Rhe-Anne Tan is a second year student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton, as part of the Dual BA program between Sciences Po and Columbia University. Born and raised in sunny Singapore, Rhe-Anne is excited to be back in equally-sunny Menton as the Crisis Director for MEDMUN 2019. Having staffed the Suez Crisis Committee for MEDMUN 2018, she has learnt to enjoy the finer things in life - morning coffee, sea breeze, and watching committees descend into trigger-happy chaos. War-mongering aside, Rhe-Anne firmly believes that Crisis is the best way to grapple with the complexities of the MENA region in a dynamic global landscape. As Director, her goal is to challenge perceptions of the Middle East and deepen delegates’ understanding - not just of power and conflict - but of how the region’s rich history and culture inform its present-day political processes. Being engaged members of the global community, we should always analyse and critique dominant narratives - but Crisis also offers the opportunity to rewrite them. Alors, Rhe-Anne welcomes everyone to make history (and memories!) at MEDMUN 2019!
Yasemin Buharalı is a Turkish second-year Sciences Po Paris student studying at the Campus of Menton, as part of the Dual BA program between Sciences Po and Columbia University. Having grown up in Istanbul, in-between the Western and Eastern cultures, Yasemin has developed a genuine interest in international relations, particularly in the conflicts in the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean regions. Her passion in exploring those conflicts, creating simulations about them and interacting with people from all around the world led her to join MEDMUN. As your French Crisis Coordinator, Yasemin hopes that the French Crisis will be as fun and memorable as ever. She looks forward to welcoming you to MEDMUN 2019 and meeting all of you very soon!
Berra Akcan is a second-year student in the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po, and is the Head of Historical Crisis for this year's MEDMUN Crisis Committees. Originally from Turkey, she has lived most of her life in Houston, Texas, graduating from the Global Studies Academy of Clements High School in the spring of 2017. She has participated in Model UN for four years, having represented various countries such as the United Kingdom to Luxembourg. Apart from Model United Nations, she is interested in literature, history, and global politics.
Jay Min is a second year student in Sciences Po Paris, campus de Menton. He is part of the Dual BA program between Sciences Po and Columbia University. After growing up in the UAE and Tunisia, Jay developed an insatiable interest in the Arabic-speaking world. This interest led him to attend various MUN conferences representing nations of that region and eventually to the Menton campus of Sciences Po that specializes in the study of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean nations. Jay hopes to provide all participants with insightful research and make everyone's MEDMUN experience smooth and enjoyable.
Emre Yıldırım is a second year French-Turkish student studying at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton, as part of the Dual BA program between Sciences Po and Columbia University. Similar to last year, he chose to devote himself to MEDMUN serving as Crisis Staff Researcher. Emre’s experience of living in Turkey for the last four years as well as his passion for the Middle-East, politics and economics pushed him to join MEDMUN. He is very eager to work with the rest of the team to create both realistic and captivating simulations, which tackle the most complex issues of the region. He is confident that the conference will be successful and will contribute to the dynamism of the beautiful campus.
Peiting Sun is a first year student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton. Peiting spent all of his life in China before coming to Menton. Passionate about political science and international relations, He was a member of MUN in his high school Chengdu Foreign Languages School and he has been delegate and chair in numerous conferences in Chinese, English and French. Even though life is already full of crises, as one of the French Crisis Staff Researchers, Peiting is going to do his best with his team to offer our dear delegates an unforgettable MUN experience. He’s very happy to be part of MEDMUN 2019 and looks forward to welcoming every delegate in sunny and beautiful Menton!
Katya Sharma is a first year Student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton as part of the Dual BA program between Sciences Po and Columbia University. Katya was born in India but spent her life in Singapore, Germany, the UAE, and Costa Rica. She has participated in many MUN conferences in Qatar, Dubai, and Costa Rica. Having grown up in very distinct political systems and economies, she became very interested in the humanities. MUN allowed her to channel these interests into real debate. She looks forward to this years conference within her role as a Staff Researcher, and hopes to help create an enjoyable experience for everyone!
Kim Sacy is a second year student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton. Born and raised in Beirut, she has participated in numerous Model UN conferences, be it as a delegate or a staff member. The three things she enjoys the most are Lebanese food, good books and getting to know more about the MENA region. As part of the crisis team, Kim is eager to welcome you all to MEDMUN 2019 and will definitely do her best to make this conference memorable for everyone!
Renata Canini is an exchange student from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, pursuing an economics major in Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton. She has always taken a keen interest in languages which she looks forward to putting into practice at the Press Committee. Besides foreign languages, she is passionate about politics, good books, feminism and musicals. She is sure that MEDMUN will be an incredible opportunity to expand her horizons and is looking forward to make sure the media coverage is the best we have had so far.
Louloudenia Eleni Kriki is a Greek first year student in Sciences Po Paris, campus de Menton. Having grown up in Athens, she was immersed in the rhetorical culture from a young age. Complementing her studies of politics and history she has participated in a plethora of MUN conferences which is where she originally developed her interest in the geopolitics of the Arab World. She hopes that her past experience and her love of history will be of use to the MEDMUN Crisis team and hopes that everyone feels welcome in this year's conference.
James Kettle is a British American first year dual BA student with Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton and Columbia University. He is a staff researcher for the Crisis committee. Having grown up in New York City he was surrounded by a variety of different cultures and languages. His interest in the Middle East developed in high school. James looks forward to sharing this passion and interest with all the delegates by making challenging and engaging crisis scenarios.
Madeleine Nephew is a second year student in the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po. Madeleine was born and raised in Washington, D.C. If you give her the chance, she would love to talk about her native swamp or tell more than you have ever wanted to know about Armenia. This is her second year with Crisis as a staff researcher.