Portfolio Officers

Portfolio Officers

Are responsible for, provide leadership in, undertake, and perform any operational day-to-day functions aligned with their portfolio designation as delegated by the Board or as otherwise determined by the President within the scope of the Board's delegated functions of each respective portfolio designation, and are accountable for their assigned budgets.


Equity Portfolio Officers

Equity Portfolio Officers report to the Equity Officer who is a member of the PARSA executive team.

International Student Officer: Benjamin Chew
E: parsa.international@anu.edu.au

Job Description


Benjamin (pronouns: he/him/his) is from Singapore and is studying a Master of Economics after completing his undergraduate studies in economics at the ANU. Benjamin decided to join PARSA as he believes that international students need a voice to highlight the issues that affect them. He aims to ease the transition that international students face during their life at ANU and help build an inclusive campus that values the presence and uniqueness that an international student population brings. Furthermore, his familiarity with the ANU landscape is an asset when it comes to bridging the relationship between the international and domestic communities within ANU.      

Benjamin represents PARSA on the following committee:

  • ANU Clubs Council
  • PARSA Equity Commitee


Queer Officer: Arushi Ganguly
E: parsa.queer@anu.edu.au

Job Description


Arushi Ganguly (pronouns:she/her/hers) is a student in the final year of Masters in International Relations program. Having been born and raised in countries where it is still punishable by law to be queer, she knows firsthand how encouraging it can be to have a welcoming community accept you for who you are. Having found a safe haven at the ANU to express her identity, Arushi hopes to pave the way for incoming and continuing students to feel accepted in the university. She intends to create forums of discussion to alleviate misnomers and misconceptions about the queer community in the postgrad and research student community. If looking to meet her, you are more than likely to find her hiding away from her academic responsibilities among the shelves of Menzies Library.


Women's Officer: Maya Maulina
E: parsa.womens@anu.edu.au

Job Description


Maya Maulina (Pronouns: she/her/hers) is an international student from Indonesia doing Master in International Relations. She is the newly elected Women’s Officer and her vision is to ensure ANU to be a safe place for women-identifying students to study, work, and live. She aims to work on making ANU a community where women’s stories and struggles are addressed as discussing the issue challenge the status quo and open up a whole new insight and opportunity for women.

Maya represents PARSA on the following committees:

  • Respectful Relationships Working Group
  • Gender Equity Working Group
  • PARSA Women's Advisory Commitee
  • PARSA Equity Committee


Disabilities Officer: Akiko Hirata
E: parsa.disabilities@anu.edu.au

Job Description       


Akiko Hirata (Pronouns: she/her/hers) is an international student from Japan doing Master of Asian and Pacific Studies. Having been born with invisible disabilities and experienced various challenges and discriminations in her life, she understands how reasonable adjustments are crucial for the students with disabilities. As the PARSA Disabilities Officer, she aims to create a safe place for the postgraduate and research students with disabilities to share their experiences and to discuss how we can make the ANU more accessible and inclusive.

Akiko represents PARSA on the following committees:

  • Healthy University Working Group
  • Disability Action Plan Working Group


First Nations People Officer :
E: parsa.atsi@anu.edu.au

Job Description



Other Portfolio Officers

The Other Portfolio Officers report directly to the Vice-President who is a member of the PARSA executive team.

Environmental Officer: Chalaka Fernando

E: parsa.environment@anu.edu.au

Job Description


Chalaka Fernando (pronouns: he/him/his)  is currently pursuing his PhD in College of Engineering and Computer Science. His research will focus on evaluating the environmental impacts on both car manufacturing trends and user behaviours. The research will be based on system dynamic supported life cycle assessment. He  achieved his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Then he worked for fifteen years in different positions both in local and international assignments in the corporate environmental engineering, environmental management, sustainable development roles. He had also received MSc – major component as research in Chemical and Process Engineering from the University of Moratuwa. He has also gained postgraduate certifications from Denmark Technical University (DTU), United Nations University, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and Central European University.

Apart from his research affiliation, he likes professional networking and working together with the like-minded cohort on participatory benefits of environmental management. He is a firm believer in the importance of simple interpretation for convincing stakeholders on protecting the environment.

Chalaka represents PARSA on the following committees:

  • Environment Management Planning Committee


Parent's and Carer's Officer: Jhana De Silva

E: parsa.parents@anu.edu.au

Job Description


Jhana de Silva (Pronouns: she/her/hers) is a PhD Candidate studying body awareness at the Research School of Psychology. She joined PARSA in 2020. Jhana is also a HDR representative for the College of Science, Health and Medicine’s Equity and Diversity committee. As a proud mother of two young children, Jhana is passionate about improving the post graduate parent and carer experiences at ANU. Jhana wants to see parents and carers needs more visibly represented at ANU with the goal of creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for post graduate parents and carers.

Jhana represents PARSA on the following committees:

  • Childcrae Liaison Committee

  • Family Friendly Committee

  • Gender Equity Working Grroup


Welfare Officer : Sukriti Kapoor

E: parsa.welfare@anu.edu.au

Job Description


Sukriti (Pronouns: she/her/hers) is an international student and a Human Rights lawyer, pursuing the Juris Doctor program at the College of Law. She will act as the first point of reference for the entire postgraduate community and strive to build more viable welfare initiatives at ANU. Her aim is to advocate for your right to feel safe on and off campus. Promoting inclusivity and a culturally positive community is at the core of her policy initiatives. Sukriti hopes to carry forward PARSA’s vision of a vibrant postgraduate community shaping the future.

Sukriti represents PARSA on the following committees:

  • Appeals Committee

  • Respectful Relationships Working Group

  • Mental Health Advisory Group


Communications Officer 

E: parsa.communication@anu.edu.au

Job Description



Contact PARSA

PARSA Office
Level 2, Di Riddell Student Centre
Kambri Precinct
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601

Office Hours:

9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays)
Call Us: +61 (02) 6125 4187
Write to Us: parsa@anu.edu.au