What is GTMUN?

Georgia Tech Model United Nations (GTMUN) strives to provide students with a forum in which they can actively interact with international affairs, politics and relations. Model UN allows students to apply nearly any academic skill set to a variety of situations. For example, a Nuclear Engineer may be tasked with developing reasonable international nuclear energy goals or laws in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Or perhaps a History major will be tasked with utilizing their understanding of historical intricacies to attempt to alter the War of the Roses’ progression and instead attempt to discover a peaceful resolution rather than creating a war-barren landscape. Regardless of a student’s major, Model UN allows all participants to express themselves creatively as they attempt to address pressing international concerns, alter historical truths or fight for future interests.
In order to facilitate this, GTMUN attends a number of collegiate Model UN competitions throughout the fall and spring semesters. GTMUN has attended competitions at Harvard University, Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, Emory University, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, in addition to having participated in the National Model United Nations conference in New York, which is hosted within the United Nations’ International Headquarters. GTMUN is dedicated to sending its students to a variety of conferences around the country, and as members of a Top-50 ranked program GTMUN students are among the best-equipped to succeed at any conference they elect to attend.
Members of the GTMUN program also assist in running the GTMUN High School conference. Further information about the GTMUN High School conference can be found within the GTMUN tab.


2017 GTMUN Program Executive Board

The GTMUN Executive Board, comprised of six students and their faculty advisor, is collectively responsible for organizing and running the GTMUN program and its conferences. Board members are elected by their fellow program members (with the exception of Secretaries General) and typically serve for one calendar year.


Zara Albright
GTMUN Secretary General

Zara is a third-year studying International Affairs and Spanish, and she has been involved with Model United Nations for six years. She served as the Director of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development at GTMUN 2015 and as the Undersecretary General for Policy at GTMUN 2016. Outside of Model UN, Zara serves on Student Advisory Boards for the Ivan Allen College and the School of Modern Languages. Having competed at previous GTMUN conferences as a delegate during high school, Zara looks forward to helping provide an educational and exciting conference experience for all delegates this year. To contact Zara with any questions regarding GTMUN 2017, please email secgen@gtmun.gatech.edu.


Kirti Karunakaran
TechMUN Secretary General

Kirti is a third year Biology major on the Pre-health track with minors in Spanish and Public Policy. She has participated in Model UN for about 7 years. She has previously served as the Assistant Director for the World Health Organization at GTMUN 2015, and the Director for the World Health Organization at GTMUN 2016. Outside of Model UN, Kirti is the President for GT Our Stars, works at Gtlyfe, and interns at a campaign for one of the Atlanta Mayoral Candidates. Kirti is excited for TechMUN 2018 and hopes to create a professional and educational conference. Kirti is the point of contact for any questions regarding TechMUN 2017 and can be found at techmun@gtmun.gatech.edu.


Maxwell Roberts
Head Delegate

Maxwell Roberts is a 3rd year INTA student beginning the 5th year of his involvement with MUN. As Head Delegate, he oversees training and coordinates all logistics for the competitive side of the team. Besides GTMUN, he works as an SAT tutor, grudgingly attends GT Ballroom, and does undergraduate research on why defense procurement officers lie.


Surya Narayanan
Technology Chair

Surya is a third-year International Affairs and Chinese major. He competed in Model UN throughout high school and continues to do so at a college level. Serving as Technology Chair, Surya is responsible for running and maintaining the GTMUN Program’s website and social media accounts as well as helping out with any technological needs or issues that may arise during our conferences. In his free time, Surya can be found playing violin or staring at airplanes.


Sanjana Basker
Operations Chair

Sanjana is a third-year student studying International Affairs and French. She has been a member of the program for two years, directed the UNESCO committee at the 2016 GTMUN, and now assists in day-to-day organization of the GTMUN program as Operations Chair. She was once accidentally featured in the Wall Street Journal, loves dogs, and drinks way too much coffee. She looks forward to a great year of competing and conducting conferences with the rest of the team.


Chinonye Mbeledogu
Public Relations Chair

Grey Mbeledogu is an international affairs and French major. She’s currently a sophomore and when she isn’t catching up on politics, she likes to read for leisure. She’s in charge of recruitment throughout the year and the person to ask for details on club socials. She hopes to one day work for UNESCO or be a diplomat for Nigeria.



Vince Pedicino, Assistant Director – Graduate Programs
Faculty Advisor

Vince first joined the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs in 1995 as an undergraduate student. He currently is serving as the Graduate Advisor and provides student services support to all MSIA and PhD students as well as coordinates the graduate programs. He manages the registration process for all International Affairs and serves as a faculty resource on institute technology systems. Additionally, he is responsible for the School’s social media efforts and websites. Vince also proudly advises several of the departmental student groups including the Ambassadors program, the International Affairs Graduate Organization, the Model UN programs, and Sigma Iota Rho. Vince teaches courses on Comparative Politics and European Politics as well as the Model UN preparation course.

Joseph R Bankoff, JD
Chair, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

Dr. Bankoff spent six years as President & CEO of The Woodruff Arts Center and 32 years as a senior partner at the Atlanta-based law firm of King & Spalding. In 1992, he was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law in Munich, Germany. His expertise ranges across law and policy, economic development, government legislation, fiscal planning, and global issues. He has been associated with Georgia Tech for over a decade and involved with The Nunn School’s biennial Policy Forum since its inception. He received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Purdue University and a J.D. from the University of Illinois.