Meet the Mayors

Corry Village: Iwan Molgo (Email:


Iwan and his family came to Gainesville, FL. in 2009. He has a B.Sc. in Agriculture from the Anton de Kom University of Suriname and received an M.Sc. in Botany at UF in 2011.
He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Biology Department and became a resident at UF Graduate Family Housing (GFH) in 2011. He and his family enjoy living in GFH especially interacting with the diverse and multicultural student community in the different housing villages. As the current mayor, he is excited to work with the Corry residents to provide creative and relevant programming that serves the needs and interests of the village..

Tanglewood Village: Emmanuel Akande (Email:


You are welcome to Mayor’s Council webpage. I am Emmanuel Akande I hailed from South Western part of Nigeria. I obtained, in 2007, my bachelors in Economics from University of Lagos, Nigeria. I came to United States in 2010 to start my Ph.D program in the same field of study and in 2012, I obtained my Master’s degree in Economics. I relocated to Gainesville in 2013 to continue my studies and in 2015, I finally got my credit hours transferred from FSU to University of Florida, Food and Resource Economics department. I have always wanted to serve the communities by playing some leadership roles or taking responsibilities, even when it’s not convenient to do so. I consider my position as the Mayor of Tanglewood Village as way to get involve and give back to the community that has given so much to my family and me. Because together we all can do our best to make our community a better place therefore, as an illustrious and loyal and humble gator student, I will contribute my quota to make graduate and family housing, Tanglewood in particular, unapologetically better and habitable place for new and returning students. Fishing, Soccer and hanging out with friends are my hobbies.

Diamond Village: Mohamed Gadou (Email:

Mohamed and his family came to Gainesville, FL in 2013. He is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering at the University of Florida. He got his M.Sc. in Engineering Mathematics and B.Sc. in Computer Systems & Engineering, both from Alexandria University, Egypt. He enjoys engaging with other cultures and learning from them. He enjoys being a member of Graduate and Family housing (GFH) which is the main reason he applied to be Diamond mayor so he can help in maintaining GFH an awesome place for its residents.

Maguire: Aravinda Munasinghe (Email:

Hi, I am Aravinda and I am the mayor of Maguire village. I did my B.Sc. in computational chemistry from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Florida. I joined UF in fall 2015 and since then living at Maguire village. I enjoy living in this wonderful campus. I chose to live at graduate family housing because I enjoy meeting people from all around the world and I like to learn about different cultures. I am a proud gator and I really enjoy doing my part to the gator society. Therefore, being the mayor of Maguire village, I try to help my fellow gators to enjoy the swamp life!

University Village South: Harneet Arora (Email:


Hi, I am Harneet and many of the residents know me by my nickname – Neeti. I am the mayor of University Village South. I have finished my Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from India. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Florida, which I started in Fall 2013. I enjoy traveling and meeting people of different cultures. I am enjoying my stay in Graduate and Family housing, as it gives me an opportunity to meet people of different cultures and learn about their cultures. With my Mayor position, I am looking forward to give back to the community and help them to enjoy their stay in the housing.