Briggs Hall Residential Support Team
Farid Samadifar - College Head, Briggs Hall
Farid moved to Australia to complete his masters at Monash University in 2006. Having a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering, Farid has decided to start a new path in education: Business! And has completed 2 masters in International Business and Business Law.
During his time at Monash University as a student, Farid has been involved in different aspects of University life. He was with Monash Postgraduate Association as the Caulfield Campus Representative in 2007 and 2008, Graduate School of Business as the Orientation Program Coordinator in 2008, a Mentor to new International Students with International Student Support Unit in 2007, 2008, and 2009. He has done all these voluntary activities to get the taste of different cultures.
Farid also has been part of Monash Residential Services family since 2009, when he joined as the Residential Support Assistant of International Mews at Caulfield Campus.
In 2018, he returned to Briggs Hall and commenced his role as the College Head of Briggs Hall.
With his Residential Support Team, Farid is excited to be a part of such a friendly and inclusive community and hopes to meet with you all soon!
Minto Felix - Deputy College Head, Briggs Hall
Hey everyone, my name is Minto and I am so excited to be a part of the Briggs community! I'm really passionate about young people from all walks of life being able to realise their fullest potential, and it is so wonderful that it is this mission I get to work on everyday with you all here at Briggs.
Outside of this role, I work at Monash University in a dual role, coordinating mental health programs for students and staff, and executing priority projects within Monash Residential Services. I've also recently initiated a national advocacy campaign, Australians for Mental Health, which work towards improving mental health care in our country, and write on these issues in mainstream media. Beyond all this though, I love a good boogie to great music, and am obsessed with political affairs and pop culture, both in equal measure. Can't wait to get to know you all throughout the year!
Ash Chatfield - Residential Support Assistant, Briggs Hall
Hello everyone! My name is Ash; I am a Melbourne-born psychology student, who moved to Monash in 2014, from the town of Sunbury. I was a Residential Advisor at Richardson Hall in 2015 and 2016, and I am super excited to now be the Residential Support Assistant at Briggs Hall.
I am the oldest of 4, and come from a big family so I love being around people, and I also enjoy playing team sports like basketball and netball. I work part time at Priceline Pharmacy and am also a very avid reader.
I have a passion for working with people, providing support and encouraging health and wellbeing. I am looking to continue studying psychology to become a qualified clinical psychologist, whilst also indulging my crafty side, creating art and jewellery in my spare time.
After living on campus for three years, I am looking forward to this new experience of working with student leaders within the hall, helping to foster a positive and welcoming community. I am also eager to help new residents with their transition into university life and aid them in making the most out of their MRS experience..
Ashton Chatfield - Residential Support Assistant, Briggs Hall
Ash is a Melbourne-born psychology student, who moved to Monash in 2014 from the town of Sunbury, and is the Residential Support Assistant at Briggs Hall.
As the eldest of 4 siblings, Ash loves being around people and playing team sports, like basketball and netball. She works part time at Priceline Pharmacy and is an avid reader. She has a passion for working with people, providing support and encouraging health and wellbeing. Ash is looking to continue studying psychology to become a qualified clinical psychologist, whilst also indulging her crafty side, creating art and jewellery in my spare time.
Ash has lived on campus for four years and is looking forward to working with student leaders within the hall, helping to foster a positive and welcoming community. She is also eager to help new residents with their transition into university life and aid them in making the most out of their MRS experience.
Rishav Chakraborty - Resident Advisor, Briggs Hall
Rishav moved to Melbourne in 2016 from Gurgaon, a small city right next to New Delhi, the capital of India. Currently, he is in the second year of his Bachelor of Business, majoring in Economics with a minor in Business information systems, and hopes one day to study International business along with a Bachelor of Banking and Finance.
Rishav is often found playing pool in the games room, jogging in the field or in the gym, and would be more than happy if you joined him.
Rishav is looking forward to contributing to the Briggs community through his rich experience as an international student and is excited to be a part of such a friendly and inclusive community! Rishav is always happy to answer any questions and help with any challenges you might have!
Alexis Chua - Resident Advisor, Briggs Hall
Alexis was born and raised in Singapore and is currently in her fourth year studying Bachelor of Radiography and Medical Imaging. She has really enjoyed living in Briggs for the past 3 years, and can’t wait to be part of your amazing Briggs journey too!
Alexis loves all things food, and enjoys cooking and baking in her free time. Procrastination is her middle name so feel free to approach her anytime if you have any questions, or simply want someone to hang with!
Andrew Greville - Resident Advisor, Briggs Hall
Andrew is from Mildura, a regional city in the far north-western corner of Victoria. Last year he finished a Bachelor of Science, majoring in mathematics, and is now doing a master’s degree in teaching. Andrew has a keen interest in sports, particularly soccer and futsal, and loves to keep fit.
Prior to living at Briggs, he spent his first 3 years at University living at Mannix College, which was an awesome experience. Andrew is looking forward to working with this year’s residential team and being a part of the vibrant Briggs community in 2018.
Zu Ishak - Resident Advisor, Briggs Hall
This is Dk. Siti Zulaikha Pg Hj Ishak, but you can just call her Zu! She is 23, from Brunei Darussalam and currently in her second year of a Master of Environment and Sustainability, which is her life’s passion.
When she's not drowning under a mountain of assignments, she is either up a tree metres from a hiking trail, scuba diving in Mornington, dancing her shoes off in a salsa class or delivering talks to the UNEP. Growing up in a family of five brothers, her life revolves around unconditional love and taking care of each other. Majority of the time, this is translated into cooking. Zu is a food columnist for an online news site where she shares traditional recipes. There are few things in life that gives her greater pleasure than filling people’s tummy with warmth and love.
Zu's aspirations in life are to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt Everest, scuba dive in Iceland, explore the entirety of the Amazon Basin, and to live and love meaningfully.
Par Jamfa - Resident Advisor, Briggs Hall
Par is a 3rd year Biomedical student from Bangkok, Thailand. While Par has been studying abroad since the age of 7, this will be her second year of calling Briggs home.
She loves watching movies, listening to music and going to the gym. Feel free to join her if you enjoy these things too! She is very excited for 2018 and looks forward to sharing with you the many fun and memorable experiences Briggs has to offer. Par hopes to meet and get to know you all soon!!
Rumali Kularatne - Resident Advisor, Briggs Hall
Rumali is a proud Sri Lankan who grew up in the U.A.E (Dubai) and moved here to Melbourne in 2016. She is a 3rd year Bachelor of Arts student, majoring in Media & Communications, and a full time foodie who procrastinates by cooking.
Rumali enjoys the thrill of new experiences, exploring places and cuisines. She absolutely loves watching and re-watching Grey’s Anatomy. Rumali spends most of her time in Briggs Hall, so if you ever need a friend for chats, gym, a quick shopping trip or to watch TV shows - feel free to knock on her door!
Living in Briggs Hall has been a highlight of Rumali's University experience so far and she is excited to be a part of a team dedicated to making this place a warm and welcoming home for all of you.
Emily Lei - Resident Advisor, Briggs Hall
Emily is from Hong Kong and in her third year studying Bachelor of Business and Arts, majoring in management and psychology! This is also her 3rd year living in MRS and 2nd year as an RA. As a photography enthusiast, Emily will be around with her camera lots so don’t be shy, strike a pose and photobomb away! Emily loves puns and musicals, so if you love them as much as she does, you'll automatically be best friends!
Emily is always up for a chat and loves meeting new people so go say hi if you see her around!
Sonia Lourdes - Resident Advisor, Briggs Hall
This will be Sonia's third year living at Briggs! She has just completed her undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry & Psychology) and will be commencing Honours in Biochemistry in 2018.
Sonia was born and bred in Malaysia, moving to Melbourne 2 years ago. She loves everything about Melbourne – the lifestyle, society, festivals, beaches and BRUNCHES! She absolutely enjoys brunching and shopping so hit her up if you ever need a brunch buddy, someone to crawl the mall with, or just someone to talk to.
In the coming year, Sonia hopes to be able to contribute to the amazing community at Briggs, as it is after all, a home away from home.
Vince Luzuriaga - Resident Advisor, Briggs Hall
Vince is currently in his fourth year studying a double degree in Biomedical Science and Science. He was born in the Philippines but grew up here in Shepparton. This will be his second year as a resident at Briggs Hall and he is going to be your Central Sports RA for 2018. He loves a good game of basketball and a good burger and is very
excited to organise a number of sporting events for all residents.
So don’t hesitate to go to him for any suggestions for sports for the entire hall to get involved in!
Kelly Machin - Resident Advisor, Briggs Hall
Kelly is from a tiny little town on the Mornington Peninsula and is a third year Arts student majoring in Indigenous studies which is something she is extremely passionate about.
If Kelly is not at Briggs she is probably at the beach, or amongst nature! She loves travelling, sport, eating and company, as well as, talking environmental and human rights politics!! She is so excited to be part of what she thinks is going to be an amazing year in Briggs in 2018!
Kelly hopes she can make you feel as welcome and at home as she feels in Briggs. Her door is always open for a chat or a cup of tea!
Lyndall Neate - Resident Advisor, Briggs Hall
Lyndall grew up in tropical Darwin, a small city at the top of Australia, before moving to Monash and Briggs in 2017 to start a double degree, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science.
She is majoring in ecology and conservation biology, and German because she is passionate about the environment and loves learning about other cultures and languages. Lyndall's other interests include watching rugby league, playing soccer and baking, so if you can’t find her in her room she’ll most likely be in the wing kitchen or out on the field.
Yohanna Ratwatte - Resident Advisor, Briggs Hall
Yohanna is a 20 year old in her third and final year at Monash. She is studying criminology and human behaviour, and absolutely loves it!
Yohanna is from Sri lanka, a little beautiful paradise Island. Hobbies? She likes to box and is a basketball player. Yohanna also loves anything to do with nature: the beach, hiking, food. She also likes photography. Her friends are lucky to have her as a friend as they always get good pictures.
Yohanna is very easy going, easy to talk to and always up to help!
Jacqui Seiffert - Resident Advisor, Briggs Hall
Jacqui is originally from Geelong and has loved living in Briggs hall for the past two years. She is currently in her final year of Biomedical Science with plans to go onto Medicine.
Jacqui loves all things science, good food and coffee, watching endless amounts of Netflix, playing sport and catching up with friends!
2018 at Briggs promises to be another fun, vibrant and exciting year, and Jacqui can't wait to meet everyone joining our hall! Her door is always open, so come say hi and stay for a chat!
Andrew Wilson - Resident Advisor, Briggs Hall
Andrew moved to Melbourne from his hometown in Brisbane in 2017. Graduating from a Bachelor of Science from the Queensland University of Technology in 2016; he is now completing a Master of Banking and Finance and working in corporate advisory.
Passionate about meeting new people and physical well-being Andrew enjoys running, gym, soccer and can be caught at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club on Saturdays. Favourite artists include Kendrick Lamar, Sampha, FKJ, Masego and local Australian bands.
From leading a university society, directing a business or spearheading a bar crawl Andrew has held a range of experiences and hopes to extend this into his new role as Resident Advisor for Briggs Hall. If you ever want to hang feel free to contact him!