Meet the Secretariat of HNMUN 2019

 
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Antonio J. Soriano
Secretary-General

 Antonio is a senior at Harvard College concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary in History of Science, Technology and Medicine. Antonio grew up in Los Angeles and often reminisces about the warm California weather during the dreary winter of New England. He was first introduced to Model United Nations as a freshman at college, when he joined HNMUN 2017 as a junior staffer in the ECOSOC. After seeing the passion that delegates bring to committee and the impact of conference Antonio knew that he wanted to remain involved in Model UN during his time at Harvard. Antonio has gone on to serve on the senior staff of HNMUN and HMUN as well as the Secretariat of HMUN China. Outside of MUN, he is a counselor for Camp Kesem (a summer camp for children whose parents have been affected by cancer), social chair for Currier House, and Vice President of the Harvard College Global Health and AIDS Coalition. Antonio is thrilled to serve as Secretary-General for this year’s conference and cannot wait to welcome delegates to the 65th session of HNMUN! If you have any questions or comments about any aspect of this year’s conference, Antonio can be reached throughout the year by emailing secgen@hnmun.org.

Antonio is a senior at Harvard College concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary in History of Science, Technology and Medicine. Antonio grew up in Los Angeles and often reminisces about the warm California weather during the dreary winter of New England. He was first introduced to Model United Nations as a freshman at college, when he joined HNMUN 2017 as a junior staffer in the ECOSOC. After seeing the passion that delegates bring to committee and the impact of conference Antonio knew that he wanted to remain involved in Model UN during his time at Harvard. Antonio has gone on to serve on the senior staff of HNMUN and HMUN as well as the Secretariat of HMUN China. Outside of MUN, he is a counselor for Camp Kesem (a summer camp for children whose parents have been affected by cancer), social chair for Currier House, and Vice President of the Harvard College Global Health and AIDS Coalition. Antonio is thrilled to serve as Secretary-General for this year’s conference and cannot wait to welcome delegates to the 65th session of HNMUN! If you have any questions or comments about any aspect of this year’s conference, Antonio can be reached throughout the year by emailing secgen@hnmun.org.


Joseph G. Cavanaro
Under-Secetary-General for Business

 Joe is a second year student studying Economics with a secondary in Astrophysics. He was born and raised in Cohasset, Massachusetts, but has found a new home just north in Cambridge. Joe was a Business staff member for both Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN), and Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN), and is very excited to be on the Secretariat of the 2019 HNMUN conference. Outside of Model UN, Joe hosts a radio show on the Harvard Radio Station, is a member of Harvard Financial Analysts Club, and enjoys playing pool and spikeball whenever he can get the chance. If you have any questions about sponsorships or advertising with HNMUN, please contact Joe at business@hnmun.org.

Joe is a second year student studying Economics with a secondary in Astrophysics. He was born and raised in Cohasset, Massachusetts, but has found a new home just north in Cambridge. Joe was a Business staff member for both Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN), and Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN), and is very excited to be on the Secretariat of the 2019 HNMUN conference. Outside of Model UN, Joe hosts a radio show on the Harvard Radio Station, is a member of Harvard Financial Analysts Club, and enjoys playing pool and spikeball whenever he can get the chance. If you have any questions about sponsorships or advertising with HNMUN, please contact Joe at business@hnmun.org.


Klaus J. Ashorn
Under-Secretary-General for Finance

 Klaus is a junior at Harvard studying economics, with particular interests in development and behavioral economics. He’s originally from Helsinki, Finland, though he has also spent a few years in Hong Kong. On campus, Klaus is most heavily involved in the International Relations Council and Model UN. He has staffed our Boston conferences four times, and last year he directed the OECD at HNMUN and HMUN China, Harvard’s high school conference in Beijing. He also occasionally attends conferences as a delegate with Harvard’s traveling MUN team. As USG Finance, Klaus looks is especially excited to be responsible for our Financial Aid program, which enables many talented delegates from across the world to attend the conference. If you have any questions about payment or financial aid, please email him at finance@hnmun.org.

Klaus is a junior at Harvard studying economics, with particular interests in development and behavioral economics. He’s originally from Helsinki, Finland, though he has also spent a few years in Hong Kong. On campus, Klaus is most heavily involved in the International Relations Council and Model UN. He has staffed our Boston conferences four times, and last year he directed the OECD at HNMUN and HMUN China, Harvard’s high school conference in Beijing. He also occasionally attends conferences as a delegate with Harvard’s traveling MUN team. As USG Finance, Klaus looks is especially excited to be responsible for our Financial Aid program, which enables many talented delegates from across the world to attend the conference. If you have any questions about payment or financial aid, please email him at finance@hnmun.org.


Noah D. Cominsky
Under-Secretary-general for the Economic and social council and regional bodies

 Noah Cominsky is a third-year student studying a joint-concentration of Government and 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 currently serves as the President of Native Americans at Harvard College. He also works in the admissions office and with various LGBTQ groups on campus.  Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Noah developed for a passion for Model UN in his first few weeks on campus after he saw the broad issues it tackles and the real-life impact it can have. His love for the Economic and Social Council & Regional Bodies stems from the combination of innovation and impact solutions to the topics presented require.  Having recently served as a Director, Noah is incredibly excited to welcome delegates into the ECOSOC and to conference! To quote one of his favorite Broadway musicals, although he may not know if he’s been changed for the better, Model UN (and HNMUN) has certainly, changed his life “For Good.” If you have any questions regarding the Economic and Social Council and Regional Bodies, please reach out to him at ecosoc@hnmun.org.

Noah Cominsky is a third-year student studying a joint-concentration of Government and 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 currently serves as the President of Native Americans at Harvard College. He also works in the admissions office and with various LGBTQ groups on campus.

Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Noah developed for a passion for Model UN in his first few weeks on campus after he saw the broad issues it tackles and the real-life impact it can have. His love for the Economic and Social Council & Regional Bodies stems from the combination of innovation and impact solutions to the topics presented require.

Having recently served as a Director, Noah is incredibly excited to welcome delegates into the ECOSOC and to conference! To quote one of his favorite Broadway musicals, although he may not know if he’s been changed for the better, Model UN (and HNMUN) has certainly, changed his life “For Good.” If you have any questions regarding the Economic and Social Council and Regional Bodies, please reach out to him at ecosoc@hnmun.org.

 

Maria R. Tîrnovanu
Under-Secretary-General for Administration

 Maria is a rising junior at Harvard University, studying Social Studies, with a language citation in Korean. Maria was born in Romania, and her experience with MUN while in high school in Israel committed her to ensure that as many college students as possible are able to experience the full educational potential of MUN. This led her to staff HNMUN at Harvard, both in substantive and executive positions, and dedicate herself to Administration, a position where she can ensure that delegates and advisors feel ready and confident in coming to HNMUN.  Outside of HNMUN, Maria is involved with HMUN, HNMUN's sister high school conference, and works as a student assistant for the Korea Institute, as well as a student manager at the campus pub. Her free time is spent watching TV shows and dramas, exploring various genres of music, reading and improving her language skills. She encourages you to reach out to her at  info@hnmun.org  with any general or administration-related questions!

Maria is a rising junior at Harvard University, studying Social Studies, with a language citation in Korean. Maria was born in Romania, and her experience with MUN while in high school in Israel committed her to ensure that as many college students as possible are able to experience the full educational potential of MUN. This led her to staff HNMUN at Harvard, both in substantive and executive positions, and dedicate herself to Administration, a position where she can ensure that delegates and advisors feel ready and confident in coming to HNMUN.

Outside of HNMUN, Maria is involved with HMUN, HNMUN's sister high school conference, and works as a student assistant for the Korea Institute, as well as a student manager at the campus pub. Her free time is spent watching TV shows and dramas, exploring various genres of music, reading and improving her language skills. She encourages you to reach out to her at info@hnmun.org with any general or administration-related questions!


Larry Liang
Under-Secretary-General for Delegate Relations

 Larry is a third year student studying Applied Math and Computer Science. He stumbled onto the activity of Model United Nations entirely by chance, but staffing Harvard's 2017 MUN conferences as a first year student convinced him to stay for the long run. In his time in the IRC, he has performed a variety of roles, including USG-Admin for HNMUN's sister conference HMUN India. Outside of the IRC, graphic design is his passion, and he dances for the Harvard Asian American Dance Troupe. In his free time, he loves to cook, travel, and explore nature. Larry is extremely excited to take on the role of USG-Delegate Relations for the 65th session. If you have any questions regarding the conference charity, the Social Venture Challenge, or the International Bazaar, do not hesitate to reach out to him at delrel@hnmun.org

Larry is a third year student studying Applied Math and Computer Science. He stumbled onto the activity of Model United Nations entirely by chance, but staffing Harvard's 2017 MUN conferences as a first year student convinced him to stay for the long run. In his time in the IRC, he has performed a variety of roles, including USG-Admin for HNMUN's sister conference HMUN India. Outside of the IRC, graphic design is his passion, and he dances for the Harvard Asian American Dance Troupe. In his free time, he loves to cook, travel, and explore nature. Larry is extremely excited to take on the role of USG-Delegate Relations for the 65th session. If you have any questions regarding the conference charity, the Social Venture Challenge, or the International Bazaar, do not hesitate to reach out to him at delrel@hnmun.org


Marinna C. Okawa
Under-Secretary-General for the General Assembly

 Marinna C. Okawa is a rising junior at Harvard College studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. For Harvard National Model United Nations 2019, she is the Under-Secretary-General for the General Assembly, after having been involved with the Press Corps for the past two years as an Assistant Director and then Director. She also will be directing Press Corps for Harvard Model United Nations 2019, and previously worked as a Director for Brand Strategy and Design. She is also involved in other programs within the International Relations Council, including the  Harvard International Review , the International Collegiate Model United Nations travel team, and Model Security Council. Outside of the IRC, she works with Harvard Yearbook Publications and the Harvard Ichthus doing layout, and also volunteers at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter making late-night grilled cheese sandwiches.  Although born in Maryland, she grew up in Sarasota, Florida, surrounded by lovely beaches, alligators, and delicious orange ice cream. She plans on pursuing a career in medicine, and also hopes to work in health policy, advocacy, and data, especially for the Western Pacific region, including the US territory Guam.  This will be Marinna’s seventh year of involvement in Model UN – a program that she truly believes has the power to provide new perspectives through delegation representation and to bring people together beyond just being delegates. If you have any questions regarding the General Assembly, please reach out to her at ga@hnmun.org.

Marinna C. Okawa is a rising junior at Harvard College studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. For Harvard National Model United Nations 2019, she is the Under-Secretary-General for the General Assembly, after having been involved with the Press Corps for the past two years as an Assistant Director and then Director. She also will be directing Press Corps for Harvard Model United Nations 2019, and previously worked as a Director for Brand Strategy and Design. She is also involved in other programs within the International Relations Council, including the Harvard International Review, the International Collegiate Model United Nations travel team, and Model Security Council. Outside of the IRC, she works with Harvard Yearbook Publications and the Harvard Ichthus doing layout, and also volunteers at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter making late-night grilled cheese sandwiches.

Although born in Maryland, she grew up in Sarasota, Florida, surrounded by lovely beaches, alligators, and delicious orange ice cream. She plans on pursuing a career in medicine, and also hopes to work in health policy, advocacy, and data, especially for the Western Pacific region, including the US territory Guam.

This will be Marinna’s seventh year of involvement in Model UN – a program that she truly believes has the power to provide new perspectives through delegation representation and to bring people together beyond just being delegates. If you have any questions regarding the General Assembly, please reach out to her at ga@hnmun.org.


Michael a. Bruce
Under-Secretary-general for the Specialized agencies

 Michael Bruce is currently a rising junior at Harvard college, studying English with a secondary in Economics. While Michael was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, he moved to Puerto Rico at the age of seven after Hurricane Katrina forced his family to evacuate the city. His mother is from Puerto Rico, so they stayed with her sister temporarily before they finally settled down in their current house in Guaynabo, packed with their extended family: one sister, four dogs and way too many cats. Moving to a nation with a completely distinct culture and language brought a bit of growing pains. Nevertheless, Michael is happy to say that Puerto Rico has become his home, and judging from his replacing of “r’s” with “l’s” in Spanish and his love for any meal that incorporates plátano (preferably fried), he is confident that Puerto Rico has also accepted me.  His Model United Nations career began reluctantly in his sophomore year of high school. Michael was interested in the idea of competing in MUN but was hesitant to commit himself to a new and time-consuming extracurricular activity. At his school, most of the delegates had been in MUN since middle school, so there was an in-group / out-group dynamic that he found intimidating. Michael wanted to avoid the growing pains of adapting to a new environment. Besides, “I had the computer club and school to worry about”, he justified to himself. Ready to let the opportunity to compete at the first conference of the year slip away, Michael was luckily badgered by his good friends to double del with him in an International Labor Organization (ILO) committee. Michael agreed, quietly expecting ILO to be his first and last conference of his MUN career.  However, like in an SA, expectations often do not match reality. Six years later, and not only is Michael still competing in MUN, but he has undergone a role reversal. Through ICMUN, HMUN, and HNMUN, Michael has become the person motivating others to partake in this amazingly formative extracurricular activity, especially within the specialized agency organ. Ironically, the teenager that feared change is now enamored by the machine-gun pace of debate and the inundating number of crises updates that are characteristic of the specialized agency organ.  His vision for the Specialized Agency Organ is grounded in this belief that Specialized Agencies provides delegates and staff an opportunity to grow through their own creative initiative. While GA’s and ECOSOC’s are strict debate environments, full of constrictive adherence to parliamentary procedure and resolution formatting, the SA is a moldable, feedback loop of a committee that encourages delegates to improve themselves with each additional committee session. Michael wants the SA to be full of creative energy that has been repurposed to in a formative manner. Feel free to contact Michael at sa@hnmun.org at any time with questions or concerns.

Michael Bruce is currently a rising junior at Harvard college, studying English with a secondary in Economics. While Michael was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, he moved to Puerto Rico at the age of seven after Hurricane Katrina forced his family to evacuate the city. His mother is from Puerto Rico, so they stayed with her sister temporarily before they finally settled down in their current house in Guaynabo, packed with their extended family: one sister, four dogs and way too many cats. Moving to a nation with a completely distinct culture and language brought a bit of growing pains. Nevertheless, Michael is happy to say that Puerto Rico has become his home, and judging from his replacing of “r’s” with “l’s” in Spanish and his love for any meal that incorporates plátano (preferably fried), he is confident that Puerto Rico has also accepted me.

His Model United Nations career began reluctantly in his sophomore year of high school. Michael was interested in the idea of competing in MUN but was hesitant to commit himself to a new and time-consuming extracurricular activity. At his school, most of the delegates had been in MUN since middle school, so there was an in-group / out-group dynamic that he found intimidating. Michael wanted to avoid the growing pains of adapting to a new environment. Besides, “I had the computer club and school to worry about”, he justified to himself. Ready to let the opportunity to compete at the first conference of the year slip away, Michael was luckily badgered by his good friends to double del with him in an International Labor Organization (ILO) committee. Michael agreed, quietly expecting ILO to be his first and last conference of his MUN career.

However, like in an SA, expectations often do not match reality. Six years later, and not only is Michael still competing in MUN, but he has undergone a role reversal. Through ICMUN, HMUN, and HNMUN, Michael has become the person motivating others to partake in this amazingly formative extracurricular activity, especially within the specialized agency organ. Ironically, the teenager that feared change is now enamored by the machine-gun pace of debate and the inundating number of crises updates that are characteristic of the specialized agency organ.

His vision for the Specialized Agency Organ is grounded in this belief that Specialized Agencies provides delegates and staff an opportunity to grow through their own creative initiative. While GA’s and ECOSOC’s are strict debate environments, full of constrictive adherence to parliamentary procedure and resolution formatting, the SA is a moldable, feedback loop of a committee that encourages delegates to improve themselves with each additional committee session. Michael wants the SA to be full of creative energy that has been repurposed to in a formative manner. Feel free to contact Michael at sa@hnmun.org at any time with questions or concerns.