The AISG Board 2019/2020
President – Sara van Loon
Hello! My name is Sara and I’m currently studying Middle Eastern Studies at the RUG. Last year I was in the Movies That Matter committee and now I am very excited to be the President of AISG this year. Just like everyone else in AISG, I am very passionate about human rights, especially focused on women’s rights and the rights of displaced people. I’m very interested in learning more about human rights and can’t wait to create fun and informative events together with the Board and the committees!
Secretary – Ana Sofia Servin
Hola! I am Sofi and I study International Relations and International Organization. I am from Mexico, which was one of the reasons why I got involved in Amnesty. Sadly, human rights violations in Mexico are a big issue, so I wanted to get more involved and have an impact. Last year I was part of the Movies that Matter Committee and it was a great experience! It was a great way to make people aware and involved! I am looking forward to all that we will do this year to keep fighting the bad guys!
Treasurer – Elske van Beers
My name is Elske van Beers, I am 24 years old and I just started my master in Finance. This year I will be the treasurer of AISG. Besides my studies I like to go running and hang out with my friends!
Communications Officer – Konstantina Christogianni
Hi! I am Konstantina and I am a second year International and European Law student as well as the new Communications Officer of AISG. I come from Greece and studied in China for two years. I was the secretary of the Refugee Committee last year and this year I can’t wait to be more active and expand my understanding.
PR Commissioner – Nalan Akyurek
Hi there! I am Nalan, a 25-year-old Turkish student of English Language and Culture at the RUG. I have always been passionate about human rights and equality, mainly concerning freedom of speech and press. I was a part of various activist organizations at home, and I joined AISG last year as an active member and realized I wanted to take a bigger part in it. I am very excited to be the PR of AISG this year and learn, create, and share the passion!
AISG is a student-run branch of Amnesty International Netherlands. We organise events and campaigns to raise awareness for human rights violations, call the Groningen community to action, and offer opportunities to socialise and meet like-minded people.
The AISG board is responsible for overseeing the committees, and ensuring an efficient and enjoyable experience for the members. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to travel to AINL headquarters in Amsterdam to network with other student boards and Amnesty NL employees. Board members will have the space to step outside their comfort zone by learning and applying hard and soft skills.
There are five board positions:
𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁, 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘆, 𝗧𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲𝗿, 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗿, and 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗿.
In general, AISG is looking for open-minded people that have a passion for human rights. In addition, we are looking for those who will be dedicated to AISG, have excellent communication and time management skills, can be flexible, and work well with a team.
The President has a leading, supervising, and coordinating role. Together with the rest of the board, you will be responsible for creating and implementing a vision and strategy for AISG that is in line with Amnesty International’s mission, therefore you should have knowledge about Amnesty International in general. In part, this means forming committees, coordinating board tasks and committee activities while keeping the mission and vision of Amnesty International in mind.
Furthermore, you will be the face of AISG and represent Amnesty International by attending public events on behalf of the group, giving public speeches, maintaining communication and collaboration with Amnesty International Netherlands and other stakeholders, and signing and checking contracts and formal documents.
The secretary has an administrative role. As secretary you will be responsible for taking notes during board meetings and editing them after review by the board. Moreover, you will be in charge of handling, archiving, organizing, and responding to emails, drives, and other documentation. You will also be responsible for organizing and keeping track of the membership administration. As the secretary, it is important to be organised, diligent, and aware of the Amnesty International policies that guide our group.
The treasurer has a financial and administrative role. As the treasurer you are responsible for creating a budget plan for the group at the start of the academic year, keeping record of the group’s finances during the year, and preparing financial statements. This means having an overview of all the activities of the organisation, working closely with the committee treasurers, bookkeeping, and filling in financial reports. In March, the treasurer works with the Fundraising Committee in order to organize the Annual Collection Week, and raise funds for next year’s group.
The Promotion Officer is responsible for all of the promotion and public image of AISG. This position manages our various social media platforms and the website, and therefore the Promotion Officer should be social media savvy and have basic knowledge of editing programs and graphic design. Expertise in photography and photoshop is a plus. This position works closely with the PR’s of each committee and Amnesty International Netherlands to promote events, urgent Human Rights actions and cases, and our organisation.
The Communications officer of the AISG has two main responsibilities. First, the communications officer will be responsible for connecting AISG with other organizations. This means approaching business for donations and sponsorship deals, and creating and maintaining relations with possible collaborators (e.g.: speakers, NGOs, local businesses). Second, as communications officer you will be responsible for handling the internal communication of AISG, including committees and members.