEM fields. He loves playing basketball, cooking and spending time with his loved ones and his dog. He is terribly excited to meet all of the wonderful delegates of GES 2018 and contribute to their extraordinary experiences and projects.
Natalie Griffin, Co-Chair of External Relations
Boulder, CO / Northwestern '19, Biology & Global Health, Civic Engagement Certificate
What inspires Natalie: Children
Natalie has moved around a few too many times, and although she'd like to pretend she's British, she's mostly a Hoosier. She loves reading anything but non-fiction, twirling around in her tutu and pointe shoes, napping in places not meant for sleeping, and spending time with kids to indulge her inner toddler. She is an idealistic millennial who hopes to change the world, hopefully in the field of education or global health. Natalie is so grateful to be part of the GES family and although she'll be abroad for the summit, she can't wait to be the most involved absentee co-chair you've ever seen.
Judy Tsai, Co-Chair of External Relations
Taipei, Taiwan / Northwestern '19, Statistics + minor in Computer Science + Kellogg certificate
What inspires Judy: Small ideas with big impact
While Judy calls Taipei her hometown now, she's lived in Australia, NY, and New Hampshire. This is Judy's third year on GES and second year as a co-chair, which she is super pumped about! Aside from her GES duties, Judy also loves showing people pictures of her dog, planning fun trips to restaurants in Chicago, and being by the water. She also is passionate about her Kindle so hit her up with book recommendations. Above all, she can not wait for April because it's the Summit and her birthday!
Meredith Baum, Co-Chair of External Relations
Mission Hills, KS / Northwestern '19, Political Science & International Studies & Legal Studies
What inspires Meredith: The resiliency of the human soul
Meredith is from Kansas (which is actually a really dope state). She is passionate about politics, traveling (catch her in Tel Aviv in the fall), promoting equal opportunities, eating good food, and laughing a lot. She loves to bake, read a good book, fall asleep to a thunderstorm, and spend time with her friends and family. This is her second year on GES, and her first as a Co-Chair. She could not be more excited for GES 2018!
Northfield, IL / Northwestern '18, Political Science & Spanish
What inspires Alex: Witnessing delegates from around the world come together during the summit and bringing together their varying perspectives and experiences to help each other grow both personally and with their projects.
Alex is a House of Cards enthusiast, a loyal follower of theSkimm, an avid napper, and prefers Spanish music to American music. When in doubt, you can probably find her in the quiet zone of Northwestern's most beautiful library, Deering.
What inspires Mollie: Passionate individuals
Mollie is from Highland Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago; however, she tries to take as many opportunities as she can to explore the world outside the North Shore. Having studied abroad in Seville, Spain, and traveled with Medill on a reporting trip to Beijing, she is looking forward to completing her journalism residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In her free time, Mollie loves to hike, read nonfiction and rewatch seasons of Mad Men.
What inspires Claire: Good books, pizza and passionate people
Claire is from Chicago, the greatest city in the world. She contributes a lot of her worldview to this amazing, often misunderstood, urban center. Claire loves eating copious amounts of carbs and djing on WNUR. Her happy place is anywhere close to Lake Michigan. She spends way too much time expanding her already scary large knowledge of pop culture and scrolling through Twitter. Claire loves the GES family and is so excited to be able to help make this year's summit the best it can be.
Annapolis, MD / Northwestern '19, Psychology
What inspires Emma: Compassion and resilience
Emma is from Annapolis, Maryland, but has fallen in love with Chicago in her time at Northwestern. This will be her third year as part of the Global Engagement Summit, and she could not be more excited to join the Exec Board for the first time! GES has been such a formative part of her Northwestern experience, and she looks forward to spreading the positive impact it has had on her to the rest of campus through her position this year!
Abby Blachman, Co-Chair of Community Development
Houston, TX / Northwestern '18, Journalism & History
What inspires Abby: When strangers are kind to one-another
Abby grew up in Houston, Texas with her younger brother and two dogs, but she loves making all different kinds of places her home. Most recently, she has lived in Hong Kong and Washington, D.C. She enjoys photography, running, making Spotify playlists, spending time with friends, and cooking at home (but if you are looking for someone to eat McDonald's french fries with, look no further)! She hopes to use her studies and experience in news and media to make an impact on new forms of education, especially sex education and body positivity for girls and women. Abby loves working with the rest of the amazing people involved with the Global Engagement Summit.
Troy Xu, Co-Chair of Community Development
Champaign, IL / Northwestern '18, Classics & Economics
What inspires Troy: My selfless, brilliant, and empathetic peers who are dedicated to making the world a better place and humor, especially bad puns
Troy is from Champaign, Illinois. He loves reading, cycling down country roads, museums, cooking, and telling jokes. He is passionate about Asian-American activism, Roman history, and education, particularly in the humanities. This is Troy's third year on GES, and his second as a Co-Chair. He could not be more excited for GES 2018!
Alexis Barber, Co-Chair of Community Development
St. Louis, MO / Northwestern '20, Political Science + minor in Legal Studies + Segal Design Certificate
What inspires Alexis: Self-made women
Alexis is from St. Louis, MO. She loves fashion, makeup, art museums, making pasta, and writing in her planner. She hopes to run a cosmetics business before going into politics and is passionate about women's empowerment and education.This is Alexis's second year on GES and her first as a co-chair. She's so excited to make memories and build relationships during GES 2018!
Onyinyechi Jessica Ogwumike, Co-Chair of Content Development
Chicago, IL / Northwestern '19, African American Studies & Global Health
What inspires Onyinyechi Jessica: The company of Black women + femmes
Onyinyechi Jessica is an Igbo woman expressing diaspora in Chicago. She utilizes holistic wellness, plant care, ceramics, the culinary arts, Black Studies, and other forms of making to survive her inhabitance of the colonial structures of academic institutions. Onyinyechi Jessica is multilocal and constantly contesting borders. Jessica belongs to no nation-state, rather to the communities in which she creates, including the Living in Color Artist Collective and the Black Lives Matter chapter at Northwestern.
Sky Swanson, Co-Chair of Content Development
London, England / Northwestern '19, Art History & Political Science
What inspires Sky: Passion, determination and kindness
Sky is from Vienna, Austria, and New York City but grew up in London, England. Having previously served as a staffer on Content and as a co-chair of Community Development, she is very excited to return to Content as a co-chair. Sky hopes to use her education to work in progressive politics but in the meantime with a few more years until graduation is enjoying getting to know Chicago's extensive art and food scene! Hit her up if you ever have any suggestions!
Bloomfield Hills, MI / Northwestern '19, Journalism + minor in Global Health
What inspires Courtney: Grit, languages, good writing and my family
Courtney was born and raised in northeastern China. Though she calls Changchun her hometown, she has also lived in Potsdam, Germany and a number of American suburbs. She's passionate about medicine and health policy, particularly understanding healthcare disparities and the forces that drive them. She loves traveling, big cities, memoirs and the occasional adventure out in the wilderness. This year, she wants to learn to cook and make her own coffee. Her favorite book is Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World," and her favorite time of the year at Northwestern is undeniably the Summit in April.
Clarendon Hills, IL / Northwestern '18, Political Science + minors in Chemistry and Environmental Policy and Culture
What inspires Manos: Random acts of kindness
Manos is from Clarendon Hills, a suburb of Chicago. He loves exercising, reading, spending time on the beach, and bonfires. He cares deeply about our planet and wants to be a part of the solution to confronting climate change. Upon graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in urban planning. This is his second year as a co-chair and he is excited to see all the incredible projects that the delegates bring to GES 2018!
Franklin, TN / Northwestern '18, Neuroscience + minor in Global Health
What inspires Jimmy: People who are committed to making a difference
What inspires Alex: Random acts of kindness, the LGBT community, people who refuse to give up
Alex hails from Long Beach, a small beach town in Long Island, New York. He loves mac and cheese, telling others about his ever-expanding reading list, iced mochas, podcasts, and finding the best places to eat in the most peculiar places. Passionate about the human mind and its functions, Alex hopes to one day explore why and how individuals build relationships with others. His love for psychology and sociology is contagious. This is Alex's second year on GES, and his first year as a Co-Chair.
What inspires Rowan: Ambition, passion, and genuine kindness
Rowan has lived in Boulder, CO for the past ten years, but grew up all over the world. She loves nothing more than eating good food which she has found plenty of in Chicago. Her happy place is any hike in beautiful Colorado, and she likes to constantly remind everyone around her that Colorado is the best state. Rowan was blown away by the passion and dedication she saw at the 2016 and 2017 Summits, and is looking forward to making this Summit the best one yet.
Oak Brook, IL / Northwestern '20, Biology & Global Health
What inspires Serena: Persistent ambition
MEDIA & MARKETING
Renee Probetts, Co-Chair of Media and Marketing
Denver, CO / Northwestern '18, Applied Mathematics
What inspires Renee: Women in STEM, kindness, and laughter
Renee was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She loves math, puns, cookie dough, and pink. She is a firm believer in the power of happiness and spreading kindness to anyone she meets. She is also passionate about increasing the number of women in STEM fields and in her free time, enjoys breaking down gender normative stereotypes.
Darby Reay Hopper, Co-Chair of Media and Marketing
Okemos, MI / Northwestern '19, Journalism & Political Science + minor in Science in Human Culture
What inspires Darby: really great investigative journalism; Lake Michigan
Darby was born in Grand Junction, Colorado, but has spent most of her life in Michigan's capital city (with many brief intermissions in Ontario, where she tries her best to act like a native Canadian). She spends most of her free time reading a variety of books, cooking meals for her family, modifying playlists, hunting for flight deals and chasing her golden retriever. Darby loves studying policy issues but supplements her on-campus education with experiences abroad (a summer in China, a semester in Spain and a reporting trip in Panama) to stay up-to-date on the "real world."
Ronni Hayden, Co-Chair of Media and Marketing
Huntington Beach, CA / Northwestern '20, Learning Sciences + Segal Design Certificate + Civic Engagement Certificate
What inspires Ronni: The passion and fearlessness of young people
Ronni is from Huntington Beach, California. She loves dogs, coffee shops and time spent in hammocking on the Lakefill with friends. She is passionate about opportunities for women in STEM, human-centered design for social innovation and asset based community development. This will be her second year on the Media and Marketing team for GES and her first year as a Co-Chair. She can't wait to see what Summit 2018 brings!