Cherien Abou-Harb is a senior from Athens, Georgia majoring in Environmental Health Science and pursuing a certificate in Global Health. This is her first year on the Model United Nations team at UGA. This year, she is very excited to serve as the co-chair for the Organization for Islamic Cooperation. She also is involved in Students for Justice in Palestine at UGA, by serving as the Media Chair for the organization. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, reading, and going to concerts around Athens.
Daisy Gonzalez is a third year International Affairs and Political Science major. This is her first year competing in Model UN, but she already feels at home. After graduation, Daisy plans to attend law school with a concentration in environmental law to ultimately work at a think tank or the Environmental Protection Agency (if it survives the current administration). Although Daisy is new to Model UN, she is no stranger to the world of debate. She has represented the United States in Spain at the World Universities Debating Championship in Spanish (CMUDE) as well as competitions in Jamaica, Guatemala, and New York in British Parliamentary style debate. When she is not drowning in homework or at practice, you can find Daisy destroying clothes in a failed attempt to DIY or making terribly shaped flower pots at Good Clay in Athens.
Connor Rahbany is a Freshman from Little Rock, Arkansas, double majoring in Political Science and International Affairs, and double minoring in Public Policy and Arabic. This is his first year doing Model UN. He is co-chairing the General Assembly First Committee. Connor wants to be an international lawyer, then US Senator in the future. He has always been passionate about governance, the international scene, and working to better the world. Connor is involved in a variety of organizations on campus, such as Student Government, College Republicans, and Turning Point USA, among others. Connor is always either studying, sleeping, working out, or hanging out with his friends. He says there is no better way to spend time than with people you like.
Cameron Falk is a first-year intended Finance and International Business Co-Major with a Minor in Spanish at UGA. He has competed in Model UN all four years of High School and has competed at Georgia Tech, Georgia State, KSU, and UGAMUNC. Cameron is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) committee for UGAMUNC XXIV. While Model UN and schoolwork do occupy a majority of his time, he also enjoys watching movies, camping and playing tennis. During this upcoming summer, he is looking forward to studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina for my third time studying the Spanish language. Following his time at UGA, he hopes obtain a job in an Atlanta based business such as the Home Depot, Coca-Cola or Delta. From being in Model UN, he has taken away public speaking and problem solving skills to help in work and his everyday life.
Mohammed Ahmed is a 2nd year hailing from the great Duluth, Georgia. Mohammed is the one and only computer science major on the team and loves to mention it as many times as possible. This is his second year on the team and this year he is happily chairing the CDC crisis committee. Fun facts about Mohammed include his inability to be on time for anything and his unsettling addiction to Panda Express. In the increasingly rare moments of tranquility in his life, Mohammed enjoys playing badminton, discovering new emojis , and partaking in long walks on the beach!
Ashley Kalinda is a second year from Marietta, GA. She is studying as an International Affairs major and hopes to work with nonprofits in the future. Currently, Ashley is a part of UGA’s Red Cross Organization and doing her second year with UGA Model United Nations. She loves the dynamic of UGA’s Model UN team and is excited for the its future endeavors!
Jay Bishop is a fourth-year economics major at UGA. He competed in Model UN for 3 semesters before transferring to UGA, and had the pleasure of representing both the Kingdom of Bahrain and Iraq at two separate conferences in Atlanta and Houston. While Model UN and schoolwork take up a large majority of his time, he also enjoys going on adventures with friends, reading non-fiction books, and playing video games, such as Rocket League and Overwatch.
Hiroki Kanai is a visiting exchange student from Tokyo, Japan. He is currently studying Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Science with emphasis on Artificial Intelligence at the University of Georgia. He has participated in 28th All Japan Model United Nations (The biggest collegiate competition in Japan), and awarded as Distinguished Delegate in this conference. He has also founded the Model United Nations Association in his home institute at Fukuoka, Japan in affiliation with the students of the University of Oxford. He used to belong to a cross country team in his high school and enjoys running in the beautiful forest on UGA campus.
Karan Noble Jacob is first-year from Johns Creek the the Bachelor’s/Master’s programme in Political Science and International Affairs. Noble has spent five years actively participating in Model UN in Georgia and Virginia, and this will be his first time chairing the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation committee at UGA. He hopes to work in diplomatic affairs and national security after he graduates, meanwhile he works in finance and investment banking as well as a Legislative Fellow for the state. Overall, Noble has lived in several states and cities, including San Francisco, Albany, and Bombay. In his sparse spare time, he enjoys wearing suits, collecting wristwatches, and watching the entire James Bond film series.
Doug Auguste is a freshman majoring in International Affairs. He’s one of the newest additions to our team and if you can’t find him debating international policy you can find him rollerblading, drawing or participating in parkour.
Allison Reid is a first-year Criminal Justice and International Affairs major with a minor in Portuguese. She grew up in Canton, Georgia, but is very excited to make a new home for herself in Athens. This is her first year with the the Model UN team, and she will serve as a staff member for the House Un-American Activities committee at UGAMUNC. In addition to being in Model UN, she is part of the Portuguese Flagship program, and she dances in the Modern Pin-Ups Apprentice Company at DanceFX. She is a passionate feminist, and will dance in a DanceFX show this Spring, the proceeds of which will go to Project Safe Inc. (a shelter for victims of domestic abuse). In her free time, Allison likes reading (sci-fi and fantasy), writing (poetry), playing video games, and having card game nights with her friends.
Ben Giebelhausen is a sophomore from Omaha, Nebraska majoring in Cognitive Science, Computer Science, and Psychology. This is his first year participating in Model UN, either at UGA or in high school. This year, he’s serving as a staff member for the Post-Revolution Panem committee. He plans to start work on a master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence during his senior year and go on to work with a tech company to develop new AI systems. He works as a researcher in the UGA Psychology department, and in his free time he enjoys reading science-fiction and binge watching Netflix.
Elena Tothazan is a junior who has lived in Lawrenceville, Georgia for eight years, but originally comes from Romania. She is majoring in International Affairs and minoring in French. This is her first year on the team and will serve as co-chair for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. A past UGA language partner, she now works at the Main Library on campus and interns at the SPIA Survey Research Center. During her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, baking delicious treats for her friends, and obsessing over everything French. After graduation, she hopes to work with an NGO to help immigrants like herself adapt more easily to a new environment.
Miranda Bourdeau is a first-year from Canton, Georgia majoring in both International Affairs and Chinese Language and Literature. This is her first year on the team, but she has competed at the collegiate MUN level before. This year, she is the co-chair for the House Un-American Activities committee at UGAMUNC. In her free time, Miranda can be found playing ukulele (badly), watching too many Youtube videos, practicing yoga, and pretending to be a chef by putting Velveeta Instant Mac in the microwave. She also loves to travel and hopes to visit every continent someday. During this upcoming summer, she is looking forward to studying in South Africa at Stellenbosch University and working with a local NGO.
Madison Cruz is a sophomore from Roswell, Georgia majoring in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. This is her first year on the team, although she did Model United Nations in high school for 2 years. She is excited to be a staff member for the CDC: Outbreak crisis committee, and believes that her obsession with the board game Pandemic has helped to prepare her for this committee. Along with Model United Nations, Madison is also an IMPACT Service Breaks site leader and a staff writer for the Georgia Political Review. In her free time, she enjoys discovering new music and volunteering in the Athens community.
Mariah Elliott is a third-year from Buford, Georgia studying International Affairs and Arabic, and minoring in Spanish. She is a fellow in the Institute of Leadership Advancement, the Finance Director for Camp for a Cause, and an alumni of the UGA Morocco program. Last year, she served as the co-chair for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and she looks forward to hearing many innovative solutions as chair of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and “food-venturing”.
Kamryn Lyle is a junior from Marietta, Georgia majoring in International Affairs and minoring in French and Women’s Studies. She’s very excited to return for her second year on the team and to co-chair the GA 3 Committee for UGAMUNC XXIV. Aside from Model United Nations, she’s a site-leader for IMPACT Service Breaks and spends her free time volunteering for political campaigns across the state. When she’s not buried in her books, she likes to spend her free time exploring the music scene in Athens and reading books about religion. After graduation, she hopes to join the Peace Corps and go on to practice human rights law.
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Jack White is a first-year Finance and Romance Languages (Portuguese and Spanish) double major at the University of Georgia. Hailing from Chattanooga, TN, Jack attended the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West (UWC-USA) in Montezuma, NM. He is the chair of the General Assembly First Committee. He has been involved in Model UN since sixth grade and has always been passionate about international governance and affairs. On campus, Jack is involved with UGA Miracle, Greek life, and the Portuguese Flagship Program. For fun, Jack enjoys a nice game of squash or binge-watching Madam Secretary. After graduation, Jack hopes to work as a Foreign Service Officer on behalf of the U.S. State Department before transitioning to a career in investment banking on Wall Street.
Meredith Van De Velde
Meredith Van De Velde is a first-year International Affairs and Computer Science double major here at UGA. She has been involved in Model UN for all four years of high school prior to joining the UGA team, and even as a high schooler, competed at the college level in the National Model UN Conference in New York. Meredith is excited to be the chair of the General Assembly Fourth Committee this year at UGAMUNC. After graduation, she hopes to work in Intelligence for the U.S. government, namely in the field of cybersecurity. In her free time, Meredith enjoys hiking, volunteering at the local humane society, and baking (and eating) desserts.
Gustavo Cervantes is a second-year Public Relations major from Evans, Georgia. Along with Model UN he is involved in Public Relations Student Society of America and University Choir. He is minoring in Spanish and plans to get a certificate in Public Affairs. In his free time, Gustavo loves to kick back and relax by eating a Mr. Goodbar and playing Marvel vs. Capcom 2 on the Sega Dreamcast.