Meet Our Executive Committee

Zac Roberts


Zac is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the field of Computer Systems Engineering. His research interests include low-power wireless networks, the Internet of Things, and industrial control systems. He graduated from the University of Auckland in 2015 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree with First Class Honours.

Beyond his study towards his Ph.D., Zac is also the President of the PGSA, as well as the TA/GTA Representative on the University of Auckland's Tertiary Education Union (TEU) branch. He sits on the Board of Graduate Studies, Student Consultative Group, and AUSA's Student Council, in addition to supporting members of both organisations as well as he can.

Genevieve Groult

Student Engagement Vice President

Genevieve is a masters student, and also currently enrolled as an honours student in the Doctor of Clinical Psychology Programme. Her research includes interests Dementia, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Neuropsychology. She has most recently graduated from the University of Auckland with a Postgraduate Diploma in Science.

Beyond her study towards her Doctoral and Masters qualifications, Genevieve is also the Student Engagement Vice President for the PGSA, and sits on the board of the Student Consultative Group, and AUSA's Student Council. Genevieve has also been responsible for starting up the new Faculty PGSA divisions and conducting many outdoor events for university students to support their wellbeing.

Shreya Kanakiya

Acting Academic Vice President

Shreya is a Ph.D. student in the School of Environment. Her research interests span in the fields of rock physics, geophysics, and volcanology. In particular, she is interested in understanding how hydrothermal processes affect the stability of volcanic flanks and find ways to characterize the geophysical signatures of these processes for active monitoring. As a part of PGSA, she represents the postgraduate students on several academic committees across the University.

Michaela Selway

Communications and Marketing Head, Acting Secretary

Michaela is a current Masters student at the University of Auckland. She completed her Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and minoring in Spanish in 2017 and her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History in 2018. Her field lies in Medieval European History, particularly medieval historiography and how medieval chroniclers used texts such as the Christian Bible or the Greek and Roman classics to interpret contemporary events.

Michaela is also the secretary for the University of Auckland History Society and cofounder of the History Research Blog Tahuhu Korero.

Chandler Vulu

Membership Officer

Chandler is a current Master of Biomedical Science student at the University of Auckland. He completed his BSc majoring in Biomedical Science in 2017 and his PGDipSci in Biological Science in 2018. His field primarily involves biology and genetics, specifically towards cancer development and treatments. Currently he’s interested in understanding how a specific subtype of glioma develops and investigating specific treatments against it. As the membership officer, he is the main bridge for helping students interested in join the PGSA and giving out stickers.

Sachira Kuruppu

Events Head

Sachira received his BSc. in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering in 2016 from General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka, with first class honors, achieving the award for the best student in the field.

Later, he worked as an Electronics Engineer for Paraqum Technologies (Pvt) Ltd, working on firmware/driver development for hardware accelerated solutions. 
 In 2018, he

joined the Gastrointestinal group in Auckland Bioengineering Institute, New Zealand as a doctoral candidate to pursue a career in research.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram