Meet The Secretariat
Hawa Maiga is honoured to serve as the Secretary-General of McMUN 2020. With this being her fifth McMUN conference, she has devoted many years to create the best experience for all delegates and staff members, and she looks forward to serving this incredible community one last time. Hawa is currently studying International Development and Political Science with a minor in Classics at McGill University. She is passionate about equitable policymaking and eradicating violence against women - topics she tackled while working for a non-governmental organization in Mali this past summer. Outside of Le Centre Sheraton, Hawa is often found at the local library recommending her favourite books, ordering an eggs benedict at brunch or studying Ben and Jerry’s philanthropic history. It is with distinct pleasure and great enthusiasm that she welcomes you to McMUN. Please do not hesitate to contact her with any questions or concerns!
Meet Cherry, our incredible Chargée d’Affaires for McMUN 2020! Born and raised in Shanghai, Cherry studies Political Science with a minor in Entrepreneurship. As a familiar to the boxing ring, Cherry has managed to gracefully punch her way to her dreams. With her creative thinking and her piercing personality, she leaves no stone unturned in her journey through life. Along with a quiet allure and poise, Cherry has mastered the ebony and ivory keys of the piano since a young age, and continues to wow her peers with her amazing skills. She is, without a doubt, looking forward to seeing each and every one of you at McMUN 2020! Per her duties as Chargée, Cherry places everyone’s interests, especially the delegates’, above all else! Just like her all time favourite, she is as sweet as pumpkin pie!
Meet Natalie (or Nat), the Undersecretary-General, Committee Affairs for McMUN 2020! Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Natalie is currently studying Honours Political Science with a minor in World Middle East and Islamic Studies. After her time at McGill, she jokes that she’s moving to “the beach” to escape the cold, but she really plans to pursue graduate studies in conflict resolution and/or peacebuilding. She hopes to eventually work as a Foreign Service Officer for the US Department of State, and dreams of running her own podcast one day. As proud as she is of her Midwestern roots, her excitement to learn about new cultures and languages fuels her desire to travel and live all over the world. Whether she’s cooking (or at least trying to), spending time with friends and family, or making sure this year’s committees are the most exciting and engaging yet, Natalie brings the Heart of America’s compassion and hospitality to everything she does!
Meet Hilary, McMUN 2020’s very own Director of Public Relations! Born in Seoul, Korea, she has spent half of her life in Shanghai and is a fourth-year undergraduate student in McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management studying Finance, Business Analytics and Strategy. Before coming to Montreal, she apparently had not googled the average temperatures during Winter and as such can empathize with all the surprised delegates who will experience for the first time the city’s icy climate! Ultimately, Hilary is planning on pursuing a career in tech and to eventually have her own company. But, until then, she is busy squatting Igloofest and being involved at McMUN for her third year running. Her favorite memory from the past conferences was during last year’s closing when the song “Happier” played and she realized that they had successfully made it happen, a feat she is quite hellbent on repeating. For the year ahead, she is the most excited about what the committee McMUN Consulting will be like; she is convinced in its second year that it will only get even better!
A third year Finance student at McGill, Grace has been involved in MUN since she was in CEGEP. Since her first experience with McMUN at McGill as a Committee Director, she has enjoyed how McMUN allowed her to meet new people, staff and delegates alike. From Beijing, Grace grew up on her family’s vineyard in a small town outside of Trois-Rivières. A self-identified mix of Ross and Chandler from Friends, Grace works with International Justice Mission at McGill, and hopes to be able to spend her life working with similar non-profit organizations. Grace is most excited to be able to work with the Secretariat in order to innovate McMUN and create the best possible delegate experience!
Meet Megan, our wonderful Chief of Operations! She majors in Honors Canadian Studies and has a minor in Indigenous studies. The thing that fascinates her most about her degree is studying how cultures evolve. She hopes to one day use her degree to pursue a career in policy. Although Megan doesn’t have the most delegate experience, she is an expert at all the logistical work that happens behind the scenes. She is putting forth constructive changes to improve the delegate experience. Megan also has many diverse hobbies, not only does she do theatre, she also does powerlifting. Being strong has always been one of her aspirations and that is truly what she has demonstrated in her role on the Secretariat.
Meet Michelle, our incredible Director of Events for McMUN 2020! She is entering her third and final year at McGill, pursuing a major in economics, and minoring in IDS and political science. With her degree, Michelle is seeking to gather a broader understanding of the world and has further pursued this goal through her love for travelling, having previously spent a semester abroad in Spain! McMUN has been an essential part of Michelle’s experience at McGill, and she believes that Model UN is a unique opportunity for people to express themselves and develop positions on specific issues and topics. She is looking forward to diversifying and improving the delegate experience through her role.
Meet Alex, Chief of Staff for McMUN 2020. Born in Haiti but raised just outside of Montreal, Alex has a unique perception on foreign aid and international development, which is what led her to pursue International Development Studies at McGill (she also has a minor in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist & Social Justice Studies because she’s extra awesome). Alex plans to use her degree to pursue work in development and women’s empowerment. When she’s not hanging out at the library and thinking of ways to make effective policy changes to foreign aid, Alex can be found finding new places to travel, or spending time with friends and family. Nothing makes Alex happier than laughing and talking with people she loves (aka, everyone at McMUN), so feel free to stop her and say hi if you see her at the Sheraton!
Meet Vassili, a Physiology major and this year’s delightful Deputy Director of Public Relations Sponsorships who proudly sees himself as a Neville Longbottom: funny and easy-going, but always loyal to his friends. Despite having little experience as a delegate, he has loved Model UN since staffing one of our unique Crisis committees three years ago and has been back every year since. Aside from McMUN, Vassili has served as a Deputy Director of Public Relations for SSUNS 2018, he is currently a Co-Chair of Science Orientation Week and a Creative Director in the Science Internal Committee. Upon graduation, he would like to work a marketing job in the music industry. Vassili wants to tell delegates to remember to listen to one another, even when being presented seemingly familiar ideas and that Lady Gaga is his favorite artist.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Vivian Qiang has been involved in Model UN for over four years having been Co-President of her High School Model UN club. This year, she is excited to be McMUN 2020’s Deputy Director of Public Relations, External Outreach! Outside of McMUN, Vivian partakes in different extracurriculars on campus including MEDLIFE, an organization involved with the Montreal homeless community. When she isn’t studying Cognitive Science or the Social Studies of Medicine, you can find Vivian drinking her favourite coffee from 49th Parallel at her local bookstore in Steveston Village looking over the Vancouver waters. While she is very fond of her hometown in Vancouver, her favourite part of Montreal is how it is impossible to be bored with all the art the vibrant city has to offer, and she hopes you all get to enjoy that part of Montreal when you come to McMUN 2020!
Meet Albert Gunnison, McMUN’s Deputy Director of Public Relations for Multimedia! Originally hailing from New Hampshire, USA, Albert has doing Model United Nations for six years now, having started his involvement while attending high school in Abu Dhabi. Since enrolling at McGill, Albert has been involved as a staff writer for the McGill International Review Online - a student-run International Relations journal - and as a committee chair at SSUNS, McGill’s Model United Nations conference for high schoolers. He has also served as a member of McGill University’s MUN Delegation team in the past - his favourite committee type is crisis! Albert’s personal passions range from basketball and the NBA to the study of Middle Eastern Affairs, and he aspires for an eventual career in business or government. He looks forward to meeting you all at McMUN 2020!
Meet Karin, our very own Deputy Undersecretary-General Committee Affairs for General Assemblies and ECOSOCs! Karin will be a second-year student at McGill with a major in anthropology and double minor in political science and linguistics. She was born in Aleppo, Syria, and has lived in Montreal for 7 years. She has attended McMUN 2 times before as a delegate, and this will be her fourth conference. What she loves about McMUN is its competitive but fun environment that everyone can enjoy. Not only is she a master of 7 languages, but she is also a champion of the Syrian Junior National Tennis Championship. Karin will bring the heart and the wit to McMUN 2020, and watch out because a champion sure does not miss her swings!
Meet Dalton Liggett, McMUN’s incredible Deputy Undersecretary-General Committee Affairs for Specialized Agencies. He started MUN in high school and has now done MUN for five years. Dalton was the Secretary-General of JACMUN, a Montreal-area MUN conference for high school students. He loves doing both General Assembly committees and Crises and seeing how they can blend together (hence being Dep SA!!!) Apart from Mode UN, Dalton is passionate about history and is currently part of McGill's History Students Association. In his free time, he loves to read and learn to expand his knowledge base. After university, Dalton wants to eventually study law. Above all, he loves to meet new people, so feel free to come say hello during the conference when he’s not busy being an amazing Dep!!
Having been involved at McMUN for the last two years, Emile is pumped to serve as the Deputy Undersecretary-General Committee Affairs for Crises! Born and raised in Quebec, Emile is in his final year at McGill University, pursuing a degree in International Development Studies with minors in History and Political Science. This being said, it is no surprise that Emile is an avid reader and can usually be found in libraries pretending to study while actually just chatting with friends. Emile aspires to work in public or foreign policy post-graduation. His favourite memories from past McMUN are from Saturday committee sessions when the delegates’ crisis arcs start yielding real, surprising and crazy results. Needless to say, Emile is most excited about seeing the lovely delegates thrive and innovate in this year’s nine crisis committees. If you see Emile running around the Sheraton, feel free to ask him about crises, obscure historical facts relating to Medieval/Renaissance Europe, or even try your best French!
Yasmina Male is going in to her fourth year at McGill University studying Political Science and Gender Studies, and is a recipient of the 2016 Ralph M. Barford Loran Award. Yasmina works at McGill’s Office for Sexual Violence Response Support and Education, leading a team of volunteers delivering workshops on Active Bystandership and sexual violence prevention to her peers. In Montreal, Yasmina volunteers at the Native Women’s Shelter and the Montreal Abortion Access Project to reduce the barriers to women’s healthcare. Over the summer in 2019, she worked at Payoke, a not for profit organization in Antwerp, Belgium working with survivors of human trafficking, focusing on influencing policy implementation in the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA). Yasmina is passionate about equity, feminism and anti-oppression and is excited to work with delegates and staff to foster an inclusive environment at McMun!