International Student Advisory Board (ISAB)


Students on the ISAB serve as advisors to Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) regarding orientation, programming and issues of significance to the graduate international student experience. Board members also provide feedback to other School of Business and GW offices upon request. The board is comprised of one student representing each of GWSB’s graduate programs that have significant international student communities.


  • To improve the international graduate student experience and encourage a sense of community at the GW School of Business from orientation through graduation
  • To serve as a forum for GWSB international graduate students to voice issues, concerns, and praise
  • To encourage collaboration with faculty, staff, and students to ensure a positive experience for all GWSB international graduate students

Current Members

Each member of the International Student Advisory Board is listed below, along with their country of origin and program of study. Expand the tabs below to learn more about each student!

Sooyong Son (South Korea) | GMBA | ISAB Board AY 20-21

Home Country: South Korea

Undergraduate Institution(s) and Major(s): Korea University, B.B.S in Sports & Leisure Studies (2007); Michigan State University, B.A. in Economics (2010)

Hobbies / Interests: Basketball, golf, and many other sports.

Fun Fact: I was the first person to meet and greet South African professional golfer Louis Oosthuizen when he landed in Korea via a private jet.

Work experience:

Executive Managing Director, Advanced Communications & Consulting, INC. | September 2019 – Present

Client Account Director, Brodeur Partners (Communications/Marketing Strategy Consulting) | March 2015 – August 2018

Senior Client Account Executive, Parallel Media Group (Sports Marketing) | February 2011 – February 2015

Arosha Chung (South Korea) | MACCY | ISAB Board AY 20-21

Home Country: South Korea

Undergraduate Institution(s) and Major(s): Marymount University, B.B.A. Finance
Hobbies / Interests: Pilates and cooking
Fun Fact: I am half Korean and half Pakistani and current live with Colombian friends.
Work experience: Most of my experience relies in the accounting/finance industry, including public accounting firms and the PCAOB. 

Hao Ni (China) | MSBA | ISAB Board AY 20-21

Home Country: China

Undergraduate Institution(s) and Major(s): Heilongjiang University of Science & Technology, Bachelor’s in Accounting (ACA track)

Hobbies / Interests: Basketball, Soccer, Movies, Finance, Statistics, International Relations, and stepping outside of my comfort zone!

Fun Fact: The doctor said it is very likely (98%) that I would become bald, and maybe this explains the reason why I am reluctant to have my graduate study in the UK.

Work experience: I worked as a Data Analyst at Publicis Sapient, a digital business transformation company. I was involved in their ‘One Web’ Project, wherein I contributed to the construction of the official website for Mercedes-Benz. I was also a member of the Nestlé team, we were responsible for the Customer Relationship Management of Nestlé milk powder in China. In addition, I had my internship at GroupM, doing the Search Engine Management for L'Oréal Group. I have a passionate interest in pursuing my career in digital marketing with the business analytic skills I have learned at GW!

Alejandro Barba Quiroga (Mexico) | MSF | ISAB Board AY 20-21

Home Country: Mexico

Undergraduate Institution(s) and Major(s): Boston University, BA in Economics

Hobbies / Interests: Baseball, Film, TV, and LEGO building

Fun Fact: There is no spicy food I can’t conquer.

Work experience: Assistant Project Manager at Island Living Group, a real estate development company in Coronado, California.

Mina Panahi (Iran) | MSIST | ISAB Board AY 20-21

Home Country: Iran

Undergraduate Institution(s) and Major(s): University of Birmingham, Master’s in Biomedical Engineering

Hobbies / Interests: Reading books and walking

Fun Fact: One thing on my bucket list is building a school in a poor area with free education.

Work experience: I have 3 years experiences in healthcare and would like to exceed my job in the industry. As the Healthcare industry is a dynamic industry with a vast and increasing need for computer technology, IT, Biostatistics and management skills. As a recipient of an academic excellence award, in my MS Project Management, I believe that in order to further my career in bio-industry and healthcare industry and be distinguished more among other biomedical engineers, to continue my study and deepen my understanding of the Information System Technology field in the midst of technology and computing revelation.

Bing Xia (China) | MSPM | ISAB Board AY 20-21

Home Country: China

Undergraduate Institution(s) and Major(s): Changshu Institute of Technology; Bachelor’s in Cultural Industry Management

Hobbies / Interests: Coffee, reading, cooking, and listening to country music

Fun Fact: "Bing" is my real name! I started to play basketball when I was in secondary school because I was taller, however, I had no idea about the rules at that time.

Work experience: I used to work in the Strategic Planning Department at Mindshare (Shanghai Branch) of WPP as an intern for 6 months. I was a research intern (remote position) in a business consulting company in Maryland. Currently, I am working with a nonprofit organization in DC to launch a project regarding personal training.

Aaquib Shaju (India) | MSSM | ISAB Board AY 20-21

Home Country: India

Undergraduate Institution(s) and Major(s): SRM University in India, Major in Mechatronics Engineering.

Hobbies / Interests: Coin and Currency Collection

Fun Fact: I have traveled/lived in 5 out of the 7 continents and can speak 5 languages (English, Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and a bit of Mandarin)

Work experience: 5 Years of Work Experience

Dinete Kollanur (India) | MTA | ISAB Board AY 20-21

Home Country: India

Undergraduate Institution(s) and Major(s): The American University of Sharjah in U.A.E, Major in Accounting, Minor in Music

Hobbies / Interests: Traveling, music, games, and sports.

Fun Fact: I can speak 7 languages.

Work experience: I used to work as a finance executive for 2 years in Dubai for one of the biggest travel companies in the Middle East (Seera).