The Queen's Model United Nations Invitational (QMUNi) is returning for its fifth 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 2017 will take place this fall, from November 16-19 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
Olivia Eng, Secretary General
Olivia is a fourth year political studies student. She is incredibly honoured to be serving as this year’s Secretary General alongside Director General Joey Blumenstein and the rest of this wonderful Secretariat. Olivia began MUN in her final year of high school, and has participated in QMUNi since her first year at Queen’s, as a page, as Assistant Chair for OSCE, and as Under Secretary General. She also served as Logistics Director for the Queen’s MUN Team in its 2016-17 year. Olivia is a member of the Committee Against Racial and Ethnic Discrimination, and serves as the Logistics Coordinator of Queen's Model Parliament, which is heading into its 71st year. She enjoys knitting, baking, and other pursuits generally associated with being an elderly woman, when she isn't busy kicking rowdy students out of the campus bars as a Student Constable. Olivia hopes to put her passion for MUN towards making this a memorable QMUNi for delegates and staff alike.
Joey Blumenstein, Director General
Joey is a fourth year Mathematics and Engineering Student with a specialization in Systems and Robotics. Joey works for Science Quest, where she shares her passion and curiosity for technology with elementary school age children. Outside of the engineering bubble, she was the director of QICSim, an interactive crisis simulation here at Queen’s for the past two years. Last year at QMUNi, she was the crisis director for the unique science based committee: Ancient Innovation – a committee that broadened the reach of the conference beyond the typical politics and history topics. Beyond academics and extra-curricular activities, Joey has a passion for the outdoors where she has spent her past twelve summers. Most recently, this has involved being Senior Girls Section Head and a Head Counsellor on the management team at Camp Arowhon. Joey could not be more excited to bring her fresh perspective and engineering pragmatism to this year’s QMUNi.
Nick Jackson, Under Secretary General
Nick is in his third year at Queen’s University’s and will be participating in QMUNi for the first time. He started participating in Model UN in middle school and has continued his involvement by joining the Queen’s delegate team. Nick has had the opportunity to travel across Canada and the United States to represent various delegations. Known for unleashing mayhem and betraying his fellow delegates at MUN conferences, Nick plans to use his divergent thinking and wacky ideas to keep committees unpredictable yet authentic. Nick hopes to use his vast experience to create a unique and engaging Conference for all delegates, regardless of skill level or prior experience. An avid reader of history, politics, and current Events worldwide, Nick intends to apply new and relevant ideas that are novel, yet realistic, in order to make this QMUNi the best yet!
Harry Fang, Under Secretary General
Harry is a third year pursuing a degree in commerce. Harry was born in China, but has lived in the great north for most of his life. For QMUNi 2016, Harry was the crisis director of the Legacy of Rome committee, where the delegates delved into the deep (and not so deep) aspects of Roman politics. Harry is a member of the Queen’s MUN team, and has served as a training coordinator. Harry has competed at several conferences on the collegiate circuit, and his favourites include McMUN, NAMUN, and RMC.
Laura van Wyngaarden, Director of Marketing
Laura is in her second year at Queen's studying political science and history. She is thrilled to serve on the QMUNi Secretariat for the first time as its marketing director. Laura was a member of the dais staff for QMUNi last year and had an amazing time. She hopes to bring her energy and positivity this year to promoting the conference and engaging delegates! Laura is the Logistics Director for the MUN Team this 2017-2018 year and can't wait to see what this year's MUN season will bring.
Nirosha Balakumar, Director of Sponsorship
Nirosha is a third year Global Development major and Gender Studies minor. In the upcoming winter semester, Nirosha will be attending the Bader International Study Centre in England to pursue a Specialization in International Law and Politics. This summer she will also be studying development, gender, sexuality and politics abroad at the University of Havana in Cuba. Nirosha has a passion for social justice activism and has worked with a multitude of non-profit organizations such as Plan Canada. Nirosha works towards creating an accountable and welcoming space for students of marginalized backgrounds on campus and is active in engaging others in constructive and progressive discourse. Nirosha sits on the AMS Committee on Inclusion - working to address issues of racial and ethnic discrimination on campus in relation to the role of the student government. She is also the Vice President (External) of the African and Caribbean Student Association. This year Nirosha is honoured to be a part of the QMUNi team as the Sponsorship Coordinator and looks forward to establishing relationships within the community in order to produce an impactful and memorable conference.
Tina Haibodi, Chargée D'Affaires
Tina is in her fourth year at Queen's studying computing and politics. Tina worked at Buzzfeed in New York this summer, and served as an Orientation Coordinator for NEWTS this year, the orientation program at Queen's for exchange students. She is a regular on the North American MUN circuit and is looking forward to this year's QMUNi!
Karina Esmail, Chief of Staff
Karina is in her fifth year, studying political studies and classics, with an international studies certificate. She has been involved in Model UN since second year, and is incredibly excited to be able to serve as Chief of Staff for QMUNi this year. Outside of Model UN, Karina dedicates most of her time to volunteering for Oxfam, and has a passion for travelling and international affairs. She is also on the secretariat for QNMUNC, and serves the Queen’s International Affairs Association as the Director for International Development Week. Karina recently completed an internship with the UNODC in Nairobi, and hopes to bring her knowledge of the UN to QMUNi this year. When she isn’t in school, Karina can be found travelling. She has visited over 20 countries and has lived in Canada, the UK, Turkey and Kenya.
Sarah Miranda, Under Secretary General
Sarah Miranda is a third year Political science and Classics student here at Queen’s University. She is originally from Toronto and spends most of her time obsessively watching or talking about the Blue Jays and each of their players. Sarah has been heavily involved in Model UN through her time at Queen’s by both competing as a delegate and as a staffing as a chair. At QMUNi 2016 Sarah was a chair for the Battlestar Galactica committee helping delegates travel across the universe. She will also be serving as the Deputy Chargé for next year’s inaugural high-school MUN conference. Outside of MUN, if that exists, Sarah spends her time working on a political radio show called Right of Reply (which you can listen to on iTunes) and attempting to watch every TV show and movie available on Netflix. She also loves to spend her time listening to vinyl records and going to as many concerts as possible. Sarah is beyond excited for QMUNi and can’t wait to see all the amazing things our delegates can do.
Alexus White, Director of Events
Alexus White is in her third year, completing her degree in Global Development with a minor in Sociology and a certificate in Law. Described as, “a cross between Joe Biden and Jay-Z,” she combines a love for politics and hardwork with a love for the bougie and baller status. She has been participating in MUN since high school and planning events for just as long. More recently, she has spent the past three years as a planning team member for the National Student Commonwealth Forum and credits her experience there for teaching her that even with little time, a lot of effort can go a long way. Her inspirations include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Beyoncé and her mom. When she’s not organizing an event or procrastinating studying, you can probably catch Alexus practicing her highland dance steps with the Queen’s Band, cooking up brunch or browsing online shopping websites and never buying anything. As Events Coordinator, Alexus looks forward to making this year’s QMUNi “the most lit ever” and hopes lit is still a popular slang word by November.
Raasil Khan, Director of Graphics & Technology
Raasil is a third-year computing student with very niche interests. Developer and Designer by day, avid club attendee by night. Raasil has deep rooted interests in the health field, politics and obviously, technology. Raasil made this website and redesigned the QMUNi aesthetic, leading a design overhaul, converting from blue to gold. Raasil is also a big fan of the Raptors (occasionally joining the Cavaliers Bandwagon in the finals) and supports Arsenal. Raasil excels at sarcasm, since his voice is monotone so no one can really tell when he’s being serious.
Nikysha Chow, Director of Operations
Nikysha is a third year student in political studies here at Queen's. She has served as a member of the Committee Against Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and of Queen's Free the Children, and is Co-Chair of Queen's Half the Sky. Nikysha joined the Queen's MUN Team in her second year, and is looking forward to more opportunities in the MUN world. She is excited to serve as Director of Operations for this iteration of QMUNi, and hopes to make it the best yet!