Jessica is a third-year student at the University of Toronto double majoring in International Relations and English, and minoring in Philosophy. She attended high school at Concordia International School Shanghai in China where she was heavily involved with the international Model United Nations circuit, attending and organizing conferences across the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. In university, Jessica continues to be active in the collegiate Model UN community, previously serving as the Deputy Secretary General of Academics for NAMUN 2017. She hopes to pursue graduate studies with a concentration in East Asia following her undergraduate degree at U of T.
Bamdad is a fourth-year student, pursuing a double major in Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies and Political Science, with a minor in Human Geography. Bamdad has been involved with NAMUN for three years, serving a variety of different positions. This year he will be one of the Senior Advisors, where he acts as a chief assistant, advisor, and representative of the Secretary-General. He aims to improve the organization's visibility and brand in the University of Toronto community, to ensure the best possible conference. Bamdad hopes to one day obtain an LLM in International Humanitarian Law. His hobbies include going out with friends, long-distance running and keeping up with international affairs. His favorite pastime, however, is consuming food and watching cult classics.
Brittany has been involved in NAMUN for three years, as a Moderator, Director General, and now as a Senior Advisor. Academically, Brittany is in her fifth-year pursuing a major in Political Science and minors in U.S. Studies and Writing & Rhetoric. Outside of NAMUN and U of T, Brittany is a Project Analyst within CIBC's HR Shared Services Project Management Office where she is supporting strategic, multi-year projects. After graduation this May, she hopes to combine her professional experience in Project Management with her passion for International Relations and Politics by working on International development projects.
Deputy Secretary General, Academics
Nickolas is currently in his third year at the University of Toronto, Specializing in Political Science and Minoring in Latin American Studies. In his third year at NAMUN, Nickolas will be serving as Deputy Secretary General, Academics and will be looking forward to another successful conference.
In addition, Nickolas acts as the Vice President Student Organizations of the Victoria University Students’ Administrative Council, and hopes to further explore his opportunities for his final year and beyond in the coming months. On his spare months, he continues to practice his Russian writing and readings skills and travels abroad when possible.
Deputy Secretary General, Operations
Ailin Li is a third-year student pursuing a double major in Psychology and Sociocultural Linguistic Anthropology. She is the Deputy Secretary General, Operations for NAMUN 2018. In her role, Ailin coordinates with our venues for the conference, orders NAMUN’s supplies, and ensures smooth logistical functioning during the conference. Outside of NAMUN, Ailin is the President of the Amnesty International U of T chapter. She is also a Research Assistant at the Asian Pathways Research Lab, part of the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs, where she is conducting qualitative research on the mother-daughter relationships between Chinese-Canadian immigrants.
Director General of External Affairs
Sayeh is in her second year, studying Peace, Conflict, and Justice, and English, with a minor in French. As Director General of External Affairs, she overlooks the registration process and delegate correspondence. Sayeh is passionate about global affairs and social justice and hopes to pursue a career in investigative journalism or diplomacy. In her spare time, Sayeh is an avid soccer fan and loves hiking (especially in Newfoundland).
Director of Crisis Committees
Alec King is a fourth year International Relations and Economics student. He is very interested in global security issues, particularly counterinsurgencies and hybrid warfare, and is extremely passionate about conflict prevention and resolution. When not doing schoolwork or NAMUN (a rare occurrence indeed) he can be found playing boardgames or reading Terry Pratchet. Alec is very excited to be running NAMUN’s integrated and joint crises this year, and to seeing how delegates respond to the challenges they will face therein.
Director of Specialized Agencies
Ines is going into her third (and final) year at the University of Toronto and pursuing a double Major in Neuroscience and Nutritional Sciences. As Director of Specialized Agencies, she is in charge of the coordination of committees and her wonderful crisis staff. In addition to this, she has worked very hard to reintroduce a Francophone committee this year, covering a topic dear to her: The Algerian War of Independence. With respect to her education, she is very passionate about Nutritional Neuroscience, and would love to take part in research at a Master’s degree level before applying to Medical School.
Ines enjoys a broad spectrum of music and books, lives off of Jimmy’s double Americanos (semester lifeline!), and lots of cardio. She also can and will keep up a conversation about the misrepresentation of Arab food in Toronto.
Director of General Assemblies
Hunter is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in International Relations and Economics. As Director of General Assemblies, he is responsible for leading the planning process for the academic content, training and supporting the staff, and overseeing the preparation of background guides in his department. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and is employed by the University of Toronto’s John P. Robarts Library. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school and eventually pursue a career in the international civil service.
Co-Director of Procedures & Training
Henry is in his fourth year at U of T pursuing a double major in Peace, Conflict, and Justice Studies, and History; and a minor in Political Science. As co-Director of Procedures and Training, Henry’s role consists of writing and rewriting the Rules of Procedures and training the Moderators and Chairs in the Rules of Procedure.
Following graduation, he intends to move to Switzerland for at least a year as well as learn French. After that, who knows? Graduate school in the United Kingdom or France, a position in a Conflict Resolution related NGO, or officer training school in Canada are some of the options Henry is considering.
In his free time, Henry enjoys watching or playing soccer, reading historical fiction, playing Overwatch or long walks on the beach.
Co-Director of Procedures & Training
Crystal is in her second year at UofT studying International Relations and Human Biology with a minor in Economics. She intends to keep her options open for graduate school, but is on a tentative path towards law school. For her second year with NAMUN, Crystal serves as Co-Director of Procedures and Training. She and her partner aim to reform procedure, and also train the best moderators possible. Apart from NAMUN, she is active in UTPLS and mooting, and tutors part-time. Crystal loves to explore Netflix in the free time she can get, and to enjoy all types of food - the greatest pleasure in life.
Director of Corporate Relations
Nida Islam is in her fourth year of study, completing a specialization in Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies. As the Director of Corporate Relations for NAMUN, Nida and her Corporate Relations team are responsible for forming meaningful relationships with partner organizations and hosting the NAMUN 2018 conference socials. Nida will also be chairing the 13th Annual Peace, Conflict and Justice Conference, on the topic of resistance through art, this year, and is actively involved with the UofT chapter of Human Rights Watch. In her spare time, Nida can be found with a cup of tea, re-watching Harry Potter.
Director of Branding & Design
Rhea is a fourth year student pursuing a double major in International Relations and Criminology & Socio-legal Studies, with a minor in Psychology. This is her third year with NAMUN, and she is thrilled to return as the Director of Branding & Design. Prior to university, she attended high school at the American International School of Cape Town, where she was heavily involved with Model UN, participating in conferences in South Africa, England, and Russia.
Outside of her academic pursuits at the University of Toronto, Rhea is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the Citizens Foundation – UofT. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, travelling, photography, and emphasizing that Africa is not a country.
Editor in Chief of the Emissary
Natasha is currently in her fourth year studying Political Science and Philosophy. This is her second year in the role of Editor in Chief of the Emissary and she hopes to expand the scope and outreach of NAMUN’s online platform this year. Apart from NAMUN, Natasha is also involved with the Citizens Foundation – University of Toronto as Co-Founder and President of the club.
In her free time, you can find Natasha sipping on tea and re-watching one of her many favourite sitcoms, most likely being Friends.
After finishing off university, she hopes to pursue a career in the field of journalism or public relations and make enough money to travel as much as her heart desires.
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