Chair, Gravity’s Rainbow: Postwar Germany 1945-1949
Eric, a double major in Materials Engineering and Physics, has been a member of NUMUN since his freshman year. As a D.C. native, he enjoys staying involved in geopolitics through MUN – a welcome change of pace from his coursework. Eric has both chaired two committees at Northwestern and traveled to three collegiate conferences as a delegate, giving him an appreciation for both sides of Model UN. An avid runner, Eric joins his parents and uncle in a different marathon every October.
Crisis Staffer, JCC France
Henry is a freshman at Northwestern majoring political science major with an intended minor in French. He focuses on international relations and hopes to attend law school. Outside of NUMUN Henry is involved in the Omega chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Henry comes from Boston, Massachusetts. In his free time, Henry enjoys skiing, reading, and following world soccer.
Moderator, Congress of Vienna
Julia studies social policy with a possible double major in political science, but she's extremely indecisive and will probably change this three times before she graduates. She is interested in economic policy, with the hopes of being an investment banker and eventually a policymaker in Washington D.C. Outside of NUMUN, Julia interns at the Chicago City Treasurer's Office, writes for The Daily Northwestern, and is helping to organize a student campaign for Marco Rubio. When she's not working, you can find her in the front row of a Soul Cycle class in the loop or finding ways to make everything around her pink and sparkly.
Moderator, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Michelle studies Environmental Science and International Studies with a focus on international development and sustainability. While this will be her fourth year in Model UN, she also teaches inner-city students business concepts as a Moneythink mentor and writes for the Roosevelt Institute, submitting policies for its 10 Ideas Journal. And in addition to dreaming about the warm weather in Atlanta, where she grew up, she enjoys baking, watching bad romantic comedies, and listening to the Chili Peppers.
Chief of Staff
Zachary is a senior majoring in American Studies, History, and German. He has been participating in Model UN for over seven years and grew up in New York City. Currently, he represents undergraduates in the German and History departments, serves as the Vice President of Recruitment for Sigma Phi Epsilon, and is working on a senior thesis for interdisciplinary honors. He also makes it a point to speak with his parents every day. In his spare time, Zach loves watching films and TV and spending time with friends.
Sam studies political science and international studies, with a minor in Business Institutions. He works specifically in international political economy and development, and focuses on Asian area studies. Eventually, he would like to run for elected office. Sam is President of his fraternity, and has competed in Mock Trial at the collegiate level for Northwestern. Sam has attended two collegiate conferences and competed in high school in his home state of Maine.
Brian studies political science and journalism with a focus in broadcast. He is from the western suburbs of Chicago and plans to study abroad in South Africa through the School for International Training in Durban, researching political and social transformation post-Apartheid. Brian is a producer for Northwestern News Network, social chair of his fraternity, and a member of the campus outreach committee for the Northwestern Community Development Corp. This is Brian's first year on the travel team, however, he has an accomplished background from competitive high school Model UN.
Sofia Lopez Franco
Undersecretary-General of Simulation
Sofia studies political science and legal studies at Northwestern, and is currently completing a thesis on early twentieth century drug policy and the international opium trade. She hopes to go on to law school and eventually practice either international human rights or domestic asylum and immigration law. Sofia is also the vice president of talent management for AIESEC on campus, an international leadership development organization. In her free time, Sofia enjoys traveling, reading, and drinking tea. Sofia has attended three collegiate conferences and looks forward to continuing to compete on the collegiate circuit.
Vice Chair, Modern Japanese Cabinet
Originally from Platteville, Wisconsin, Sumaia is majoring in social policy as well as religion, law, and politics in the religious studies department. While most of her work so far has focused on immigration and education policy in general, she hopes to eventually work in mental health advocacy and focus on destigmatization and resource education in minority schools and communities in particular. In her spare time, Sumaia is also a blogger for the Huffington Post and a global affairs writer for MuslimGirl.net. Although this is Sumaia’s first year competing in collegiate Model UN conferences, she was the Head Delegate of her high school team and competed in national speaking contests throughout high school.
Chair, Congress of Vienna
Michael is a political science and history double major at Northwestern. He specializes in international relations and hopes to one day work for the State Department in the diplomatic field. Aside from NUMUN, Michael is involved with the comedy community in Chicago and writes for the campus satirical newspaper Sherman Ave. Michael has been to three college conferences and looks forward to participating in many move in the future.
Crisis Staffer, UNESCAP
Areeba is studying Biology and International Studies, with a concentration in International Security. She is interested in Global Health and the impact of political and socio-economic instability on the provision of health care, and has conducted epidemiological research on patient care at the National Institute of Child Health Pediatric ER in Karachi, Pakistan. Areeba is currently an intern at the Center for Forced Migration studies at Northwestern. Her work includes international refugee advocacy and she interned at the UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs in Geneva, Switzerland this past summer. Areeba is also a Research Assistant in the Kelleher Proteomics Lab at Northwestern. Having grown up in both New York City and Karachi, she is very fond of travelling. Areeba has been extensively involved in Model UN since high school, and has competed at Harvard MUN Beijing and other national conferences.
Moderator, UN Women
Stanley is in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and plans to double major in economics and philosophy. In Model United Nations, he often engages in historical conflicts, with a focus on economic-military crises. Stanley is also involved in the archery and eSports teams at Northwestern. Originally from Westchester, New York, Stanley has been competing in Model UN since freshman year of high school, competing in 8 conferences during that time.
Undersecretary-General of Collegiate Delegations
Ashley studies political science with a minor in creative writing and just returned from study in Beijing, China. She focuses on international security and interstate power dynamics, with the goal of earning a Ph.D. and working in foreign policy. Ashley is also a managing editor and writer at North by Northwestern and intern for Hillary for America. A native Floridian, Ashley spends her leisure time exploring the outdoors and Chicago's art scene. Ashley has attended four collegiate conferences and competed extensively in high school debate and Model UN.