Ryan Zohar is a second year student from New York studying at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton, as part of the Dual BA program between Sciences Po and Columbia University. As a crisis staff member last year, Ryan worked extensively on researching and developing the Syrian Crisis simulation for the 2016 MEDMUN Conference. This year, he's back serving as Crisis Director. Ryan feels the committees and topics that make MEDMUN so special are the ones directly relating to our campus’ specialization: the Middle East and Mediterranean region. He is sure that the MEDMUN team will work hard to have the conference embody the campus' passions and hopefully that will show in its quality.
Youstine Faltas is a second year student studying at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton, as part of the Dual BA program between Sciences Po and Columbia University. Originally from Cairo, Youstine moved to Virginia in the United States in 2012 following the Arab Spring, only then to move to Menton. He was part of last year’s crisis staff and helped develop the parameters of the Syrian Crisis Simulation during MEDMUN 2016. Youstine was also in charge of bringing the crisis and regular committees together through his role as semi-crisis coordinator. The idea of semi-crisis is to incite quick thinking from delegates, linking different facets of the UN as a comprehensive organization and mostly to shake things up. He is confident in the current team’s ability to meet and even exceed MEDMUN standards of excellence and consistency. Youstine doesn’t drink coffee and is often seen wearing a golfer’s hat or a kefyeh while playing the blues on his white guitar.
Audrey Everist is a second year student from Asheville, North Carolina at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton. Audrey came to France after hearing about Sciences Po on NPR. When not in class or working on MEDMUN, Audrey can be found walking around Menton listening to podcasts and picking grapes. A second year student learning Persian, Audrey is looking forward to a third year in Iran and/or Tajikistan. After serving as a chair for the 2016 MEDMUN conference, she is happy to be working with this year’s crisis team and is looking forward to helping make this conference as riveting and edgy as Ayatollah Khomeini’s twitter account.
Sallie Bestul is a first year student from Colorado at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton. Born in Colorado but raised in Wisconsin, she is interested in international relations, language, and art. As Vice President of her high school MUN club, she served as Crisis Director for the regional MUN conference hosted each year by five local high schools. As Crisis Media Coordinator for MEDMUN 2017, Sallie will be helping to prepare the crisis scenario and facilitating crisis communication. Her other interests include reading, painting, cooking, and listening to podcasts. Sallie looks forward to providing a fast-paced conference experience and welcoming you to MEDMUN.
Zachary Giesler is a second year student studying at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton, as part of the Dual BA program between Sciences Po and Columbia University. Zachary has just published his first book, but his true passion, aside from writing, is pottery. He has vowed to dedicate his spare time outside MEDMUN to helping the crisis director Ryan acquire the wisdom of this intricate yet beautiful art. Zachary is also a seasoned chef of stir-fry and enjoys collecting subscriptions to virtually all political and economics magazines. In case his creative career does not work out, he plans on settling for an economics degree from Columbia and eventually transition into ruling the world. He has said with regard to this year’s MEDMUN, “I am intrigued to be a Joint Press Coordinator this year and I hope I will help the press committee run smoothly and achieve a well-polished performance."
Jelena Solovjova is a second year student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton. Jelena is Lithuanian and happily carries on the tradition of Lithuanians organizing MEDMUN! Last year she came to Sciences Po with one thing in mind: to master the art of the death stare. She has said, “I had almost mastered it after years of being a globally recognized debate champion, but I felt that I needed much more practice if I was to achieve my lifelong goal of being able to stop people dead in their tracks with just my eyes.” She is happy to report that she’s well on her way to achieving this dream. Having honed her crisis reporting and interpretive analysis skills at Al-Jazeera this summer, she is very much looking forward to this year's MEDMUN and to be working with this year's Crisis Staff as Joint Press Coordinator. Jelena wishes you all a wonderful conference and reminds you that the press is watching will hold you accountable!
Rouven Stubbe is a German second year student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton. Never really sure where life is taking him, Rouven has lived in metropolises across South America and Europe and has spent the better part of the past three years travelling. Despite so much change in surroundings, Rouven's love of politics and international relations as remained a constant. Rouven has been studying the roots of international conflicts since high school and this long-time interest is what brings Rouven to this year's crisis staff. Rouven believes MEDMUN is a superb challenge and a way of expanding one's viewpoints on a wide variety of issues. Rouven looks forward to welcoming you all to MEDMUN 2017.
Henry Woelflein is a first year student studying at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton, as part of the Dual BA program between Sciences Po and Columbia University. Henry was born in London and grew up outside of Washington, D.C. As a high school student, he became interested in history, politics and MUN. In high school, Henry participated as a MUN delegate many times, and later as his school’s Undersecretary General. As the Crisis Chief of War Games this year at MEDMUN, Henry hopes to create realistic simulations for all the crisis delegates, enabling access to some of the MENA region’s most complex issues for all.
Jérémy Pezout is a French first year student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton. After having lived half of his life in the Middle East in countries such as the UAE, Jordan and most recently Palestine, Jérémy will be part of MEDMUN 2017's Crisis Staff as the Historical Crisis Coordinator Assistant. Living so close to conflicts, social and political tensions has granted Jérémy and understanding that there are many challenges to overcome in the MENA region. Jérémy has twice participated as a delegate in French and international committees, representing countries such as Finland and North Korea. Jérémy looks forward to overseeing the new Historical Crisis Committee and to welcoming you to MEDMUN 2017!
Riam Kim-McLeod is a Canadian exchange student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton, from the University of Toronto. Despite her attempts to move on from MUN she is happy to be participating with Sciences Po this year. Riam's hobbies include acting pretentious at wine tastings and promoting Canadian "exceptionalism".
Wiam Aimade is a Berber Moroccan second year student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton. Wiam chose to coordinate the Historical Crisis committees because of her passion for history. She loves learning new languages and exploring the cultural ties between the MENA region and the Indian Subcontinent. Wiam is extremely happy to welcome you to this conference and eager to meet all the participants that will make this edition of MEDMUN unforgettable.
Veronica Merlo is an Italian second year student at Sciences Po-Paris, Campus de Menton. Since high school, Veronica has had an interest in the Middle East, its culture, its history, its current events and, especially, in the Arabic language. Veronica also enjoys travelling around the world, and each of her international experiences has enriched her life and has contributed to her personality. After participating in MUN conferences in New York and Rome, Veronica took part in MEDMUN 2016 as a delegate on the Italian committee. She truly believes that these conferences are an occasion for a positive exchange among people who come together to discuss, reflect and work together with the shared aim of coming up with creative solutions in the attempt of bringing a positive change in the world. Veronica looks forward to seeing you all at MEDMUN 2017 and hopes this unique event will be an incredible experience for you all!