International and Public Affairs Society


About Us and the Committee


Martin Salazar Duran


Hi! I'm Martin, I'm from Colombia and I'm currently studying an MSc in International Public Policy. 

I am passionate about international and public affairs, I love traveling and I have a strong interest for airplanes and aviation. I have lived in five different countries and I speak Spanish, English and French.

I would like to invite you to be part of the different IPAS and IPPR events that will be taking place during this academic year. Whether you would like to volunteer or just to attend, I am very looking forward to getting to know everyone! We will organise both social and academic activities, so there will be a place for all of you.

This society belongs to us all!

Please feel free to email me at any point: martin.duran.17@ucl.ac.uk


Dagmara Franczak

Vice-President and Treasurer

Hello! My name is Daga and I am from a small town in north-east Poland, studying an MSc Public Policy. 

I joined IPAS to facilitate a platform of dialogue and intercultural sensitivity. I am looking forward to meeting new people and making sure that IPAS becomes a space for us to not only get to know each other better, participate in amazing talks and events, but also a space where we can be challenged and we can challenge each other.

Email: dagmara.franczak.17@ucl.ac.uk


Isobel Blakeway-Phillips

Head of Journal (IPPR)

Im Isobel, from London and various places in the US, currently pursuing a Masters in Legal and Political Theory. 

I am really excited to be taking over the International Public Policy Journal this year. We hope to expand the journal and blog beyond its current readership, and include different voices in a larger discussion about how the world is and should function. throughout the year, we will be posting on the blog, and running discussions on various topics and themes. I hope this will be an opportunity for people from SPP and throughout UCL to engage in thoughtful discussion from a variety of different backgrounds and perspectives. 

I am looking forward to working on the blog and journal. Please do email if you are interesting in writing or working for us!

 Email: isobel.blakeway-phillips.17@ucl.ac.uk


Zachary Zandbergen

Head of Events

Hello! My name is Zach Zandbergen, I’m from the United States, and I am studying an MSc in Public Policy. 

Prior to UCL, I worked as a teacher in Bahrain and South Korea. I try to stay busy at all times, thus my interests and hobbies range from playing piano and knitting, to writing and woodworking.

I love having a good time and creating an environment where everyone feels welcome and excited, which is why I joined IPAS. I want to tap into the many exciting events all around London, meet new and exciting people, and encourage others to seek opportunities as well. With so many cultures and so much diversity at UCL, I hope to foster unique and memorable experiences throughout the year!

I’m excited to get to work, and excited to work with everyone! 

Email: zachary.zandbergen.17@ucl.ac.uk


Ahmad Shukri Ahmad Faris

Head of Fundraising

Hello! I am Shukri from Malaysia. I did my degree in International Relations at SOAS before I join UCL for MSc in Public Policy.

I believe that our world needs more equitability and fairer economic redistribution. One way to achieve these is through charity groups. By becoming an IPAS member, I hope to connect the SPP students with different charities and volunteering opportunities inside and outside London.

During my undergraduate years, I have fundraised for various charities whilst joining running events. Meeting those in need has inspired me to do more. I hope the charity that IPAS chose would inspire other SPP students as well. If you are interested to help out, do contact me!

 Email: ahmad.faris.17@ucl.ac.uk