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 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


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 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.



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. 


    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 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.


      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.