We look forward to welcoming you in January! In the meantime, meet the CMUNCE XVIII Secretariat!

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Josue Lecodet:

Secretary-General

Josue is a senior in Columbia College studying History and Sustainable Development with an interest in environmental policy and international relations. He started his Model UN journey as a high school delegate and is excited to serve as Secretary-General after three years on secretariat. He is actively involved in CIRCA and has staffed multiple conferences including CESIMS and CMUNNY. Outside of CIRCA, he’s involved on campus as Treasurer of the Columbia University Marching Band where he plays the trumpet. He enjoys traveling, reading science fiction, and when he is 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 XVIII the best one yet!


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Jack Treval:

Director-General

Jack is a senior in Columbia College studying Slavic Studies and Political Science. Born in New York City but raised in New Jersey, Jack spends much of his time defending his state's charm to unrelenting New Yorkers. Beyond that, Jack serves on the Executive Board of the Birch, an undergraduate journal of Slavic Studies, he is the President of the Eurasian Studies Student Organization, and he is also involved in CIRCA. Outside of school, Jack enjoys running in Riverside Park, traveling, and volunteering. This past summer Jack studied in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.


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Paola Ripoll:

Chief of Staff

Paola is a junior in Columbia College, double majoring in History and Political Science. She aspires to be the next Amal Clooney and hopes to pursue a career in international law and diplomacy. After serving as USG Committees last year and running a committee her freshman year, she is excited to return to CMUNCE XVIII as Chief of Staff. Outside of Secretariat, she competes on the Columbia Model UN Travel Team and is involved with Columbia's Questbridge network. In her spare time, you can find her learning foreign languages, laughing at bird memes, and drinking matcha lattes.


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Shalom Omollo:

Chief of Operations

Shalom is a junior in Columbia College studying Biology and Statistics on the pre-medical track. Her first MUN experience was staffing CMUNNY, CMUNCE's sister conference in her freshman year. Over the past two years, she has served as a Conference Operations Fellow and as the USG Programming. Outside of CIRCA, Shalom is an intern for the Research Cluster for Science and Subjectivity and is a Research Assistant at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzhemier's and the Aging Brain. In addition, she is a member of the Premier of Ontario's Council on Youth Opportunities. She is so excited to welcome new and returning delegates to CMUNCE XVIII!


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Vicky Wong:

USG of Public Relations

Emmanuella is junior in Columbia College studying Political Science and East Asian Studies. Although Emmanuella is her real name, she prefers to be called Vicky. She was a member of the CMUNCE Secretariat last year as a USG of Committee. In addition to working for CMUNCE, she proposes committees for CMUNNY (Columbia's collegiate MUN conference) and competes as a member of the Columbia travel team. She has also been the President of the Southeast League and worked at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute on campus. Outside of school, clubs and work, she likes to travel around the world, eat food downtown and watch TV shows while ignoring her homework. You can also spot her looking at photos of Jakarta (her hometown) as the cold New York winters often make her miss the warm temperatures of home. She can't wait to meet everyone this January at CMUNCE XVIII and hopes that everyone will have a great time.


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Dylan Castagnette:

USG Committees

Dylan is a junior in Columbia College studying mathematics, and is not sure of his career path but he's hoping math takes him somewhere. Dylan is from Mauritius, and is fluent in French and Mauritian Creole. Dylan is new to the Secretariat this year, but proposed a committee for CMUNCE last year, and chaired multiple CMUNNY and CESIMS committees. He also competes for the Columbia Model UN travel team. Dylan is also a member of the Global Recruitment Committee and has worked as an orientation leader for the Office of Multicultural Affairs since his freshman year. Outside of school, Dylan enjoys listening to Sufjan Stevens, annoying his roommate with his poor ukulele skills, and watching numberphile videos. Dylan is super excited to welcome you to campus for CMUNCE XVIII and hopes that you have a lot of fun with the CMUNCE Secretariat.


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Serena Tsui:

USG Committees

Serena is a sophomore in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering. Within the Columbia International Relations Council and Association she has served on committees for both CMUNNY and CMUNCE as crisis analyst and chair. Now she is excited to be part of the Secretariat as the Undersecretary General of Committees. Besides Model UN, Serena is part of the grants/business team in Columbia's chapter of Engineering Without Borders. In addition, she serves as class representative for the American Society of Civil Engineers. She is excited to seeing all of you on campus for a weekend filled with fun and dynamic debates.


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Jay Shin:

USG Committees

Jay is a sophomore and a prospective philosophy major in Columbia College. Born in New Jersey and raised in North Carolina, it came as a pleasant surprise to Jay that he could feel at home in New York City, and he hopes delegates coming to CMUNCE would feel the same! In his time with CIRCA, Jay has staffed committees for last year's CMUNCE and CMUNNY, Columbia's collegiate-level conference. In terms of other campus activities, Jay is a member of the Philolexian Society, and plays clarinet for the Columbia University Marching Band and the Columbia Pops Orchestra. In his free time, Jay likes pretending to understand Lacanian psychoanalytic theory and Giorgio Agamben's paradoxical account of the law. He also likes contemplating whether or not he'll have his life together within the next four years.


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Eric Scheuch:

USG Committees

Eric is a sophomore in Columbia College studying Economics-Political science and pursuing a career in law and public policy. Outside of CMUNCE, he is a Crisis Director for CMUNNY and CESIMS, Columbia's collegiate and philanthropic Model UN conferences. Outside of CIRCA, he is a board member and trip leader for the Columbia Outdoors Club, a Research Assistant in the Department of Political Science, and an Assistant Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America. In his free time he enjoys trying foods he can't pronounce, playing with golden retriever puppies, and climbing mountains, the higher the better. He looks forward to seeing you in January!


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Silas Swanson:

USG Committees

Silas is a sophomore in the School of Engineering studying Earth and Environmental Engineering. In the past he has run committees at both CMUNCE XVII and CMUNNY, is a current member of the Model UN Travel Team, and is now super excited to join the CMUNCE Secretariat this year. Silas is also Policy Chair for the Student Association for Global Engagement, member of EcoReps, Columbia University Jazz Ensemble, a tour guide with the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee, an Alma Mater Ambassador, and off campus is involved in several other environmental organizations, serving on the Advisory Board for the Wild Center's Youth Climate Program. Silas is thrilled at the chance to put together an amazing conference for all delegates this January, and hopes you all have an amazing time!


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Alex Siegal:

USG Marketing and Sponsorships

Alex is a sophomore in Columbia College studying Economics-Political Science and History, interested in pursuing a career in law and government. After serving in CMUNCE as a Conference Operations Fellow and a Crisis Director last year, and having been a high school delegate for three years, he is looking forward to serving as USG of Marketing & Sponsorships. He competes on the Columbia Model UN travel team, and also works as a senior editor for the Columbia Political Review. He is looking forward to seeing everyone on campus this January and hopes that CMUNCE XVIII will be the best one yet!


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Joseph Villafane:

USG Marketing and Sponsorships

Joseph is a junior in Columbia College studying economics and political science, and is interested in the management consulting and investment management industries. After a great CMUNCE 2018 experience as a Conference Operations Fellow, the Miami native is super excited to head back to the cold weather and join the warm company of 800+ delegates and staffers. He is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi and Columbia Democrats, and an appointed council-member on Columbia College Student Council.


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Selena Huang:

USG Programming

Selena is a sophomore in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences most likely majoring in Computer Science. After helping staff the Secretariat last year, she decided to reapply this year as USG Programming. Although she is not very active in CIRCA, she enjoyed MUN in high school, and brought her interest over to Columbia. Here in college, Selena is part of the taekwondo team, which competes at various schools along the East Coast, and the lion dance team, which performs around New York City. She enjoys touring the city and trying different foods from various restaurants, and likes dogspotting at the park. Selena looks forward to organizing interesting and engaging mission visits for CMUNCE XVIII and hopes to create a fun-filled conference for all the delegates!