Executive Board & Planning Board Members



Winnona DeSombre, Director of SURGE
Winnona was born in Cambridge, grew up in Hong Kong, and studies International Relations (E. Asian Concentration) and Computer Science at Tufts. This year, she organized the SURGE Trivia show, and manages the overall organization and planning of the annual China US Symposium, among other SURGE events. She likes spicy food, karaoke and rugby


kieran-greenKieran Green, Deputy Director of SURGE

Kieran is a Junior at Tufts majoring in International
Relations (Security Concentration) and Chinese. He is currently serving as the Deputy Director of SURGE. Previously, Kieran has served as SURGE’s Operations Director, as well as chairing the Security Panel for the 2015 China-US Symposium. In his free time he enjoys discussing current events, model painting, and studying Cold War history.


Security Panel

Noah Rose, Security Panel LeaderNoah Rose pic

Noah is the security panel leader and a member of the class of 2018. He grew up all over the world as part of a Foreign Service family. He is majoring in International Relations with a concentration in International Security, and is minoring in European History. He speaks French, a bit of Hebrew and Spanish, and is currently learning Bahasa Indonesia. In addition to SURGE, he enjoys participating in the International Relations Director’s Leadership Council and the Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES).

Katie picKatie Cho, Curriculum Director

Katie is a sophomore at Tufts University. She is a member of the security panel and the curriculum director in SURGE. Originally from Korea, she spent the majority of her time in Vancouver, Canada. Primarily interested in the dynamics of Sino-Russo relations and commercial relations in international affairs, she hopes to pursue a major in International Relations with a minor in Economics. Her fascination in the evolving role of Russia on world stage, its aggressive foreign policy and its language led her to participate in Tufts IGL’s EPIIC colloquium last year, with a focus on Russia in the 21st Century. Katie loves languages, and she hopes to become fluent in Mandarin and Russian.

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Noah is a member of the security panel and the class of 2019. Before coming to Tufts, he spent a year on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth studying Chinese language and culture at Beijing No. 80 public high school. He speaks French and Chinese fluently. His major is currently undeclared, but he plans on majoring in International Relations. In his spare time, Noah enjoys singing, playing guitar, ultimate Frisbee and all types of sports.

MichaelMichael Olesberg

Michael is a member of the security panel and the class of 2019. He grew up in the college town of Iowa City, Iowa. He has not yet declared a major, but plans on majoring in International Relations and German. He is interested in current affairs and history. In addition to SURGE, he is a member of the Tufts Debate Society, the Tufts Culinary Society, and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.

Environmental Panel

Xiaoyu Shi, Environmental Panel Leader石筱玉-formal photo

Xiaoyu is a sophomore at Tufts University from Nanjing, China. She is studying both International Relations and Computer Science in the hope that she could effectively utilize both skills in researching and analyzing data in a global context. She is going to be in charge of the Environmental Panel for the 2016 China-US Symposium, and is looking forward to exploring China-US relations and bringing more in-depth academic discussions to the Symposium with other aspiring SURGE members.

DSCN5306Rachel Rapaport

Rachel is a senior majoring in International Relations with a concentration in International Security, and minoring in Chinese. She studied abroad in Shanghai in Spring 2015, and hopes to return to China after graduation. She is a planning member for the Environmental panel in the 2016 China-US Symposium, and is excited to learn more about the relationship between the US and China from a variety of perspectives.

Erica Warfield, Programing Directorerica-warfield

Erica is a senior at Tufts majoring in International Relations with a concentration in International Trade. She became interested in China-U.S. relations after working with Chinese high school students for Tufts’ Summer English Language Program. Last year, she served as the Curriculum Director for SURGE.


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Arlo is a freshman in Tufts University. He is interested in Majoring in International Relations and Applied Math. He is one of the organizers for Environment Panel of CUS in 2016. Fun fact about Arlo: He got his English name simply by searching “the coolest English name” on Google.



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Tati is a current freshman at Tufts University. She is majoring in International Relations with a concentration in East and Southeast Asia. She studied Chinese beginning in middle school, and spent a year in high school studying abroad in Beijing. Tati is working on the environmental panel for the China-US Symposium.


Regional Panel


David Batubara, Regional Panel LeaderDavied

David is a sophomore double majoring in International Relations (Security) and Economics from Jakarta, Indonesia. Graduated from the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore, David is a military and history buff, enjoys discussion about everything between the lines of civil military relations, economics to general international affairs and political matters. In addition to his involvement in the SURGE, he is also involved in the Tufts Financial Group (TFG), Directors of Leadership Council (DLC) as well as the Singapore Student Association (SSA). Beside his bilingual ability of English and Indonesian, David also spoke conversational Spanish as well as beginner Russian. In his free time, David enjoys discovering exciting places, talking to people about Southeast Asian politics as well as playing on the Tufts Club Volleyball Team.

Ki Ki Chan Kiki

Ki Ki is an international student from Hong Kong, majoring in International Relations, Computer Science and minoring in Entrepreneurship Leadership Studies. She is fluent in Mandarin, and will continue to studying the language at Tufts. As the political discourse shifts towards the paradigm of US-Chinese politics, she is very interested in learning more about Chinese Politics and will bring this conversation to the Tufts Community.

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Lara is a junior from New York City majoring in International Relations and minoring in Chinese. She spent two months this summer studying at Harvard Beijing Academy and is fluent in Mandarin. Over the past few years, she has been involved with programs in Manhattan’s Chinatown, volunteering with Chinatown Youth Initiatives and interning at the Museum of Chinese in America. She currently writes a column on the intersections of Chinese and American culture for the Tufts Daily and tutors Chinese language students for the Tufts Academic Resource Center.


Jack Dunkelman, Logistics Coordinator

Jack is a sophomore at Tufts, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Chinese. He is from Goshen, New York. He has studied Chinese since middle school. In the summer of 2012, Jack spent a month in China studying Mandarin and Shanghai Jiaotong University. The following summer, he spent six weeks backpacking through Yunnan province, spending time living with families in Lijiang and Kunming. Jack is Director of Logistics for SURGE and part of the SURGE executive board.


Business Panel

jiacheng-zhuJiacheng Zhu, Business Panel Leader & Marketing Director

Jiacheng Zhu is a sophomore at Tufts studying International Relations and Quantitative Economics. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Jiacheng received all his education in Chinese domestic schools, and therefore he is very interested in examining the differences in culture, education, economy and politics between China the U.S. Last year in SURGE, Jiacheng co-organized the Regional Panel and was a member of the marketing team. This year, Jiacheng decided to bring in more business perspective to the CUS and become the Marketing Director of SURGE.

Rui Sun OW9592%A)`7L`_I0SXE`KMA

Rui is a freshman at Tufts. She grew up in China and received all her pre-college education in mainland China. Experience of debating helped her discover her interest in Sino-US relations. She is going to take international trade concentration under international relations major, and computer science major. She is currently a member of the Business panel of the Sino-US Symposium.

1.pic_hdYinhao Liu (Harry)

Yinhao is from Beijing China. He is a freshman studying at Tufts University. Potentially, he wants to major in Computer Science or International Relations. He is currently a member of the Business panel. Fun fact about Yinhao: he has a birthmark on my right elbow that resembles the map of China!


Puyuan Han IMG_20151108_170141

Puyuan comes from Hangzhou, China. He is a member of class 2019 and has not decided his major yet. But he may pursue a major in either economics or international relations. He likes to make friends with different people.


150930_0344_ESA_careerfair666Jake Halpin  

Jake is a current sophomore at Tufts and part of the marketing team and business panel for SURGE, Jake first got a taste for US-China relations spending a year of high school abroad in Harbin, China as an AFS exchange student. Since then, Jake has helped facilitate multiple Chinese delegations visiting the metropolitan area working for Sunels International, and is currently studying International Relations with minors in Economics and Chinese.