NICHOLAS ABBOTT
Secretary-General

Nick is a senior at Harvard College studying Social Studies, with a focus on urban housing policy. Nick grew up outside of New York City and loves exploring cities across the United States and around the world. At previous WorldMUNs, Nick has served as a chair for the FIFA Executive Committee in Rome and for the Security Council in Montreal. Nick has also served on the Secretariat for Harvard Model United Nations, directed at Harvard National Model United Nations and HMUN India, and competed on Harvard's Intercollegiate Model UN team. Outside of MUN, Nick is an avid soccer fan who loves playing, watching, and dissecting the beautiful game. Nick could not be more thrilled to be serving as Secretary-General for this year's conference and can't wait to see you all in Panama this March!

 

Manav Khandelwal
USG for the Economic and Social Council & Regional Bodies

Manav is a third-year student at Harvard pursuing a joint concentration in Statistics and Computer Science. Hailing from the suburbs of Philadelphia, he is particularly interested in the intersection between technology and finance and has spent his past two summers exploring each sector. Manav is Director of Senior Investment Research with the Harvard Financial Analysts Club and a choreographer for Harvard’s South Asian cultural show, Ghungroo. On his own time, he enjoys watching sports, traveling (especially abroad), and exploring new music. Manav had no Model UN background before chairing NATO at WorldMUN 2017 in Montreal, but it has become an irreplaceable part of his college experience. As Under-Secretary-General of the Economic and Social Council and Regional Bodies, he hopes to provide a high level of substantive excellence, diplomacy, and real-world application for his delegates. Feel free to reach out to ecosoc@worldmun.org with any questions or concerns!

 

ATHEENA ARASOO
USG for Delegate & Faculty Relations

Atheena is a sophomore at Harvard planning to concentrate in Social Studies. She was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but moved to the island of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi at the age of eleven. Partly because of this upbringing and her experiences traveling and studying abroad, Atheena has become interested in international relations and has found a home for that passion in college through Model UN. She has been part of the Administration and Delegate Relations teams for Harvard Model United Nations and Harvard National Model United Nations, respectively. In her free time, Atheena enjoys dancing, going to the beach/hiking at home, watching movies, and testing out trendy cafes/restaurants. She can't wait to meet as many wonderful MUN enthusiasts as possible in Panama, especially after answering their questions all year on our email account, info@worldmun.org.

CATHERINE BRENNAN
Director-General

Catherine is a fourth year student at Harvard studying Anthropology. She calls a small town outside of Boston home, but prefers time spent in big cities, warm places, and just about anywhere in Latin America. At school she has focused her studies on education and Latin America, spending a semester studying in Buenos Aires, as well as the immigrant experience in the United States. She served as Under-Secretary-General of Administration at both WorldMUN and Harvard Model United Nations. She revels in answering delegate emails, printing placards, and mail merges. Beyond this she has also directed committees in Boston and India. When not thinking about Model UN she can be found talking with friends who also do Model UN, reminiscing on memories of Global Village, playing the flute, and hiking. She cannot wait to bring WorldMUN to new heights and under sunny skies in 2018.

 

Balim Barutçu
USG for Crisis and Historical Committees

Balim is, to her astonishment, a third year student at Harvard. If you ask her where she's from, she will likely offer you a puzzle for a response - she was born and raised in the United Kingdom, is proudly Turkish, and graduated from high school in Singapore. At the College, she concentrates in Social Studies - Harvard's version of PPE - and hopes to get a citation in Arabic. She is passionate about international politics and economics as understood through history and literature. Hence, she could not be happier to be serving as USG of Crisis and Historical Committees, seeing as the high-impact, mentally engaging nature of committees allow for the simulation of some of the most pivotal moments in global history. As such, she hopes that delegates will relish in the temporal and regional diversity the wonderful crisis chairs are offering this year. Balim chaired Resolution for Turkish at WorldMUN Montreal, is involved in the Harvard International Relations Council, and is very active within the written and performing arts community on campus. Do not hesitate to reach her at crisis@worldmun.org!

 

DAVID COHN
USG for Finance & Operations

David is a junior at Harvard studying Social Studies, with a focus on economic history. David grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, and enjoys hiking in the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. This is David's first time on the WorldMUN staff, but he served on the business staff of Harvard Model United Nations and will be a director of security at HMUN next year. When he isn't splashing the cash necessary to make WorldMUN a fantastic conference, David enjoys tutoring students in economics, playing cello in the Harvard Baroque Orchestra, and traveling with his family. He is very excited to help bring an incredible conference to Panama next spring!

 

AYMAN MOHAMMAd
USG for the General Assembly

Ayman is junior at Harvard studying economics while also premed. Born and raised in the hipster enclave of Williamsburg, Ayman is a die-hard Brooklyn native and is very proud of his hometown. At Harvard, Ayman is a co-president of the South Asian Association and works at the Alumni Association as well. After chairing for the first time at WorldMUN last year, Ayman knew he had to return, but this time sought to do so as the Under-Secretary General for General Assembly, so he has a chance to see all the GA committees. When he’s not MUN-ing, Ayman enjoys running, basketball, and keeping up with the plethora of Netflix/HBO shows he follows (including but not limited to House of Cards, Narcos, and Game of Thrones). Ayman cannot wait to meet you all and hopes to generate discussion through diplomacy to resolve current issues that face us in the world today. Please feel free to reach out to Ayman for anything or if you just wanna chat too!

 

RIYA SOOD
USG for Administration

Riya is a sophomore at Harvard studying Applied Math and its intersections with Government. Although she spent most of her life in a small suburb in Wisconsin, she was originally born in England and has spent extensive time traveling throughout Europe. She first got involved with doing Administration for Model UN conferences her freshman year, and is extremely excited to serve on the Secretariat for WorldMUN. When not doing something MUN-related, Riya is most likely debating with her friends about the most inane topics, watching Netflix obssessively, or eating at a new restaurant. She can't wait to travel to Panama for the first time and meet all the people that make WorldMUN so fantastic!

 

STEPHANIE CHENG
USG for Media & Design

Stephanie is a sophomore at Harvard most likely studying Biology. Stephanie was born in California, but was raised in Taipei, Taiwan and has grown to love and become familiar with the Southeast Asian region. Since high school, she has been heavily involved in graphic designing for many on campus organizations such as iGEM and she continues to pursue her graphic designing passion at Harvard as well. Aside from design, Stephanie loves watching and playing touch rugby, hiking, binge watching TV shows, and exploring cities. This will be Stephanie's first college MUN conference and she cannot wait to be a part of the WorldMUN family!

HOST DIRECTORATE

ALAN SMITH
Host Team President

I found my passion for debate back in 2009 when I was practically forced by my High School´s Vice Principal to join the Debate Team. I have been actively involved in MOAS and MUN simulations at a High School and University level ever since. I want to use the opportunity of bringing the conference to Panama to show fellow delegates what my country has to offer. My team and I will work relentlessly to make sure you have an amazing time here.

¡Nos vemos en Marzo!

 

CHRISTOPHER GLASSCOCK
Director of conference arrangements

My name is Christopher Glasscock and I’m currently coursing my last year as a Law student at Santa Maria la Antigua University. I participated as a delegate in the 2016 WorldMUN Conference in Rome, where I learned about how this competition teaches you qualities that will be of immense importance as the year’s pass, such as commitment, persistence and fellowship. I hope to see you soon, and to be by your side, making the changes that we all want to see in the world.

 

DANIELA ALEMAN
Director of SOCIAL EVENTS

WorldMUN is a platform in which thousands of students from different cultures and languages come together to debate about several topics. I have to say that knowledge and dialogue is the road to success, which is why it is an honor for me to be the Director of Social Events and to have the opportunity to meet these young people with a great intellectual. I know that WorldMUN is going to leave a great mark in every participant. I am excited to assume this responsibility and i promise to do my best.

 

JUAN CARLOS JULIO
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Born and raised in Panama City, Juan Carlos started his studies at Universidad Católica Santa María la Antigua (USMA) in the summer of 2013 in the Department of Industrial Engineering; he is currently in his fourth year and plans to pursue a Master Business Administration (MBA). He started debate 6 years ago and it has grown manifold through his attendance at various MUNs and being part of the Secretariat in different roles. 

 

KARLA RODRÍGUEZ
DIRECTOR OF delegate SERVICES

Born and raised in Panama, Law and Political Sciences student at the Universidad Santa María la Antigua (USMA), passionate about Human Rights, learning languages and high-level discussions about current politics.

As Host Director of Delegate Services, my team and I will do our best to guarantee you an unforgettable and life changing experience with us during WorldMUN Panama 2018.

See you soon!   

 

 
CLyde cumberbatch Deputy Director of assistant chairs

CLyde cumberbatch
Deputy Director of assistant chairs

My name is Clyde Cumberbatch I am 22 years old and currently studying Law and Political Sciences in the Universidad Santa Maria la Antigua (USMA). Throughout middle school and high school, I had the opportunity in participating in several Model United Nations. In 2015 WorldMUN was brought to my attention by a couple of friends in the University. Since then WorldMUN has reiterated my passion towards MUN. I am pleased to be part of the Host team for WorldMUN2018 and hope to see you all next year!

JUAN DIEGO VASQUEZ
DIRECTOR OF communications and public relations

Juan Diego Vasquez is currently at Law School and is also Criminology student. He works alongside various organizations promoting debate classes at schools in Panama. He has helped Transparency International Panama, during the investigation, and drafting of the Panama Transparency Index for the National Assembly. His work and experience have been acknowledged by organizations and institutions such as Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Junior Chamber International, USMA, and the UIP. 

 

RAFAEL FÉLIX
DIRECTOR OF information technology

My name is Rafael Félix and I am a sophomore at University of California, Berkeley majoring in Computer Science. My dream as a Computer Scientist is to close the technological gap that separates less economically developed countries from more economically developed countries. On my free time I enjoy taking pictures and reading about Latin American politics.

 
Alejandro Gonzalez Deputy Director of sponsorship

Alejandro Gonzalez
Deputy Director of sponsorship

Greetings everyone, my name is Alejandro Gonzalez and I am currently a law student in USMA. Ever since I attended my first debate conference when I was 14, I knew I had found something that elevated my passions and something that I wanted to remain involved in. I was inspired by the level of engagement of the delegates in that conference, as I still do in each conference I attend. I have had the honor of attending many international and national debate conferences throughout my career, including three different World Model United Nations in three different continents. I have been fascinated by each conference and I’ve been able take so much from each experience that I unfortunately can’t fit into one paragraph.Taking into consideration the conference’s highest standards and level of commitment, it is a great honor to host and carry the WorldMUN Spirit to Panama in 2018.

Rebeca Barrueco  
DIRECTOR OF LOGISTICS

WMUN has been one of the most important events around the world, that has gathered the greatest young leaders, in an exchange of ideas in order to enhace their minds while discovering the most amazings destinations around the globe. As a member of the Host Team, we offer you our beautiful country as WMUN 2018's forum, waiting that you enjoy it and appreciate it as much as we do. Welcome Delegates!

 

DIANA ABAD                                                                                                   Director of volunteerS, admins, and assistant chairs

My name is Diana Carolina Abad, I am 22 years old and I study Law and Political Science at Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua (USMA) in Panama City. When I discovered my passion for debate and dialogue, I joined my high school debate team and have been involved ever since. I can speak for the rest of my staff when I give you the warmest welcome to our country next March, and we can assure you that we have made a tremendous effort in order to make this WorldMUN one of your best experiences yet.