Collegiate Internationals

Christo Thomas

Principal & Co-Founder


Mr. Christo Thomas, has a Masters Urban Affairs. As an activist and advocate on student and youth issues, he has had a hand in creating proposals and policies for the New York City Council and the United Nations. Currently, he is serving as the Founder and Chairman of a leading student advocacy organization in New York City, the Collegiate Congress. His talent is understanding socio-political issues and developing solutions that combine activism with education. He is the creator of International Day of Education and a diplomatic academic program in the United Nations, conducted by United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). His proposals for an MTA discount for college students and Youth Activism are ongoing.

Diana Baus

Executive Director


Diana graduated with the Master’s degree in International Studies focusing on International Macroeconomics at the Graduate Center of City University of New York. She joined Collegiate Internationals on 2017 as the Director of New York. She helps build and establishment the organization in New York City campuses, UN and UN agencies. She has demonstrated her excellence in building an international students’ community in New York. Her language skills; English, Russian and French, gives the edge in communicating with the international community and understanding their needs. As an organizer, she contributed in making this an international organization.

Erica Mumford

Paris Director

(United States)

Erica Mumford is a master’s student in International Security at the Paris School of International Studies at Sciences Po, specializing in the Middle East and Global Risk. Her area of interest is nuclear and conventional weapons disarmament and illicit markets. She worked for a year as a Youth Ambassador for the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) , a NGO focusing on the proliferation of weapons, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. At Adelphi University in New York she completed a B.A. in international Studies and Music. Her involvement with Collegiate Internationals began after she completed the UNITAR program in International Relations and Global Diplomacy in Spring, 2018.

Amanda Amaral

New York Director


Amanda is an international student from Brazil pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Economics, International Political Economy and Communications at Fordham University in New York City. In Brazil, she worked at the World Health Organization's Virtual Health Library (BIREME/PAHO/WHO) in Sao Paulo to increase the library's accessibility and efficiency as well as assist in the analysis of usage statistics. At Fordham, she is a liaison for international students and has lead the creation of Fordham’s own International Students Society. She also held the role of Model UN vice-president, a simulation of the United Nations to teach students about diplomacy and the UN System. Amanda does research on SDGs for the Foundation in Support of the UN and is now a conference director and youth ambassador for the NGO at Fordham University where she has a proposal to educate students on the Sustainable Development Goals. She has recently completed the United Nations’ Training and Research Institute’s Diplomatic Training Program (UNITAR) and joined Collegiate Congress and Collegiate Internationals to lobby for the education of students around the world on the UN and SDGs, and continue advocating for International Students in New York.

Qudratullah Yousufi

Program Coordinator, UNITAR -CC


Mr. Qudratullah Yousufi, has a Master’s degree in Political Science. He has expertise is in non-profit and international organizations. Recently, he spent time working as human rights officer in United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan. Currently, he works as Admin Assistant for M.A. program (Data Analytics & Applied Social Research) at Queens College, CUNY. He is fluent in Dari/Persian, English and Urdu languages and has basic knowledge of Pashto and Punjabi. He coordinates Collegiate Congress’ partnership program with UNITAR at the UN Headquarters.

Muhammad Dalhatu

Executive Coordinator


Mr. Muhammad Dalhatu, is an immigrant from Nigeria. He has an innate desire to travel the world, understand people and experience the different cultures. This in part is the reason he advocates for the rights of marginalized people. Further, he hopes to provide educational opportunities for the future generation while building leaders of global citizens. His current hobbies include reading Charles Bukowski and exploring New York City.

Lin Kong

Research Lead


Ms. Lin Kong was born and raised in mainland China, and immigrated to the USA. Her main topic of interest is the Middle East. She became an e- board member of the Turkish Cultural Association in college, and later pursued a study abroad program in Turkey. Later, she was invited to become an ambassador of a study abroad program. In order to pursue her interests, she ran for an e-board position, and was later elected president, in an international studies club. Joining Colligate international, she uses her skills in researching and preparation for diplomatic programs and events with her teammates. Her experience comes from her interest of travelling around the world. In the last year, she has visited 20 different countries, making her the most travelled person on the team.

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