IPSSA Members

Danny Buerkli - Chair
Danny grew up in Switzerland, where he completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science with minors in Public Law and Islamic Studies. After graduation, he worked with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London and the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs abroad before moving back to Switzerland to join the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich.

Lu Liu - Treasurer
Lu was born in Shenyang, China, and grew up in Singapore. She graduated from Sciences Po Paris after completing a one-year exchange program at Johns Hopkins University. She worked as a research assistant on the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., as well as for various Singaporean embassies around the world. She is concentrating in International Political Economy and enjoys watching sports, fixing jigsaw puzzles, traveling and learning foreign languages.

Lisa Xue - Secretary
Lisa grew up in Shanghai just at the eve of China’s explosive growth, noting the disparate glamour of the rising top and the squalor of the marginalized bottom. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, later working as an analyst at economic consulting firm OSKR. Volunteer work creating food and nutrition curriculum for the Oakland School District provided the impetus for graduate studies with a concentration on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources. Lisa loves traveling, cooking, dancing and learning new languages.

Rafael Burde - Communications
Rafael grew up in Johannesburg and is a dual citizen of South Africa and the United States. He majored in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and spent the last three years as a management consultant in the healthcare practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Diamond Consultants. At Stanford, he is concentrating in International Security and Cooperation and enjoys photography, architecture, squash and rugby.

Siyeona Chang - Class Representative
Siyeona was born in Germany, but grew up in Korea. She recently finished her BA at Stanford in History and Economics, with a minor in Modern Languages. She has worked at a think tank in Lebanon, for the German parliament and with Ashoka’s Middle East office in Cairo, Egypt, in addition to studying abroad in Paris and Oxford. In IPS, she is focused on international trade and legal infrastructure, with an interest in the development of the cultural industry in developing countries. She enjoys learning languages (currently working on Arabic and Persian), dancing salsa and discovering new authors.

Jessie Knight - Class Representative
Jessica grew up in Rowayton, Connecticut and focused on the development of civil-military relations during the American Revolution while earning her bachelor’s degree in History at Stanford. While at Stanford, she also studied "abroad" in Washington, DC, and at Oxford, UK. Jessica worked for two years at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia, before returning to Stanford to focus on International Security and Cooperation.

Sarah Van Vliet - Class Representative
Sarah was born in Berkeley, California, where she stayed to earn her BA in International Political Economy. After graduating, she moved to South Africa to work on a development project with J-PAL, evaluating the efficacy of financial education for women in microfinance groups. She has also completed internships with the US Mission to the UN and the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development, both in Geneva. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, traveling, reading, and repeating things The Economist has written.

Devorah West - Class Representative
Devorah grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and received her bachelor's degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from Brown University. She worked as a research assistant in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution in Washigton, DC, for four years before coming to Stanford to study international security issues, specifically fragile states and the growth of transnational terrorism. Devorah loves going for bike rides, weekend hikes, learning about art history and eating food from Santa Fe.