Student Association

Association of Public Policy Students (APPS)

The Association of Public Policy Students (APPS) is the official student association of the School of Public Policy at LSE.

We seek to enhance the student experience in a variety of ways. Our remit covers connecting current students with alumni, developing students’ career potential, engaging the student body in the local community, raising funds for charity, coordinating social activities and organising a formal Ball at the end of the Lent term.

To give a flavour of what we do, some of our recent events have included day trips to Canterbury and Windsor, working lunches with employers, sector specific alumni networking nights and hikes in the countryside, to name a few.

Every year APPS selects a charity to support. This year we are partnering with Time and Talents, a London based charity set up over 100 years ago by a group of women who wanted to share their ‘time and talents’ with the local community. We are fundraising throughout the year and many students are giving their time via volunteering opportunities. In addition a team of students is working on a data analysis project so the charity can better target their programmes in the community.

The student association also publishes an academic journal, The Public Sphere, providing analytical coverage of current public policy debates.

Moreover, APPS fosters links and togetherness between the School of Public Policy's community past, present and future. 

Meet the APPS Executive Committee



Bethany Carter

Bethany Carter is an MPA student from Pelham, Alabama, and has a Bachelor’s in Classics and Political Science from the University of Alabama. Prior to LSE, she worked in the U.S. Senate as a legislative aide and in various nonprofits focused on education and poverty.

A Rotary Global Grant Scholar in Community Economic Development, she came to LSE to pursue her interest in inclusive economic growth and sustainable development. She believes firmly in the power of human connection to drive change, and as President will work to cultivate community and help all students at the School of Public Policy maximize their time at LSE and jumpstart a career of impact.

MPA Vice President


Shipra Kumar

Shipra believes in equality of all before anything else, which is why her passions lie in policies regarding gender, LGBTI+ rights and poverty.

She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mathematics and has worked in investment banking for 3 years prior to joining MPA at LSE. She joined MPA as she was wanted to work to ensure more equity and equality of different marginalized groups in India.

MPP Vice President


Bernadita Molina

As the representative for the MPP programme, Bernardita works to ensure that the single year MPP students are fully embedded in the wider School of Public Policy.

After earning her undergraduate degree in Law from the Catholic University of Chile, Bernardita went on to work for Felipe Kast, a Senator of Chile, participating in the Human Rights Committee and the National Security Committee. After a year she was invited to work in the Cabinet of the Minister of Education as her legal advisor. She oversaw the relationship between the Ministry and Parliament, drafting bills and amendments and participating in two impeachments of two Ministers of Education, which were dismissed.

Bernardita aims to help the MPP cohort connect and get involved in all the activities that LSE can offer so they can develop all their skills during this year and can contribute to make real change in all their areas of expertise.



Mohamad Nassar

Mohamad is an MPA student with a background in Engineering and Finance. He is currently responsible for maintaining the APPS budget and ensuring resources are allocated efficiently for the benefit of the SPP students.

Mohamad was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. After earning his undergraduate degree in Engineering, he went on to live in Dubai for 4 years where he supported the governments of the UAE and Saudi Arabia during a period of public sector transformation across the region. Later, he studied Finance through the Chartered Financial Analyst program, and his aim after his time at the LSE is to help developing countries manage their sovereign debt in a sustainable manner that fosters economic growth and prosperity.

Communications Co-ordinator

Pending election

Careers and Alumni Co-ordinator


Akanksha Patil

Akanksha is an MPA student at the LSE. She holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Leiden University, and a Master’s degree in Global Health Policy from the LSE.

Prior to joining LSE, Akanksha was engaged in several extracurriculars with a special interest in social impact and global affairs. During her programme, she acted as the chair of UNICEF’s Student Team in Leiden, which entailed organising events to raise funds and awareness for UNICEF’s project - Malnutrition in Burundi. Akanksha was equally involved in Model United Nations (MUN) and participated as a delegate at the Oxford MUN Conference in 2019. Furthermore, she spent three years honing her writing, editing and research skills as a member of the editorial board of her university’s political science Magazine - DEBAT.

Community Engagement Coordinator


Manuela Sarra Monsalve

Manuela is an MPA student at the LSE. She holds two bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Finance from ITAM in Mexico. Prior to joining LSE, Manuela was a senior associate at EMANT Consultores, a consulting firm with expertise in economic and public policy topics. She developed different projects related to risk analysis, monitoring and response to COVID-19 for both private firms and government, strengthening local public finances, as well as designing development strategies focusing on poverty alleviation and health. She also has prior experience in different areas at the Mexican Ministry of Finance and Public Credit where she worked to implement policies that fostered growth, promoted financial inclusion and encouraged sustainable public finances.

MPA Social Co-Chairs


Tatiana Bahous

Tatiana is an MPA student. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master in International Affairs from Université Paris Dauphine in France. She also studied for a semester in Boston College for her university exchange. Tatiana enjoys artistic activities and has been drawing ever since she was a child. During her programme, she participated and organized international Model United Nations conferences. During her master’s degree, she worked alongside microfinance institutes to promote student-led initiatives to support micro-entrepreneurs.

Passionate about social impact, she volunteered in Lebanon with an NGO using sport-based activities to promote social cohesion and development in the country. She worked on the field as well as on project assessment reports. She recently conducted impact assessment research for the UNESCO on a project fostering intercultural dialogue worldwide. At the LSE, Tatiana joined the MIINT team, to work with social impact entrepreneurs. She wishes to specialise in economic policy and is interested in cooperation between public and private sectors for service delivery.

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Arshia Mittal

Arshia is currently an MPA student at LSE. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Delhi. She was the Editor-in-Chief for the publication of the Economics department of her college. She was also the Head of Marketing for her college student body and an initiative which provided a platform to underprivileged artists to showcase their skills. During high school, she volunteered at an orphanage for three years to mentor and aid the inclusion of orphans into the society. 

Arshia held the position of an Executive of the Mergers and Acquisition team, Deal Advisory, KPMG India Private Limited. She worked across a range of sectors such as retail, healthcare, agriculture, media and entertainment, and real estate. Arshia was a co-author of three publications during her tenure at KPMG relating to insolvency and bankruptcy in India, online gaming market in India and user behaviour trend towards over the top platforms in India.

MPP Social Co-Chair


Stefano Bacigalupo

Stefano is an MPP student from Santiago, Chile, and has a law degree from Universidad de los Andes. Prior to LSE, he worked as a lawyer first in a law firm and then in the Ministry of Interior to later move to the Ministry of Social Development and Family where he served firstly as Territorial Affairs Coordinator and later as Chief of Staff of the Undersecretary of Social Services. Stefano believes that one of the most valuable things about being part of the SPP is creating an enriching community with such a diverse group of people, and he hopes that he can be a key actor to make this happen as MPP Social Co-Chair.


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