The Committee

Elena Pierard


Elena is serving this year as president. Her work at Oxford focuses on the interaction between governments and corporations in natural resources and sustainability. She is determined to continue the legacy of past committees in forming a vibrant international community at Oxford, and a platform to discuss and learn about research on Mexico and by Mexicans. Her heart is on environmental policy and the ideas on how to move towards a sustainable world.

Bernardo Pérez Orozco


Bernardo is this year’s treasurer. Originally from León, Guanajuato, he is currently reading for a DPhil in Machine Learning at Balliol College. Other academic interests include learning foreign languages and being involved in student societies; otherwise, he’s most likely to be found out with friends, dancing salsa or reggaeton in a local venue!

Paola Schietekat

Cultural Officer

Paola was born and raised in Mexico City. She did her undergrad in International Relations and Anthropology in Kuwait, where she worked as a Political Analyst and Consultant at the Embassy of Mexico. She also led a campaign called Look With Human Eyes, aimed at protecting the rights of domestic workers in the GCC. Paola is doing the Masters in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and is a member of Mansfield College. Upon graduation, she will go back to the public sector in Mexico.

Santiago Castiello de Obeso

IT Officer

Originally from Guadalajara Mexico. He is a co-founder of Evidology and active collaborator in Cochrane Mexico and Cochrane Schizophrenia. He is currently reading for a DPhil in Experimental Psychology at St. Anne’s College, and he works in the Computational psychopathology research group. He is interested in studying reinforcement and associative learning in psychosis spectrum disorders and schizotypy. When he finishes the DPhil, he wants to do research in that area from Mexico.

Computational psychopathology research group:



José María Valenzuela


José María is currently reading for a DPhil in Public Policy at the School of Government. He works on improving government’s capacity to collaborate with experts on energy and climate change. He enjoys his language classes, cooking vegan food and talking about the need to change the World!

Victoria Dittmar

Social Officer

Originally from Guadalajara, Victoria is currently a member of St Antony’s College reading for the MSc in Sociology. Before coming to Oxford, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Sussex, and worked in Medellin and Guadalajara researching organized crime, citizen security, and peace-building in Latin America.

Miguel Mendívil Roiz

Academic Officer

Miguel is reading for the MSt. in Diplomatic Studies. His academic interests are related to international politics, international security, and strategic studies. His hobby is learning foreign languages, and new random things every day. Miguel is originally from Los Mochis, Sinaloa.