What is HMUN China?
Harvard Model United Nations China is a four-day international relations simulation for high school students held annually in downtown Beijing. At HMUN China, delegates gain insight into the workings of the United Nations and the dynamics of international relations by assuming the roles of UN representatives and members of other international bodies and national cabinets. HMUN China is an exciting opportunity for students to debate issues that confront world leaders and to draft resolutions in response to these global issues. Participants will develop their abilities to work with others who are equally motivated and passionate about the topics of debate and to respond to global concerns.
HMUN China 2019 builds upon decades of experience. In 1927, Harvard held its first annual Model League of Nations, followed by the first Model United Nations conference in
1953. In 2010, this HMUN model was brought to the international stage for the first session of HMUN China, when HMUN brought 13 directors to Beijing.
True to the spirit of the United Nations, founded in 1945, HMUN China strives to foster a constructive forum for open dialogue on complex global issues, including international peace and security, and economic and social progress. HMUN China stresses the in-depth examination and resolution of pressing issues, emphasizing process over product. During the conference, students learn the importance of balancing national interests with the needs of the international community, while also learning about the powers and limitations of international negotiation. Delegates will preserve their countries' national policy while negotiating in the face of other, sometimes conflicting, international policies.
Why HMUN China?
Anthony I. Bogachev — Secretary-General
Anthony is a fourth-year student at Harvard College. He is studying Bioengineering, as well as Global Health and Health Policy. He hails from the state of Minnesota, although his parents immigrated from the country of Belarus. Raised in a bilingual and bi-cultural household, Anthony became passionate about international relations from a young age. This interest was further developed in high school, where he competed in Debate, Speech, and Model United Nations. Anthony has been involved in Model United Nations throughout his time at Harvard. He directed the World Bank and United Nations Development Programme committees at HMUN China 2017 and 2018, additionally serving as the Chief of Staff in 2018. When he is not studying or doing work for a number of different extracurricular clubs, Anthony can usually be found hiking, biking, or otherwise enjoying nature with his friends and family.
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Sidney C. Li— Director-General
Sidney is a senior at Harvard College majoring in Social Studies and Economics, with a focus on Western intellectual and personal ethics. This is his eighth year of involvement in Model UN. Growing up in the Silicon Valley, Sidney found that MUN was one of the few opportunities he had to connect science and technology with policy, justice, and diplomacy. After taking on the responsibility of growing and training his nascent high school team, Sidney fell in love with the activity. Most recently, he served as the Under-Secretary-General for the Economic and Social Council and Regional Bodies at HMUN Boston 2018. He also served on the Secretariat of HMUN India and has directed and competed at numerous conferences around the world. Outside Model UN, Sidney is an avid hiker, beachgoer, water polo player, and swing dancer. He is an undergraduate fellow at Harvard University's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and has published articles on Asian American multiculturalism in the United States. He is excited to help the HMUN China team take the conference to new heights this year!
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Urshella N. Hishaam— Under-Secretary-General for Administration
Urshella is a third-year student at Harvard College. Born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka, her interest in International Relations stems from living through and witnessing the final stages of the civil war that raged in her country for 36 long years. At Harvard, Urshella studies Chemistry and Physics. Despite her very STEM-related academic pursuits, Model UN has been an integral part of her life ever since her first time as a delegate at the Colombo Operated Model United Nations conference in 2013. Most recently, she served as a Director for both HMUN Boston and HMUN China 2018. Additionally, she is also a member of the Woodbridge International Society, a FIP (Freshmen International Programme) “parent” to a few international Freshmen and is involved in Ultracold Chemical Reactions research at the Ni Group at Harvard. Urshella has already started counting down the days to March 21st and cannot be more excited to work on producing the best possible HMUN China conference for every single delegate in attendance.
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Lily Z. Piao— Under-Secretary-General for Operations
Lily is a third-year student at Harvard College studying History and Economics with a focus on East Asian and economic history. Born in northeastern China, Lily moved to the United States at the age of seven and has since become a tried and true New Yorker. Lily has found a home with the International Relations Council at Harvard, serving as a director at HMUN, HMUN China and HNMUN. After arriving at college, she discovered a love for the diplomacy, negotiation, and critical thinking abilities required in Model United Nations and currently serves as the Chief of Staff for Harvard’s Intercollegiate Model United Nations team. Outside of MUN, Lily is a dancer for Harvard’s Asian American Dance Troupe and a student worker at the Office of Career Services. Lily is incredibly excited to return to HMUN China this year and can’t wait to meet the wonderful delegates and faculty advisors.
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Nicholas E. Stauffer-Mason— Under-Secretary-General for Committees
Nick is a third-year student at Harvard College studying Government, Economics, and Mandarin. A native of Washington, D.C. and the son of federal bureaucrats, Nick has long been passionate about politics, law, and diplomacy. Model UN has been a huge part of Nick’s life since he began the activity in middle school. At Harvard, he has served as a Director at HMUN, HNMUN, HMUN China, and HMUN India, in addition to competing on the Intercollegiate Model United Nations team. Outside of Model UN, Nick serves as Executive Director of a legal aid program that assists more than 1,000 Massachusetts residents annually. He is also involved in Harvard’s student-run consulting group and works as a tutor at the Harvard College Writing Center. Nick is incredibly excited to return to HMUN China as Under-Secretary-General for Committees and looks forward to empowering every delegate in attendance to have the same transformative experience that Model UN provided for him.
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