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Board of Directors

The MSU has four student leaders spearheading the operations and strategic vision of the organization. The President and three Vice-Presidents lead a team of paid and volunteer staff to accomplish goals within their one-year term. The President is elected at-large by the student body each January, and the Vice-Presidents (Administration), (Finance) and (Education) are elected by the Student Representative Assembly (SRA) in April. Any full-time undergraduate student (enrolled in 18 or more units) is eligible to run for a position on the Board of Directors.

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Jovan Popovic


Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23885

Jovan Popovic is a fifth year Commerce student, born and raised in Hamilton. A well traveled person, Jovan has been to over 30 countries and holds citizenship in Canada, Serbia and Croatia. He’s held campus roles inside the Silhouette and CFMU 93.3FM, as well as serving as co-president of the McMaster Sports Community. He’s been a journalist for more than a decade, between his own website and as sports editor of the Silhouette.

As a huge baseball fan, Jovan has interned at True Gravity Baseball over the last year, while also founding his own sports memorabilia company, coordinating autograph signings with Major League Baseball players. His personal baseball exploits include international play with the Serbian national team, before injury ended his playing career. He’s pivoted to working in the industry, attempting to follow in the footsteps of former McMaster student,  Alex Anthopoulos, current GM of the Atlanta Braves and former GM of the Toronto Blue Jays.

On campus, Jovan’s agenda includes the fostering of more community and belonging. His overarching goal as MSU president is to continue the post-pandemic recovery of campus life, and enhance student engagement and the student experience on campus.

Adam F. El-Kadi

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23250

Adam recently graduated from the Bachelor of Health Sciences program with a Child Health Specialization. Throughout his undergraduate years, Adam occupied himself with work in health and healthcare, focusing on ways to make positive change. His academic interests lie mainly in cardiology and preventative care. As the co-founder and former president of Lorax, an MSU Club, Adam worked to bring the McMaster student community together to take steps towards sustainable action.

In his free time, Adam is an avid supporter of Arsenal Football Club and enjoys watching all English Premier League weekend fixtures. He also loves getting competitive with friends, playing soccer on Sundays, as well as managing fantasy teams. Further, he likes reading fiction and non-fiction literature, with specific interest in Ancient and Arabic works.

Adam hopes to continue to build on the success of his predecessors, while supporting the many student leaders and part-time managers who oversee the MSU’s array of student life enhancement and peer support services.

Abigail Samuels
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 24017

Abigail (Abby) was born in Kingston, Jamaica and immigrated to Canada with her family as a toddler. Growing up in Brampton, Ontario Abby attributes her love of community and cultural diversity to her adolescence. Entering her fourth year of Life Sciences with a double minor in Psychology and Social Policy, Social Problems and the Law, Abby’s first point of entry into the McMaster community was with the Black Aspiring Physicians of McMaster (BAP-MAC). Working her way up to the position of Vice-President, BAP-MAC was integral to strengthening the size and strength of the black pre-medical community as well as her personal development. Emerging from the pandemic, Abby joined a variety of MSU services and clubs, earning her the nickname of “Miss Marauder” from loved ones.

Abby is excited to continue the work of her predecessors as campus life returns to its former glory, as well as continuing an emphasis accessibility and equity such that McMaster students can enjoy their university experience to the fullest extent. She is a firm believer in intersectional and culturally relevant operating policies, where leadership practices and advocacy points consider systemic barriers and inequalities. Abby is eager to work with identity-based services to amplify their voices and experiences for the benefit of all students.

In her free time, Abby does professional photography & owns an Afrocentric beaded jewelry company. Through the influence of those closest to her, Abby has a growing interest in art and anthropology. She welcomes any suggestions of art exhibits or museums to visit. With her remaining free time, Abby works hard to defend Apple Music against Spotify users, and hopes to convince the world that milk should go into the bowl before the cereal is added.

Sefa Otchere
Phone: 905.525.9140 x24109

Sefa is an Economics graduate and recent McMaster men’s basketball team alumnus. He has been involved in leadership roles within McMaster’s athletic and recreation community for several years. Sefa served as a member of the executive leadership group inside the David Braley Athletic Centre, was co-president of the Black Student-Athlete Council, and collaborated on numerous events with the Black Student Success Centre and MSU Clubs.

Apart from his academic and athletic pursuits, Sefa also finds joy in his hobbies, such as listening to and creating music, drawing, participating in rec sports, and going to the gym. One of his favourite aspects of life at McMaster is embarking on unique adventures with friends, exploring Hamilton, and discovering new experiences.

Looking forward, Sefa is enthusiastic about carrying on in the steps of his predecessors, while fostering a more vibrant McMaster community. Drawing on his involvement with the MSU Clubs system and collaborations with the athletic community, he aims to maximize activity and engagement amongst students, because everyone at McMaster deserves to find something they enjoy.