Farah is an Egyptian second year student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton. Born and raised in Cairo, Farah has made the most of her time in France. Growing up to stories about her great grandfather Ahmed Oraby, a significant figure in Egypt's modern history, Farah became very passionate about history and politics. In 2011, Farah witnessed the Arab Spring take over the Middle East and since then she has been searching for answers as to why the Middle East is the way it is, the most politically turbulent region in the world. Post-graduation, Farah wishes to continue her studies in international relations and political science. Afterwards, she plans to pursue a career in public policy or diplomacy. Farah is excited to be serving as Secretary General of MEDMUN 2017 and hopes to make it an eye opening experience, in which participants gain a global perspective on the challenges facing the Mediterranean and MENA region. Farah's name literally translates to happiness in Arabic, and when not on campus you can probably find her eating pizza in Menton's famous Café Bistrot.
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.
John Vincent 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. John was born and raised in Toronto and has been interested in international relations, mathematics and economics since high school. John chose to come to Sciences Po because he felt that it offered him the chance to study all his favourite subjects in the intriguing context of the Middle East, a region he knew very little about. More recently at Sciences Po, John has become fascinated by the financial markets, an interest he hopes to pursue further at Columbia. John looks forward to welcoming you all to MEDMUN 2017 and hopes the conference proves an exciting, rewarding and fun experience for all.
Marina Wilbraham 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 in London to English and Brazilian parents, Marina grew up in London, Paris, and Washington DC before coming to study in Menton. Marina loved her MEDMUN 2016 experience as a delegate and is very excited to be joining MEDMUN 2017’s secretariat. In her free time, Marina mostly organizes social events for Sciences Po Menton’s Bureau des Élèves, sings, and dances. Marina is very enthusiastic about her role as Marketing Coordinator and looks forward to being in contact with you via social media throughout the year!
Margherita Distrotti is a second year English Track student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus of Menton, where she is majoring in international law. Originally from Aosta, Italy, she participated to MEDMUN 2016 as a depute in the Italian Committee simulating the European Parliament. As a high school exchange student in the US, Margherita was involved in Statecraft simulations and in a crisis simulation in Denver, CO. Outside of MEDMUN, Margherita is part of the Sciences Po branch of Amnesty International and the dance team. In the past she volunteered in Refugee Camps and in Tanzania. In her free time, she loves travelling around the world, reading and cooking. Margherita is excited to work with this year's Secretariat in organizing an amazing conference experience and warmly welcomes everyone to MEDMUN 2017!
Charles Paoli is a second year student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton, who has lived most of his life in Paris. Charles has a keen interest in the Middle Eastern issues as well as technology and cutting-edge innovations. Charles is excited to be part of the MEDMUN secretariat as Joint Chair Coordinator and French Content Creator, and he hopes to ensure that MEDMUN 2017 delivers and gathers delegates from around the world for spirited debate, diplomacy and geopolitics.
Edanur Hardal is a first year student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton as part of the Dual BA program between Sciences Po and Columbia. Edanur has studied in a French high school in Istanbul for the past five year and is perfectly trilingual in English, French and Turkish. Edanur is extremely interested in international relations, and it is from this passion that stems her love for MUN. As Delegate Coordinator Assistant in MEDMUN 2017, she will be communicating with a great number of people around the globe. Edanur is excited to see once again how youth can impact the world, and is excited to welcome delegates to MEDMUN 2017.
Imane Aït Idir is a Moroccan second year student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton, majoring in law. Imane chose the Menton campus to delve into her roots and identity but also to learn of all the challenges that the MENA region is facing.
Imane believes that MEDMUN is an opportunity to apply the knowledge she has gained in order to tackle issues and find solutions that can really make an impact.
Last year, Imane co-chaired the League of Arab States (LAS) and this year, she is honored to be the Director of this committee. She hopes to find innovative solutions together and prove to the world that Arab states can be united and fulfill their own destiny. She looks forward to welcoming everyone to Menton in March and she is excited to be working with the Secretariat of MEDMUN 2017. Imane hopes to provide a truly unique MEDMUN experience to all.
Abdelwahhab al-Bakri is a first year student at Sciences Po Paros, Campus de Menton. Growing up in Jordan in the Levant Region, Abdelwahhab, or Abood for short, was exposed to all the serious conflicts around him. Abood considers himself lucky enough to have been involved directly, and his observation of these conflicts fuelled his passion for politics and diplomacy. As a high school student, Abood decided to pursue his passion through MUN and participated in over 15 conferences. Abood has acted as Secretary General in two conferences. As a workshop and committees assistant for the League of Arab States, Abood hopes to foster an environment for politics and debate. Abood looks forward to welcoming you to MEDMUN 2017.
Lorenzo Repetti is an Italian second year student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton. Lorenzo is MEDMUN 2017's President of the Italian Committee and Coordinator of the Parlamento Europeo. Lorenzo participated in last year's MEDMUN conference as a member of the Italian Committee and won Best Delegate recognition. Lorenzo’s main interest is philosophy, and thanks to the contribution of middle-eastern thought has been expanding his philosophical understanding. Lorenzo's professional ambition is to work within European institutions to support the social integration of religious and cultural minorities as a means to achieve a political unit on the continent. Lorenzo is self-described as a lover of culture in general, appreciating every form of art. Lorenzo enjoys the “Will & Grace” series, and finds himself quoting the series more often than he would like.
Anas Adri is a second year student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton. A compassionate person, Anas has a well-rounded breadth of interests, but his true passions lay in politics and international relations. Anas' ambition is to one day have a truly positive impact on the lives of the less privileged in his home country of Morocco and elsewhere around the world. Anas is very excited to be part of the MEDMUN 2017 Secretariat as Deputy Secretary General. Anas looks forward to warmly welcoming you to the most dynamic, challenging and intellectually stimulating conference possible.
Sebastian Torero 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. Sebastian hails from Oak Park, Illinois, just outside Chicago, and he has been interested in politics and international relations for many years, and after a class in Modern Middle Eastern History in high school, he decided that Menton was the place for him. Sebastian is a member of the MEDMUN 2017 secretariat as Head of Logistics, and hopes that this year’s conference will be an incredible, challenging, and rewarding experience for all involved.
Rebecca Chacon Naranjo is a first year Ecuadorian - Italian student at Sciences Po Paris, Cmpus de Menton. Constantly moving from the age of three, Menton represents Rebecca's twelfth move. Rebecca has been participating in MUN since 2012, and has experience as a delegate, chair, ambassador, witness in the ICJ and Assistant to the Secretariat. Rebecca's interest in the Middle East began whilst living in Iran, and she considers the way that economic commodities such as oil and gas have affected the region to be of particular interest. She considers MEDMUN an opportunity to not only gain a knowledge base on the political, legal and socio-economic problems of countries such as Lebanon or Russia, but also as a place to meet many inspiring delegates who bring together different experiences and viewpoints. One of Rebecca's fondest MUN memories was an Irish delegation which declared war on another state speaking only in terms of beer and potatoes. Rebecca looks forward to continuing this tradition of international dialogue during this year's MEDMUN conference.
Clémentine Marcon Sabatier is a second year student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton, and she has lived her whole life in France. Clémentine is really interested in the MENA region and by all the issues pertaining to this region of the world. She is really happy to be part of MEDMUN 2017 as part of the Secrétariat. Clementine will be responsible for Catering, Sponsorships and Social Events, and she is looking forward to meeting you all, and to having unforgettable nights together!
Madison Haussy is a first year student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton, as part of the Dual BA program between Sciences Po and Columbia. Originally from Colorado, she attended an International Baccalaureate high school where she was Secretary General of the MUN conference she cofounded. Madison is Franco-American and speaks French, English, and Spanish fluently. At Columbia, Madison plans to major in Economics with a focus on the Middle East and Arabic. Her other interests include reading, hiking, sailing, and listening to Palestinian rap. Madison looks forward to welcoming you all to MEDMUN 2017!
Kristian Gaylord is a first year student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton as part of the Dual BA program between Sciences Po and Columbia. From Asheville North Caroline, Kristian is interested in international relations and global trade. Kristian brings a diverse array of business development and team management experience to this year’s Secretariat. He is thrilled to be working as the Delegate Coordinator for this year’s conference and trusts the Secretariat as a whole to organize the best MedMUN conference yet! When not preoccupied by MEDMUN or school, Kristian enjoys hiking, playing football, and eating good food. Kristian also loves to travel just last year took a gap year during which he walked across Spain, visited Everest Base Camp in Nepal, and spent a month diving in Thailand. He’s been a lot of places, but still hasn’t found any quite as stunning as the Côte d’Azur here in France. On that note, he can’t wait to welcome you to our beautiful town for MEDMUN 2017 and participate in such an incredible event of international dialogue and cooperation!
Hardy Hewson is a second year student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton as part of the Dual BA program between Sciences Po and Columbia, and hopes to complete a major in international law and human rights. Originally from London, Hardy has years of high-school MUN experience with THIMUN and PAMUN respectively. Having attended an International Baccalaureate high school, Hardy also partook in the execution of three London-based conferences. This year, Hardy will be responsible for the coordination of the International Court of Justice simulation. Reintroduced to the conference for MEDMUN 2017, the ICJ component promises to be a welcome addition to MEDMUN’s impressive selection of United Nations simulations. Hardy looks forward to welcoming the delegates, chairs, and other attendees of the ICJ and other committees in March.
Amr Saber is a first year student Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton. Amr has spent most of his life in Cairo he is self-described as a "German wannabe". Amr interest in politics and the Middle East stem from the beginning of the Arab spring, and he has since participated twice as a delegate in MUN. This year, Amr joins a MUN secretariat as an assistant of a specialized workshop. Amr hopes he can help in providing you a fun and fruitful experience, and looks forward to welcoming you to MEDMUN 2017.
Anna Giulia Murgia is a first year student at Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton. Born and raised in Sardinia, Anna Giulia had always wanted to experience living abroad, and when she was 16 she moved to the UK in order to finish high school in a British sixth form college. Thanks to this international exposure, Anna Giulia discovered her passion for MUN, which she first became involved with as a delegate and then as a Secretary General. This year she will be Specialized Committee and Workshop Assistant in the MEDMUN Secretariat for the Italian committee. Anna Giulia has a high expectations for the 2017 conference and she looks forward to listening to the debates on issues faced by Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and North African countries.