The MCR Committee

The MCR Committee exists to uphold the MCR constitution. They do this by getting involved with everything from arranging dinners and events to attending meetings to ensure that the College and University listen to what you have to say. The committee is made up of members from the current MCR community. Please feel free to contact them at any time using the links below.

Executive Committee


Elise French Contact

Hi Emma grads! I’m Elise, a 1st year PhD student in Biological Sciences. Originally from London, I did my undergrad at Bath uni and spent a year during my studies living and working in Sydney, Australia. Since graduating I have worked in research for the past two years before coming to Cambridge. I am very outgoing and active – I love rowing and going to all kinds of social events! I’m thrilled to be your President this year and am very passionate about the MCR community, so hope that I can get to know as many of you as possible and really get everyone involved! I would love to hear from you so please do reach out to me with any questions, suggestions or concerns you might have.

Vice President

Daniel Coleman – Contact

Hi everyone, I’m Danny and I’m a 2nd-year PhD candidate in American History. I’m originally from Cambridge and I did my undergraduate and Masters degrees in Oxford. In terms of my other roles at Emma, I supervise undergraduates taking papers in American History, play on the college Rugby and Cricket sides, and I’m the Emma rep for the Cambridge Foodbank Society. Last year, I was also the MCR’s Internal Events Officer. We’ve got a great committee this year and I’m looking forward to keeping the MCR fun, welcoming and inclusive for all.


Mary Kate GumaContact

Hello, friends! I’m Mary Kate, an MPhil student here working on a degree in Renaissance Literature. I’m originally from Long Island, New York and did my undergrad at Williams College before coming here, where I also worked with the event planning committee! Besides planning events, I dabble in needlework like cross-stitching and needlepoint, love scrapbooking, and of course, love a good poem. I’m excited to tackle this position and get to know this year’s crowd, so look out for my emails and if you have any feedback  for me or info you’d like to get out to the group, do get in touch!


Mohit Dhiman – Contact

Hi! I’m Mohit, a 1st year PhD student in Chemistry. I studied Natural Sciences as an undergrad in Cambridge (at a different college) before moving to Emma to start my postgrad degree. As treasurer, I want to ensure that the MCR has the budget to keep running fun, inclusive and affordable social events! When I’m not working you’ll probably find me playing sport for college (rowing, badminton & tennis amongst others – I’m a dilettante of all sports, master of none), out running or watching England play test cricket.

Computer Officer

Jakub DolezalContact

I am a second year PhD student in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics researching large deviations. I come from the Czech Republic and did my undergrad in Edinburgh. In my spare time I like hiking, running and reading all sorts of books. I’ll be trying to keep the web running and maybe even try to improve it.

Welfare Officer

Lucia WunderlichContact


I am a first year Neuroscience PhD student in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. In my spare time I love going on trips that involve being outside like hiking, camping or sailing. For me it is very important that the MCR is a community everyone can benefit from. So please come and reach out if you have any concerns, look for mental or physical support or just need a listening ear!

Social Secretary

Ari Ball-Burack – Contact

Hello everyone! I’m Ari, an MPhil student in Computer Science. I grew up in the sunny, whacky, beautiful town of Berkeley, California, but I spent the last four years of my life at Williams College in Massachusetts. I love making and listening to music, hiking, playing frisbee, and socializing with friends new and old. I’m thrilled to be your Social Sec and I look forward to a fun and engaging year of MCR events! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, concerns, innovative ideas for social events, or jokes.

Education & Careers Officer

Francis NewmanContact

Hi! I’m studying an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine. I’m originally from London, but grew up in Hong Kong and have spent the last few years in Scotland. When not doing my degree I enjoy reading, hiking, and spending far too much time playing the violin in various orchestras around Cambridge. As Education and Careers Officer I run Grad talks and collaborative events with Emmanuel alumni – let me know if you have any ideas for how to improve your educational experience at Emma!

Accommodation & Environment Officer

Alex Bow Contact

My name is Alex and I’m studying Clinical Medicine at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. When I’m not in the hospital I like playing lacrosse, hanging out with friends and DJing! As Accommodation and Environmet officer I am responsible for attending Buildings and Services meetings and liaising with the relevant College staff – please contact me with any accomodation queries or any ideas to reduce our environmental impact!

Welfare Team

Womens’ Officer

Petra PalenikovaContact

Hi all! I’m Petra, currently a third year PhD student in Biology at the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit. I am originally from Slovakia. Before joining Emma two years ago, I did my undergrad in molecular biology at Charles University in Prague. I enjoy reading books, drawing and other arts and crafts activities, and my probably most favourite hobby is baking. As the women’s officer I want to make sure your time in Cambridge is enjoyable and as stress free as possible. If you have any questions, suggestions or just want to have a chat feel free to contact me.

LGBT+ Officer



Minorities Coalition Officer

Clara GaleazziContact

Hello, good to meet you. I’m a second year PhD student in the Centre for Energy, Environment and Natural Government in Land Economy and happy to serves as the MCR’s Minorities Coalition Officer. I would like to help make the MCR an inclusive place where all ethnicities, religions and cultures feel comfortable.  Outside of my PhD and the MCR, I enjoy running, training at the gym, and DIY projects. Please reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas for our community!

Disabled Students’ Officer

Mungo AitkenContact

Hello! I’m a second-year PhD student in Applied Mathematics. I hail from the far-away land of Norwich where I also did a 4-year degree in mathematics at UEA. When not being an intrepid explorer, I can be found rowing, playing badminton, going to formals, taking excessive coffee breaks, or propping up the JCR bar with my friends.

As someone with profound hearing loss and a cochlear implant, I passionately believe the MCR and the wider collegiate life should be accessible to all. Get in touch if that isn’t the case for you!

International Officer

Jonathan Meng – Contact

I am Jonathan Meng, a second-year PhD student in Chemistry Department, contributing my best effort to the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease ontology. I completed my undergraduate study in Mathematics and Chemistry at Williams College. When I am not in lab, (or when am I not in lab? :), I enjoy photography, coffee/tea, and hiking.

I myself have been an international student twice. Nine years ago, when my family and I immigrated to America from China, we underwent a jarring experience of displacement. I understand how hard it is to situate yourself in a new place, a new culture, and a new group of people who also have very diverse cultural and personal backgrounds. Thus, I would love to get involved in cultivating a friendly environment for both international and domestic students.

Families’ Officer



Entertainment Team

Internal Events Officer

Joseph El KadiContact

Hello! My name is Joseph, or Zouzou, my role is to organise interesting, diverse and inclusive social-gatherings for our MCR 🙂 These include open-mic nights, trips to museums, potlucks, bar nights and more!

If you have any questions or suggestions for events I’m all ears and would appreciate your advice and feedback.

External Events Officer

Osama BroshContact

Hi! I’m Osama, a third year PhD student studying genetics. When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy running, cooking, and writing. I’m your external events officer for this year, which means I will be organising the swaps, so there will be plenty of opportunities for us to chat!