About Us

The 2021-22 CISGA Board

Siqi Zhao, Co-President

Siqi is a 3L born and raised in Chengdu, China. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in international relations. After college, Siqi went on to work for a market consulting firm in Beijing. She loves to cook and eat spicy food, from Sichuanese to Thai to Mexican. She is also passionate about Argentine tango, house plants, and outdoor(ish). Siqi spent her 2L summer working for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Adil HabibCo-President

Adil is a 2L international student from Zurich, Switzerland. He graduated from Columbia University in 2016 with a B.A. in English Literature and Middle Eastern, South Asian and African studies. Prior to attending law school, he worked at a start-up fashion brand in London and in digital media and publishing in New York. At HLS, Adil is has worked with the Program on International Law and Armed Conflict, and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic. He spent his 1L summer (remotely) at the Digital Freedom Fund in Berlin, Germany.

Linda Valencia Xu, Communications Chair

Linda is a 2L born in Shanghai and immigrated to Vancouver, Canada when she was 10. She double majored in math and international relations at Mount Holyoke College. After graduation, she spent 3 years working for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission as a data analyst. At HLS, Linda is also the Treasurer for CLA and leads a SibFam for APALSA. She spent her 1L summer interning for Just Atonement, Inc. working on climate change and human rights.

Jiali LiuInstitutional Collaboration and Feedback Chair

Jiali received her BA in English and International Relations from China Foreign Affairs University and an MA in Philosophy from Tufts University. Prior to law school, she worked as a Princeton in Asia fellow at Morrison & Foerster in Hong Kong and the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Beijing office. Jiali enjoys spicy food and a great hike. She is spending her 1L summer at Selendy & Gay.

Qianfeng LinProgramming and Community Chair

Qianfeng is a 2L from Hangzhou, China. He received a B.A. from the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics and an M.S.W. from the Columbia University School of Social Work. Before law school, Qianfeng worked as a senior case manager at Community Counseling and Mediation, serving public housing tenants living in the underbelly of New York City. At HLS, Qianfeng is involved in the Coalition of International Students and Global Affairs and the Tenant Advocacy Project. He is also offered to join the Board of Student Advisers for the 2022-23 academic year. Qianfeng spent his 1L summer working remotely with Aaron Halegua, PLLC.

Matthew Melbourn1L Representative

Matthew is a 1L born and raised in Calgary, Canada. He graduated the University of Alberta in 2021 with a B.A. (Hons.) in History specializing in Western Canadian economic history. Prior to law school, Matthew worked for the House of Commons of Canada, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, and the Government of Alberta in the Premier’s Office.  At HLS, Matthew is also involved with the Canadian Law Students’ Association.

* CISGA will recruit its LLM Representatives after the 2021 Fall semester begins.


The 2019-20 CISGA Advisory Board

Professor William P. Alford, Jerome A. and Joan L. Cohen Professor of Law

Professor Alford is a graduate of Amherst College and holds advanced degrees from the University of Cambridge, Harvard,  and Yale. His publications include To Steal a Book is an Elegant Offense:  Intellectual Property Law in Chinese Civilization, Raising the Bar: The Emerging Legal Profession in East Asia, and scores of articles on China. At Harvard, his teaching has focused on Chinese law and society, international law, the legal profession, and disability in a global setting. Professor Alford is an honorary professor of Renmin University, Zhejiang University, and the National Institute of Administration of the PRC, as well as an honorary fellow of the Institute of Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Science. He has been called upon for counsel by international organizations, governments, universities, and charitable entities in the United States and abroad.

Anna Crowe, Lecturer on Law

Anna Crowe is a Lecturer on Law and the Assistant Director of the International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC). Her work focuses on refugee rights, particularly refugee documentation, humanitarian disarmament, and the right to privacy. Prior to joining the IHRC, Anna was a Legal Officer at Privacy International, a leading human rights organization that campaigns against unlawful communications surveillance across the globe. Anna previously worked as a constitutional lawyer for the New Zealand government and served at the New Zealand Supreme Court as a clerk to the Chief Justice. She also spent a year in Colombia working with the International Crisis Group as a Henigson Human Rights Fellow. In addition to an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, she holds conjoint law and arts degrees from the University of Auckland.

Yih-hsien Shen, Associate Director and Director for J.D. Advising

Yih-hsien has been an advisor in the Office of Career Services since 2002. She has also served as a reader with the Law School Admissions Office. She received an A.B. in History from Columbia College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1995. While a student at HLS, she served as co-chair of APALSA and an Executive Editor of the Women’s Law Journal (now the Harvard Journal on Law & Gender). After HLS, she practiced for three years in both the corporate and litigation departments at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, and then worked as in-house counsel to a life insurance company in Baltimore, where she managed the company’s litigation and advised on employment issues. Yih-hsien also holds an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College. A resident of Cambridge, Yih-hsien is passionate about her family, the New York Yankees, and good food.