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 2017 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?

Substantive Excellence

The staff of HMUN China is carefully selected to include the most passionate and dedicated directors from our Boston conference and our sister college conference, Harvard National Model United Nations. Each of the study guides is carefully crafted for its respective committee and reflects careful and thorough research. All of our directors are extremely knowledgeable, dedicated, and committed to HMUN China's ideals, resulting in well-run and focused committees. Many delegates leave our conference with a new-found passion for international relations and greater awareness of the issues that dominate our world.

Tradition and Innovation

Begun over 75 years ago with a simulation of the League of Nations, every Harvard Model United Nations conference is the product of years of gradual refinement. While our conference has expanded considerably since its inception, we are fully committed to ensuring and furthering the excellence of our conference experience at every session of HMUN, whether in Boston, China or India. For the past five years, HMUN China has promoted a new class of international dalgoue and remains dedicated to exploring new and exciting ventures for all conference participants, including delegates and faculty advisors. HMUN China will feature innovative committee simulations, cutting-edge technology, and, of couse, great entertainment for delegates outside of committee.

Size and Diversity

At HMUN China, you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with more than 1,000 high school students from more than 100 high schools around the world. HMUN China provides a host of substantive issues for this dynamic group of students and creates a forum for debate and negotiation among them – a truly worthwhile experience. Our conference is designed to foster negotiation and public speaking skills, introduce students to a range of global challenges, and provide culturally diverse perspectives on a variety of issues. Our strong emphasis on representation at our conference from schools across the globe ensures the HMUN China experience is a truly international one.

The Secretariat of HMUN China 2017

Angel T. Jin
June E. Criscione
Shunn Theingi
Pavan S. Hegde
John D. Bowers

Angel T. Jin— Secretary-General

Angel is a senior at Harvard College studying Economics and Government. Born near Hefei, China, she spent her first six years in the city of Nanjing before moving to the Boston area. An avid fencer and dancer throughout high school, Angel first became involved in Model UN when she tried out for the competitive intercollegiate team at Harvard. Since then, she has directed committees and served in executive roles for many MUN conferences, including both of Harvard’s Boston conferences. Angel first staffed HMUN China in 2015 as a Director, and returned in 2017 to serve as Under-Secretary-General for Operations. Aside from her involvement in Model UN and the International Relations Council at Harvard, she is also an active member of several business organizations and dance groups on campus. In her free time, she enjoys taking long aimless walks and trying to harmonize to her favorite songs.

Angel believes passionately in the educational mission of this conference. She is honored to be serving as Secretary-General for the eighth session of Harvard Model United Nations China and looks forward to meeting you in March!

Email Angel at: secgen@hmunchina.org.

June Criscione— Director-General

June Criscione is a senior at Harvard College majoring in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with long term interests in research and medicine. She was born and raised in Albany, NY where she was a member of her high school’s inaugural model UN team. She became involved in Harvard Model UN as a freshman and has staffed for numerous conferences, including HMUN China 2015 as a director and HMUN China 2017 as Under-Secretary General for Committees.

Apart from Model UN, she plays violin and viola in an orchestra and chamber group. She also participates in a mental health peer education group, volunteers at a homeless shelter, and dabbles in amateur Shakespeare performance. In her free time, she can be found reading, cooking, running, baby-sitting, watching movies, and spending time with friends. She also enjoys writing fiction and hopes to publish a book someday.

She is incredibly excited to be returning to HMUN China for the third time. She looks forward to working with the wonderful Harvard and Alpha Partners staff members to make this eighth session of conference a memorable and rewarding experience for all delegates.

Email June at: dg@hmunchina.org.

Shunn Theingi — Under-Secretary-General for Administration

Shunn Theingi is a junior at Harvard College, concentrating in Integrative Biology with a secondary in Government. Although she calls New York City home, she was born and raised in Yangon, Myanmar. She first became involved in Model UN in freshman year and has since staffed Harvard’s Boston conferences in various capacities. She is super thrilled to help organize her first international MUN conference.

Asides from her involvement in Model UN, Shunn is involved in the Peer Advising Fellow Program and in Ghungroo, the largest student-run South Asian dance production at Harvard. She is also actively involved in some cultural organizations on campus. In her spare time, she enjoys busting out moves in the middle of Harvard Yard, playing volleyball, embarking on spontaneous adventures, and doing arts and crafts.

Consistently in awe of Model UN’s ability to educate and inspire, Shunn is honored to serve as Under-Secretary-General of Administration and looks forward to welcoming you to Harvard Model United Nations China 2017!

Email Shunn at: admin@hmunchina.org.

Email the Administration staff at: info@hmunchina.org.

Pavan— Under-Secretary-General for Operations

Pavan S. Hegde is a junior in Kirkland House studying Applied Mathematics with a focus on Economics. This year, Pavan will serve as the Under-Secretary-General for Operations at Harvard Model United Nations China.

Pavan has been involved with model United Nations since his freshman year. He was a committee director at HMUN 2017, and actively participates on ICMUN, the competitive travel team at Harvard. Pavan has also travelled to Beijing as a director at HMUN China 2017. Other than MUN, Pavan is also involved with the Harvard Debating Union, the Harvard Rugby Team, and the Veritas Financial Group.

Other than his academic or extracurricular activities, Pavan enjoys running and hiking in his spare time. As a competitive ultra marathon runner, Pavan ran across the Gobi Desert this summer and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in the past. Pavan looks forward to working with everyone, be it delegates, staff, or faculty advisors to run an incredible conference for all.

Email Pavan at: ops@hmunchina.org.

John D. Bowers— Under-Secretary-General for Committees

John Bowers was born and raised in Shrewsbury, MA. He is a sophomore at Harvard University where he concentrates in Social Studies, a broad discipline integrating multiple forms of social science. In addition to HMUN China, John is involved with Harvard’s parliamentary debate team, its Environmental Action Committee, and the Phillips Brooks House Association. His non-academic interests include running, film, and cooking. On weekends he can be found lounging around reading books, hiking with friends and family, and struggling to keep up with ever-growing amounts of classwork.

After coming to Harvard with no model UN experience whatsoever, John quickly became involved with the university’s MUN travel team. The experiences he had on the college circuit encouraged him to work on the hosting side of the MUN experience, which he subsequently did as the director of HMUN 2017’s Security Council committee. Having travelled to China previously to work at “Pegasus” MUN camps, John is excited to revisit the country with the rest of HMUN China’s talented staff.

Email John at: committees@hmunchina.org.

The Host Team of HMUN China 2017

Ethan Feng
Executive Director
Te Qi
Chief Operations Officer
Stewart Johnson
Chief Communications Officer

Ethan Feng— Executive Director

Ethan is co-founder and CEO of Alpha Partners Education, and will manage the host team and coordinate its substantive input at HMUN China 2017.

He holds a degree in Diplomacy from Peking University, where he also served as Secretary-General of Peking University National MUN, the largest national Model UN conference for high school students in China. Ethan has been involved in MUN for over 10 years, attending 5 international conferences as a student including HNMUN, TEIMUN and GIMUN, and organizing numerous large-scale conferences in China.

Email Ethan at: yuchen.feng@ap-mun.com.

Te Qi — Chief Operations Officer

Te is co-founder and COO of Alpha Partners Education, and will manage all administrative operations at HMUN China 2017, including conference venue, local logistics and delegate relations.

Te is from Beijing, and holds degrees from Sciences Po Paris and Peking University, where he formerly served as Director of Registration for Asian International Model UN (AIMUN), the largest college conference in Asia (500+ delegates). He has staffed more than five domestic conferences and attended international conferences including HNMUN at college.

Email Te at: te.qi@ap-mun.com.

Stewart Johnson — Chief Communications Officer

Stewart is co-founder and Director of Development of Alpha Partners Education, and will mange all conference programming, external communicaiton and local media relations at HMUN China 2017.

Stewart is from London and studied Law, Chinese and Management at the University of London and Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he has lived for over 4 years and been heavily involved in UK-China diplomacy and international education. He manages Alpha Partners’ MUN training programs and overseas partnerships with schools and educational organizations.

Email Stewart at: stew.johnson@ap-mun.com.