GCAP Board 2017

Pierre Hofstee – President (president@gcap.org.au)

I’m currently in my 6th year of tertiary studies at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, undertaking my PhD in Medical Science. GCAP has aided me to succeed academically, which has further allowed me to achieve career goals I never thought possible. By doing so, GCAP has also helped me meet and form close relationships with colleagues and fellow postgraduate students with similar career goals in a variety of professions. GCAP has been a significant highlight of my post graduate studies. As President, my aim is to ensure GCAP continues to provide an extraordinary service to students, both socially and academically, and to encourage postgraduate students to engage, network and enhance their skills in order to accomplish current and post-study goals. Along with the GCAP board, we also plan on ensuring members have a lot of fun in the process!

Katherine Lee – Vice President (vp@gcap.org.au)

Of the many things that came as a blessing for being here at Griffith University, GCAP is one of the significant ones for me. Being away from home and having little to no connections, GCAP has helped create opportunities to network and get to know other like minded people from different fields! In addition, the many fun expedites, GCAP presents and other social activities have been such an eye opener and a much appreciated experience. As Vice-President, I hope to help ensure the continual success of GCAP and make Griffith a more enjoyable university for all postgrads!

Ghazaleh Taherzadeh – Director of Event(events@gcap.org.au)

I am Gazelle from Iran doing my second year of PhD majoring in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. After living abroad for six years, I found out that everywhere would be home if you are surrounded by lots of lovely people who care about you and you care about them as well. Thus, to me the aim of joining GCAP was to help the committee to make a better life for our GCAP mates on the Gold Coast campus. I am passionate, optimistic and dedicated person who takes the responsibilities with utmost enthusiasm. I am also engaged to the other non-academic activities to explore myself. As the Director of Events, I am lucky to have a chance to be a part of support for all GCAP members to achieve their goals and paving the way of success for their future. I look forward to see you all in the campus and wish you all enjoy being a GCAP’s 2017 member.

Anna Chruscik – Director of Communications (communications@gcap.org.au)

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (Also known as QUT), I started my bachelor degree in Biotechnology and continued with an Honours degree in the field of wound healing and native flora. And after 4.5 years in Brisbane, I decided to take a leap of fate and move to the Gold Coast to do a PhD in Bowel Cancer. Since all of my friends, acquaintances, known faces and coffee stalls that remember my order were in Brisbane, I felt like a fish out of the sea and onto a BBQ grill in the oddly relaxed world of GC. But being part of GCAP helped me make so many new and amazing friends and really reassured me that you didn’t have to do post-grad alone. I fell in love with the work that they do, not to mention the social events. In early 2016 I became the secretary for the Griffith Anime Society, and realising how much I could help out by just being on the ‘other side’, I decided to also join the committee for GCAP to see just how amazing we can make the next few years!

Fahimeh Alaei – Director of Equity (equity@gcap.org.au)

I was working in the field of Visual Arts for 8 years, then, I decided to change my path and start a bachelor degree in Computer Science. The new path took me to different places with different cultures. After ten years of moving around, I ended up in Gold Coast where I started my Ph.D. at the School of Information and Communication Technology. Becoming a member of the GCAP in the first year of my study encouraged me to be a committee member to create more networking opportunities and have fun with the postgraduate students. I wish you to enjoy your time with the GCAP. 

Kate Delaforce – Secretary (k.delaforce@griffith.edu.au)

I am the Student Support and Advocacy Manager at the Student Guild, Griffith University Gold Coast Campus. My role is to support the Board Members in developing and implementing services for all Gold Coast campus postgraduate students.


VACANT POSITION – Director of Awards and Funding