The Queen's Model United Nations Invitational (QMUNi) is returning for its sixth year. As the Canadian circuit's premier fall conference, QMUNi offers a dynamic range of General Assembly and Crisis Committees to engage both new and experienced delegates from across Canada and the United States.
QMUNi 2018 will take place this fall, from November 15-18 on the beautiful Queen's University campus in Kingston, ON. Delegates will tackle complex issues of international relations and policy surrounding both real and imagined dilemmas, and emerge with both new perspectives and unforgettable memories.
QMUNi is an initiative of the Queen's International Affairs Association (QIAA), the largest non-athletic club at Queen's University. Ratified under the Alma Mater Society in 1987, QIAA provides countless opportunities to the Queen's community, promoting discussion and debate on international issues. QIAA publishes an international affairs magazine, The Observer, manages the Queen's MUN Team, and organizes a speaker series, in addition to many other initiatives.
Meet the Secretariat
Mikel Gega, Secretary General
Mikel is a third year Politics, Philosophy, and Economics student, specializing in Economics. Mikel got involved with MUN in High School and has continued ever since. Mikel is passionate about politics and economics and is always looking to meet with new people. When not geeking out over policy, Mikel can be found researching fantasy hockey stats or watching one of the numerous sports teams he follows, particularly the Calgary Flames.
Brendan Nugara, Director General
Brendan is in his second year of studying political science at Queen’s University. He started participating in MUN during his first year of university at the recommendation of one of his professors and quickly grew to enjoy it. Besides school work and QIAA, Brendan also enjoys spending his time both listening to and playing music. This is Brendan’s second year with the QMUNi team and he looks forward to seeing how much delegates will enjoy this year’s conference.
Laura Van Wyngaarden, Under Secretary General
Laura is in her third year at Queen's University studying Political Science and History. She is focusing her degree on International Affairs and Politics in a historical perspective. When she is not working on school or QIAA, Laura is busy spending time with friends, going for runs, and working on her cooking skills. She is thrilled to serve on the QMUNi secretariat for a second year! Laura has been heavily involved in QIAA and MUN for three years, serving last year as Director of the MUN team and currently writing for QIAA's Observer. She hopes to bring her energy and positivity this year to promoting the conference and engaging delegates!
Karina Tatarinova, Director of Events
Karina is in her third year at Queen’s studying economics. It will be her first time as a part of QMUNi and she is really looking forward to planning lots of unforgettable events this year. Karina is also a part of the Russian Speaking Student Association and Queen’s Global Advocates for Women’s Rights, she devotes the rest of her time to yoga and dance. She graduated high school in Toronto but has lived in a couple different cities around the world. Since she moved so often Karina developed a love for travel and passion for exploring other countries and cultures around the world. Karina is looking forward to this year!
Hamza Ali, Director of Marketing
Hamza is a student at Queen’s University studying Commerce at Smith School of Business class of 2021. My interest in Model UN and being part of the Queen’s team stems from my passion on how economics and diplomacy work hand in hand in creating the global order. I will be working as Marketing Director of QMUNI for our 2018-2019 year. My goal is to ensure our message of simulating important diplomatic discussions, leading on important international issues while developing essential negotiating and public speaking skills reaches out to the Queen’s community and beyond.
Joey Blumenstein, Chief of Staff
Samuel Tobert , Under Secretary General
Samuel is a Junior studying Biochemistry, Politics and Business at Queen’s; having participated in QMUNi during his Freshman Year - when two delegates made out Mid-speech (anything is possible in MUN) and Sophomore Year (running an exciting, but slightly less wild Civil War Crisis Committee). Samuel’s chronic indecisiveness has him involved with various initiatives on campus, including serving as Training Director for Queen’s Model United Nations Team, Chargé D'affaires for QNMUN 2019, Case Challenge Director for QFLIP 2019 and department student council representative. When not running frantically between Labs or being involved with all things MUN, he can be found obsessing over international relations, eating, cooking, reading, sailing and beekeeping. Described by other delegates as a ‘roast lord’ and ‘meme guru’ Samuel is looking forward to meeting all the delegates at QMUNi 2018!
Simren De Saffel, Director of Operations
Simren is going into her third year at Queen’s, pursuing a degree in Politics and Philosophy. She was first involved with MUN in her senior year of high school when she founded a MUN chapter at her school. This is her first time being part of a MUN secretariat and she cannot wait to see what the year will bring! Outside of clubs, Simren can be found boring her friends to death with philosophical debates and political theory, binge watching every possible show and movie on Netflix, and of course anything to do with Harry Potter.
Sam Heimstra, Chargée D'Affaires
Sam is a second year Sociology major and Political Studies minor. Last year Sam worked as an intern for Queen's Model Parliament where he helped the leadership team and students spend their weekend on Parliament Hill debating policy and learning more about the workings of Canada's Federal Government. Sam enjoys talking policy and politics, as he was appointed Policy Director for the Queen's Liberals after spending the last two semesters as a First-Year Director. In the upcoming winter semester, Sam will be helping to run the Queen's National Model United Nations Conference as the Chief of Staff. This year Sam is honoured to be a part of the QMUNi team as the Director for Outreach and Sponsorship and looks forward to showing delegates just how fantastic the Kingston Community can be.