executive committee


Isabella Lenihan-Ikin

Isabella is in her third year of a conjoint degree in Law and Biomedical Science at Victoria University of Wellington. She is currently the Academic Vice President at the Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association. She has been involved in the New Zealand Centre for Global Studies, Generation Zero and attended COP22 in Marrakech, Morrocco in 2016 as a member of the New Zealand Youth Delegation. 


Isobel pepper

Isobel is a third year Law and Accounting student at Victoria University of Wellington. Isobel is the Deputy Executive Director of Commonwealth Youth New Zealand. She has also been involved with yLead, an Australasian student leadership organisation, and was recently appointed to the US–NZ Youth Council as well as selected as a consultant for Ignite Consulting. Last year, she organised a discussion panel on gender equity in the workforce and is also an alumni of the 33Sixty Singapore.


Peter McKenzie

Peter has long been a passionate advocate of civic issues and a youth community leader. He was the Head Prefect and Dux of his high school in 2016; Youth MP for Hon Annette King; and Captain of the New Zealand Schools Debating Team. He is studying a conjoint degree in Law and Arts, majoring in Politics and minoring in Mandarin, and focusing on the work Active Citizenship Aotearoa is doing to address the fundamental issues regarding civic education in our society.


Sedef Duder-Özyurt

Sedef is in her second year of a conjoint degree in Law and Science,  majoring in Psychology and a minoring in Environmental Science. During her time as Head Prefect of Auckland Girls’ Grammar she was involved with Rock Enrol’s 2014 campaign to enrol newly eligible voters at her school for the general election. Sedef believes strongly in the responsibility that we have to ensure young people, particularly young women, are engaged in and receive civics education. 


Victoria Rhodes-Carlin

Victoria is in her second year of a Law and Arts degree. Her passion for environmental issues and youth development is evident in her participation and leadership in several organisations. She was on the organising committee for the Aotearoa Youth Declaration 2017, and was a delegate to The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN)  in 2016. She has previously worked for Housing New Zealand Corporation. 


Raven Maeder

Raven is in her second year of a Law and Environmental Studies conjoint degree. She is passionate about social justice and protecting the environment. While at high school, she founded the Nelson Youth Climate Action Group and in 2016 travelled to the Sub-Antartic Islands with the Sir Peter Blake Trust. She is currently a member of the UNESCO NZ Youth Reference Group and is the Campaigns Officer at the Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association, VUWSA.