Now in his fourth year at NYU Jack is excited and honored to serve as Secretary-General for NYUMUNC IX.
Jack is also involved in NYUMUN’s high school conference, EmpireMUNC, and hops in with the travel team every so often. Growing up in the sleepy Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn Jack is constantly enamored with New York City and all the different nooks and cranny.
When not working on Model UN Jack enjoys scuba diving (not around New York City, unfortunately), perusing the selection at Economy Candy (the best candy store in the whole city), or relaxing at the Washington Square dog park.
He looks forward to meeting each one of you at what is to be the best NYUMUNC yet.
Rachel Perelman - Director General
Hailing from sunny San Diego, Rachel is a senior in the College of Arts and Science studying Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies and Politics.
She has been involved with NYUMUNC since freshman year serving as an ACD, a CD and AUSG of Crisis, and is excited to serve as Director General for NYUMUNCIX this year!
When she's not doing MUN you can probably find her perusing the streets of New York for the perfect french fry or cup of coffee, FaceTiming her dog George, or curled over her Persian homework in the library.
Grace Lubin - Under Secretary General for Committees
Throughout the course of eight very short yet demanding years Grace has developed a boundless affection for all things MUN. Grace is currently double majoring in politics and art history, as both the law and art are her two greatest loves.
Grace currently works for the federal courts where she spends her days dredging through Westlaw and getting lost in the Thurgood Marshall courthouse.
Grace holds a deep affection for pitbulls, reading, and spending her weekends at art museums staring at Stettheimer’s and contemplating the mental stability of Mark Rothko. She loves her collection of Andy Warhol prints from when he made children's books, googling facts about guppies, and consuming inordinate amounts of caffeine.
In her free time Grace likes to do New York Times crosswords, read about international law, and play guitar.
Grace fears spiders, traffic on the 405 freeway, midterms, and the thought of accidentally stepping on a lego in the dark.
Prabhod Mudlapur - Under Secretary General for Joint Crisis Committees
Prab is a third-year studying Mathematics with a minor in Business Studies at the College of Arts and Sciences.
He’s been involved in Model UN since he was 14, and in the past has worked for EmpireMUNC, traveled on the travel team and has served as a CD twice NYUMUNC.
Apart from MUN, he works for the Economics Review, fangirls over rockets launches, stalks dogs around the city and occasionally goes to class.
He’s extremely excited to serve as your Under-Secretary General of JCCs and hopes that you enjoy the conference.
Ushaia Kappen - Under Secretary General for General Crisis Committees
Ushaia Kappen is a senior on track to graduate with hisBA in Politics and MA in International Relations.
He has always had a passion for international affairs and interacting with different cultures. He speaks Spanish, Dutch, and Arabic so feel free to come chat with him in any of those languages.
He loves being active whether it is running, biking, football (the globally recognized and favored sport), rock climbing, or brazilian jiu-jitsu but he also like to relax reading politics and cooking.
He currently works at the Center on Law and Security with NYU School of Law, and invites you to check out some of the publications.
Ushaia has worked as a Crisis Director since 2015 in both NYUMUNC and EmpireMUNC in committees Pirates of the Caribbean, Contemporary Spain, Papal States, and Ad-Hoc.
He is pleased to be able to work with a creative and diverse group to bring you this upcoming conference's array of general crisis. He is sure they will be challenging yet insightful and will bring out the best of your abilities.
Ranee Patel - Under Secretary General for Personnel
Ranee is a senior studying Computing and Data Science and Management at NYU's Stern School of Business.
NYUMUNC's self-appointed mom, Ranee has been stressing over the well-being of the NYMUNC staff for the past four years.
When she's not complaining about the cold or telling stories about her extensive family, she can be found drinking coffee, expressing her love of Disney, and trying to remember what she forgot.
She imagines that if free time existed, she would use it to hike, read enormous amounts of books, and have more Bollywood dance nights with her friends.
Melisa Monica Sajjad - Under Secretary General for Operations
Melisa is a Sophomore studying Business & Technology Management.
This is her 7th year doing MUN, during the 3rd of which she abandoned her pursuit of world peace instead for the logistical side of the conferences.
She originates from three different continents, and subsequently has frequent identity crises, which she finds solace for through MUN.
In the free time that she has not procrastinating, she enjoys drinking coffee, chasing puppies, spending too much money on food, and creating utopian (or dystopian depending on her mood) Sims universes.
Catch her during NYUMUNC IX trying to spend the budget in enhancing the overall conference experience, and hit her up for a high five.
Ujjwal Singhania - Assistant Under Secretary General for Committees
Currently, a Junior studying computer science, Ujjwal spends most of his time trying to discover and create the next big internet product.
Having spent over 6 years doing ModelUN, the activity has been an integral part of his school and college life.
Other activities that take up a significant amount of his time include reading, playing video games, binging TV shows and traveling - been to over 20 different countries..
Isabelle Nozari - Assistant Under Secretary General for Committees
Isabelle is a junior at NYU studying Politics with minors in Business Studies and Spanish.
She has been involved in MUN since high school and has been staffing conferences since her first semester here at NYU.
Outside of MUN, Isabelle loves to travel, learn languages, and dogs. Isabelle looks forward to working to make this conference amazing!
Berke Giray - Assistant Under Secretary General for Committees
Berke Giray is currently a sophomore at New York University, studying Economics & Computer Science with a focus on getting more sleep than the measly amount he currently gets. When not doing copious amounts of homework or running from one place on campus to another, he enjoys singing and playing acoustic versions of songs that no one should attempt.
Outside of music, Berke's interests include cooking a variety of dishes as well as finding and reading the most obscure books possible. (Any recommendations are appreciated.)
Fun Fact: Berke speaks five languages.
Nickson Chong - Assistant Under Secretary General for Joint Crisis Committees
Nickson Chong is a senior studying Economics and Real Estate. He has been involved in NYMUNC and EmpireMUNC as a CD or Chair for committees Apple Board of Directors, Historical Britain, Roman Empire, USSR, and Triads.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Houston, Nickson loves road trips, playing chess, reading, and his two little brothers named Winston and Churchill. He dabbles in the bad pun or two and would welcome a zesty exchange of memes.
He currently lives in Hell's Kitchen, which he thought combined the two places his heart truly resides in: Hell and the kitchen.
He is excited to work with all of y'all to create a memorable conference!
Charles Lian - Assistant Under Secretary General for Joint Crisis Committees
Charles is currently a junior at NYU's Stern School of Business studying Finance and Statistics, as well as pursuing a minor in Computer Science.
Originally from East Brunswick, New Jersey, Charles has been attending Model UN conferences since his sophomore year of high school. Over the last two years, Charles' extensive experience staffing NYUMUNC has included serving as an ACD for NYUMUNC VII and a CD for NYUMUNC VIII. This year, Charles is excited to be one of your AUSGs of Joint-Crisis-Committees!
Outside of school and Model UN, Charles is a big sports fan and is an avid competitive video gamer. He loves talking baseball, soccer, football, basketball (you name it) and will always gladly accept a FIFA challenge.
An eternal foodie, Charles has a tendency to consume enormous amounts of food and can be found exploring many of New York City's best undiscovered restaurants.
He currently resides in the East Village, where he spends most of his time hanging out with his friends.
Mindy Liu - Assistant Under Secretary General for General Crisis Committees
Mindy Liu is the AUSG of General Crisis and currently, a senior in CAS studying Politics and Economics.
She has been involved in NYUMUNC for three years and is excited to be serving on the leadership board this year.
On days where she is not writing her thesis or doing MUN work, Mindy loves chasing dogs in Washington Square Park and finding free food around NYC.
Her favorite part about living in New York is the nature and fresh air. After graduation, she hopes to do NGO consulting before attending law school.
Her greatest aspiration in life is to compete in Nathan's July 4th Hot Dog Eating Competition and win.
Shagun Varma - Assistant Under Secretary General for Personnel
Shagun is a sophomore in Stern, planning to major in Economics and Finance.
NYUMUNC XI will be her second NYUMUNC conference, although her involvement in MUN began in high school.
Beyond MUN, she spends her free time dancing, exploring restaurants in NYC, and reading thriller fiction novels. She is also known by her friends to be maniacally organized and ready with bad puns.
Shagun is looking forward to an eventful and exciting conference!
Michael Vu - Assistant Under Secretary General for Software and Technology
Michael is a current third year student at NYU majoring in Computer Science at Courant with a minor in Cybersecurity from Tandon.
He spent the summer of 2017 working with New York City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications' Cybersecurity Division within their Security Operations Center, where he worked on researching and implementing a machine learning aided Intrusion Detection Service in addition to researching additive manufacturing forensics and hacking smart guns.
Areesha Irfan - Assistant Under Secretary General for Delegate Affairs
Areesha is currently a Junior in CAS studying Political Science and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.
She has been involved in Model UN since her freshman year of high school and it has somewhat taken over her life since. Her interest in Model UN alongside her experience competing has led to her involvement with NYUMUNC.
When she isn’t doing things for MUN you can often find her drinking coffee, reading, watching far too much Netflix, or dancing with friends.
She loves music and you can usually see her walking across campus with music blasting in her headphones. Her favorite genres include reggaetone, edm, rap, and of course some top 100 never hurt anyone.
If you’re trying to find her, she’s probably the one with who has an iced latte in one hand and a bagel in the other.
Special brownie points go to anyone who love Real Madrid. #halamadrid
Luc Lavatai - Assistant Under Secretary General for Venues and Procurement
Luc is a 3rd-Year undergraduate with majors in finance and management at NYU's Stern School of Business.
He has been involved in NYU's MUN community since joining the travel team in 2015.
When he's not playing make-believe international politics, Luc enjoys champagne with breakfast and bitcoin speculation.