We look forward to welcoming you in January! In the meantime, meet the CMUNCE XVII Secretariat!
Erin is a senior in Columbia College studying Computer Science, interested in pursuing a career in technology and digital strategy. After two years serving on Secretariat as Chief of Operations and USG Programming, she is excited to be taking on the Secretary-General role. She has run committees at CMUNNY (Columbia's collegiate MUN conference) and competes on the Columbia Model UN travel team. She has also served on the Executive Board of the Columbia Society of Women Engineers and is a tour guide and student interviewer for the Columbia Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She looks forward to welcoming you all to campus this January and making CMUNCE XVII a fun, engaging experience for all delegates!
Obianuju is a Columbia College senior majoring in Economics-Political Science, who intends to pursue law after undergrad. Obianuju has a long history with CMUNCE, serving as a Conference Operations Fellow during her first year and acting as USG for Public Relations her sophomore year. Spending her junior academic year abroad at Oxford University prevented her from being on the secretariat for CMUNCE XVI, but has not held her back from Skyping in to meetings as DG for CMUNCE XVII. Beyond Model UN, Obianuju is an avid film watcher (watched 101 films in 2016, down from 107 films in 2015). She is also a Columbia Global Ambassador Program Coordinator and a virtual intern for the US Department of State. At Oxford, Obianuju is Screen Editor of The Oxford Student newspaper, producer of a student film, and Publicity & Events Officer of Oxford University United Nations Association (OUUNA). Obianuju is excited to serve as Director General of CMUNCE XVII and looks forward to welcoming you all to Columbia’s campus in January!
Chief of Staff
Jack is a junior in Columbia College studying Slavic Studies and Political Science, with a focus on Eastern European history and economic development. Born in New York City, raised in New Jersey, Jack spends much of his time defending his state's charm to unrelenting New Yorkers. Beyond that, Jack serves as the Politics Editor of the Birch, an undergraduate journal dedicated to Russian and Eastern European Studies, and is involved in CIRCA. He also is a Student Ambassador for Columbia's Art Initiative and loves photography. As Chief of Staff, he is excited to help organize a conference that will be an exciting welcome to Columbia for everyone.
Chief of Operations
Josue is a junior in Columbia College studying Sustainable Development and Business Management with an interest in environmental policy and international relations. He started his Model UN journey as a high school delegate and is excited to continue his involvement after previously serving as USG Programming for CMUNCE XVI and as a Conference Operations Fellow for CMUNCE XV. He is actively involved in CIRCA and has staffed multiple conferences in addition to competing as part of the Columbia Model UN Travel Team. Outside of CIRCA, he’s involved on campus as part of the Columbia University Marching Band where he plays the trumpet and was previously an editor with the Journal of Politics and Society. When not on campus you can find him somewhere in the city trying to find good places to eat. He is looking forward to welcoming all delegates to an exciting conference and making CMUNCE XVII the best one yet!
USG of Public Relations
Maria is a sophomore in Columbia College from Miami, FL, double majoring in Political Science and Human Rights with a concentration in Hispanic Studies. She joined the Model UN family as a high school delegate and has since become an active member of CIRCA, Columbia’s International Relations association. She has staffed CMUNNY (Columbia’s collegiate conference), directed a Cuban Revolution committee at CMUNCE XVI, and actively competes on the Columbia MUN travel team. Outside of CIRCA, she is also involved with Columbia Democrats and the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee as a tour guide. She is additionally an avid Netflix user, a frequent nap-taker, and loves to explore all NYC has to offer. She cannot wait to welcome you all to CMUNCE XVII in January!
Kenneth is a junior in Columbia College studying biology and art history. Outside of CMUNCE, he works as a researcher in the Chalfie lab, studying the Hox proteins' transcriptional regulation of transcription factors in Caenorhabditis elegans, serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal and as a co-President of Columbia Public Health Club. When he gets the chance, he loves to cook for and eat with friends. You can normally catch him at Fairway Market, the Chelsea art galleries, or roaming around in Soho, but from Jan 11th to Jan 14th he will be running around to ensure the success of CMUNCE XVII.
Paola Ripoll is a sophomore in Columbia College majoring in History and Comparative Literature and Society, focusing on Russian and French. In addition to her position on Secretariat for CMUNCE XVII, Paola is heavily involved with CIRCA, staffing Columbia’s various conferences and competing as a member of the Model UN travel team. Additionally, she is a part of Columbia’s Taekwondo club and is a member of the Questbridge Ambassador Cohort. She loves learning foreign languages, exploring the city with friends, and aspires to one day be the next Amal Clooney. She is also an aficionado of all things Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian. Paola is super excited to serve as USG of Committees this year and welcome all of you to New York and CMUNCE in January!
Dany is a sophomore in Columbia College studying anthropology. She received her first introduction to Model UN when she decided to show up to Columbia's travel team try-outs. She quickly fell in love with the MUN world and served as a vice chair for last year's CMUNNY and a Crisis Director for last year's CMUNCE. Outside of CIRCA, Dany doesn't have time for any other extracurricular activities because she has two part-time jobs. After traveling to and staffing a few conferences, she's thrilled to have a larger role in making this CMUNCE an amazing experience for the delegates!
Emmanuella (best known as Vicky) is a sophomore in Columbia College. Emmanuella is a born and raised Indonesian and this is her first time living outside of Jakarta, Indonesia. She hopes she'll eventually toughen up and embrace the cold winters here in NYC. At school, she has no idea what she wants to study but she is interested in Political Science, Economics, and East Asian Studies so she'll probably pursue some mix of the three. She has been an active member of CIRCA and is a member of the MUN travel team. Outside of CIRCA, you can find her voraciously reading history books, watching Game of Thrones or looking at food or cats on Instagram.
USG Marketing and Sponsorships
Rishi is a sophomore in Columbia College, interested in studying history, computer science, and foreign languages. During CMUNCE XVI, Rishi chaired a Marvel JCC committee. Outside of MUN, Rishi is a camp counselor for Camp Kesem and enjoys playing tennis and reading in his free time. He is excited to be working with the Secretariat during CMUNCE XVII and looks forward to welcoming all of you to NYC this fall!
Shalom is a sophomore in Columbia College majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior on the pre-medical track with a great interest in public health. Her first MUN experience was staffing CMUNNY, CMUNCE's sister conference in her freshman year. Last year, she served as a Conference Operations Fellow, and this year she is excited to expand her role in CMUNCE as the USG for Programming. Outside of CMUNCE and other school-related activities, she loves burgers and breakfast food and is on the quest to find the best place to get both in NYC. She is excited to welcome new and returning delegates to CMUNCE XVII!