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


Andy Phillips

Andy is the representative for the Master of Public Policy programme, working to ensure that the single year MPP students are fully embedded among the wider School of Public Policy. After earning his undergrad in Politics from the University of Nottingham, Andy went on to work for various Members of Parliament in the House of Commons, including the Government Chief Whip, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and a Transport Minister.

After three and a half years in Parliament, he moved to work in the Government Affairs team at Heathrow Airport. Moving from Heathrow to the LSE to undertake the Master of Public Policy, Andy’s aim is to make sure that the MPP students – who are only at the LSE for one year – are as involved as possible and can contribute to active social and professional life at the LSE.



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


Ifra Shah

Ifra was born and raised in Kashmir and has a Bachelor’s in Technology. She worked for a human rights organisation for two years on upholding human rights and providing social services to the oppressed and marginalised sections affected by the conflict in the Kashmir Valley. In this capacity, Ifra would often visit the affected homes and speak to the victims of conflict. She has also worked as an academician/mentor for training of young students for leadership or bureaucracy positions in her state.

She firmly believes in the ideals of inclusivity, equal opportunities for all, and understanding how marginalisation and inequalities across groups can have detrimental effects on social cohesion and society as a whole. As the Careers and Alumni Secretary, Ifra will work on broadening student-alumni engagement, supporting the SPP in strengthening the networking and career opportunities amongst students, and making networking opportunities inclusive and diverse for all.

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.

Social Co-Chair


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.

Social Co-Chair

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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.


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