What is HMUN?

Harvard Model United Nations is a four-day international relations simulation for high school students held annually in downtown Boston. At HMUN, delegates gain insight into the workings of the United Nations and the dynamics of international relations by assuming the roles of UN representatives and members of other international bodies and national cabinets. HMUN is an exciting opportunity for students to debate issues that confront world leaders and to draft resolutions in response to these global issues. Participants will develop their abilities to work with others who are equally motivated and passionate about the topics of debate and to respond to global concerns.

HMUN 2016 builds upon decades of experience. In 1927, Harvard held its first annual Model League of Nations, followed by the first Model United Nations conference in

1953. This longevity and the dynamic that only a conference of our size can provide make HMUN the preeminent simulation of its kind in the world.

True to the spirit of the United Nations, founded in 1945, HMUN strives to foster a constructive forum for open dialogue on complex global issues, including international peace and security and economic and social progress. HMUN stresses the in-depth examination and resolution of pressing issues, emphasizing process over product. During the conference, students learn the importance of balancing national interests with the needs of the international community, while also learning about the powers and limitations of international negotiation. Delegates will preserve their countries’ national policy while negotiating in the face of other, sometimes conflicting, international policies.


Substantive Excellence

The staff of HMUN is carefully selected to include the most passionate and dedicated directors. Each of the study guides is carefully crafted for its respective committee and reflects careful and thorough research. All of our directors are extremely knowledgeable, dedicated, and committed to HMUN’s ideals, resulting in well-run and focused committees. Many delegates leave our conference with a new-found passion for international relations and greater awareness of the issues that dominate our world.

Tradition and Innovation

Begun over 75 years ago with a simulation of the League of Nations, our conference is the product of years of gradual refinement. While our conference has expanded considerably including to nations abroad, we are fully committed to bringing the prestigious and superb experience you have come to know and expect at HMUN to our conference next year. At the same time, HMUN is an organization dedicated to exploring new and exciting opportunities for all conference delegates and Faculty Advisors. HMUN 2016 will feature innovative committee simulations, cutting-edge technology, and, of course, great entertainment for delegates outside of committee.

Every year, HMUN also partners with a charity that we feel embodies the ideals of Harvard Model United Nations. This year, we are proud to announce our partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) as our 2016 Charity Partner. For over 40 years, Médecins Sans Frontières has provided emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. To learn more, please visit MSF's website here

Size and Diversity

At HMUN 2016, you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with more than 3,000 high school students from more than 200 high schools around the world. HMUN provides a host of substantive issues for this dynamic group of students and creates a forum for debate and negotiation among them – a truly worthwhile experience. Our conference is designed to foster negotiation and public speaking skills, introduce students to a range of global challenges, and provide culturally diverse perspectives on a variety of issues. Our strong emphasis on representation at our conference from schools across the globe ensures the HMUN experience is a truly international one.

What are people saying about HMUN?

“The staff was gracious and responsive. The GA’s and crisis sessions were run well. Bravo.” - The Bromfield School on HMUN 2014

"Thank you for all you do. It's greatly appreciated. The delegates worked very hard and felt rewarded for their work in the committees."- African Leadership Academy, South Africa on HMUN 2014

"It was great to have come across Ethan and his efficient team mates who haven't left any stones unturned in making the HMUN 2013 a great success. Your 360 degree feedback sessions with the faculty advisors held on a daily basis were brilliant in resolving issues then and there." - Chittagong Grammar School, Bangaldesh on HMUN 2013

The Secretariat of HMUN 2016

Gregory C. Dunn
Louisa W. Carman
Mary K. Brooks
Rajkumar S. Pammal
Angela Jiang
Adam Z. Jiang
Innovation & Technology
Avinash Saraf
General Assembly
Victor J. Kamenker
Toby S. Roper
Specialized Agencies

Gregory C. Dunn — Secretary-General

Gregory C. Dunn is a senior at Harvard College concentrating in Government. He is originally from Palo Alto, California, in California’s Silicon Valley. At Harvard, he studies the impact of technological development on intentional relations, with a secondary interest in the history of East Asia.

Prior to serving as the Secretary-General of HMUN, Greg was the co-president of Harvard’s program International Relations on Campus, a group that works to increase opportunities for Harvard students to engage with world affairs. He is a writer and former Head of Writing for the Harvard International Review, and he has directed crisis elements for HMUN’s sister conference, Harvard National Model United Nations. He has traveled to HMUN’s conference in China and to model UN conferences in the United States with Harvard’s competitive Model United Nations team and. He looks forward to bringing delegates, faculty advisors, and Harvard students together for HMUN 2016!

Email Greg at: sg@harvardmun.org.

Louisa W. Carman — Director-General

Louisa W. Carman is a senior at Harvard studying Government with a secondary field in Global Health and Health Policy and a language citation in Spanish. She is originally from the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, and she loves going home to the trees and her dogs during breaks. Louisa first served on the staff of HMUN 2013, and has been hooked ever since!

When she is not in the HMUN office, Louisa serves as a peer eating concerns counselor and works on her thesis about stigma and HIV in South Africa. In her spare time she enjoys drinking tea, reading politico, and traveling to just about anywhere.

Email Louisa at: dg@harvardmun.org.

Mary K. Brooks — Under-Secretary-General for Administration

Mary K. Brooks is a junior at Harvard concentrating in Government with a citation in Arabic. Originally from Missoula, Montana, she has enjoyed serving as Vice-President for Operations of the Harvard International Relations Council, staffing both HMUN and its sister conference HNMUN in various capacities, and competing on the Intercollegiate Model UN team. Her interest in international relations focuses in particular on refugee movements and environmental issues.

Outside of HMUN, Mary has been involved in a number of Harvard extracurricular activities, managing for theater, Krav Maga, and the Catholic Students Association. She loves skiing and the mountains, budget travel, and caffeine.

Mary is excited to work with this year's Secretariat in planning an amazing conference experience and is looking forward to welcoming everyone to HMUN 2016!

Email Mary at: admin@harvardmun.org.

Email the Administration staff at: info@harvardmun.org.

Rajkumar S. Pammal — Under-Secretary-General for Business

Rajkumar S. Pammal is a junior at Harvard College concentrating in History of Science with a secondary field in Global Health and Health Policy on the pre-medicine track. He was born and raised in Long Island, New York, where he first became involved in Model UN as a freshman in high school. At Harvard, Rajkumar is very involved in Model UN and the International Relations Council, having served as a Director for HNMUN, HNMUN-Latin America, and HMUN India, as well as competing for Harvard on its traveling intercollegiate model UN team.

Outside of Model UN, Rajkumar has served as Co-Chair of the Economic Policy Group at the Institute of Politics, a member of Global Medical Brigades in Honduras, and an Executive Board Member of the South Asian Healthcare Leadership Forum. Additionally, he thoroughly enjoys playing tennis competitively and playing the alto saxophone.

Rajkumar is looking forward to welcoming you to Harvard Model United Nations 2016, and is thrilled to be working with the Secretariat and staff of HMUN 2016 to provide a truly memorable conference experience to all.

Email Raj at: business@harvardmun.org.

Angela Jiang — Comptroller

Angela Jiang is a junior at Harvard studying Computer Science on the Mind, Brain, and Behavior track with a secondary in Philosophy. Born in Liuzhou, China, she moved to the sunny state of Florida when she was four and has called it home ever since. Although she did not participate in Model UN in high school, she quickly fell in love with the institution and is an active member of the International Relations Council. In addition to staffing HMUN Boston, she is also on Secretariat for HMUN India and helps staff our sister conference for college students, HNMUN.

In her free time, Angela enjoys running along the Charles, reading novels, and listening to Mahler symphonies. She is extremely excited to welcome you to Harvard Model United Nations 2016 and looks forward to January!

Email Angela at: comptroller@harvardmun.org.

Adam Jiang — Under-Secretary-General for Innovation & Technology

Adam Jiang is a junior in Winthrop House studying Biomedical Engineering. Adam lives in sunny Santa Clara, California, at the heart of the Silicon Valley, which has aided his preparation for the position of Under-Secretary-General for Innovation and Technology. Outside of model United Nations, Adam maintains an interest in aerospace, which inspired him to be a Director for the Futuristic Commission on Space Development last year at Harvard National Model United Nations, our sister conference.

Adam grew up in Boise, Idaho, which helped his interests extend far beyond just technology. In particular, Adam enjoys all outdoor activities, especially skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, basketball, and chess.

Adam is excited to expand the crisis elements of conference, from expert witnesses to simulated piece of news in order to liven up debate and increase student engagement at HMUN 2016!

Email Adam at: innotech@harvardmun.org.

Avinash Saraf — Under-Secretary-General for the General Assembly

Avinash Saraf is a junior at Harvard concentrating in Social Studies with a secondary field in Computer Science. He is particularly interested in how technology and technological innovation have changed our culture and how we interact with each other online and offline.

Growing up in Edison, NJ, Avi has participated in Model UN for almost half of his lifetime, attending HMUN all four years in high school. Originally joining MUN because it gave him the ability to discuss international relations, he now values it as one of the most important activities in his life, giving him countless friends and memorable experiences. Avi travels with the competitive Model UN team at Harvard in addition to HMUN.

Outside of MUN, Avi enjoys dancing, reading, and photography.

Email Avi at: ga@harvardmun.org.

Victor J. Kamenker — Under-Secretary-General for the Economic and Social Council & Regional Bodies

Victor J. Kamenker is a third-year student at Harvard College studying Statistics, with a Secondary Field in Government. He is particularly interested in the quantitative side of political science, such as spatial analysis of voting patterns.

Victor has been involved in Model United Nations since his sophomore year of high school, both competing as a delegate and serving as a staff member for numerous conferences. For the last two years, he has served as a member of the Administration organ of HMUN. Victor is also a competitor on Harvard’s Intercollegiate Model United Nations travel team and directs at HMUN’s international conferences in China and India.

Born in New York and raised between Los Angeles and Boston, Victor is never really sure how to answer when asked where he’s from. He loves all three cities, and happily engages in discussions on the merits and hidden treasures of all three! Outside of MUN, Victor produces shows for the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, most recently working on Hamlet and Jake’s Women. Victor also enjoys trying new restaurants, sailing, skiing, and globetrotting. He can’t wait to meet all the ECOSOC delegates in February!

Email Victor at: ecosoc@harvardmun.org.

Toby S. Roper — Under-Secretary-General for the Specialized Agencies

Toby S. Roper is a rising Junior at Harvard College, concentrating in Social Studies with a Secondary Concentration in Economics. His primary academic interests center on international relations, and particularly how domestic politics and institutions shape foreign policy. Originally from England, Toby moved overseas when he was eight years old, first to Singapore and most recently to Vancouver, Canada.

Toby has also enjoyed staffing both of HMUN's overseas conferences, in China and India. Outside ofHMUN, Toby will be staffing HMUN's sister conference for college students, and is also a member of the college's travelling Model UN team. Toby also plays scrum-half for the Harvard College Rugby team, and is a proud resident of Kirkland house.

Toby is extremely excited to be running the Specialized Agencies at HMUN 2016, and to providing delegates with a diverse range of dynamic and engaging committees.

Email Toby at: sa@harvardmun.org.