The Executive Board
The Executive Board manages affairs both internally and externally for the Student Government. The Executive Board consists of the President, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Finance, and the Vice President of Internal Affairs.
Mondays: 9am or by appointment
Student Body President Hafzat Akanni, Pardee/CAS’20
Hello Family! My name is Hafzat Akanni and I am a senior majoring in International Relations and minoring in African American Studies. I hail from Lagos, Nigeria; but, I’ve spent most of my life living in Dublin, Ireland. However, my travels don’t just end there. My family lived in Providence, Rhode Island for 5 years — the city where I developed my passion to combat social injustice.
In my time here at BU I have been heavily involved in student life. I have worked with the Student Activities Office and the African Studies Center. I have also been able to engage with extracurriculars through the International Affairs Association, the Residence Hall Council, the Minority Connection Initiative, and the Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Last year, I had the pleasure of serving as Student Governments Executive Vice President, an opportunity that allowed me to champion initiatives that helped enhance academic and social life on campus.
I chose to run for the position of Student Body President because I want to see BU grow. I believe that this current Executive Board has what it takes to help motivate that growth and furthermore yield it to inspire positive transformation within the university and its students. I also believe that in order to turn our dreams into reality we need to be willing to work in tandem with one another, side by side as a community to help better the university we know and love.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you want to hear some corny Laffy Taffy jokes, talk about why Marvel is clearly better than DC, or hang out in general. I look forward to meeting you all throughout the year!
Executive Vice-President Neha Iyer, QST’ 20
Hello! My name is Neha Iyer and I’m a senior in Questrom studying marketing and information systems. I was born in the hot and humid city of Mumbai, after which I moved to the hotter and more humid city of Singapore, then, Manila and then on a whim decided to move to Boston, where I have been freezing for 3 whole years. Having spent my whole life adapting to new things - new schools, new countries, and new weather, I have realized the importance of finding your community wherever you go. I found mine in Boston with the help of clubs and organizations on campus. I’m actively involved in BU International Affairs Association, Model UN, peer advising, Residence Life and I did Mock Trial for 2 years in college. I have had the pleasure of serving on several Executive Boards, doing my best to create a community for students at BU, but I realized that the best way to do so would be to serve, by default the largest student organization on campus - the Undergraduate Student Government at BU. I’m very excited to serve as your Executive VP this year, and cannot wait to make my home, feel like home to you. In the future, I hope to work in marketing, go to graduate school and think creatively for the rest of my life. In my free time, I like to cook, bake, paint, listen to anything from 80s music to heavy metal, and most importantly, read everything I possibly can. I love meeting new people and listening to them talk about their stories, so reach out or stop me if you see me speed-walking down Comm Ave!
Mondays: 1:00pm-2:00pm, Thursdays: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Vice-President of Finance Lukas Flores QST ‘21
Hey guys! My name is Lukas Flores and I’m a junior in Questrom studying finance and strategy, and minoring in statistics. I was born in Oregon, yet I have Chilean and Colombian heritage. I lived in Chile through my elementary and middle school years and finished high school in Maryland before coming to Boston University. During my time here, I have been a mentor in the Questrom Ascend Fellowship, a Bloomberg terminal workshop instructor, and a member of the professional fraternity Delta Sigma Pi. My goal for the future is to become a management consultant advising C-suite executives, eventually becoming one myself. My Go-To Fun Fact is that I medaled in a national rowing race in high school, but I’m also obsessed with billiards, and into biohacking.
During the fall semester of my sophomore year, a close friend of mine invited me to attend a Senate meeting and learn what BU Student Government was all about. Having witnessed the passion with which student leaders tackle social issues on campus and their vision for BUUSG, I decided to get involved myself.
As the new VP of Finance, I look forward to working with BU’s administration and student groups to develop more efficient and effective budgeting and money allocation systems. If I’m not at the BUUSG office or in class, you’ll probably find me at BU Central playing pool. I love discussing new and different ideas, so please reach out at any time!
Monday and Friday 12:00pm-1:00pm or by appointment
Vice-President of Internal Affairs Jessica Zheng, CAS ‘22
Hello peeps! My name is Jessica Zheng and I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Political Science with a minor in History and Sociology. I was born in China and raised in Toronto, Canada before coming to Boston University in 2018. In my time at Boston University I have been a Tour Guide for BU Admissions, a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Rho Chapter, as well as a dedicated member of the BU Student Government. In my free time I enjoy playing intramural volleyball, reading All About History magazines (highly recommend) and practicing reading tarot cards (come by for a ~beginner reading~)!
As a freshman, I was presented with a lot of choices, decisions and opportunities. From choosing between Warren or West to choosing what major to pursue, joining the BUUSG family has been one of the best choices I have made. Having been a Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences last year, I found the BUUSG not only a community to call home, but also the first line of offense and defense for students. This is why I chose to run as the Vice President of Internal Affairs. I look forward to strengthening relations between students and their representatives through creating a strong bond within Student Government. I believe that in order to empower others, we must first feel empowered ourselves. From this experience I hope to pursue law, with my ultimate dream of becoming a Supreme Court Justice by day, and free-lance DJ by night.
Feel free to reach out to me anytime or say hi if you see me running late for my 8AMs! I look forward to getting to know you all!