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.

Amilcar Sanatan

Amílcar Sanatan is a writer and activist with a focus on youth development, student governance and gender justice in the Caribbean and Americas region. Amilcar holds a BSc. Psychology and MPhil. Interdisciplinary Gender Studies from The University of the West Indies. He is currently a PhD. student in Cultural Studies at the same institution. He represents Trinidad and Tobago in the Commonwealth Students’ Association. For over a decade, Amilcar has organised students in secondary schools and universities at national and regional levels.

GSF Steering Committee Portfolios:

  • COVID-19
  • Human rights and Solidarity
  • Racial Justice

Ankit Tripathi

Ankit Tripathi is student organiser and serving as the International Students Representative for the Canadian Federation of Students. He organises students and lobbies administrators as well as politicians in Canada for Publicly funded Post-secondary education and inclusion of international students in public services. He is graduating with a B. Sc in Environmental Science and Business Administration from Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario.

GSF Steering Committee Portfolios:

  • Environmental Justice
  • Education for All
  • COVID-19

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


Carmen Romero

Carmen got involved with the students movement in Spain for the first time in high school. Since then she held multiple leadership positions on the local, national and European 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 as well as the current membership coordinator of the European Students Union.

Carmen holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science and Public Administration and currently follows a master programme in the field of international politics at Université libre de Bruxelles.

She is passionate about organisational development and the role of civil society and strives towards building a positive and inclusive culture within student organisations and movements worldwide

GSF Steering Committee Portfolios:

  • Gender Justice
  • Equality


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


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 has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences at the University of Palermo, and currently is a student of 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

Zoe Ranganathan

Zoe Ranganathan is the National President of the National Union of Students in Australia, advocating for the political and social rights of young people and academic quality and freedom in higher education. Representing over 1 million students across the country, Zoe is focused on ensuring that the post-pandemic higher education sector is more accessible to students. She knows that equal access to TAFE and university is essential to Australia’s post-pandemic recovery – that we must engage in this rebuild with the voices of young people in the room in order to shape the world that they will enter into. She was elected as a Steering Committee member of the Global Student Forum in July 2022 and joined the team in August 2022.


    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 serving as the Executive Director of the Global Student Forum. He previously held the office of Vice President in the European Students’ Union and was a founding member of the GSF Steering Committee before taking on the administrative leadership of the organisation. Sebastian has been an active member of the international students’ movement for years, holding various leading positions on the local, national and international level.

    He has a strong background in the green youth and student’s movement and is an education policy expert in the field of public responsibility, financing and governance of higher education. As a founding member of the 100 Million campaign board of trustees he focuses on global wealth inequalities, education for all and the global fight against child labour alongside his engagement within the GSF.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Vienna and started a master degree programme in European studies at KU Leuven’s Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on the European Union, Foreign Policy & Global Governance, which he paused to build up the Secretariat of the Global Student Forum.


      Ettore Bucci

      Ettore Bucci is serving as a part-time research and policy assistant in the secretariat of the Global Student Forum. He is undertaking an internship at OBESSU funded through a job mobility grant provided by the Region of Tuscany. 

      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) 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.