Executive Board

Yixian Sun
JD Co-President

Yixian is a third-year J.D. student from Beijing, China. Yixian spent her undergraduate years at Peking University, where she studied law and philosophy. Apart from HIALSA, Yixian has been involved in the Harvard International Law Journal as Lead Executive Editor for Online. She has spent her summers with International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution and Gibson Dunn in New York.

Email: ysun@jd22.law.harvard.edu

Maryan Hassan
LLM Co-President

Maryan Hassan is a LL.M Candidate, a Frank Knox Fellow and an award-winning former diplomat. In her last role, she was Chief Negotiator to the WTO for the Federal Government of Somalia, handling the complex accession of Somalia to the multilateral rules based trade body. Before that, she was Chief Legal Advisor to the Prime Minister.

Maryan is a member of numerous arbitral institutions, including ICSID, and is the youngest woman panel member in the institution’s history. She is an Obama Foundation Leader for Africa — recognized by President Obama for her contribution to the state-building and legal reform efforts in Somalia. Maryan is Mother to Sofia.

Maryan recently co-authored a chapter for the second edition of “Arbitration in Africa: A Practitioner’s Guide” published by Wolters Kluwer in Sept 2021.

Email: mhassan@llm22.law.harvard.edu

Boyang Wang
VP of Media & Communication

Boyang Wang is an LL.M. candidate from China. Boyang graduated with honors from University of International Business and Economics in 2019, with a LL.B. degree in Law and a B.A. in English. She also holds a Master in International Law. During her college life, Boyang interned in several world-renowned law firms, including Clifford Chance, Kirkland & Ellis and Linklaters. She also has a deep interest in public affairs and has served as an intern for Protection Unit in the United Nations Refugee Agency for almost 8 months. Currently she is an Article Editor for the Harvard International Law Journal and Head of Legal Department of Education Without Barriers (NGO). In her spare time, Boyang likes flamenco dance and learning Spanish.

Email: bwang@llm22.law.harvard.edu

Aleix Pérez-Pitarch
VP of Media & Communication

Aleix Pérez-Pitarch is an LL.M. candidate at Harvard Law School. He holds an LL.B. and a Joint Master’s Degree in Legal Practice and International Business Law from ESADE Law School (Spain). During his legal education, Aleix completed an exchange program at the University of Pennsylvania Law School (Philadelphia, USA) and at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (London, UK), an academic institution founded by the Georgetown University Law Center. Aleix has interned at Uría Menéndez (Barcelona), Clifford Chance (Barcelona and London), and clerked at the Examining Courts of Barcelona. Before joining Harvard Law School, he worked at Garrigues (Barcelona) for several years in the White-Collar Crime, Litigation and Investigations department, lectured in Criminal Law at ESADE Law School, and worked for a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Email: aperezipitarch@llm22.law.harvard.edu

Martina Monti
VP of Alumni & Sponsor Relations

Martina Monti is an LL.M. candidate from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She holds a law degree from Universidad de San Andrés, where she graduated in 2017 with honors magna cum laude. Before attending Harvard Law School, Martina worked in the International Arbitration & Complex Litigation department at Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi, a leading Argentine law firm. She focuses her practice in international and domestic arbitrations and intervenes in commercial and investment disputes under the arbitration rules of the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, and the General Arbitral Tribunal of the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange. She is a coordinator of the Comité de Jóvenes of the Centro Empresarial de Mediación y Arbitraje, a youth committee created by a domestic mediation and arbitration institution in Argentina, since August 2020, and a member of the Executive Board of AVYAP – Argentina Very Young Arbitration Practitioners, an organization dedicated to promoting young professionals and arbitration in Argentina, since October 2020.

Email: mmonti@llm22.law.harvard.edu

Chenya Chiu
VP of Alumni & Sponsor Relations

Chenya Chiu is an LL.M. Candidate at Harvard Law School. He grew up in New Taipei City, Taiwan, and attended Renmin University of China for his LL.B. degree in Law and International Relations. Prior to Harvard Law School, he interned and worked with several international organizations and nonprofits around the globe. In his spare time, he enjoys painting, watching movies, and eating spicy food.

Email: cchiu@llm22.law.harvard.edu

Lodovico Amianto
VP of Social Events

Lodovico is an LL.M. candidate at Harvard Law School, which he attends as a Franco Bonelli scholar. Prior to HLS, he interned in the international arbitration departments of Shearman & Sterling and Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes for approximately ten months. In June 2020, Lodovico earned a law degree summa cum laude from the University of Turin, and while in law school, he participated in various exchange programs with Georgetown University, McGill University, and the Higher School of Economics. He also competed in the Willem C. Vis and Philip C. Jessup moot courts, where he received, inter alia, the Eric E. Bergsten Award (best team orals) and the Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton Championship Round Award (best individual oralist). In his free time, Lodovico enjoys the company of Grisham’s novels and seeks to gain financial literacy in the stock and real estate markets.

Email: lamianto@llm22.law.harvard.edu

Gökçe Gül Önder
VP of Social Events

Gökçe Gül Önder is a LLM candidate at Harvard Law School from İstanbul, Turkey. She holds a law degree and economics minor from Koç University with honors summa cum laude. She participated Willem Vis Moot in 2017 and 2018. She has work experience in international law firms such as Baker Mckenzie, Clifford Chance as well as leading Turkish law firms such as Kabine Law Firm and Coşar Law Firm. In her spare time, she likes dancing, playing piano, reading and learning new languages.

Email: gonder@llm22.law.harvard.edu

Karim Zein
VP of Conference

Karim is an LL.M Candidate at Harvard Law School. He attends Harvard Law School as a White & Case – Jim Hurlock scholar. Karim has graduated valedictorian from both the LL.B in Lebanese and French business law at Université Saint-Joseph of Beirut (Lebanon), and the Master’s degree in International Business Law at Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France). Before joining HLS, Karim worked for two years in the international arbitration department of Quinn Emanuel’s Paris Office, and was a teaching fellow in civil law, personal law, family law, property and evidence at Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas and Sorbonne-Assas International Law School. Karim has also served as the Willem Vis Moot Alumni Association representative for France.

Email: kzein@llm22.law.harvard.edu

Sebastian Briceño
VP of Conference

Sebastian is an LL.M. candidate at Harvard Law School from Bogota, Colombia. He is both a lawyer and philosopher from Universidad de los Andes. He has 6 years of professional experience in international arbitration, complex litigation, and public international law. Prior to Harvard Law School, Sebastian worked at the International Law Division of the Attorney General’s Office of Colombia and later as an Associate and Senior Associate at international-arbitration-boutique Zuleta Abogados. He has acted as counsel in international commercial arbitrations under the ICC and ICDR Rules and he has assisted investment tribunals constituted under the UNCITRAL and ICSID Rules. Sebastian is the Chair of the Latin American Association of Arbitration (ALARB) Next Generation Committee and Co-Director of Global Engagement at Colombian Very Young Arbitration Practitioners (COLVYAP).

Email: sbricenomutis@llm22.law.harvard.edu

Aleksandra Anna Żanowska
VP of Conference

Aleksandra is an LL.M Candidate at Harvard Law School from Warsaw, Poland. She holds a degree in law from Jagiellonian University. During her studies, she successfully participated in several moot court competitions including the FDI International Arbitration Moot, in which she was part of the team that took 3rd place in the Global Orals Finals in 2014. Aleksandra is admitted to the bar in Poland. For the last 5 years she worked in the dispute resolution department of Baker McKenzie in Warsaw. She has experience in acting as counsel in both investment and commercial arbitration disputes, as well as in commercial litigation proceedings before Polish courts of all instances and the Polish Supreme Court. Prior to joining Harvard Law School Aleksandra’s pro bono activities included coaching the Jagiellonian University team for the FDI International Arbitration Moot, acting as an arbitrator at the global finals of the Willem C. Vis Moot and the FDI International Arbitration Moot, as well as conducting workshops on arbitration-related matters for law students in Poland.

Email: azanowska@llm22.law.harvard.edu

Bhushan Satish
VP of Academic Events

Bhushan has focused his practice solely on international arbitration since qualifying in 2013. His practice as counsel and tribunal secretary spans more than 40 disputes and covers various industries, including corporate finance, construction and infrastructure, energy, pharmaceuticals, agribusiness, and minerals and resources. Bhushan is equally comfortable and familiar with common and civil law traditions, and has studied and practiced law in Korea, Switzerland, India, UK and France. He is presently pursuing an LLM at HLS and previously completed the MIDS (Geneva) program on a full scholarship and with top honors.

Email: bsatish@llm22.law.harvard.edu

Carmen Gabriela Olteanu
VP of Academic Events

Gabriela is a Harvard Law School LL.M. Candidate from Romania. She graduated first in her class from the French-Romanian College of European Studies in Bucharest, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and holds a double bachelor’s degree in law, delivered by the University of Paris 1 and the University of Bucharest. Also, Gabriela has a master’s degree in international trade law from the Sorbonne Law School. She is admitted to the Bucharest Bar and has practiced as a litigation and arbitration lawyer at Allen & Overy and act legal Romania. Also, during her studies, she worked in international arbitration at Gide Loyrette Nouel in Paris.

Email: colteanu@llm22.law.harvard.edu

María Laura Pessarini
VP of Academic Events

María Laura is an LL.M Candidate at Harvard Law School. She attends HLS as a Fulbright Scholar and focuses her practice on public international law and international economic law. After obtaining a law degree with honors from Universidad de Buenos Aires, she worked in the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade as a legal advisor in international economic law and negotiator of trade and investment agreements. Before attending HLS, Laura served in the Attorney General’s Office, where she represented the Argentine Republic in investment arbitrations. She participated in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Competition as student and coach.

Email: mpessarini@llm22.law.harvard.edu

Eduardo Méndez
VP of Finance

Eduardo is a Harvard Law School LL.M. candidate from San José, Costa Rica. He holds two law degrees from the University of Costa Rica and a specialization degree from the De La Salle University, all of which he obtained with the highest honors. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Costa Rican Journal of International Law. Before attending Harvard Law School, Eduardo assistedthe Secretariat of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. He also worked for seven years in the Dispute Resolution department of BLP – a leading Central American law firm. He acted as counsel in international and domestic arbitration proceedings conducted under the rules of the ICC, the ICDR, and all relevant local arbitration centers. Eduardo served as Vice President of the Costa Rican Association of International Law (ACODI) and as part of the research team at UNIDROIT. He participated in the Willem C. Vis Moot Court as oralist, coach, and arbitrator. During his free time, he enjoys learning languages and socializing.

Email: emendezzamora@llm22.law.harvard.edu

Reem Hussein
VP of Finance

Reem is a second-year J.D. candidate from Beirut, Lebanon. She graduated from Yale University with BAs in Economics and Global Affairs. She then worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company’s Dubai office, where she focused on public sector and economic development projects in the Middle East. At HLS, Reem is involved in HLS Advocates for Human Rights and the Middle Eastern Law Students’ Association (MELSA). She spent her 1L summer at Reprieve UK, advocating for the end of the United States’ lethal drone program and seeking accountability for its victims. In her free time, Reem enjoys piano, movies and tennis.

Email: rhussein@jd23.law.harvard.edu

Richard Allemann
VP Masterclass Workshop

Richard is an LL.M. candidate at Harvard Law School from Zurich, Switzerland, specializing in international arbitration, as well as complex commercial, corporate and financial litigation. Richard studied law and economics at the University of St. Gallen, Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University. He is admitted to the bar in Switzerland. During his studies, he trained with a number of leading law firms, including the international arbitration practice group at WilmerHale LLP in London. Following graduation, he was a junior associate at Homburger AG in Zurich, where he acted as counsel and tribunal secretary in arbitrations under a variety of governing laws and arbitration rules. He also served as a law clerk at one of Switzerland’s four commercial courts. Richard is currently completing his Ph.D. project at the University of Zurich, a comparative study on the arbitration of corporate and securities law disputes, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Max Planck Society.

Email: rallemann@llm22.law.harvard.edu

Suleyman Wellings-Longmore
VP Masterclass Workshop

Suleyman Wellings-Longmore is a former trainee at Allen & Overy who qualified into the arbitration practice at Linklaters, working between Paris and London. During his time as as associate, Suleyman advised clients in pre-contentious and commercial and investor-state arbitration matters under ICC, LCIA, and CIArb rules. He is currently a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard where he is pursuing an LL.M. in human rights law. When not lawyering, Suleyman is a professional artist with a body of work that explores the contemporary Black experience.

Email: swellingslongm@llm22.law.harvard.edu

Daniel Walker
VP Masterclass Workshop

Daniel Walker is a former F-22 Raptor Mission Commander and Fighter
Fundamentals Instructor Pilot with over 1200 hours of combined training
and combat flight time. Daniel is a 2010 graduate of the United States
Air Force Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in
Political Science. While at the Academy, he was a four-year athletic
letter winner in Baseball, as well as Track and Field. He is also a
graduate of Old Dominion University with a master’s degree in Public
Administration.

Walker started his career as an admissions officer and recruiter for the
Air Force Academy. There, he was responsible for the counsel,
mentorship, and intake of students applying to USAFA from the Western
United States and the Pacific territories. Before transitioning to pilot
training, he attended the Air Force Air and Space Basic Course,
graduating with Distinguished Graduate honors.

Daniel served as a fighter pilot for the rest of his career, piloting the T-6,
T-38, F-16, and F-22 from 2011-2021. He graduated in the top 10% of
his Undergraduate Pilot Training class, earning an F-22 Raptor
assignment. Before completing the F-22 Basic Course, he graduated the
Air Force Introduction to Fighter Fundamental course as the Air-to-Air
Top Gun.  He has since led various units, including the Alaskan Northern
Aerospace Defense Region’s F-22 Combat Alert Cell. He is also one of
six winners of the 2020 United States Air Force Academy’s Young
Alumni Excellence Award.

Walker is attending Harvard Law School as a Juris Doctor Candidate in
the class of 2024. With him is his wife (Kelly), son (Kiowa), and daughter
(Nahla). He is a motivated community servant and avid volunteer. His
academic, combat, and leadership experiences have allowed him to
connect with and inspire diverse groups of people across the nation.

Email: dwalker@jd24.law.harvard.edu

Jennifer Yoo
VP Secretary

Jennifer Yoo is an LL.M. candidate at Harvard Law School from Seoul, South Korea. She was admitted to the Korean bar in 2015, after obtaining an LL.B. at Yonsei University and a JD at Seoul National University Law School. Before attending Harvard Law School, Jennifer worked as a senior associate lawyer at Peter & Kim (Seoul), a transnational law firm dedicated to international arbitration and dispute resolution with offices in Seoul, Geneva, Bern, Sydney, and Singapore. She has around seven years of professional experience in international commercial arbitration and litigation, having represented parties in numerous arbitration proceedings under the rules of major institutions including the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, and KCAB. In particular, she has ample experience of large-scale overseas construction disputes, involving multiple claims, parties, experts and counsel. She also regularly advised clients on international trade disputes, investor-state disputes, challenges and enforcement of international arbitral awards, and interim measures in respect of arbitration proceedings. Jennifer spent a considerable portion of her childhood in New Jersey, United States and Surrey, United Kingdom. In her spare time, she enjoys watching English Premier League football, and is an avid supporter of the football club Tottenham Hotspur.

Email: eyoo@llm22.law.harvard.edu