Student Ambassadors

ISSO Student Ambassadors are peer leaders and liaisons between the ISSO staff and the international student community. Student Ambassadors assist with front office support, student engagement, social media, marketing, and programming. The ISSO employs 3-4 ambassadors each academic year. For current openings, please see the Student Financial Services webpage on Student Job Opportunities.

Current Student Ambassadors

Akim Sanni ’21


Akim Sanni is an undergraduate international student in the class of 2021. He was born and raised in Cotonou, Benin in a big family of eight children, but five years ago decided to pursue his passion both academically and athletically in the United States. He came to the United States his sophomore year of high school with an eagerness to learn a new language and culture. After graduating high school he decided to attend Brandeis because of its great academic and athletic programs. Akim wishes to pursue a degree in Business and a double minor in Economics and French. Akim is very curious and highly active both on and off the basketball court. Moreover, he is a Wein International Scholar and also a French and Francophone department UDR. As a student ambassador, he is passionate about helping international student understanding the American culture.

Juan Bordon ’22

Juan BordonJuan Bordon is an undergraduate international student from Paraguay. Although he was born in the capital city, Asuncion, he lived his entire life in Luque, located 45 minutes away from Asuncion. He is a first-generation student and so far, he is the only one who speaks English in his family. Juan can speak three languages, and he is learning his fourth language here at Brandeis. He is majoring in International and Global Studies and is leaning toward a minor in Italian. Juan is very active on campus; aside from working as a student ambassador, he is an upper-level Spanish tutor and a peer advocate at the Prevention, Advocacy & Resource Center (PARC). As a student ambassador, he wants to help other international students take advantage of the resources available at the ISSO and hopes to gain some insight into the international education area in general. 

Maneesh Ramanadham '20

Maneesh Ramanadham

Maneesh is a graduate international student from Hyderabad, India. He is pursuing his Masters in International Economics and Finance at the International Business School. Post-graduation, he would like to work for the World Bank in the field of Development Economics/Finance. Outside of academics, he likes to travel and explore the world. In the past year, he has traveled to 8 countries across North America, Europe and South Asia. He loves to meet new people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. He can also speak 3 widely different Indian languages besides fluent English, while he is now trying to learn Spanish. He feels all people are the same at a human level, irrespective of where one comes from, and having an open and non-judgmental mind is essential to appreciate their differences. As a student ambassador, he would like to help other international students by being knowledgeable about all the requirements, so they can have a seamless experience.