MGA Executive Committee (MGAEC)

Curious to know who’s representing you at the moment? Get to know the elected representatives, what they do and how you can get involved.

Each year up to fifteen graduate students are elected to form the MGA Executive Committee (MGAEC). The role of this committee is to represent graduate student interests within the University.

Office-bearers focus on addressing specific issues such as those affecting women, international, LGBTQIA+ and Indigenous graduate students. Campus representatives address student issues at the four main Victorian campuses.

The MGAEC meets every month to make decisions on how the MGA operates, how graduate student funds are spent and how the MGA can improve the overall Monash University graduate student experience. Observers are welcome: please email Jenny Reeder for details of the next meeting.

From time to time, graduate student members on the MGAEC complete their studies and leave Monash part-way through their term of office on the MGAEC. Where a vacancy arises between annual elections, graduate students can be co-opted to the committee.

Please click here to read the Returning Officer Report on the 2021-2022 MGAEC Elections.

The MGAEC 2021 – 2022

Meet your current elected representatives who are all working hard to improve your graduate student experience. Aside from attending and contributing to monthly committee meetings, our representatives become involved in a range of projects, subcommittees and University-level committees. At a federal level, the MGA has a strong connection with the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA), the peak body representing the interests of Australia’s 320,000+ graduate students

President

Caitlyn Neale

Master by Coursework

(Juris Doctor)

Law

Vice-President

Arjun Sanjeev

Master by Coursework (Management)

Business and Economics

Research Education Officer

Madhuni Herath

PhD

Monash Medical Centre

Coursework Education Officer

Priyanka Nathani

Master by Coursework (Banking and Finance)

Business and Economics

Women’s Officer

Merve O’Keefe

Master by Coursework (International Relations & Journalism)

Arts

Queer Officer

Currently vacant

Position available for co-option

International Students’ Officer

Deven Kumar

Master by Coursework

 Information Technology

Off-campus & Distance Education Officer

Karyn Low

Master by Coursework (Clinical Research)

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Indigenous Students’ Officer

Currently vacant

Position available for co-option

Clayton Representative

Elnaz Mokhtari

PhD

Engineering

Caulfield Campus Representative

Arjun Sanjeev

Master by Coursework (Management)

Business and Economics

Peninsula Representative

Currently vacant

Position available for co-option

Parkville Representative

David Nash

PhD

Pharmacy

General Representative

Elliot Anderson

Master by Research (Surgery)

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

General Representative

Nathalie Farah

PhD

 Science

General Representative

Yingheng Tan

Master by Coursework (Business)

Business and Economics

General Representative

Pranay Prathivadi

Master by Coursework (Data Science)

Information Technology

Looking for more information?

If you are wondering what is involved in being a committee member, or would like to know more about the annual election process, browse through the following pages:
› MGAEC FAQ
› Election Process FAQ
› Election Regulations

MGAEC Co-options

From time to time, graduate students on the MGAEC complete their studies and leave Monash part-way through their term of office. Where a vacancy arises between annual elections, graduate students can be co-opted to the committee. To be co-opted to the MGAEC, students will be required to fill in an application form.

Become part of an informal advisory group supporting our office-bearers

Each of the MGAEC office-bearers run advisory groups to learn more about what graduate students want to see their association do for them. Advisory groups help with decisions about which events, activities and issues should be pursued each semester.

If you have any interest in any specific area, we would love to hear from you.

Would you like to join a University committee?

To apply for an advertised University committee vacancy, fill out the ‘Monash Graduate Student Representative’ nomination form.

To be notified when a relevant University committee vacancy is available, please fill out the ‘University Committee Expression of Interest’ form.