The Kellogg MCR Committee (2016-2017)
Florian Klimm – President
Hello, I am Flo, the President of the Kellogg MCR for this year. This will be my third year at Kellogg and I am greatly looking forward to it! We are an extremely diverse student population and this opens up a lot of opportunities to meet people from various backgrounds, whether social, academic, or professional. As MCR President I want to help to establish an environment that enables everybody to experience this diversity. Whether over our great dinners, seminars, or MCR parties, the encounters between part-time students with professional experience and eager full-timers always provides the chance for thought-provoking discussions.
The upcoming year will be particularly exciting with the inauguration of our new college hub. This social space will offer great potential for events such as our end of year ball. Since we are a very young college we are less bound by tradition and I invite all Kellogg students to contribute to life and learning at our College and make the years ahead truly remarkable. If you have ideas, don’t hesitate to contact me in person or via email at email@example.com
Claire Macht – Vice President
Claire Macht is a first year DPhil student whose topic in medieval history has absolutely nothing to do
with her previous work experience in the biotechnology industry. However, she has found that being a student is a bit like riding a bicycle: its an activity that she does at least twice a day. Claire hails from a variety of places, including BC, NB, BRS, LDN, YT, SD, and MUC. (Prizes will be given for correctly idenitfying the locations.) She has gone running at least once in all these places, and cultivated useful skills such as chainsaw sharpening and how to thread a Steenbeck. As Academic officer, Claire is responsible for communicating information about academic support and resources to Kelloggonians. She can usually be found in the nearest library and is happy to talk with you about any of your academic concerns, including the use of the Oxford comma.
Canelle Gueguen-Tail – Green Officer
Tammo Rukat – Welfare and Equality Officer
I am a DPhil (PhD) student in the group of Christopher Yau in the Department of Statistics and at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics.
I am doing my doctorate within the framework of the Systems Approaches to Biomedical Sciences Centre for Doctoral Training.
My main reserach focus lies in the development of statistical machine learning methods, with a focus on applications to genomics data analysis.
Before commencing the doctoral programme in Oxford, I underwent 1 1/2 years of medical training at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
However, my main academic background is in Physics. I received a Bachelors and Masters degree in Physics from the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, while my reserach and most coursework of my masters was undertaken in the SARlab at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
Raees Chowdhury – Academic Officer
Hi team! I’m Raees, an MPhil Economics student as many of you know, and to those that don’t I’m your academic officer for 2017. Expect library book request systems, informal cross-curriculum seminars at Kellogg, academic families and much more. Feel free to get in touch for anything academic or non! – firstname.lastname@example.org
Max Schleich – Sports Officer
Hi, my name is Max and I am a second year DPhil student in Computer Science. As this years MCR Sports Officer and captain of the Kellogg football team, it is my goal to extend and improve the sports facilities available to Kellogg students. Please feel free to reach out to me, in case you feel like participating in any sort of sports activities while you are in Oxford.
Sarah Griffin – Communications Officer
As communications officer, it’s my job to make sure all the information about the MCR’s activities are clearly and efficiently disseminated
Robin Ankele – Social Secretary
Hi, I am Robin, this years social secretary. I am a 2nd year DPhil student in Computer Science, originally from Austria, where I did my undergrads and masters, including an Erasmus exchange for 6 months in Leuven, Belgium where I did get exposed to lots of Belgian beers 🙂
Since I was really enjoying last years events in Kellogg, I wanted to join the MCR and became social secretary – to plan and organise exchange dinners and other awesome events at college such as game nights, movie nights and pub crawls. Besides my college and ‘work’ activities, I am keen in doing all sorts of sports including cycling around Oxford, rowing, football, sky-diving and other crazy stuff. If you are interested in doing some event at college or have any recommendation, tips or critique feel free to get in touch at any college event. ‘
Rivers Gambrell – International Students Representative
مرحبا, 你好, Hello, Bonjour, Aloha, नमस्ते, Ciao, こんにちは, 여보세요, سلام, Olá, Здравствуйте, Hola, Hujambo, வணக்கம், ہیلو ! My name is Rivers, and I’m incredibly honoured to be representing Kellogg’s diverse international student body on the MCR Committee this year. When I’m not painting, drawing cartoons, skateboarding, or hanging out at the pub with fellow Kelloggians, I can usually be found researching the history of professional American football at the Vere Harmsworth Library, which will hopefully result in the obtainment of a DPhil sometime within the next century. Last year, I became the first female to play on Oxford’s American football team (Go Lancers!), and I currently serve as Secretary of the University’s Animal Ethics Society. As evidenced by the photo, my Olde English Bulldogge companion and I are enormous fans of the problematically-named Washington Redskins, although we also support my alma mater, the Duke University Blue Devils. As Hermione Granger once noted, friendship is far more important than books and cleverness and American football, so please do feel free to send me an email anytime.
Kubi Kuecuek – IT Officer
Busy with this server…. (I am the younger one in the photo)
Alex Copestake – Treasurer
Hey folks, I’m Alex the Treasurer – it’s my job to manage the MCR’s finances and the Ball budget. We’re always trying to find money to support people with ideas for improving student life here, so if you have an idea for an event/society/purchase then make sure to get in touch with me or Flo!
I’m studying for an MSc in Development Economics and spend much of the rest of my time on a hockey pitch, a football pitch or with the Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain societies. If you ask me for an interesting fact about myself, I’d probably say that I (was once) the Junior World Bog Snorkelling Triathlon Champion (seriously – google it, bog snorkelling actually exists and is hilarious).
Simona Sulikova- Charities and Campaigns
Simona has worked with RAG to organise Jailbreak, some small events and raids, and is now a masters student in Environmental Change and Management. As the Charities and Campaigns Officer, she hopes to raise awareness about environmental issues, homelessness and anything else the college is interested in.
Alex Santema- Arts & Culture Officer
I’m Alex, a Dutch-Russian MSt student reading History of Art and Visual Culture, and this year’s Arts and Culture Officer! My most defining features are my towering height (thanks dad), my sharp wit (thanks mom) and my modesty. Having obtained this position with a campaign consisting solely of Van Gogh memes, I plan to rule the art scene at Kellogg in similar lighthearted fashion. If it ain’t Baroque, don’t fix it.
To ensure that I put my Monet where my mouth is, do get in touch with me if you have any proposals concerning cultural activities at our College. Otherwise, I hope to enrich everyone’s experience at Kellogg through the Manet events that we have planned.
I’m pretty sure I picked up in a lecture last week that Dalí liked to start his days with a bowl of Surreal – in true Oxford fashion, I plan to kickstart my mornings with some Duchampagne instead, but that will not stop us from meeting at an exhibition near you soon.
Sally Taylor- Development Officer
Hello Kellogg! I am honoured to have joined the MCR committee as Development Officer and will do my best to represent the interests of part-time students. I’ve been studying as a part time student for some years now – currently for a DPhil in Archaeology, but before that I did an MSc at Oxford and Grad Diploma at UCL.
For the rest of the week I work for the Museum of Liverpool as an archaeologist – it’s cold and dirty work, but the fresh air is a great contrast to sitting in the library. Previously I worked for an adult training co-op (a social enterprise that recruits unemployed people and qualifies them as teachers).
Kellogg can be ‘home from home’ for part-timers whist we’re here, but we need more support to make this happen. Please email me at email@example.com with your suggestions and ideas for what you would like to see introduced. I’m planning a formal survey of students (jointly with the Kellogg Fellow responsible for part-timers) but requests made now can be worked on straight away. Thanks, Sally.
Jacob Bollen- PGCE representative
It’s my duty to ensure the interests of the many PGCE students at Kellogg are represented during MCR committee meetings. This includes making sure there are adequate welfare, academic and social provisions for those on the PGCE course.
I’ll be found at the various Kellogg social events and playing for the MCR football team. Feel free to contact me with any concerns or feedback you have on the College’s provision. This can be done in person (I’m easily recognisable, I have a big ginger beard) or you can contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Max Igl- Social Secretary
“I am one of the social secretaries this year and I’m really looking forward to a year full of fun and social activities in and around Kellogg. As a 2nd year DPhil student in Engineering (Machine Learning) with a background in Physics I’m basically made to make this happen. Especially if you add in my cheerful attitude we Germans are so well known for.
Apart from working and being social sec at Kellogg, I’ll spend the next year rowing and dancing a bit of Tango Argentino.”
Catherine Marris – Social Secretary
Hi everyone! As a dual British-American national with most of her family in Paris, I’m excited to be living in the UK for the first time as I study for an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy. I’ve been moving around quite a bit in the past few years – For my undergraduate degree I completed a Dual Bachelor’s Program between Columbia University in New York City and SciencesPo in France. My ultimate goal is to work for international non-profits, and this interest in public service is what partly drives my involvement in Kellogg’s MCR.
In my spare time I love reading, sketching, tennis, singing, and going out with friends. Kellogg is an incredibly welcoming community and I’ve never felt more at home. Can’t wait to meet you all and plan fun events for us all!
Eojin Lee – Social Secretary
Hi, I’m Eojin, one of the five social secretaries this year. I’m reading for MSc. in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. My study is mainly focused on the relationship between the influence of the media and a child’s second language development. I studied journalism and English education for undergraduate degrees and made programs related to current affairs at a broadcasting station until I enslaved myself to the South Korean ministry of education. I mainly teach English at secondary schools, if not taking part in governmental education projects and am currently on my study leave from work.
My goal as a social secretary is to continue the legacy of MCR committee’s greatness whilst adding a fresh twist. All social inspiration is welcome, so please contact me through e-mails, SNS, or stop me at the streets for a chat. I will be happy to talk however you wish. Thank you and have a great day!
Petimat Dudurkaewa – Social Secretary
My name is Petimat Dudurkaewa, but everyone calls me Asyat.I live in the cactus-filled Sonoran Desert in Phoenix, Arizona. This is my first year at Kellogg. I’m very excited to be part of this college and committee and hope to continue making this a supportive environment for all. I study Evidence-Based Healthcare- originally, my background was studying Neuroscience and Cognitive science with an emphasis in Neurobiology, but my current focus is primarily in medicine.
When I am not studying, I love traveling and experiencing new cultures. I have been to Spain, France, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Russia, Swedan, Hungry and counting. I also enjoy photography, film making, and the business aspect of things. Having many interests intrigued me to be a social secretary and bring some of my experiences to the table. In addition, Kellogg College has a strong background in diverse students that I am proud to be part of.
Isabelle Rogerson – Secretary
Hi, I’m Izzy!
You may know me as the girl who eats all the cheese at the wine and cheese nights, but the truth is I can do so much more! Having thoroughly enjoyed the events put on by the MCR in first term, I decided to apply for the role of Secretary so that I could join in on the action. Whilst I may not have been democratically elected, I will do my best to serve the interests of everyone at Kellogg.
I am currently studying the MSc in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology (try saying that after a few glasses at a guest dinner), slightly departing from my undergraduate in English and Philosophy at the University of Exeter. In my free time, I enjoy rowing, singing in the Christchurch choir, and occasionally a spot of meditation. My passion for cheese comes from the ten years I spent living in France, where I also fell in love with duck and good wine (preferably together).
Despite the great wine, my favourite thing about Kellogg is the people. As Secretary, I will do my best to make sure that everyone here is enjoying college life as much as I am!