The Secretariat

 
  Year:  4th  Program:  International Relations and Peace, Conflict and Justice Major, Psychology Minor  Hometown:  Markham, Canada  Favourite Spot in Toronto:  Kensington Market  Molly is incredibly excited to be serving as Secretary General for NAMUN 2019 alongside her fellow Secretariat members. As Secretary General, Molly is responsible for all preparations leading up to the conference and coordinating all academic, operations and external branch activities. She aims to improve the efficiency of the organization whilst preserving its delegated oriented and academically rigorous brand. When not busy responding to emails and attending meetings, Molly can be found discussing food, researching new food places to try and consuming food with friends. She also serves as finance director on the board of a U of T based charity and acts as a mentor for various academic student unions. Molly is looking forward to meeting everyone at NAMUN 2019 and listening in on all the wonderful discussion that are sure to happen!

Year: 4th
Program: International Relations and Peace, Conflict and Justice Major, Psychology Minor
Hometown: Markham, Canada
Favourite Spot in Toronto: Kensington Market

Molly is incredibly excited to be serving as Secretary General for NAMUN 2019 alongside her fellow Secretariat members. As Secretary General, Molly is responsible for all preparations leading up to the conference and coordinating all academic, operations and external branch activities. She aims to improve the efficiency of the organization whilst preserving its delegated oriented and academically rigorous brand. When not busy responding to emails and attending meetings, Molly can be found discussing food, researching new food places to try and consuming food with friends. She also serves as finance director on the board of a U of T based charity and acts as a mentor for various academic student unions. Molly is looking forward to meeting everyone at NAMUN 2019 and listening in on all the wonderful discussion that are sure to happen!

Molly Cong
SECRETARY-GENERAL
molly.cong@namun.org

 
  Year:  4th  Program:  International Relations and English Major, History Minor  Hometown:  Shanghai, China  Favourite Spot in Toronto:  Queen West and Ossington area  Jessica 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 and Secretary-General for NAMUN 2018. This year she is excited to return as NAMUN 2019’s Senior Advisor, and looks forward to the presentation of the hard work of NAMUN’s staffers to the delegates at the conference next February.

Year: 4th
Program: International Relations and English Major, History Minor
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Favourite Spot in Toronto: Queen West and Ossington area

Jessica 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 and Secretary-General for NAMUN 2018. This year she is excited to return as NAMUN 2019’s Senior Advisor, and looks forward to the presentation of the hard work of NAMUN’s staffers to the delegates at the conference next February.

Jessica Yu
SENIOR ADVISOR
jessica.yu@namun.org

  Year:  2nd  Program:  Actuarial Science and Economics Major, French Minor  Hometown:  Born in Mombasa, Kenya; Raised in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania   Favourite Spot in Toronto:  The jellyfish section at Ripley’s Aquarium  Harsh will be leading and coordinating with the Academic Branch to oversee the hiring and training of all staff. Another integral part of his role is to assist in the creation and distribution of all necessary and up-to-date materials to Delegates leading up to the Conference. Harsh aims to create a welcoming environment within the Academic branch whilst also maintaining the Academic vigour and values NAMUN has to offer. With his past international experience, he will bring dynamism and drive for NAMUN 2019. When not busy with NAMUN or studying, Harsh works as a Peer Mentor to first year students pursuing Actuarial Science. He is also learning how to Fence (En Garde!), and enjoys playing Badminton, watching soccer, learning new languages (he took a Sanskrit class last year!) and taking on adventure sports such as Scuba Diving and Paragliding. Harsh is most excited to see all the planning for the Academic Branch for NAMUN 2019 unfold and is looking forward to interacting and working with Delegates, Staff and Teacher Advisors.

Year: 2nd
Program: Actuarial Science and Economics Major, French Minor
Hometown: Born in Mombasa, Kenya; Raised in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Favourite Spot in Toronto: The jellyfish section at Ripley’s Aquarium

Harsh will be leading and coordinating with the Academic Branch to oversee the hiring and training of all staff. Another integral part of his role is to assist in the creation and distribution of all necessary and up-to-date materials to Delegates leading up to the Conference. Harsh aims to create a welcoming environment within the Academic branch whilst also maintaining the Academic vigour and values NAMUN has to offer. With his past international experience, he will bring dynamism and drive for NAMUN 2019. When not busy with NAMUN or studying, Harsh works as a Peer Mentor to first year students pursuing Actuarial Science. He is also learning how to Fence (En Garde!), and enjoys playing Badminton, watching soccer, learning new languages (he took a Sanskrit class last year!) and taking on adventure sports such as Scuba Diving and Paragliding. Harsh is most excited to see all the planning for the Academic Branch for NAMUN 2019 unfold and is looking forward to interacting and working with Delegates, Staff and Teacher Advisors.

Harsh Rughani
DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL, ACADEMICS
harsh.rughani@namun.org

  Year:  3rd  Program:  Political Science Specialist, Peace, Conflict & Justice Major, European Studies Minor  Hometown:  Għasri, Gozo (Malta)  Favourite Spot in Toronto:  St. Lawrence Market  Sophia ensures that all event planning results in an optimal experience for delegates attending the conference. She guarantees that the event caters for any needs the delegates may require at any given moment. In her spare time, Sophia enjoys reading books on a variety of topics. This year, Sophia is excited for the new changes that are coming to NAMUN 2019, as well as to meeting all the international delegates who are to attend the conference.

Year: 3rd
Program: Political Science Specialist, Peace, Conflict & Justice Major, European Studies Minor
Hometown: Għasri, Gozo (Malta)
Favourite Spot in Toronto: St. Lawrence Market

Sophia ensures that all event planning results in an optimal experience for delegates attending the conference. She guarantees that the event caters for any needs the delegates may require at any given moment. In her spare time, Sophia enjoys reading books on a variety of topics. This year, Sophia is excited for the new changes that are coming to NAMUN 2019, as well as to meeting all the international delegates who are to attend the conference.

Sophia Spiteri
DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL, OPERATIONS
sophia.spiteri@namun.org

  Year:  3rd  Program:  Management Stream in Rotman Commerce, Economics Minor  Hometown:  Toronto, Canada  Favourite Spot in Toronto:  Lakeshore (mainly the Eastbound Train)  Sarika is excited to foster and maintain relationships with all the delegations that will be attending our wonderful conference. When she's not responding to emails or sending invoices, she loves to sing. Sarika is a music teacher and singer who travels often to perform all over the world. As a commerce student, Sarika loves exploring the intersection of different cultures in the business world, and hopes to continue travelling as a part of her future career. Sarika can't wait to meet all the delegates and hopes that they all take advantage of the excitement, the arts, and the food that Toronto provides!

Year: 3rd
Program: Management Stream in Rotman Commerce, Economics Minor
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Favourite Spot in Toronto: Lakeshore (mainly the Eastbound Train)

Sarika is excited to foster and maintain relationships with all the delegations that will be attending our wonderful conference. When she's not responding to emails or sending invoices, she loves to sing. Sarika is a music teacher and singer who travels often to perform all over the world. As a commerce student, Sarika loves exploring the intersection of different cultures in the business world, and hopes to continue travelling as a part of her future career. Sarika can't wait to meet all the delegates and hopes that they all take advantage of the excitement, the arts, and the food that Toronto provides!

Sarika Navanathan
DIRECTOR GENERAL OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
sarika.navanathan@namun.org

  Year:  5th  Program:  English and Political Science Major  Hometown:  Winnipeg, Canada  Favourite Spot in Toronto:  Top of the hill at Riverdale Park East  Stephanie (aka Stevie) directly oversees the development of both America 2024: The Free World and the Sierra Leone Civil War committees. She balances a curiosity for intricate political systems with her love for the signature twists and shenanigans of crisis. Armed with five years of knowledge earned working for NAMUN's Crisis Branch and nearly a decade of public speaking experience, Stevie seeks to foster a close knit community among the crisis team that is equal parts academic and entertaining. Stevie's aptitude for problem solving and strategic-level analysis ensures that all parties involved get an equal share of resources and she excels at finding the middle ground in time sensitive or high stakes scenarios. Most of all, she is excited for delegates and staff to test the boundaries of mechanics and get away with clever plans. She looks forward to meeting all her delegates and is delighted to welcome staff, teachers and delegates to NAMUN 2019.

Year: 5th
Program: English and Political Science Major
Hometown: Winnipeg, Canada
Favourite Spot in Toronto: Top of the hill at Riverdale Park East

Stephanie (aka Stevie) directly oversees the development of both America 2024: The Free World and the Sierra Leone Civil War committees. She balances a curiosity for intricate political systems with her love for the signature twists and shenanigans of crisis. Armed with five years of knowledge earned working for NAMUN's Crisis Branch and nearly a decade of public speaking experience, Stevie seeks to foster a close knit community among the crisis team that is equal parts academic and entertaining. Stevie's aptitude for problem solving and strategic-level analysis ensures that all parties involved get an equal share of resources and she excels at finding the middle ground in time sensitive or high stakes scenarios. Most of all, she is excited for delegates and staff to test the boundaries of mechanics and get away with clever plans. She looks forward to meeting all her delegates and is delighted to welcome staff, teachers and delegates to NAMUN 2019.

Stephanie Stewart
DIRECTOR OF CRISIS COMMITTEES
stephanie.stewart@namun.org

  Year:  5th  Program:  European Studies and English Major, Spanish Minor  Hometown:  Green Bay, Winsconsin  Favourite Spot in Toronto:  Graham Library  Nathaniel is in charge of the various specialized agencies that NAMUN has to offer. After working his way up through the ranks - first as an analyst, then as a chair for NAMUN 2018's Ad Hoc - he is happy to be in charge of all of the specialized committees. Nathaniel is sure that the committees will be exciting, engaging, and the good kind of challenge for both delegates and staff. Nathaniel's hobbies include procrastinating on essays, spending time with a few close friends, and quoting "The Death of Stalin" even when nobody else understands. He is most excited to work with the amazing secretariat and help make NAMUN 2019 a great conference!

Year: 5th
Program: European Studies and English Major, Spanish Minor
Hometown: Green Bay, Winsconsin
Favourite Spot in Toronto: Graham Library

Nathaniel is in charge of the various specialized agencies that NAMUN has to offer. After working his way up through the ranks - first as an analyst, then as a chair for NAMUN 2018's Ad Hoc - he is happy to be in charge of all of the specialized committees. Nathaniel is sure that the committees will be exciting, engaging, and the good kind of challenge for both delegates and staff. Nathaniel's hobbies include procrastinating on essays, spending time with a few close friends, and quoting "The Death of Stalin" even when nobody else understands. He is most excited to work with the amazing secretariat and help make NAMUN 2019 a great conference!

Nathaniel Lapp
DIRECTOR OF SPECIALIZED AGENCIES
nathaniel.lapp@namun.org

  Year:  3rd  Program:  International Relations and Neuroscience Major, History Minor  Hometown:  Toronto, Ontario  Favourite Spot in Toronto:  High Park in the fall  Andrea is responsible for crafting the academic vision of her committees, collaborating with chairs and other staff members to further develop academic content, leading training sessions, and cultivating a strong community within the GA Branch. This year, Andrea is particularly excited about reintroducing a strong legal focus to the GA committee roster. Delegates will explore salient international legal issues in the Sixth Committee and address the intersection of transitional justice and human rights abuses in the Global Truth and Reconciliation Symposium. Aside from working on NAMUN, Andrea is a captain for the undergraduate pre-law mooting team, competitions director for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), and heavily involved in various mentorship programs on campus. Otherwise, Andrea can be found enjoying a good coffee and listening to alternative rock.

Year: 3rd
Program: International Relations and Neuroscience Major, History Minor
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Favourite Spot in Toronto: High Park in the fall

Andrea is responsible for crafting the academic vision of her committees, collaborating with chairs and other staff members to further develop academic content, leading training sessions, and cultivating a strong community within the GA Branch. This year, Andrea is particularly excited about reintroducing a strong legal focus to the GA committee roster. Delegates will explore salient international legal issues in the Sixth Committee and address the intersection of transitional justice and human rights abuses in the Global Truth and Reconciliation Symposium. Aside from working on NAMUN, Andrea is a captain for the undergraduate pre-law mooting team, competitions director for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), and heavily involved in various mentorship programs on campus. Otherwise, Andrea can be found enjoying a good coffee and listening to alternative rock.

Andrea Ho
DIRECTOR OF GENERAL ASSEMBLIES
andrea.ho@namun.org
 

  Year:  2nd  Program:  Finance and Economics Stream in Rotman Commerce  Hometown:  Rio Negrinho, Brazil  Favourite Spot in Toronto:  Humber Bay Arch  Fabiano believes that corporate relations is perhaps one of the worldliest affairs here at NAMUN. It involves developing the most meaningful sponsorships to support our conference, in addition to working hard to provide memorable socials for our delegates. In his spare time, Fabiano enjoys reading and cooking good food. He looks forward to hearing all about the creative developments in each committee.

Year: 2nd
Program: Finance and Economics Stream in Rotman Commerce
Hometown: Rio Negrinho, Brazil
Favourite Spot in Toronto: Humber Bay Arch

Fabiano believes that corporate relations is perhaps one of the worldliest affairs here at NAMUN. It involves developing the most meaningful sponsorships to support our conference, in addition to working hard to provide memorable socials for our delegates. In his spare time, Fabiano enjoys reading and cooking good food. He looks forward to hearing all about the creative developments in each committee.

Fabiano De Sà Filho
DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE RELATIONS
fabiano.desa@namun.org

  Year:  4th  Program:  Political Sciences and Environmental Studies Major, English Minor  Hometown:  Born in Cairo, Egypt; Raised in Abu Dhabi, UAE  Favourite Spot in Toronto:  High Park  Farida is responsible for overseeing the hiring and training of academic staff, particularly Moderators. Her responsibilities also include updating the Rules of Procedure and the Delegate Handbook. Her academic interests range from the dynamics of mass protest and social mobilization to the feasibility of urban sustainability practices to the geopolitical implications of climate change. Her hobbies include photography, yoga, and reading. This year, she seeks to create a community of Moderators who are confident in their expertise of parliamentary procedure and are prepared to run smooth and efficient committees. For NAMUN 2019, Farida is most excited to see all the working parts come together to form a productive, engaging, and memorable conference.

Year: 4th
Program: Political Sciences and Environmental Studies Major, English Minor
Hometown: Born in Cairo, Egypt; Raised in Abu Dhabi, UAE
Favourite Spot in Toronto: High Park

Farida is responsible for overseeing the hiring and training of academic staff, particularly Moderators. Her responsibilities also include updating the Rules of Procedure and the Delegate Handbook. Her academic interests range from the dynamics of mass protest and social mobilization to the feasibility of urban sustainability practices to the geopolitical implications of climate change. Her hobbies include photography, yoga, and reading. This year, she seeks to create a community of Moderators who are confident in their expertise of parliamentary procedure and are prepared to run smooth and efficient committees. For NAMUN 2019, Farida is most excited to see all the working parts come together to form a productive, engaging, and memorable conference.

Farida Rady
CO-DIRECTOR OF PROCEDURES AND TRAINING
farida.rady@namun.org

  Year:  4th  Program:  Political Science and Peace, Conflict and Justice Major, Near and Middle Eastern Studies Minor  Hometown:  Istanbul, Turkey  Favourite Spot in Toronto:  Starbucks  Semira oversees the training of moderators alongside her friend and Co-Director, Farida. This is Semira’s fourth year with NAMUN, and sixth year in MUN overall, so she has experience being a delegate, crisis analyst, moderator, chair, and now co-director of procedures. She got involved in MUN upon her ninth grade English teacher’s suggestion, and has not stopped being a part of it ever since. Her particular area of interest is in Middle Eastern politics, as she has spent over five years living in Middle East and North Africa. When she has free time (which is never), she plays with her three month old puppy, dreams about taking a walk in the park, and goes to pilates. This year Semira aims to create training sessions that are equal parts fun and productive, and wants to ensure that moderators feel comfortable enough to approach her with any questions or advice. She is looking forward to meeting new people, watching her moderators grow, and watching the Cyprus committee unfold, as it is close to her heart.

Year: 4th
Program: Political Science and Peace, Conflict and Justice Major, Near and Middle Eastern Studies Minor
Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
Favourite Spot in Toronto: Starbucks

Semira oversees the training of moderators alongside her friend and Co-Director, Farida. This is Semira’s fourth year with NAMUN, and sixth year in MUN overall, so she has experience being a delegate, crisis analyst, moderator, chair, and now co-director of procedures. She got involved in MUN upon her ninth grade English teacher’s suggestion, and has not stopped being a part of it ever since. Her particular area of interest is in Middle Eastern politics, as she has spent over five years living in Middle East and North Africa. When she has free time (which is never), she plays with her three month old puppy, dreams about taking a walk in the park, and goes to pilates. This year Semira aims to create training sessions that are equal parts fun and productive, and wants to ensure that moderators feel comfortable enough to approach her with any questions or advice. She is looking forward to meeting new people, watching her moderators grow, and watching the Cyprus committee unfold, as it is close to her heart.

Semira Duman
CO-DIRECTOR OF PROCEDURES AND TRAINING
semira.duman@namun.org

  Year:  3rd  Program:  Management Stream in Rotman Commerce, Economics Minor  Hometown:  Born in Lahore, Pakistan; Raised in Dubai, UAE  Favourite Spot in Toronto:  The Art Gallery of Ontario  Auj is responsible for bringing the branding vision of NAMUN 2019 to life. She manages the creative, visual aspects of NAMUN and the Emissary. Auj is also interested in visual arts, music and film. If you ever want to talk about art or need a Netflix recommendation, she is your girl. She also loves food and is probably carrying a snack with her at all times. Auj is excited for the new content that NAMUN and The Emissary will be producing this year as well as the introduction of NAMUN merchandise.

Year: 3rd
Program: Management Stream in Rotman Commerce, Economics Minor
Hometown: Born in Lahore, Pakistan; Raised in Dubai, UAE
Favourite Spot in Toronto: The Art Gallery of Ontario

Auj is responsible for bringing the branding vision of NAMUN 2019 to life. She manages the creative, visual aspects of NAMUN and the Emissary. Auj is also interested in visual arts, music and film. If you ever want to talk about art or need a Netflix recommendation, she is your girl. She also loves food and is probably carrying a snack with her at all times. Auj is excited for the new content that NAMUN and The Emissary will be producing this year as well as the introduction of NAMUN merchandise.

Auj Hamayun
CO-DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATION AND DESIGN
auj.hamayun@namun.org

  Year:  3rd  Program:  Economics and Philosophy Major  Hometown:  Shanghai, China  Favourite Spot in Toronto:  Hot Black Coffee on Queen Street West  Natalie manages NAMUN’s online campaigns, coordinates creative content and oversees the production and distribution of the new and improved Emissary magazine. She is extremely excited to work with her wonderful team on making this year’s NAMUN conference the best it’s ever been. When she is not poring over a novel or testing out new pasta recipes, she is at a coffee shop, fuelling her caffeine addiction.

Year: 3rd
Program: Economics and Philosophy Major
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Favourite Spot in Toronto: Hot Black Coffee on Queen Street West

Natalie manages NAMUN’s online campaigns, coordinates creative content and oversees the production and distribution of the new and improved Emissary magazine. She is extremely excited to work with her wonderful team on making this year’s NAMUN conference the best it’s ever been. When she is not poring over a novel or testing out new pasta recipes, she is at a coffee shop, fuelling her caffeine addiction.

Natalie Liu
CO-DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATION AND DESIGN
natalie.liu@namun.org

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Senior Staff

External Affairs Coordinator: Sumayya Datoo

Corporate Relations Coordinator: Ashley Fung, Spencer guo, ashley fung

Logistics and operations Coordinator: fergus page

Communications and Design Coordinator: Ryan Truong, ann marie elpa

Crisis Coordinator: Maria Zelenova, Arjun Kaul, David Baldridge