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Meet the Secretariat

The Secretariat is the nine-person group tasked with running the entire conference. From overseeing the hundreds staff members to liaising with the thousands of delegates that attend the conference, it is their leadership that makes HNMUN the most well-run, prestigious Model UN conference in the world.

 

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Noah D. Cominsky

Secretary-General

Noah Cominsky is a senior at Harvard studying a joint concentration of Government and the Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality with a secondary in Economics. Identifying as Ojibwe from the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Noah is very connected to his culture and identity and has previously served as the President of Native Americans at Harvard College and on the board of various LGBTQ groups on campus. Noah is currently working on a senior thesis on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in the United States and Canada. Having been involved with HNMUN since his freshman year at Harvard, Noah most recently served as the Under-Secretary-General for the Economic and Social Council and Regional Bodies at HNMUN 2019. Noah is incredibly excited to be serving as your Secretary-General for this iteration of conference and cannot wait to watch you all come to Boston to debate the world’s most pressing topics, diplomatically work together, and make lifelong friendships. To quote one of his favorite broadway musicals, though he may not know if he’s been changed for the better, Model UN (and HNMUN) has certainly, changed his life “For Good.” Noah can be contacted directly via sg@hnmun.org.

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Marinna C. Okawa

Director-General

Marinna Okawa is a senior studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. This is her eighth year of involvement with Model United Nations, which she began during freshman year of high school as a delegate in the World Health Organization. Most recently, she was the Under-Secretary-General for the General Assembly of HNMUN 2019. She grew up in Sarasota, Florida - a beautiful place for beaches, art, and retirement. Outside of Model UN, Marinna works as the Layout Editor for Harvard Yearbook Publications, the oldest yearbook in the United States, and will be in charge of creative design for the 384th volume. As a 2019 Harvard Stem Cell Institute Intern and Harvard Global Health Institute Cordeiro Fellow, she will be conducting research on glucose metabolism and insulin response within the alpha-arrestin protein family as well as the effect of Westernization on Type II Diabetes prevalence in the United States Affiliated Pacific Islands, with a particular focus on the US territory Guam. She is incredibly excited to be wrapping up her time with the Model United Nations community with HNMUN 2020, a conference that has consistently been the source of her favorite memories at Harvard. Feel free to contact Marinna via dg@hnmun.org.

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Sienna A.R. Williams

Under-Secretary-General for Administration

Sienna “Cici” Williams is a junior living in Pforzheimer House and studying Economics with a secondary in Statistics. She was raised in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana. Cici first became involved in Model UN in her freshman year of high school, but it wasn’t until college that she discovered a real passion for international relations issues. She is a member of Harvard’s competitive travel Model UN team, ICMUN, and the committee Director of the International Monetary Fund at HMUN-India, HNMUN’s sister conference for high schoolers in India. Outside of Model UN, she is a part of the PBHA Small Claims Advisory Service and plays the flute and piccolo. She is also an avid baker and especially proud of her brownie cookie recipe. Cici cannot wait to welcome each delegation to conference as they check in at registration! Please contact Cici and the rest of the Administration team via info@hnmun.org.

Kalos K. Chu

Under-Secretary-General for Delegate Relations

Kalos Chu is a sophomore at Harvard College studying either English, Sociology, or Psychology (the answer depends on the time of day). Originally from San Diego, California, Kalos sympathizes with delegates from warmer climates who must bear the frigid Boston climate, but hopes that the fervor and passion of HNMUN delegates will serve as a warming force. Kalos has been involved in Model UN since 7th grade, and hopes to utilize his seven years of experience toward bettering the delegate experience. Aside from Model UN, Kalos is a writer for The Harvard Crimson, a board member for the Chinese Students Association, and a member of the Honor Council; he also enjoys eating large quantities of sushi, reading teen romance novels, and listening to Broadway musicals. Kalos is immeasurably excited to meet all of the delegations and encourages faculty advisors and delegates alike to reach out via outreach@hnmun.org.

Michael J. Shafer

Under-Secretary-General for the General Assembly

Michael Shafer is a junior studying Government and Arabic at Harvard. Growing up in rural Eastern Oregon Michael became actively involved with Model United Nations after staffing HNMUN his freshman year. He discovered that Model UN perfectly matched up with his interest in government and international relations. Michael also came to find a close-knit community within Model UN which has encouraged him to become even further involved with such programs as HMUN-India where he is serving as the Director for DISEC. Outside of Model UN, Michael is involved with the Harvard Radio Station and serves on the Board of Directors for America’s Promise Alliance where he is passionate about helping American youth achieve their full potential. Michael is incredibly excited to serve as the Under-Secretary-General for the General Assembly and meet all of the delegates at HNMUN 2020! Feel free to contact Michael via ga@hnmun.org.

Katherine M. Lempres

Under-Secretary-General for the Specialized Agencies

Katherine Lempres is a junior studying European History & Literature and a secondary in Classics. Originally from outside Boston, Massachusetts, Katherine lives in Winthrop House at Harvard. Last year, she served as Director of the Cavour IV Cabinet at HNMUN and Director of Business at HMUN, the sister conference of HNMUN for high-schoolers. She has also directed a committee at HMUN China and was Deputy Director of ICMUN, Harvard's competitive traveling Model UN team. Outside of Model UN, Katherine works on humanities research at an institute on campus and is very involved at WHRB, Harvard's radio station. Katherine is incredibly excited to lead the Specialized Agencies at this year's iteration of HNMUN. Model UN has consumed her life at Harvard, and she can't wait to share the activity she loves most with delegates. Please don’t hesitate to contact Katherine with any questions or concerns via sa@hnmun.org.

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Fernando Urbina

Under-Secretary-General for Business

Fernando Urbina is a sophomore at Harvard College interested in studying Government with a secondary in either Latino Studies or Ethnicity, Migration, & Rights. Currently living in Currier House at Harvard, Fernando is originally from the small and rural town of Paw Paw, Michigan (“The Town So Nice They Named It Twice”) in the southwestern part of the Mitten. Fernando’s passion for MUN stems from his interactions with other members of the MUN community both on and off campus, and their dedication to the empowerment of student-leaders all around the world and the focus of addressing international issues. Outside of MUN, Fernando enjoys being a member of the Undergraduate Council Executive Cabinet, the Institute of Politics, and several Latinx organizations on campus. Fernando is extremely ecstatic to welcome thousands of delegates to the Boston Park Plaza in February and lead yet another successful iteration of conference. Feel free to contact Fernando via business@hnmun.org.

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Charles P. Peltier

Under-Secretary-General for Finance

Charles Peltier is a third year student at Harvard College studying History, with a special focus on Medieval Europe. Hailing from New York City, he currently lives in Pforzheimer House. Over the last few years, Charles has discovered a passion for Model United Nations and international relations as a whole, working at both Harvard National Model United Nations and Harvard Model United Nations for two years now. Outside of MUN, he is involved in the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective, and loves to discover new food, discuss politics, and watch sports. Charles is excited to welcome all delegates to conference. Feel free to reach out to him and his Finance team at finance@hnmun.org.


 

Matthew T. Rossi

Under-Secretary-General for the Economic and Social Council & Regional Bodies

Matthew Rossi is a third-year student at Harvard College pursuing a joint-concentration in Government and Social Anthropology. His primary research interests include post-conflict restitution and transnational crime. Matthew competes with Harvard’s competitive traveling Model UN team, ICMUN, and served as the Director of the Arctic Council at HNMUN 2019 and the Legal Committee at HMUN China, HNMUN’s sister conference for high schoolers in China. In his life outside of Model UN, Matthew is the Senior Design Editor for the Harvard Political Review and a broadcaster for the Classical Music Department at WHRB, Harvard’s very own radio station. He is also passionate about human rights advocacy and the prevention of domestic and sexual violence. Matthew is so thrilled to lead the Economic and Social Council and Regional Bodies, and is excited to see delegates engage in lively debate on a diverse set of global issues. Matt can be reached via ecosoc@hnmun.org.


 
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