YMUN brings together almost 1,600 delegates from over 40 countries, connecting youth from around the world with Yale, New Haven, and each other. 

WHAT IS YMUN?

Yale Model United Nations is a four-day international relations simulation for high school students held annually on Yale University’s campus in New Haven. At YMUN, delegates from all over the world interact with one another through debate and diplomacy to solve complex challenges facing the world today. Students take on the roles of UN representatives and members of other international bodies and national cabinets, and learn about the workings of international politics and problem solving. By engaging in topics concerning security, economic development, and social progress, delegates learn to navigate the complexities of international negotiation and teamwork, adopt new perspectives and develop comprehensive resolutions to pressing global issues.

Building upon forty-two years of experience, YMUN XLIII strives to provide every delegate with a dynamic and enriching opportunity. Through our revamped procedure, unique and novel committees, emphasis on learning and Chair training, YMUN strives to reaffirm our commitment to education and leadership. It is this passion and care that make YMUN one of the premier conferences in the world.

We want to congratulate YMUN XLI for their perfect program design... UN [procedure] training, political debates, master lectures... social activities, and a university life experience on the beautiful Yale campus. This is the best [conference] we have participated in and we encourage you to continue with this remarkable experience!
— YMUN XLI Delegation

OUR MISSION

Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow

YMUN aims to empower students from high schools around the globe through deep and active engagement with complex global issues. At YMUN, delegates develop skills in diplomacy, cooperation, and critical thinking that motivate lifelong global citizenship. Delegates leave YMUN with the knowledge that they can make an impact and affect positive change in the world.


WHY choose YMUN?

+ "Learn Today"

Education is at the heart of YMUN. With our comprehensive chair recruitment and training procedure and preparation over the course of 10 months, we strive to create a fun, educational, dynamic committee experience for all delegates regardless of skill level. Our chairs are Yale students chosen based on their commitment to learning and their passion for the topics of each committee: each chair is a dedicated educator and expert ready to be proactive with delegates.

In committee, YMUN uses YMUN Procedure, which we believe brings together the best of UNA-USA (American) style MUN, and THIMUN (international) style MUN. The new style emphasizes in-committee debate and builds critical thinking skills. Supplementing our existing new delegate committee and in-conference training, YMUN XLIII will see the debut of a comprehensive, pre-conference online delegate education program. YMUN will also premier an awards system without delegation awards that rewards collaboration and content creation, as opposed to product and competitiveness. In this manner, we hope to return MUN to its original spirit: diplomacy, collaboration and solving world issues.

+ "Lead Tomorrow"

Through our diligence and commitment to learning, we hope delegates leave our conference with a greater awareness of issues that dominate our world, equipped with the tools and motivation to make a difference. We believe the stimulating debates of committees should be followed by reflection on how discussion translates to action in alleviating global problems. Through our keynote speaker, non-profit organization and the passion of our team, we strive to integrate impact, responsibility and action into our conference events.

+ Engagement With Yale

Unlike many other conferences, YMUN is hosted on Yale’s beautiful campus and allows delegates and advisors to experience what our university has to offer. At YMUN, delegates will have the opportunity to meet and interact with more than 200 Yale University undergraduates in and out of committee session. Through our events and activities, delegates will engage with Yale students and professors not only to learn about international relations, but also gain insight into college life and beyond. Of course, a four-day conference is not complete without an exciting entertainment program as well!


Our Secretariat

Secretary-General:
Michael Carden                        

  Michael Carden is a junior in Silliman College and is a Political Science major. Originally from Port Washington, New York, Michael spent eleven years in Paris, France and graduated from the American School of Paris. Prior to serving as Secretary-General for YMUN XLIII, Michael was the Under Secretary-General of General Assemblies for YMUN XLII and worked on the Secretariats of YMUN Korea, SCSY, and YMUN XLI. Outside of YIRA, Michael has worked for the Dwight Hall Center for Public Service and Social Justice and was a speaker at TEDxYale 2015. He enjoys spending time with friends and watching baseball. Michael is thrilled to meet you all in January. Please contact Michael at ymun.secgen@yira.org.

 

Michael Carden is a junior in Silliman College and is a Political Science major. Originally from Port Washington, New York, Michael spent eleven years in Paris, France and graduated from the American School of Paris. Prior to serving as Secretary-General for YMUN XLIII, Michael was the Under Secretary-General of General Assemblies for YMUN XLII and worked on the Secretariats of YMUN Korea, SCSY, and YMUN XLI. Outside of YIRA, Michael has worked for the Dwight Hall Center for Public Service and Social Justice and was a speaker at TEDxYale 2015. He enjoys spending time with friends and watching baseball. Michael is thrilled to meet you all in January. Please contact Michael at ymun.secgen@yira.org.

 

Under Secretary-General of Business & Conference:
alex martiniouk

  Alex Martiniouk is a sophomore majoring, prospectively, in Global Affairs and Computer Science. Within YIRA, he’s taken part in YMUN XLII, SCSY XXXVIII, SCSY XXXIX, YMGE 2016, the YIRA Russia Research Trip, and IRSY 2016 and, outside of YIRA, he’s been involved with the Yale Banner Publications and the Yale Daily News. He’s really passionate about a lot of things that don’t often make sense together—he conducted genetics research at the National Academy of Sciences in Ukraine, has ballroom danced competitively since fourth grade, was a Ukrainian boy scout, and enjoys laser cutting cool things at the CEID in his free time. Most of all, he’s very passionate about Ukraine and all things Ukrainian, but also loves tea, grapefruits, and old maps.  Contact Alex at ymun.conference@yira.org.

 

Alex Martiniouk is a sophomore majoring, prospectively, in Global Affairs and Computer Science. Within YIRA, he’s taken part in YMUN XLII, SCSY XXXVIII, SCSY XXXIX, YMGE 2016, the YIRA Russia Research Trip, and IRSY 2016 and, outside of YIRA, he’s been involved with the Yale Banner Publications and the Yale Daily News. He’s really passionate about a lot of things that don’t often make sense together—he conducted genetics research at the National Academy of Sciences in Ukraine, has ballroom danced competitively since fourth grade, was a Ukrainian boy scout, and enjoys laser cutting cool things at the CEID in his free time. Most of all, he’s very passionate about Ukraine and all things Ukrainian, but also loves tea, grapefruits, and old maps.  Contact Alex at ymun.conference@yira.org.

 

UNDER SECRETARY-GENERAL OF Marketing:
isa magraner

  Isa Magraner, a sophomore in Calhoun College, is excited to serve as this year's USG of Marketing. She is from San Antonio, Texas, and hopes to major in American Studies with a concentration in Politics & Society. Isa has previously worked on the Secretariat of YMUN XLII as an ASG of Business & Conference and for YMGE as the USG of Branding. Outside of YIRA, Isa is the President of the Sophomore Class Council and is also a member of the Yale College Council and the Calhoun College Council. Beyond that, she enjoys spending time with her sisters in Alpha Phi and catching up with friends over brunch. Contact Isa at ymun.marketing@yira.org.

 

Isa Magraner, a sophomore in Calhoun College, is excited to serve as this year's USG of Marketing. She is from San Antonio, Texas, and hopes to major in American Studies with a concentration in Politics & Society. Isa has previously worked on the Secretariat of YMUN XLII as an ASG of Business & Conference and for YMGE as the USG of Branding. Outside of YIRA, Isa is the President of the Sophomore Class Council and is also a member of the Yale College Council and the Calhoun College Council. Beyond that, she enjoys spending time with her sisters in Alpha Phi and catching up with friends over brunch. Contact Isa at ymun.marketing@yira.org.

 

UNDER SECRETARY-GENERAL OF ECOSOC:
harold ekeh

  Harold Ekeh is a sophomore in Pierson College. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria but has lived in Long Island, NY for the past 10 years. Harold served as the ASG of General Assemblies for YMUN XLII, is a chair for the Peace and Security Council of the African Union in SCSY XXIX,  part of the competitive Model United Nations Team at Yale (MUNTY), and is the YIRA Alumni Relations Assistant Coordinator.  Outside of YIRA, Harold is involved in the Yale Black Men's Union, The Odd Ducks, and A Leg Even. He hopes to potentially double major in Global Affairs and Psychology. Harold is huge fan of spicy food, naps on hammocks, and loves to try new restaurants with his friends. Contact Harold at ymun.ecosoc@yira.org.    

 

Harold Ekeh is a sophomore in Pierson College. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria but has lived in Long Island, NY for the past 10 years. Harold served as the ASG of General Assemblies for YMUN XLII, is a chair for the Peace and Security Council of the African Union in SCSY XXIX,  part of the competitive Model United Nations Team at Yale (MUNTY), and is the YIRA Alumni Relations Assistant Coordinator.  Outside of YIRA, Harold is involved in the Yale Black Men's Union, The Odd Ducks, and A Leg Even. He hopes to potentially double major in Global Affairs and Psychology. Harold is huge fan of spicy food, naps on hammocks, and loves to try new restaurants with his friends. Contact Harold at ymun.ecosoc@yira.org.    

 

UNDER SECRETARY-GENERAL OF ICJ and Press corps:
Ben wang

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Ben Wang is a sophomore Biomedical Engineering and Economics double major in Branford College. He has been involved in Model UN since his freshman year of high school, and is excited to continue that involvement through YIRA and as a part of this year's YMUN secretariat. In YIRA, Ben has been a part of the secretariat of YMUN XLI, SCSY, and YMUN Taiwan. Outside of Model UN. Ben can be seen on campus doing photography and gorging on food. He also helps produce shows on campus and is working on a small biotechnology startup called Simplex Sciences. Ben is looking forward to making the ICJ and Press Corps as enjoyable and engaging as possible. Feel free to contact Ben at ymun.icjpc@yira.org

Director-General of operations:
Ginger Li

  Ginger Li is a junior in Trumbull College from New York City, majoring in political science. This is the third YMUN she has been involved in during her time at Yale. She previously served as the Under Secretary-General of Sponsorship and a Vice Chair, and has also been on the secretariats of SCSY, IRSY, and YMGE. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends, watching tv, and eating nachos. Contact Ginger at ymun.dg.admin@yira.org.

 

Ginger Li is a junior in Trumbull College from New York City, majoring in political science. This is the third YMUN she has been involved in during her time at Yale. She previously served as the Under Secretary-General of Sponsorship and a Vice Chair, and has also been on the secretariats of SCSY, IRSY, and YMGE. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends, watching tv, and eating nachos. Contact Ginger at ymun.dg.admin@yira.org.

 

UNDER SECRETARY-GENERAL OF Domestic Delegations:
alex jang

  Alex Jang is a sophomore in Jonathan Edwards College. Alex is originally from the California Bay Area and grew up there his entire life. A prospective Applied Math and Sociology double major, Alex is studying a wide range of topics from mathematics to social policy analysis. In high school, Alex was an avid debater, mostly competing in Public Forum and Extemporaneous Speaking, and a wrestler. Outside of classes, Alex is currently a member of the Model United Nations Team at Yale, the USG of Marketing for YMUN Korea, the Secretary General of the International Relations Symposium at Yale, a member of the Club Wrestling Team, and a coach for Urban Debate League. For fun, Alex likes to hang out with his friends, watch House of Cards, and discuss anything, contentious or not, during free time! Contact Alex at ymun.delegations.us@yira.org.                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

Alex Jang is a sophomore in Jonathan Edwards College. Alex is originally from the California Bay Area and grew up there his entire life. A prospective Applied Math and Sociology double major, Alex is studying a wide range of topics from mathematics to social policy analysis. In high school, Alex was an avid debater, mostly competing in Public Forum and Extemporaneous Speaking, and a wrestler. Outside of classes, Alex is currently a member of the Model United Nations Team at Yale, the USG of Marketing for YMUN Korea, the Secretary General of the International Relations Symposium at Yale, a member of the Club Wrestling Team, and a coach for Urban Debate League. For fun, Alex likes to hang out with his friends, watch House of Cards, and discuss anything, contentious or not, during free time! Contact Alex at ymun.delegations.us@yira.org.                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

UNDER SECRETARY-GENERAL OF Sponsorship:
mandy taheri

  Mandy Taheri is a sophomore in Branford College, hoping to major in Global Affairs or Political Science. She is the USG of Sponsorship for YMUN. Mandy has lived in Michigan, Vermont, and most recently Connecticut. Apart from school and YIRA, Mandy loves looking at dog Instagram accounts, cooking/baking and practicing yoga. Mandy's spirit animal is an elephant. Feel free to contact Mandy at ymun.sponsorship@yira.org.                                     

 

Mandy Taheri is a sophomore in Branford College, hoping to major in Global Affairs or Political Science. She is the USG of Sponsorship for YMUN. Mandy has lived in Michigan, Vermont, and most recently Connecticut. Apart from school and YIRA, Mandy loves looking at dog Instagram accounts, cooking/baking and practicing yoga. Mandy's spirit animal is an elephant. Feel free to contact Mandy at ymun.sponsorship@yira.org.                                     

 

UNDER SECRETARY-GENERAL OF Regional Bodies:
riley tillitt

  Riley Tillitt is a sophomore from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and he is interested in studying either Ethics, Politics, & Economics and/or History. Apart from being the Under Secretary-General of Regional Bodies for YMUN, he is also the USG of Committees for YMUN China, a member of the Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund, and Deputy Director of Operations for Yale Model Congress. When he's not working on ensuring that YMUN is the best conference on the circuit, you can find him hanging out with friends or lounging on one of the 10,000 gorgeous lakes in Minnesota. Contact Riley at ymun.rb@yira.org.

 

Riley Tillitt is a sophomore from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and he is interested in studying either Ethics, Politics, & Economics and/or History. Apart from being the Under Secretary-General of Regional Bodies for YMUN, he is also the USG of Committees for YMUN China, a member of the Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund, and Deputy Director of Operations for Yale Model Congress. When he's not working on ensuring that YMUN is the best conference on the circuit, you can find him hanging out with friends or lounging on one of the 10,000 gorgeous lakes in Minnesota. Contact Riley at ymun.rb@yira.org.

 

Under SECRETARY-GENERAL of technology:
Shreyas tirumala

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Shreyas Tirumala is a junior Computer Science and Global Affairs double major in Trumbull College. Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Shreyas argued on the high school debate circuit and engaged in political activism.  In college, he competes for Yale's collegiate Model United Nations team (MUNTY). He has served the Yale International Relations Association in numerous capacities: SCSY Secretariat, a YMUN Chair, and now as the 2016-2017 Treasurer. Outside of YIRA, Shreyas is a senior CS50 Teaching Assistant, debates in the Yale Political Union, writes a biweekly column for the Yale Daily News, and builds autonomous robots with the Yale Intelligent Vehicles Team.  Contact Shreyas at ymun.tech@yira.org.  

Director-general of committees:
jude alawa

  Jude Alawa is a sophomore in Branford College, hoping to study political science or global affairs. He is excited to continue his involvement in YIRA through YMUN XLIII, having worked on the YMUN XLII and SCSY secretariats, and competing on MUNTY. Outside of YIRA, Jude is a member of Students Organized for Syria and works for a non-profit called Sahha Wa Salaam. Jude is originally from Miami Florida, but has grown to love the northeast weather.  He is honored to be on the YMUN secretariat and looks forward to an exciting, unforgettable conference! Contact Jude at ymun.dg.committees@yira.org.

 

Jude Alawa is a sophomore in Branford College, hoping to study political science or global affairs. He is excited to continue his involvement in YIRA through YMUN XLIII, having worked on the YMUN XLII and SCSY secretariats, and competing on MUNTY. Outside of YIRA, Jude is a member of Students Organized for Syria and works for a non-profit called Sahha Wa Salaam. Jude is originally from Miami Florida, but has grown to love the northeast weather.  He is honored to be on the YMUN secretariat and looks forward to an exciting, unforgettable conference! Contact Jude at ymun.dg.committees@yira.org.

 

UNDER SECRETARY-GENERAL OF International Delegations: 
yoojin han

  Yoojin Han is a member of Berkeley College Class of 2019 at Yale University, serving as Under Secretary General of Intenational Delegations for YMUN 2017. Originally from Seoul, Republic of Korea, Yoojin is greatly interested in the complex international relations in East Asia, specifically between Korea, China and Japan. Yoojin has also been involved with YMUN Korea, SCSY, YRIS and IRSY, and apart from YIRA she is also the treasurer of Hanppuri (Yale Korean international student group) and member of the Yale Kendo Club. Outside of work, Yoojin also loves trying out nearby restaurants and is always looking for new songs and tea. She is very excited to meet all the delegates she has been communicating with at YMUN! Contact Yoojin at ymun.delegations.intl@yira.org. 

 

Yoojin Han is a member of Berkeley College Class of 2019 at Yale University, serving as Under Secretary General of Intenational Delegations for YMUN 2017. Originally from Seoul, Republic of Korea, Yoojin is greatly interested in the complex international relations in East Asia, specifically between Korea, China and Japan. Yoojin has also been involved with YMUN Korea, SCSY, YRIS and IRSY, and apart from YIRA she is also the treasurer of Hanppuri (Yale Korean international student group) and member of the Yale Kendo Club. Outside of work, Yoojin also loves trying out nearby restaurants and is always looking for new songs and tea. She is very excited to meet all the delegates she has been communicating with at YMUN! Contact Yoojin at ymun.delegations.intl@yira.org

 

Under Secretary-General of General Assemblies:
sam cummings

  Sam Cummings is a sophomore in Pierson College. He was born in South Africa, but has lived in New Jersey for the last fourteen years. Although still undecided, Sam plans on majoring in global affairs or political science and computer science. At YMGE Sam is one of the Co-Directors of Committees and Crisis Planning. He is working tirelessly to create an amazing crisis and the best committee experience possible. At Yale, Sam is also involved in YMUN, YMUN Korea, and the Whaling Crew, an organization dedicated to the support of Yale sports teams. He is an avid photographer and loves nothing more than being out in the wilderness. Contact Sam at ymun.ga@yira.org.                                                                                                                                             

 

Sam Cummings is a sophomore in Pierson College. He was born in South Africa, but has lived in New Jersey for the last fourteen years. Although still undecided, Sam plans on majoring in global affairs or political science and computer science. At YMGE Sam is one of the Co-Directors of Committees and Crisis Planning. He is working tirelessly to create an amazing crisis and the best committee experience possible. At Yale, Sam is also involved in YMUN, YMUN Korea, and the Whaling Crew, an organization dedicated to the support of Yale sports teams. He is an avid photographer and loves nothing more than being out in the wilderness. Contact Sam at ymun.ga@yira.org.                                                                                                                                             

 

UNDER SECRETARY-GENERAL OF Specialized Committees:
brian kitano

  Brian Kitano is a sophomore in Branford College. Although still undecided, he is interested in international security and politics. In his free time, Brian enjoys DJing, cooking and exploring new places in New Haven. Brian loves Specialized Committees for their fast pace, one-on-one interactions and meticulous debates and is excited to be leading the organ! Contact Brian at ymun.specialized@yira.org.  

 

Brian Kitano is a sophomore in Branford College. Although still undecided, he is interested in international security and politics. In his free time, Brian enjoys DJing, cooking and exploring new places in New Haven. Brian loves Specialized Committees for their fast pace, one-on-one interactions and meticulous debates and is excited to be leading the organ! Contact Brian at ymun.specialized@yira.org.

 

 

Assistant secretary-general of committees: Adam michalowksi

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Ben Wang is a sophomore Biomedical Engineering and Economics double major in Branford College. He has been involved in Model UN since his freshman year of high school, and is excited to continue that involvement through YIRA and as a part of this year's YMUN secretariat. In YIRA, Ben has been a part of the secretariat of YMUN XLI, SCSY, and YMUN Taiwan. Outside of Model UN. Ben can be seen on campus doing photography and gorging on food. He also helps produce shows on campus and is working on a small biotechnology startup called Simplex Sciences. Ben is looking forward to making the ICJ and Press Corps as enjoyable and engaging as possible.