Executive Board

Executive Director


Safiyah Ismail

Safiyah Ismail is a senior Environmental Health Science and Engineering major from Cary, North Carolina. She currently serves as Executive Director this year. As a student in the Gillings School of Public Health and a passionate believer in S4SI, she believes that education is the key to a successful, healthy life for all. She’s served in many different roles within S4SI, including Co-Director of Scholarships and Outreach Director. She went on delegation in the summer of 2013 and is continually inspired by how passionate the scholars are about education and becoming role models in their communities. Aside from S4Si, Safiyah is on the Organizing Committee for TEDxUNC, a Resident Advisor Mentor in Housing, and the Co-Founder of UNC American Sign Language club where she teaches ASL classes to her peers in order to create a more inclusive Carolina. In her free time she enjoys running, writing parodies to songs about science and math, and eating half her weight in dried peaches.


Director of Operations


Anvita Bhardwaj

Anvita is a senior Psychology (BS) major from Chapel Hill technically even though her family has moved 7 times and counting. In the future Anvita wants to get a dual MD/MPH degree with a focus on Maternal and Child Health and therefore is extremely passionate about how education can be an important building block is a women’s health and successful life. As Director of Operations she is excited to plan logistics for the organization and recruit new little S4Si-ers! Aside from S4Si Anvita is a part of the Carolina Neuroscience club and works at the Kash Lab studying the neural circuit of binge eating. In her free time she loves ‘snacking’ on chocolate and chai, napping, reading and long distance swimming.


Director of Events


Nicole Theriot

Nicole is a junior Public Relations major from Summit, New Jersey.  She is passionate about education and loves that S4Si is able to provide driven young women the opportunity to further their education. As Co-Director of Events she is excited to engage the Carolina community in different ways and share the mission of S4Si. Aside from S4Si, she is a member of Kappa Delta sorority. In her free time she enjoys running, painting and cooking.






Soumya Vishwanath

Soumya is a senior majoring in Biology and Global Studies from Cary, North Carolina. As the co-director of Events, she’s excited to be planning exciting activities for the UNC community such as the Annual Silent Auction. Apart from S4Si, she is a brother of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, involved with APPLES, a writer for the South Asian literary magazine, Monsoon. She loves bagels from Alpine, has lived in 7 different cities, and can speak three languages.




Director of Communications


Sandy Alkoutami

Sandy is a first-year from Hickory, North Carolina. She hopes to study Public Policy and Global Studies during her next four years at UNC. As a new student to UNC, Sandy was intrigued and inspired by S4Si’s mission to provide education to students with high potential in the developing world. She believes the value of education is both unmeasurable and unmatched- with it, solutions, alternatives, and new ideas can be brought forth to progress communities worldwide. This year, she will serve as the Co-director of Communications and is excited to further her passion for education on an international platform. Aside from S4Si, Sandy is a project leader for Student Government’s MADO, member of Roosevelt Institute Center for Defense and Diplomacy, and market committee member for the Campus Y’s World Micro Market. In her free time, Sandy enjoys reading screenplays, trying every restaurant on Franklin Street, and watching Wes Anderson films.



My Linh Luu

My Linh is a first year comparative literature major from Hanoi, Vietnam. An advocate for education, she is excited to begin her work with S4Si as co-director of communications. She hopes to support scholars in Zanzibar in achieving their educational pursuits and communicate S4Si’s efforts to UNC’s community. In her free time, she reads Jonathan Franzen, doodles cool things and goes to see UNC games.



Director of Finance and IT Specialist


Morgan Howell

Morgan is a Sophomore double major in Computer Science and Finance from Norwood, North Carolina. He has led and supported various sustainable university and community projects ranging in the fields of: social entrepreneurship, education reform, bioinformatics research, and software development. He is especially interested in starting initiatives for educational opportunities and open source learning projects for software development in third world nations and rural communities in America. As a student of Kenan-Flagler Business School and passionate Director of Finance for S4Si, Morgan makes it his mission to provide tight budgeting and optimized outcomes for any money related issues.

Director of Scholarships


Nancy Gao

Nancy Gao is a sophomore from Milwaukee, Wisconsin studying Computer Science and Business. In the summer of 2014, she traveled to Zanzibar, Tanzania to serve on S4Si delegation and helped select the incoming class of scholars. She is passionate about tech, entrepreneurship, advocating for women in STEM, and being outdoors. As the Director of Scholarship for S4Si, she maintains relations with key contacts between Chapel Hill and Tanzania. In her free time, Nancy can probably be found in Carrboro or napping.





Ariana Gavin

Ariana is a junior majoring in Biology and Women’s & Gender Studies, with a minor in Chemistry. She is from Waxhaw, NC– a town located right outside of Charlotte. She believes that everyone should have the opportunity to get an education, regardless of gender and/or socioeconomic circumstances, which is what makes her so passionate about S4Si’s work. As Co-Director of Scholarships, she is excited about connecting the scholars in Zanzibar to members of S4Si in Chapel Hill. Aside from S4Si, Ariana works as a server at The Carolina Inn, does undergraduate research, and is one of the Service Chairs for UNC’s Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society. In her free time, she likes to watch biographical films, spend time with friends, and take long naps.

Director of Outreach


Amy Woff

Amy is a sophomore from London, England and majors in Peace, War & Defense with minors in History and Medical Anthropology. She serves as the Director of Outreach for S4Si and works to maintain existing relationships with other on-campus organisations as well as to build new links with other parts of UNC and the Chapel Hill community. An internship in Uganda allowed Amy to see the tangible effects of education inequalities in Africa, and further cemented her belief in the valuable work that S4Si does. Aside from S4Si, she is a keen footballer and plays various musical instruments. Also, since moving to this side of the Atlantic, she is particularly partial to hush puppies.