Secretariat

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KATARINA JAKOBSH

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CO-SECRETARY-GENERAL

Katarina is delighted to be serving as a Co-President and Secretary General of MACMUN for the 2022/2023 year. She is in her final year of Honours Social Psychology, specializing in Law, Justice, Crime, and Deviance, and excited to close out her time at McMaster with another year of Model UN. In the past Kat has worked as a staff and Secretariat member for MACMUN, after leading an award winning team in high school. When she is not running debates, you can find Kat trying out new recipes on her friends, planning her next trip, or meeting with the members of the amazing Secretariat to plan this year's conference. The opportunity to bring the MacMUN community back together is one of the most exciting aspects of this year for Kat. She cannot wait to meet new members of the McMaster community who are looking to get involved in MUN, and show them the debate, diplomacy, and community Mac has to offer.

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MARIYAM SALHIA

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CO-SECRETARY-GENERAL

Mariyam is in her fourth year of Life Sciences. In her role as Co-Secretary-General, she oversees all club and conference activities alongside Katarina. She plans MACMUN events throughout the year, coordinates with other McMaster clubs and works with the Secretariat to organize the conference. Mariyam has been involved with MUN since high school, where she attended many conferences. In the past  Mariyam has worked with MACMUN as a Junior Executive, Committee Chair, the USG of Delegate Affairs as well as the USG Committees. Outside of MACMUN, Mariyam volunteers with children and the elderly. You can find her at home tending to her ungrateful plants, trying to find the extended scenes from Spiderman: No Way Home and at HSL wearing 3 layers because it’s freezing. To Mariyam, expanding your world means broadening your perspectives and constantly challenging your own ideas. MACMUN contributes to this effort by nurturing a setting where meaningful discourse can occur and students can begin to understand other perspectives.

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OYIN ADERIBIGBE

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UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF COMMITTEES

Oyin Aderibigbe is a second-year Arts & Science student. She is thrilled to be serving as the USG Committees on the MACMUN Executive Team this year, after having previously worked as a Junior Executive. Her Model UN journey began when she joined her high school’s delegation as a novice delegate five years ago. Since then, her love for Model UN has grown and led her to be involved in several related initiatives on a local, national, and international scale. Oyin is passionate about creating positive environments in Model UN by providing support for delegates who haven’t been exposed to debating in a MUN setting before. In her spare time, she enjoys getting involved in her community, analyzing poetry and prose, learning different languages, and playing Just Dance. She is excited to see you all at MACMUN 2023!

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ZAINAB IFTIKHAR

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UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF CRISIS

Zainab is excited to be serving as USG of Crisis this year. She is in her second year of Honours Kinesiology and was previously a junior executive and crisis analyst for MACMUN 2022. She has been involved in Model UN since 2015 as a delegate, chair, and executive member. Outside of MACMUN, you can find her singing in McMaster’s vocal ensemble, listening to music and reading. She looks forward to rebuilding the MACMUN community at McMaster and organizing in-houses to attract new faces to the club. She incorporates the theme of “expanding your world” in her daily life by keeping up with current events and pursuing opportunities to meet people from different walks of life.

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LILLIAN GUY

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UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF OPERATIONS

Lillian is excited to be serving as the USG Operations for MACMUN 2023. As is a third-year student in the Justice, Political Philosophy and Law program, she is excited that this will be her first in-person MUN since 2020. Having always been passionate about all things legal and political, she has been actively involved with MUN since high school, was an ICJ delegate at MACMUN 2021, and served as a Junior Executive last year. In her free time, she can be found collecting recipes she’ll never get around to making, listening to podcasts, and rewatching Law and Order SVU for what seems like the 100th time. She can’t wait to grow the MACMUN community, welcome new faces, and connect in-person with returning delegates throughout the year!

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HIYA GOYAL

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UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF DELEGATE AFFAIRS

Hiya is currently in her final year of a combined Honours in Economics and Political Science. In her role as the USG of Delegate Affairs, she works to build relationships with the post-secondary level MUN community. Hiya is also a Content and Research Developer for the community-based organization, Staywoke, as well a teaching assistant for the Economics and Engineering departments. She can otherwise be spotted desperately trying to write essays that she definitely procrastinated on, mending thrifted or up-cycled clothing and reading opinion pieces in the New Yorker. To Hiya, MACMUN aims to inspire individuals to speak on critical, perennial issues in an environment that encourages individuals to refine their capacity for leadership and advocacy. She believes that to “Expand your world”, one must embrace being a part of the generation of change and broaden their experiences to contribute towards a more prospective future. By proudly fostering a global community of sustainability, innovation and collective growth, Hiya believes that we can prove to make great strides in our pursuit for a better world.

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VIKRAM ARORA

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UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF INTERNAL FINANCIAL AFFAIRS

Vikram is a second-year student in the Honours Integrated Science program, concentrating in Biology, and is excited to be serving as the USG Internal Financial Affairs this year! Previously, Vikram served as a Junior Executive and Crisis Analyst during MACMUN 2022. Before joining MACMUN, Vikram was a member of his high school's Model United Nations team, participating in several regional, national, and international conferences as a delegate. Outside of MACMUN, Vikram can be found skiing, playing the piano, or spending time with friends. Vikram is thrilled for the upcoming conference as we bring our MACMUN community back together. Whether you have never participated in MUN or have competed at numerous conferences, everyone has something to bring to the table at MACMUN. Working with others through the unique platform that is Model UN is extremely important to make an impact on our world!

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AAYUSH HEMANT BHATIA

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UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF EXTERNAL FINANCIAL PARTNERSHIPS

Aayush is thrilled to be serving as USG External Financial Partnerships this year. He is in his third year of the Honours Commerce program, specializing in operations management. Previously, Aayush has worked as a committee chair for MACMUN 2021. Apart from school and MUN, Aayush enjoys going for drives, hiking, and photography. “Bringing the community back together” is a theme he strives to follow, not just for the conference , but in academics and other aspects of life. Pushing yourself and each other to get involved in the community is the best way to learn about different perspectives and unique ideas, which in turn would helps our community grow.

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PAUL DRAKOS

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UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF COMMUNICATIONS

Paul is excited to serve as USG Communications for MACMUN 2023. He is a third-year student in the Kinesiology program and has been a part of the MACMUN Executive team since his first year serving as a Junior Executive and Crisis Chair for the Golden Age of Piracy committee at MACMUN 2021 and the VP Communications and Chair for the Canadian House of Commons committee for MACMUN 2022. Paul has been involved in Model United Nations since his first year of high school and has attended numerous conferences both nationally and internationally. Bringing people together is what Model United Nations is all about. Paul enjoys the collaborative nature of MUN as it brings together students from all backgrounds and geographic regions to learn about, collaborate and propose solutions that motivate us to make change in our local communities and abroad.

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CHLOE DRAPEAU

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UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF MARKETING

Chloe is excited to be serving as USG Marketing for the second time - her first time being last year. She is in her fourth year of iBioMed specifically in HESE (Health, Engineering Science, & Entrepreneurship). As the USG Marketing, Chloe focuses on generating and implementing marketing strategies to promote events and increase interest in MacMUN! To Chloe, the theme of “bringing back the MacMUN community” means cultivating lasting relationships with her peers and mentors. She is looking forward to having an in-person conference this year! A fun fact about Chloe is that the only bone she has ever broken is her collarbone.

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JUSTIN MYERS

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UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF MEDIA OPERATIONS

Justin is our USG Media Operations for this year's conference. He is in his fourth year, majoring in Political Science and Economics. He has taken part in a few MUN conferences (and one Model City Hall) in the past, and was a member of MACMUN's Media Team last year as a News Anchor. Justin spent his summer hiking, camping, and working on his car to make sure it survived all the road trips. He is thrilled that campus is lively and packed with students again, and can't wait for all of the delegates and staff to feel the same when we bring the MACMUN community back together!

Junior Executives

Junior Executives are 1st or 2nd year students that support the Executive team in their endeavours, shadow one or more executive department(s), and assume a staff position during the MACMUN conference, whether that's as a committee chair, crisis analyst, or media team member. While constitutionally not a part of the Secretariat, they play a large role in the planning of the conference and also get an inside look at the process, gleaning valuable experience that can translate to future iterations of the conference or other opportunities in the future.

Applications for Junior Executives for the 2022/23 year will be released in September.

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