YMUN brings together more than 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-three years of experience, YMUN XLIV 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 XLIV 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

Director-General of operations:
Muriel wang

Secretary-General:
oleksa alex martiniouk

Director-general of committees:
jacob malinowski

Muriel Wang is a sophomore in Trumbull College from Singapore and Boston. She also calls Shanghai and New Hampshire home. She is excited to serve as the Director-General of Operations, and is also involved with YMUN China, SCSY, and YMGE. Outside of YIRA, she works with Yale Children's Theater, the Admissions Office, and Elm City Echo! In her free time, she enjoys sit-coms, modern art, and exploring new restaurants. Please contact Muriel at ymun.dg.admin@yira.org.

Muriel Wang is a sophomore in Trumbull College from Singapore and Boston. She also calls Shanghai and New Hampshire home. She is excited to serve as the Director-General of Operations, and is also involved with YMUN China, SCSY, and YMGE. Outside of YIRA, she works with Yale Children's Theater, the Admissions Office, and Elm City Echo! In her free time, she enjoys sit-coms, modern art, and exploring new restaurants. Please contact Muriel at ymun.dg.admin@yira.org.

Oleksa Alex Martiniouk is a rising junior from New York, New York in Berkeley College. Within YIRA, he has taken part in YMUN, SCSY, YMGE, and IRSY. Outside of YIRA, Alex is the Editor-in-Chief for the Yale Banner Publications, which produces Yale’s yearbook and has acted as a Student Ambassador for Yale Admissions. 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, loves photography, and enjoys laser cutting cool things at the CEID in his free time. He is also Ukrainian and is very passionate about all things Ukrainian basically. You can email him at ymun.secgen@yira.org!

Oleksa Alex Martiniouk is a rising junior from New York, New York in Berkeley College. Within YIRA, he has taken part in YMUN, SCSY, YMGE, and IRSY. Outside of YIRA, Alex is the Editor-in-Chief for the Yale Banner Publications, which produces Yale’s yearbook and has acted as a Student Ambassador for Yale Admissions. 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, loves photography, and enjoys laser cutting cool things at the CEID in his free time. He is also Ukrainian and is very passionate about all things Ukrainian basically. You can email him at ymun.secgen@yira.org!

Jacob is thrilled to be the Director-General of Committees for YMUN XLIV! He is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is currently a sophomore in Grace Hopper College. He has participated in many YIRA conferences, including YMUN, SCSY, YMGE, and IRSY, and he also competes with Yale’s traveling Model UN Team. Jacob writes for The Politic, works as a Yale tour guide, and is involved in various political campaigns and organizations on campus. While he calls Yale home, he occasionally enjoys reminiscing about the Midwest with a fellow cheesehead. If you have any questions about committees, politics, or the fly-over states, reach out to Jacob at ymun.dg.committees@yira.org.

Jacob is thrilled to be the Director-General of Committees for YMUN XLIV! He is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is currently a sophomore in Grace Hopper College. He has participated in many YIRA conferences, including YMUN, SCSY, YMGE, and IRSY, and he also competes with Yale’s traveling Model UN Team. Jacob writes for The Politic, works as a Yale tour guide, and is involved in various political campaigns and organizations on campus. While he calls Yale home, he occasionally enjoys reminiscing about the Midwest with a fellow cheesehead. If you have any questions about committees, politics, or the fly-over states, reach out to Jacob at ymun.dg.committees@yira.org.

Under-Secretary-General of Business & Conference:
Hanah lee

Under-Secretary-General of Delegations:
Min Byung Chae

Under-Secretary-General of Recruitment:
Eujin Jang

Hanah Lee is the Under-Secretary General of Business and Conference for YMUN XLIII. Hailing from sunny Arcadia, California, Hanah is a rising sophomore in Silliman College who is a prospective Global Affairs or political science and economics major. A die-hard YIRA fan, Hanah has worked on the past secretariats of SCSY, YMUN, IRSY, and YMUN China. Outside of working with YIRA and its constituent conferences, Hanah also loves to devote her time to Yale Rotaract, Korean American Students at Yale, Asian American Students Alliance, Yale Undergraduate Diversified Investments, and Design at Yale. In her spare time, you can usually catch her binge watching rom-coms or napping! Contact Hanah at ymun.conference@yira.org.

Hanah Lee is the Under-Secretary General of Business and Conference for YMUN XLIII. Hailing from sunny Arcadia, California, Hanah is a rising sophomore in Silliman College who is a prospective Global Affairs or political science and economics major. A die-hard YIRA fan, Hanah has worked on the past secretariats of SCSY, YMUN, IRSY, and YMUN China. Outside of working with YIRA and its constituent conferences, Hanah also loves to devote her time to Yale Rotaract, Korean American Students at Yale, Asian American Students Alliance, Yale Undergraduate Diversified Investments, and Design at Yale. In her spare time, you can usually catch her binge watching rom-coms or napping! Contact Hanah at ymun.conference@yira.org.

Min Byung Chae is a sophomore in Jonathan Edwards College and hails from Seoul, South Korea. A prospective Global Affairs or Latin American Studies major, he will serve as the Under Secretary-General of Delegations for YMUN XLIV. Aside from YMUN, Min Byung has served in the Secretariats of Yale MUN Korea 2017 in Seoul, YMUN XLIII in New Haven, SCSY XL, and IRSY 2017. At Yale, he volunteers as an English tutor for New Haven residents through Bridges ESL programme, serves as the Communications Chair for Hanppuri (Korean international students' association), and works as an intramural soccer referee. Min Byung hopes that YMUN could provide participants with a rewarding and enriching educational experience. Please do not hesitate to contact Min Byung at ymun.delegations@yira.org.  

Min Byung Chae is a sophomore in Jonathan Edwards College and hails from Seoul, South Korea. A prospective Global Affairs or Latin American Studies major, he will serve as the Under Secretary-General of Delegations for YMUN XLIV. Aside from YMUN, Min Byung has served in the Secretariats of Yale MUN Korea 2017 in Seoul, YMUN XLIII in New Haven, SCSY XL, and IRSY 2017. At Yale, he volunteers as an English tutor for New Haven residents through Bridges ESL programme, serves as the Communications Chair for Hanppuri (Korean international students' association), and works as an intramural soccer referee. Min Byung hopes that YMUN could provide participants with a rewarding and enriching educational experience. Please do not hesitate to contact Min Byung at ymun.delegations@yira.org.  

Eujin Jang is a sophomore in Silliman College originally from Atlanta, GA, but now living in Boston, MA. She is interested in pursuing a double major in Economics and Applied Mathematics. Besides YMUN, Eujin has served on the secretariats of several other YIRA conferences including YMUN Korea, YMGE, and IRSY. On campus, she is also involved in Elmseed Enterprise Fund, Yale College Council Business Team, and Smart Woman Securities. In her free time, she is an enthusiast of basketball, hip-hop, and good food. Eujin is excited to serve as this year’s USG of Recruitment and meet delegates from all over the world. Feel free to contact her at ymun.recruitment@yira.org.

Eujin Jang is a sophomore in Silliman College originally from Atlanta, GA, but now living in Boston, MA. She is interested in pursuing a double major in Economics and Applied Mathematics. Besides YMUN, Eujin has served on the secretariats of several other YIRA conferences including YMUN Korea, YMGE, and IRSY. On campus, she is also involved in Elmseed Enterprise Fund, Yale College Council Business Team, and Smart Woman Securities. In her free time, she is an enthusiast of basketball, hip-hop, and good food. Eujin is excited to serve as this year’s USG of Recruitment and meet delegates from all over the world. Feel free to contact her at ymun.recruitment@yira.org.

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF outreach: simon cooper

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF branding:
gabriella limón 

Under-SECRETARY-GENERAL of technology:
annie cheng

Simon is honored to serve as this year’s USG of Outreach. He is a member of the Ezra Stiles class of 2020, and he hopes to major in global affairs, EP&E, or political science. When he’s not in class, Simon strives to escape his own mediocrity with the Model United Nations Team at Yale, Dwight Hall, The Yale Politic, the Undergraduate Organizations Committee, Club Swimming, and sleep. He also inordinately enjoys dogs, Muriel Wang’s golden spectacles, and reminiscing about that one time that he was productive for an entire day. He’s working his way through everything Toni Morrison has ever written. Reach out to Simon by emailing ymun.outreach@yira.org.

Simon is honored to serve as this year’s USG of Outreach. He is a member of the Ezra Stiles class of 2020, and he hopes to major in global affairs, EP&E, or political science. When he’s not in class, Simon strives to escape his own mediocrity with the Model United Nations Team at Yale, Dwight Hall, The Yale Politic, the Undergraduate Organizations Committee, Club Swimming, and sleep. He also inordinately enjoys dogs, Muriel Wang’s golden spectacles, and reminiscing about that one time that he was productive for an entire day. He’s working his way through everything Toni Morrison has ever written. Reach out to Simon by emailing ymun.outreach@yira.org.

Gabi Limón is a sophomore in Silliman College from Santa Barbara, California. In addition to being the USG of YMUN XLIV, she is involved with YIRA through the Model United Nations Team at Yale, SCSY, YMGE, and the Review of International Studies. A Directed Studies alum and prospective History/Global Affairs major, Gabi strives to avoid math and science classes like the plague, thank you very much. In addition to YIRA, Gabi works on web design for the Yale Globalist, as a bursary student in the Yale Undergraduate Art Gallery Photography Department, and at Yale Pop-Up, a pop-up student-run restaurant. She loves coffee, dogs, art, comfort food, and big cozy blankets to keep out the New England cold. Contact her at ymun.branding@yira.org.   

Gabi Limón is a sophomore in Silliman College from Santa Barbara, California. In addition to being the USG of YMUN XLIV, she is involved with YIRA through the Model United Nations Team at Yale, SCSY, YMGE, and the Review of International Studies. A Directed Studies alum and prospective History/Global Affairs major, Gabi strives to avoid math and science classes like the plague, thank you very much. In addition to YIRA, Gabi works on web design for the Yale Globalist, as a bursary student in the Yale Undergraduate Art Gallery Photography Department, and at Yale Pop-Up, a pop-up student-run restaurant. She loves coffee, dogs, art, comfort food, and big cozy blankets to keep out the New England cold. Contact her at ymun.branding@yira.org.   

Annie Cheng is a sophomore in Ezra Stiles College, objectively and subjectively the best residential college at Yale. Annie hails from Lakeland, Florida, 50 minutes away from Disney (which she thinks is overrated). Within YIRA, she has chaired for SCSY and YMUN, and is currently a director for YMGE and a member of the competitive Model UN team (MUNTY). Outside of YIRA, she is a staff writer at the Yale Daily News and a board member of the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project (YHHAP). She is also a managing editor for The Yale Globalist, directs a community food rescue program, and appreciates every form of noodle. Contact Annie at ymun.tech@yira.org.

Annie Cheng is a sophomore in Ezra Stiles College, objectively and subjectively the best residential college at Yale. Annie hails from Lakeland, Florida, 50 minutes away from Disney (which she thinks is overrated). Within YIRA, she has chaired for SCSY and YMUN, and is currently a director for YMGE and a member of the competitive Model UN team (MUNTY). Outside of YIRA, she is a staff writer at the Yale Daily News and a board member of the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project (YHHAP). She is also a managing editor for The Yale Globalist, directs a community food rescue program, and appreciates every form of noodle. Contact Annie at ymun.tech@yira.org.

Under-Secretary-General of General Assemblies:
Max schlenker

under-secretary-general of ecosoc: Anin luo

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF Regional Bodies:michael borger

Max Schlenker is a sophomore in Ezra Stiles College and hails from Boone, North Carolina. Apart from serving on the YMUN Secretariat, Max holds a position on the Editorial Board for the Yale Review of International Studies and various positions in other YIRA constituent programs, including many of Yale's international conferences. He also works in the Undergraduate Admissions Office as a Recruitment Coordinator and Tour Guide and does sexual assault awareness and prevention work as a Communication and Consent Educator. Max is a prospective double major in History and Statistics and Data Science.

Max Schlenker is a sophomore in Ezra Stiles College and hails from Boone, North Carolina. Apart from serving on the YMUN Secretariat, Max holds a position on the Editorial Board for the Yale Review of International Studies and various positions in other YIRA constituent programs, including many of Yale's international conferences. He also works in the Undergraduate Admissions Office as a Recruitment Coordinator and Tour Guide and does sexual assault awareness and prevention work as a Communication and Consent Educator. Max is a prospective double major in History and Statistics and Data Science.

Anin Luo is a rising sophomore in Timothy Dwight College and a prospective history major. An international student from Taiwan, she has always been interested in international relations. Other than serving as a USG for YMUN, Anin also serves as a DG for Yale Model Government Europe and USG for YMUN Taiwan. Outside of YIRA, Anin is involved in the Taiwanese American Society and research. She is a huge foodie and loves to watch movies, so hit her up at ymun.ecosoc@yira.org if you have any recommendations! She is super excited to be meeting all of you in January!    

Anin Luo is a rising sophomore in Timothy Dwight College and a prospective history major. An international student from Taiwan, she has always been interested in international relations. Other than serving as a USG for YMUN, Anin also serves as a DG for Yale Model Government Europe and USG for YMUN Taiwan. Outside of YIRA, Anin is involved in the Taiwanese American Society and research. She is a huge foodie and loves to watch movies, so hit her up at ymun.ecosoc@yira.org if you have any recommendations! She is super excited to be meeting all of you in January!    

A rising sophomore in Silliman College, Michael is thrilled to be the Undersecretary General of Regional Bodies for this year's YMUN. A prospective Global Affairs and History double major, he has split has life between a small, suburban town in New Jersey and the bustling Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo, knowing well how to get a proper night's rest on red-eyes. As part of YIRA, he has served as DG of Operations and ASG of Committees for SCSY, Chair  at last year's YMUN, an international relations teacher for Hemispheres, USG Conference for the IRSY, and YIRA Secretary. Aside from YIRA, he works as the International Outreach Coordinator for the Yale Undergraduate Legal Aid Association, the Events Chair for the Brazil Club, and a research assistant at the Jackson Institute. Feel free to contact him at ymun.rb@yira.org.

A rising sophomore in Silliman College, Michael is thrilled to be the Undersecretary General of Regional Bodies for this year's YMUN. A prospective Global Affairs and History double major, he has split has life between a small, suburban town in New Jersey and the bustling Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo, knowing well how to get a proper night's rest on red-eyes. As part of YIRA, he has served as DG of Operations and ASG of Committees for SCSY, Chair  at last year's YMUN, an international relations teacher for Hemispheres, USG Conference for the IRSY, and YIRA Secretary. Aside from YIRA, he works as the International Outreach Coordinator for the Yale Undergraduate Legal Aid Association, the Events Chair for the Brazil Club, and a research assistant at the Jackson Institute. Feel free to contact him at ymun.rb@yira.org.

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF Specialized Committees:
jessica ainooson 

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF Crisis committees: 

Assistant secretary-general of committees: andrew sady-kennedy

Jessica Ainooson is a freshman Stiles College where she is part of the self-proclaimed Golden Suite. Jessica was born and raised in Boston though she tries to claim being from Ghana. Aside from participating in YMUN, Jessica will also chair for SCSY next fall. Jessica is a History of Medicine and Science major hoping to pursue global health. After deciding that pre-med was no longer for her, Jessica has dedicated herself to taking more seminars on health, race, and literature. Outside of YMUN, Jessica does African dance with Dzana, spoken word with Oyé, and she also tutors for the Urban Improvement Corps. Outside of that, Jessica is obsessed with ice-cream, music, and writing. If you want to talk about Beyoncé, Rihanna, or hegemonic patriarchy, email her at ymun.specialized@yira.org.    

Jessica Ainooson is a freshman Stiles College where she is part of the self-proclaimed Golden Suite. Jessica was born and raised in Boston though she tries to claim being from Ghana. Aside from participating in YMUN, Jessica will also chair for SCSY next fall. Jessica is a History of Medicine and Science major hoping to pursue global health. After deciding that pre-med was no longer for her, Jessica has dedicated herself to taking more seminars on health, race, and literature. Outside of YMUN, Jessica does African dance with Dzana, spoken word with Oyé, and she also tutors for the Urban Improvement Corps. Outside of that, Jessica is obsessed with ice-cream, music, and writing. If you want to talk about Beyoncé, Rihanna, or hegemonic patriarchy, email her at ymun.specialized@yira.org.  

 

Kushal Dev is a sophomore at Yale, a member of Silliman College’s Class of 2020. Originally from East Brunswick, New Jersey, Kushal is serving Under Secretary-General of Crisis Committees of this year’s YMUN. Hoping to major in Global Affairs, he was also Under Secretary-General of Conference for Yale Model UN Korea 2017. Outside of YIRA, he is a member of DanceWorks, the Yale Democrats, and the Roosevelt Institute. Kushal is hopelessly obsessed with music (alternative pop, electro, EDM, and mostly, K-Pop) — he loves to sing, dance, and write about his favorite music on KultScene.com. You can always find him excited about an upcoming K-Pop release and/or wanting to tell you all about his faves. On a more random note, Kushal also loves a good political thriller show or astronomy documentary. He is so excited to meet you at all this upcoming January! Hit him up with any questions at ymun.crisis@yira.org.

Kushal Dev is a sophomore at Yale, a member of Silliman College’s Class of 2020. Originally from East Brunswick, New Jersey, Kushal is serving Under Secretary-General of Crisis Committees of this year’s YMUN. Hoping to major in Global Affairs, he was also Under Secretary-General of Conference for Yale Model UN Korea 2017. Outside of YIRA, he is a member of DanceWorks, the Yale Democrats, and the Roosevelt Institute. Kushal is hopelessly obsessed with music (alternative pop, electro, EDM, and mostly, K-Pop) — he loves to sing, dance, and write about his favorite music on KultScene.com. You can always find him excited about an upcoming K-Pop release and/or wanting to tell you all about his faves. On a more random note, Kushal also loves a good political thriller show or astronomy documentary. He is so excited to meet you at all this upcoming January! Hit him up with any questions at ymun.crisis@yira.org.

Andrew, originally from Ladera Ranch, California, is a sophomore in Ezra Stiles College. In addition to his position as the ASG of Committees for YMUN XLIV, he also distinguishes himself as the USG of External Relations for Yale Model Government Europe as well as having chaired many of Yale’s conferences, both on campus and abroad. Outside of YIRA, he is an invaluable asset to the Division I Yale Bulldogs Men’s Soccer team, an active member of the Club of Argentine Students at Yale – culturally, his paternal Argentine heritage has played a vital role in his life – as well as being enrolled in Yale’s Directed Studies, a scholarly humanities program designed to challenge and expand the minds of each student by exposing them to the seminal texts of Western civilization. After completion of this intensive program, he will pursue the Global Affairs major. If you have any questions regarding the conference, please feel free to contact Andrew at ymun.asg.committees@yira.org.

Andrew, originally from Ladera Ranch, California, is a sophomore in Ezra Stiles College. In addition to his position as the ASG of Committees for YMUN XLIV, he also distinguishes himself as the USG of External Relations for Yale Model Government Europe as well as having chaired many of Yale’s conferences, both on campus and abroad. Outside of YIRA, he is an invaluable asset to the Division I Yale Bulldogs Men’s Soccer team, an active member of the Club of Argentine Students at Yale – culturally, his paternal Argentine heritage has played a vital role in his life – as well as being enrolled in Yale’s Directed Studies, a scholarly humanities program designed to challenge and expand the minds of each student by exposing them to the seminal texts of Western civilization. After completion of this intensive program, he will pursue the Global Affairs major. If you have any questions regarding the conference, please feel free to contact Andrew at ymun.asg.committees@yira.org.

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