YMUN brings together more than 1,800 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. Through taking on the roles of United Nations representatives, members of other international bodies, and policymakers in national cabinets, students learn about the inner workings of global politics and problem-solving. By engaging in topics concerning international and national security, political and economic development, human rights, sustainability, and more, delegates learn to navigate the intricacies of international negotiation and teamwork, adopt new perspectives, and develop comprehensive resolutions on pressing global issues.

Building upon more than four decades of experience, YMUN XLV strives to provide every delegate with a dynamic, educational, and enriching opportunity to hone and showcase their abilities. Through our unique and novel committees, new year-round learning programs, and increased emphasis on accessibility, YMUN XLV reaffirms our commitment to education and leadership. It is this passion, commitment, and care that make YMUN one of the premier global Model UN conferences.

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
Thank you for another amazing conference! We’ve been coming for nearly two decades, and it’s just fantastic.

— YMUN XLIV Delegation
Our first experience at YMUN was a rewarding and memorable one and my students cannot wait to return next year. Thank you to all involved in planning and executing YMUN!
— YMUN XLIV 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"

With our comprehensive chair recruitment and preparation procedure, we strive to create a fun, educational, dynamic committee experience for all delegates regardless of skill level. Our chairs are Yale students who are dedicated and passionate educators ready to be proactive with delegates. YMUN is also proud to provide both in-conference training and online pre-conference training.

+ "Lead Tomorrow"

Due to our commitment to learning, we hope delegates leave our conference with a greater awareness of global issues, equipped with the tools and motivation to make a difference. Through our keynote speaker, partnership with a non-profit organization, and new out-of-committee learning initiatives, 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. Through Yale Day, the Global Exchange Program and our Showcase, delegates will engage with Yale students and professors to not only learn about international relations, but also to gain insight into college life and beyond.


Our Secretariat

Director-General of operations:
Minahil Nawaz

Secretary-General:
Michael Borger

Director-general of committees:
Aki dhadda

 Minahil Nawaz is a sophomore in Timothy Dwight College, and will serve as the Director-General of Operations for YMUN XLV. Originally from Lahore, Pakistan, Minahil is a prospective Global Affairs and Film & Media Studies major here at Yale. Apart from YMUN, Minahil has also been involved in other YIRA conferences, and outside of YIRA, Minahil is involved in the Yale Student Film Festival, the South Asian Society, Yalies for Pakistan and the Refugee Project. While Minahil spends most of her free time walking to places from TD, she also loves to travel, drink orange juice and procrastinate! Minahil is very excited for YMUN, and can’t wait to meet delegates from around the world in New Haven. Feel free to contact her at  dg.operations@ymun.org .

Minahil Nawaz is a sophomore in Timothy Dwight College, and will serve as the Director-General of Operations for YMUN XLV. Originally from Lahore, Pakistan, Minahil is a prospective Global Affairs and Film & Media Studies major here at Yale. Apart from YMUN, Minahil has also been involved in other YIRA conferences, and outside of YIRA, Minahil is involved in the Yale Student Film Festival, the South Asian Society, Yalies for Pakistan and the Refugee Project. While Minahil spends most of her free time walking to places from TD, she also loves to travel, drink orange juice and procrastinate! Minahil is very excited for YMUN, and can’t wait to meet delegates from around the world in New Haven. Feel free to contact her at dg.operations@ymun.org.

 Michael is a junior in Silliman College and is excited to serve as the Secretary-General for YMUN XLV. Hailing originally from São Paulo, Brazil, he is a double major in Global Affairs and Ethics, Politics, and Economics, as well as a Human Rights Scholar at the Yale Law School.  Previously, Michael has worked as the Under-Secretary-General of Regional Bodies for YMUN XLIV, as Director-General of Operations for our collegiate MUN conference, the Security Council Simulation at Yale, as Under-Secretary-General of Delegations for YMUN China, and as a Director for YMUN Taiwan and Yale Model Government Europe. Aside from conferences, he teaches about world issues through an outreach initiative called Hemispheres and edits for the Yale Review of International Studies. After nearly a decade of engaging in Model UN as a delegate, chair, and Secretariat member, he is thrilled to spearhead what will undoubtedly be an all-around rewarding conference.  Should any questions or concerns arise, he can be reached at  secgen@ymun.org .

Michael is a junior in Silliman College and is excited to serve as the Secretary-General for YMUN XLV. Hailing originally from São Paulo, Brazil, he is a double major in Global Affairs and Ethics, Politics, and Economics, as well as a Human Rights Scholar at the Yale Law School.  Previously, Michael has worked as the Under-Secretary-General of Regional Bodies for YMUN XLIV, as Director-General of Operations for our collegiate MUN conference, the Security Council Simulation at Yale, as Under-Secretary-General of Delegations for YMUN China, and as a Director for YMUN Taiwan and Yale Model Government Europe. Aside from conferences, he teaches about world issues through an outreach initiative called Hemispheres and edits for the Yale Review of International Studies. After nearly a decade of engaging in Model UN as a delegate, chair, and Secretariat member, he is thrilled to spearhead what will undoubtedly be an all-around rewarding conference.  Should any questions or concerns arise, he can be reached at secgen@ymun.org.

 Aki is a sophomore in Trumbull College and is the Director-General of Committees for YMUN XLV. Aki is from Northern New Jersey and is prospectively studying Chemistry here at Yale. When not working on YMUN or academics, Aki is involved in a host of other conferences for the Yale International Relations Association, competes on Yale’s Model UN Team, gives Yale Campus tours and Science tours, and helps out at the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project.  In her free time, Aki spends every day hopelessly trying not to get sick and wondering when she will get to eat spicy food next. Aki started her Model UN career almost five years ago at YMUN 40, and is very excited to introduce new delegates to the crazy, amazing world that is Model UN. Aki cannot wait for YMUN 45, and is thrilled to welcome delegates and advisors to Yale in just a few months. Please contact her at  dg.committees@ymun.org  if you have any questions!

Aki is a sophomore in Trumbull College and is the Director-General of Committees for YMUN XLV. Aki is from Northern New Jersey and is prospectively studying Chemistry here at Yale. When not working on YMUN or academics, Aki is involved in a host of other conferences for the Yale International Relations Association, competes on Yale’s Model UN Team, gives Yale Campus tours and Science tours, and helps out at the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project.  In her free time, Aki spends every day hopelessly trying not to get sick and wondering when she will get to eat spicy food next. Aki started her Model UN career almost five years ago at YMUN 40, and is very excited to introduce new delegates to the crazy, amazing world that is Model UN. Aki cannot wait for YMUN 45, and is thrilled to welcome delegates and advisors to Yale in just a few months. Please contact her at dg.committees@ymun.org if you have any questions!

Under-Secretary-General of Business:
Renee Ong

Under-Secretary-General of Delegations:
Samar Allibhoy

Under-Secretary-General of Recruitment:
Teava Torres De Sa

 Renee Ong, the Under-Secretary General of Business, is in Trumbull College Class of 2021. Within YIRA, Renee is also the USG of Conference for YMUN Korea 2018  and USG of Tech and Design for SCSY XLI; she has previously served as a Secretary-General of IRSY and ASG of Operations for YMUN XLIV. She calls a number of places home, including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Greenwich, CT. At Yale, she's also involved in student government and engineering project groups; you can usually find Renee taking naps, eating bagels, or traveling. She’s incredibly excited to be part of the secretariat and can’t wait for the conference! Feel free to contact her at  business@yira.org .

Renee Ong, the Under-Secretary General of Business, is in Trumbull College Class of 2021. Within YIRA, Renee is also the USG of Conference for YMUN Korea 2018  and USG of Tech and Design for SCSY XLI; she has previously served as a Secretary-General of IRSY and ASG of Operations for YMUN XLIV. She calls a number of places home, including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Greenwich, CT. At Yale, she's also involved in student government and engineering project groups; you can usually find Renee taking naps, eating bagels, or traveling. She’s incredibly excited to be part of the secretariat and can’t wait for the conference! Feel free to contact her at business@yira.org.

 Samar is a sophomore in Timothy Dwight College. She is thrilled to be serving as YMUN XLV’s USG of Delegations. A native of Los Angeles, California, Samar intends to major in Cognitive Science or Anthropology, and hopes to study the mechanics of belief through those lenses. Prior to YMUN XLV, she has served as ASG of Delegations for YMUN XLIV, USG of Delegations for IRSY 2018, and USG of Marketing for YMUN Korea 2018. Outside of YIRA, Samar is involved with Yale’s campus radio station, as well as Dwight Hall, Yale’s major community service organization. She enjoys discovering new music, shooting film photography unironically, and baking absurd amounts of chocolate chip cookies. Feel free to contact her at delegations@ymun.org!

Samar is a sophomore in Timothy Dwight College. She is thrilled to be serving as YMUN XLV’s USG of Delegations. A native of Los Angeles, California, Samar intends to major in Cognitive Science or Anthropology, and hopes to study the mechanics of belief through those lenses. Prior to YMUN XLV, she has served as ASG of Delegations for YMUN XLIV, USG of Delegations for IRSY 2018, and USG of Marketing for YMUN Korea 2018. Outside of YIRA, Samar is involved with Yale’s campus radio station, as well as Dwight Hall, Yale’s major community service organization. She enjoys discovering new music, shooting film photography unironically, and baking absurd amounts of chocolate chip cookies. Feel free to contact her at delegations@ymun.org!

 Teava Torres de Sa is a sophomore in Grace Hopper college and a recently declared mathematics major. He looks forward to communicating with the incoming delegations of YMUN XLI as the Under Secretary-General of Recruitment. A born and raised island boy from Honolulu, Teava fled to New Haven to escape the breathtaking natural beauty, temperate climate, and aloha spirit. Concurrent with his commitment to YMUN XLV, Teava is also serving as the Under Secretary-General of Delegations for SCSY XLI, in addition to his positions as Treasurer of the New Haven Urban Debate League and summer manager for the Elmseed Enterprise Fund. For the remainder of his time, Teava can be found at the gym or the library, always with earbuds in to listen to the latest hip hop release. He’s excited to make YMUN XLV a conference to remember. Contact him at recruitment@ymun.org

Teava Torres de Sa is a sophomore in Grace Hopper college and a recently declared mathematics major. He looks forward to communicating with the incoming delegations of YMUN XLI as the Under Secretary-General of Recruitment. A born and raised island boy from Honolulu, Teava fled to New Haven to escape the breathtaking natural beauty, temperate climate, and aloha spirit. Concurrent with his commitment to YMUN XLV, Teava is also serving as the Under Secretary-General of Delegations for SCSY XLI, in addition to his positions as Treasurer of the New Haven Urban Debate League and summer manager for the Elmseed Enterprise Fund. For the remainder of his time, Teava can be found at the gym or the library, always with earbuds in to listen to the latest hip hop release. He’s excited to make YMUN XLV a conference to remember. Contact him at recruitment@ymun.org

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF outreach: sammy Landino

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF branding:
Vuong Mai

Under-SECRETARY-GENERAL of technology:
Lauren Gatta

 Sammy Landino is a sophomore in Grace Hopper College and is super excited for YMUN XLV! As Under-Secretary General of Outreach, Sammy is hoping to see this year’s YMUN be the most inclusive, and socioeconomically diverse yet! At Yale, Sammy is a prospective Ethics Politics & Economics major, and is an opinion columnist for the Yale Daily News. He participates in the Model United Nations Team at Yale, and is the Task Force Director of the Yale College Council. Hailing from Westchester County, NY, Sammy has participated in Model UN for 5 and a half years. Sammy loves his friends, can usually be found listening to Frank Sinatra, and lives for making homemade espresso.

Sammy Landino is a sophomore in Grace Hopper College and is super excited for YMUN XLV! As Under-Secretary General of Outreach, Sammy is hoping to see this year’s YMUN be the most inclusive, and socioeconomically diverse yet! At Yale, Sammy is a prospective Ethics Politics & Economics major, and is an opinion columnist for the Yale Daily News. He participates in the Model United Nations Team at Yale, and is the Task Force Director of the Yale College Council. Hailing from Westchester County, NY, Sammy has participated in Model UN for 5 and a half years. Sammy loves his friends, can usually be found listening to Frank Sinatra, and lives for making homemade espresso.

 Vuong is a sophomore in Morse College and a prospective physics major. She is excited to serve as the Under-Secretary General of Branding for YMUN XLV. Apart from YIRA, Vuong is also involved in the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project, Yale Daily News, and Yale Political Union. In her spare time, Vuong enjoys working on personal art projects, watching bad horror movies, spending time in the great outdoors, and fighting crickets. Reach her at  branding@ymun.org  for comments and inquiries.

Vuong is a sophomore in Morse College and a prospective physics major. She is excited to serve as the Under-Secretary General of Branding for YMUN XLV. Apart from YIRA, Vuong is also involved in the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project, Yale Daily News, and Yale Political Union. In her spare time, Vuong enjoys working on personal art projects, watching bad horror movies, spending time in the great outdoors, and fighting crickets. Reach her at branding@ymun.org for comments and inquiries.

 Lauren Gatta (Grace Hopper College 2021) is currently serving as USG of Technology for YMUN 2019. She is very passionate about design, and is looking to pursue the art major. Besides YMUN (and YMGE), she is also involved in the Yale Dramatic Association, Accent Magazine, the Yale Student Film Festival, and the Office of Sustainability. When she is not formatting delegate/advisor guides and other conference materials, she can be found journaling, trying new kinds of ice cream and watching theater productions with friends. Contact her at tech@ymun.org!

Lauren Gatta (Grace Hopper College 2021) is currently serving as USG of Technology for YMUN 2019. She is very passionate about design, and is looking to pursue the art major. Besides YMUN (and YMGE), she is also involved in the Yale Dramatic Association, Accent Magazine, the Yale Student Film Festival, and the Office of Sustainability. When she is not formatting delegate/advisor guides and other conference materials, she can be found journaling, trying new kinds of ice cream and watching theater productions with friends. Contact her at tech@ymun.org!

Under-Secretary-General of CONFERENCE: HENRY SUCKOW-ZIEMER

under-secretary-general of General Assemblies: Neelam Sandhu

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF ECOSOC: KARTHIK IRAKAM

 Henry Suckow Ziemer is a member of the Class of 2021 and the Under-Secretary General of Conference with YMUN XLV. Coming from the snowy land of Minnesota, he is passionate about issues of international security, history and human rights. Within as well YIRA he teaches international relations to New Haven high schoolers with Hemispheres, writes for the Yale Review of International Studies and previously served as the ASG of Business and Conference for YMUN XLIV. When not involved with YMUN, Henry can be found dancing, writing and drinking more Caramel Macchiatos than is probably healthy. He is thrilled to be on this year’s secretariat and knows it will be the best conference yet. You can reach him with any questions, concerns or ideas at  conference@ymun.org .  

Henry Suckow Ziemer is a member of the Class of 2021 and the Under-Secretary General of Conference with YMUN XLV. Coming from the snowy land of Minnesota, he is passionate about issues of international security, history and human rights. Within as well YIRA he teaches international relations to New Haven high schoolers with Hemispheres, writes for the Yale Review of International Studies and previously served as the ASG of Business and Conference for YMUN XLIV. When not involved with YMUN, Henry can be found dancing, writing and drinking more Caramel Macchiatos than is probably healthy. He is thrilled to be on this year’s secretariat and knows it will be the best conference yet. You can reach him with any questions, concerns or ideas at conference@ymun.org.  

 Neelam Sandhu is a sophomore in Pierson College, and will serve as the USG of General Assemblies for YMUN XLV. Hailing from the frigid land of New Hampshire, Neelam is a prospective Global Affairs and History double major. With a passion for international relations, traveling, MUN, and human rights theory, she is very involved in other programs under Yale’s International Relations Association (YIRA), such as the competitive travel MUN Team at Yale, the Security Council Simulation and Yale, and Yale Model Government Europe. Additionally, she is involved in the South Asian Society and is a peer tutor. In her spare time, Neelam loves to play classical piano, swim, alpine ski, and eat excessive amounts of sugary foods. She can’t wait to meet all the incredible delegates and faculty at YMUN 45, and knows this YMUN experience will be the best one yet! Contact her at  ga@ymun.org !

Neelam Sandhu is a sophomore in Pierson College, and will serve as the USG of General Assemblies for YMUN XLV. Hailing from the frigid land of New Hampshire, Neelam is a prospective Global Affairs and History double major. With a passion for international relations, traveling, MUN, and human rights theory, she is very involved in other programs under Yale’s International Relations Association (YIRA), such as the competitive travel MUN Team at Yale, the Security Council Simulation and Yale, and Yale Model Government Europe. Additionally, she is involved in the South Asian Society and is a peer tutor. In her spare time, Neelam loves to play classical piano, swim, alpine ski, and eat excessive amounts of sugary foods. She can’t wait to meet all the incredible delegates and faculty at YMUN 45, and knows this YMUN experience will be the best one yet! Contact her at ga@ymun.org!

 Karthik is a sophomore in Morse College and is honored to be a member of the YMUN XLV Secretariat. He is currently a member of the Model UN Team at Yale, USG of European Recruitment for YMGE 2018, served as an ASG of ECOSOC Committees for YMUN XVI, and is part of the Yale Student Investment Group. He hopes to double major in Biomedical Engineering and Economics. When he isn't working on his latest problem set, he loves spending time outdoors, playing golf, trying to eat healthy, or just relaxing with friends. Karthik is very excited to meet all of the participants of YMUN this year! Feel free to contact him at  ecosoc@ymun.org .

Karthik is a sophomore in Morse College and is honored to be a member of the YMUN XLV Secretariat. He is currently a member of the Model UN Team at Yale, USG of European Recruitment for YMGE 2018, served as an ASG of ECOSOC Committees for YMUN XVI, and is part of the Yale Student Investment Group. He hopes to double major in Biomedical Engineering and Economics. When he isn't working on his latest problem set, he loves spending time outdoors, playing golf, trying to eat healthy, or just relaxing with friends. Karthik is very excited to meet all of the participants of YMUN this year! Feel free to contact him at ecosoc@ymun.org.

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF REGIONAL BODIES: KUEHO CHOI

 Kueho is a sophomore in Trumbull College and is the Under-Secretary General of Regional Bodies for YMUN XLV. Born in Los Angeles, California, Kueho is a prospective Economics and Mathematics major, and has served as a Vice Chair for YMUN XLIV, a Chair for the Security Council Simulation at Yale, and a staffer for IRSY 2018. Outside of YIRA, at Yale, he is also the Center Head for International Development of the Roosevelt Institute and the Research Director for the Teaching Peace Initiative. Outside of problem sets and extra-curriculars, Kueho loves practicing Tae Kwon Do, procrastinating with Youtube videos (especially food related), and jamming out to music with friends. Kueho is extremely excited to be a part of the secretariat this year! Feel free to contact him at  rb@ymun.org .

Kueho is a sophomore in Trumbull College and is the Under-Secretary General of Regional Bodies for YMUN XLV. Born in Los Angeles, California, Kueho is a prospective Economics and Mathematics major, and has served as a Vice Chair for YMUN XLIV, a Chair for the Security Council Simulation at Yale, and a staffer for IRSY 2018. Outside of YIRA, at Yale, he is also the Center Head for International Development of the Roosevelt Institute and the Research Director for the Teaching Peace Initiative. Outside of problem sets and extra-curriculars, Kueho loves practicing Tae Kwon Do, procrastinating with Youtube videos (especially food related), and jamming out to music with friends. Kueho is extremely excited to be a part of the secretariat this year! Feel free to contact him at rb@ymun.org.

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF SPECIALIZED COMMITTEES: NATHALIE BUSSEMAKER

 Nathalie Bussemaker is a sophomore in Morse College and a prospective Global Affairs major, and she is incredibly excited to serve as the Under Secretary-General of Specialized Committees. Born in New York City and from a Dutch family, she now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Within YIRA, she is also involved with Yale Model Government Europe and Yale Model United Nations. When she not busy running to City Hall for the Yale Daily News, Skyping high schoolers for Matriculate, or reading book proposals for the Yale University Press, she enjoys eating rice pudding, planning trips around the world, and looking at pictures of her dog. She can’t wait to work with the rest of the YMUN XLV Secretariat to make this the best conference yet! Contact her at specialized@ymun.org.

Nathalie Bussemaker is a sophomore in Morse College and a prospective Global Affairs major, and she is incredibly excited to serve as the Under Secretary-General of Specialized Committees. Born in New York City and from a Dutch family, she now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Within YIRA, she is also involved with Yale Model Government Europe and Yale Model United Nations. When she not busy running to City Hall for the Yale Daily News, Skyping high schoolers for Matriculate, or reading book proposals for the Yale University Press, she enjoys eating rice pudding, planning trips around the world, and looking at pictures of her dog. She can’t wait to work with the rest of the YMUN XLV Secretariat to make this the best conference yet! Contact her at specialized@ymun.org.

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF CRISIS COMMITTEES: JOCELYN H. WEXLER

 Jocelyn Wexler is a sophomore in Silliman College and can’t wait to serve as Under-Secretary General of crisis! Like a lot of Yale students, Jocelyn is from New York, but loves being able to call New Haven home. In her (very limited) free time, she produces plays with the Yale Drama Coalition and performs in Yale’s premier political satire group, Tilting at Windmills. This is her second year on the YMUN secretariat, previously serving as Assistant Secretary-General of Crisis. You can reach her at  crisis@ymun.org .

Jocelyn Wexler is a sophomore in Silliman College and can’t wait to serve as Under-Secretary General of crisis! Like a lot of Yale students, Jocelyn is from New York, but loves being able to call New Haven home. In her (very limited) free time, she produces plays with the Yale Drama Coalition and performs in Yale’s premier political satire group, Tilting at Windmills. This is her second year on the YMUN secretariat, previously serving as Assistant Secretary-General of Crisis. You can reach her at crisis@ymun.org.