Secretariat

Secretary-General: Azan Esmail

Azan is a third-year Political Science major and Economics minor. This will be Azan’s 6th year with HSMUN, three years as a delegate and now three years as a volunteer. Azan is also president of the University of Alberta Faculty of Arts Students’ Association. Azan enjoys watching movies and eating popcorn (the two don’t have to be done together). He also despises meme culture (sorry). Azan is excited to see the type of debate that will unfold throughout the conference.

Director-General: Jin Seo Kim  

Jin Seo is in her second year of her Psychology major and Sociology minor at the University of Alberta. She was a delegate for Iraq and South Korea in high school, and volunteered as a general aide in her first year. She is super excited to be on the executive as USG Logistics this year, and looks forward to another amazing HSMUN conference! She loves to sing and binge-watch The Office in between her daily naps. She wishes all delegates and staff the best for the upcoming conference, and will see you at the conference and especially on the dance floor in February!

Under-Secretary-General Dias: Ethan Edstrom 

Ethan is a first year student who is studying Biological Sciences with a minor in Political Sciences at the University of Alberta. This is his fourth year with HSMUN, and first as a volunteer. In the past, Ethan has participated in several different committees, ranging from beginner level committees to Security Council in his last year, and is excited to be a part of DISEC this year. In his free time, Ethan is often either playing or watching hockey, and will gladly argue about NHL roster moves with anyone who will listen. In the future, Ethan intends to travel as much as possible and pursue a career in something he is passionate about.

Under-Secretary-General Finance: Samir Esmail

Samir is currently in his third year of university, studying Finance at the University of Alberta. Model United Nations has always been a passion of his, competing in HSMUN three years in a row as well as going to SSUNS in Montreal and SUNIA. He also had the pleasure of being a foreign policy advisor for DISEC and chairing UNODC. This is his first time on the exec team but with his experience in finance and with HSMUN, he will make sure that the conference runs smoothly. He enjoys to travel and explore the world being to places, including Vietnam, Italy, Egypt, and most recently Japan. Samir also keeps up to date with sports and has fantasy teams in basketball, football, and hockey. He looks forward to having another successful HSMUN!

Under-Secretary-General Press & Media: Gabrielle Potvin

Gabby is a third year Linguistics and German double-major pursuing a Certificate in Translation Studies at the University of Alberta. She is very pleased to be taking on the role of USG Press & Media for this year’s conference, having been a Press volunteer for the 2017/18 conferences as well as a Press delegate in high school. In her “spare time”, Gabby plays the saxophone in the University of Alberta Concert Band, enjoys a hearty session of Dungeons & Dragons, daydreams about Best Chris (Evans), and listens to a lot of McElroy podcasts and ‘80s music. She’s happy to answer any questions you might have about Press/Media, languages, or anything else within reason. She wishes everyone a wonderful 2019 conference!

Under-Secretary-General Foreign Policy:  Cara Au

Cara Au is excited to join to HSMUN executive team this year as Under-Secretary General Foreign Policy. This is her second year with HSMUN after being an FPA last year. She has previously participated in SUNIA and Berlin Model United Nations as a delegate. Cara is a second year Biochemistry Honours student at the U of A. She loves clarinet, snowboarding, and bubble tea.

Under-Secretary-General Foreign Policy:  Csongor Szepesvari

Csongor is in his second year, although he is now in open studies, last year he was studying Math at Waterloo. This is his 3rd year with HSMUN, his previous two experiences were as a delegate. Csongor has a variety of hobbies, when he’s not reading about political theory or philosophy, he’s likely doing 1 of 3 things: breaking his car by trying to modify it, spending time with his girlfriend, or simply playing some good old Dungeons & Dragons Online. As a Foreign Policy Advisor for the Future Security Council 2045, Csongor will be assisting delegates with their *big surprise* foreign policy. This does not mean however that you do not have to conduct your own research, he is merely there to pad your knowledge if you happen to have missed something, and will be checking in on you during unmoderated caucuses to make sure all’s well. In the meantime he should be able to point you to some links that will give you a general idea of what this council is all about.

Under-Secretary-General Logistics: Navya Baradi

Navya Baradi is in her first year at the University of Alberta in the General Science program. She has been participating in HSMUN since her first year of high school and has had an amazing time representing countries including Paraguay, Republic of Korea, and Nigeria. She’s excited to be on DISEC (the most exciting council of course) this year. Since her first time at HSMUN, she also was involved with the Edmonton World Health Simulation Conference and SUNIA. Although she enjoys speech and debate, she also loves to dance (find her on the dance floor at the banquet) and can’t wait to have a great time at this conference! Her love of international affairs continues as she serves as the FPA on DISEC.