Meet our Team: Steering Committee and Secretariat

Steering Committee

Working from every part of the world

The Steering Committee is responsible for the political leadership of the organisation and comprises five representatives from the major regional representative members of the GSF as well as two additional members elected by a caucus of national unions of students not represented within the membership of the regional platforms. Steering Committee members are elected for a mandate of 2 years.

Folabit Lena Novel

Folabit Lena Novel  is a student leader currently serving as the All- African Student Unions-AASU Vice President for the Central African Region. For the past four years, she has worked effortlessly to fight for the students’ rights especially ensuring that the students across the continent have access to quality education, equal access to higher education, gender equality, students at risk, the promotion of TVET among others.  She mobilises and motivates students to uphold the entrepreneurial mindset to fight against unemployment in Africa and her Country Cameroon in Particular. She has a Bachelor Degree in Curriculum Studies and Teaching History from the University of Buea, Cameroon, Masters in University Governance and the Development of Local Institution from the University of Yaounde II-Soa, Cameroon, she is currently a Ph.D. student in Higher Education at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

GSF Steering Committee Portfolios:

  • Education for all
  • Membership




Hector Ulloa

Hector Ulloa is the current president of the Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund (SAIH). Originally from Honduras, Hector has a background in student leadership and human rights.

SAIH is the solidarity organisation of students and academics in Norway, which motto is “education for liberation”. It is a politically independent organisation, supporting 30 organisations in seven countries in Latin America, Southern Africa and Asia. 

He studied law, was deputy leader of the National Law Students’ Association, and spokesperson for the Honduran student movement. Due to his activism he travelled to Norway through the Students at Risks scholarship and completed a master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Bergen.

Carmen Romero

Carmen got involved with the student movement in Spain for the first time in high school. Since then she held multiple leadership positions on the local, national, continental and global level. She is the former president of the student council at Complutense University of Madrid and former president of the national unions of students in Spain, CREUP.

Carmen also served as the membership coordinator of the European Students Union and is a founding member of the Global Student Forum Steering Committee where she represents the voice of more than 20 million European higher education students. 

Carmen holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Complutense University of Madrid as well as a Master degree in International Politics from Université libre de Bruxelles. She is passionate about organisational development and the role of young people in shaping education policies. 

GSF Steering Committee Portfolios:

  • Gender Justice
  • Equality


Bianca Borges

Bianca Borges dos Santos is a 21 year old law student at the University of São Paulo, where she is a member of the academic center and the central directory of students. She currently holds the office of Director at the national union of students in Brazil and is a member of the executive secretariat of the Organización Continental Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Estudiantes (OCLAE).

GSF Steering Committee Portfolio:

• Gender Justice


Giuseppe Lipari

Giuseppe Lipari is a student activist from Sicily, Italy. He started his activism at primary school, joining Legambiente (League for the Environment) in Palermo, and being part of many actions and events on the environment across Sicily. Some years later he joined Arci (the Italian Cultural Association) focusing mainly on anti-mafia activism. In high school, Giuseppe joined Rete degli Studenti Medi – RSM, (Italian School Student Union), he founded the local section of his school, and was part of the provincial and regional executives of the organisation. As International Officer of RSM, he led the entrance of the organisation in the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions – OBESSU, and in 2018 the General Assembly of OBESSU elected him as Board Member. In that two year mandate he focused on many topics including gender equality, vocational education and training, and cooperation at the global level. Giuseppe studied for an exchange semester at the University of Valencia (Spain), he has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences at the University of Palermo and a Master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Bologna.

GSF Steering Committee Portfolios:

  • Finances
  • Organisation development and capacity building
  • Membership
  • Relations with Middle-East and East Asia




Ellen Dixon

Ellen Dixon is a critical security and education meta-theorist and activist in human rights, decolonization, and the critique of social violence and neoliberalism. She is the National Education Officer of the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA), and sits on New Zealand’s two national academic quality bodies for the university sector. She has worked with students’ associations since 2017, coordinating student-led national campaigns to end modern slavery and precarious academic work. She has worked to connect student activism with early career researchers, inter-governmental groups, not-for-profits, and NGOs. 

Ellen holds a BA in Sociolinguistics and Business Communication from Massey University, a Master in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Canterbury, and is a Doctoral Scholar in International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington.


Sherine Omondi

Sherine Omondi is an impact driven and transformational young leader committed to the cause of youth, women and an all-inclusive society. She is a policy enthusiast and advocates for Quality Education for All. She is a community mobilizer, has organized events and social engagement days. In this Fora, she discussed issues affecting the young people. She has collaborated with diverse groups for campaigns on taking children back to school that has seen children getting enrolled for formal education and skill development in Vocational training centers and has trained young people on the Budget process in most parts of the country.

She is a graduate of the Young African Leaders Initiative with requisite social inclusion skills and a background in Human Centered Design thinking (HCDT) and public management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from Moi University and is a Monitoring and Evaluation Expert. 



The Secretariat is responsible for the administrative leadership or the organisation, including the operative day to day business linked to finances, projects, communication and human resources. It is located at the headquarters of Education International in Brussels, Belgium.

Sebastian Berger

Sebastian Berger is the Executive Director of the Global Student Forum (GSF). He previously held the office of Vice President in the European Students’ Union (ESU) and was a founding member of the GSF Steering Committee. Sebastian has been an active member of the international student movement for years, holding various leadership positions on the local, national and international level.

Alongside his activism in student politics, he serves as the treasurer of the 100 Million Campaign, where he advocates for access to quality education for all and putting an end to child labour. As the former national spokesperson of the Green party youth and student wing in Austria he has a strong background in the environmental justice movement and focuses on promoting education on sustainable development as a tool to achieve the SDGs. Sebastian holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Vienna and currently undergoes a master’s degree programme in International Relations at Neapolis University Pafos. 


    Awurama Safowaa Kyei-Baffour

    Awurama Safowaa is serving as a Project Officer for the Global Student Forum. Awurama Safowaa holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy and a Bachelor of Laws Certificate. She wields over seven years of corporate work experience in different fields, including academia, business, law, environmental justice and students’ activism. She drew early attention to her leadership potential since her childhood days, right from the primary level through the tertiary level. As Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General of the All-Africa Students Union (AASU), Awurama contributed immensely to driving the growth of the Union and the quality of service AASU provides to its members and stakeholders. In an editorial role, Awurama played a pivotal role in writing environment and climate policy papers.

    As a member of AASU’s Environment and Climate Working Group Awurama has actively supported the Union’s climate strategic goals. Awurama continues to work in volunteer roles with several NGOs to initiate key talking points to advance the conversation for the need to build broad coalitions to protect the environment.

    Bismark Amefianu Kudoafor

    Bismark Amefianu is serving as a Project Officer for the Global Student Forum. Bismark has been part of the student movement in Ghana since high school. He held various student leadership positions at the local, regional, and global level. Bismark served as a member of the Judicial Council of the Students Representative Council of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), leading student mediations between students, faculty, and management. Bismark has sat on various student committees to develop strategic plans to ensure the welfare of students at the tertiary level and has also been a member of panels to select student leaders for university Student Representative Councils and National Student Unions.

    Bismark served as Research and Communications Officer at the All-Africa Students Union (AASU) for two years. He is currently the Programs Officer in charge of Capacity Building at AASU.  Bismark was a member of the Interim Secretariat, formed to provide dedicated capacity for the start-up phase of the Global Student Forum. Bismark holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Professional Studies, Accra, and is currently a final year postgraduate student in International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Ghana.


    Sofia Alonso Wilson

    Sofia Alonso Wilson is serving as the Communication Assistant of the Global Student Forum. She studied Journalism in Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, specializing in the Humanities field. After working in several different platforms, all related to humanitarian concerns, she has developed her expertise in taking care of the communication of entities and associations which aim is to end with inequality in all its forms.

    She has worked as a journalist for humanitarian organisations, covering NGO meetings, creating written and audiovisual pieces of news about cultural affairs; and also for local newspapers and projects. She has also been a magazine Editor for a small local association which works towards children’s and young people’s rights in Barcelona, Associació Diomira. Lately, Alonso crossed borders: she has been in Germany, creating digital content related to intercultural issues for Arbeit und Bildung, and also in Brussels to join the Global Student Forum team. Currently, she is constantly evolving and learning from her job, as a cultural journalist.


      Ettore Bucci

      Ettore Bucci is serving as a part-time Research and Policy Advisor in the secretariat of the Global Student Forum.  

      He is undertaking an internship at the European Trade Union Committee on Education (European region of Education International), after an assignment as a Research and Policy Assistant at the OBESSU secretariat. He holds a Master degree in Modern History from the University of Pisa (Italy) and currently finishes a postgraduate Master in Parliamentary Institutions for Consultants of Assemblies at the University of Rome ‘Sapienza’. 

      Ettore is a teaching fellow in political thought and history of political institutions at the University of Pisa and engages in the Italian social activism (ARCI, The White Rose in Pisa) and movements grouping precarious workers. He is passionate about student representation, intellectual research, political commitment for the rights to dignities, and participation in mass grassroots movements against the cuts in funding for education and research. 

      Frederikke Høgsgaard

      As policy advisor in GSF Frederikke is focused on ensuring student representation in global advocacy spaces and decision-making processes while promoting students’ rights and protection of students defending democracy, human rights and academic freedom.

      Frederikke Veirum Høgsgaard is a master’s student of International Development Studies & Global Studies in Denmark. She has been advocating, campaigning and building partnerships and networks to protect and promote students’ rights across the globe through the global student movement, civil society and UN spaces for years.


      She led the process of developing the youth and student engagement strategy of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), took part in the initiating meetings laying the foundation for the Global Student Forum (GSF) and has been representing youth and students in various international and global spaces. Latest she led a research project to conduct a global mapping to identify actors doing work to protect students’ as human rights defenders across the globe in collaboration with six student leaders from all regions of the world.