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.

 

2018 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
secgen@gtmun.gatech.edu

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
techmun@gtmun.gatech.edu

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.

 

Maya Flores
Head Delegate

Maya is a first-year Computer Engineering student, in her fifth year of involvement with Model United Nations. As Head Delegate, she coordinates conferences and is in charge of preparing the team for conferences. She also co-directed the Security Council at the 2017 GTMUN Conference. Outside of Model UN she enjoys long distance running and programming. Feel free to contact her for any inquires about joint training sessions or conference invites at mflores@gatech.edu.

 

Charlie Boyter
Technology Chair

Charlie is a second-year Economics student minoring in Global Development. He is in his first year with the Georgia Tech Model UN program.  Outside of Model UN, Charlie is an avid soccer player and fan and enjoys anything and everything Star Wars. As the Technology Chair, Charlie is responsible for running and maintaining the GTMUN Program’s website and social media accounts. He is also in charge of helping out with any technological needs or issues that may arise during our conferences.

 

Gabby Oliverio
Operations Chair
secgen@gtmun.gatech.edu

Gabby is a third-year studying Economics & International Affairs, concentrating in Finance, and minoring in German. This is her third year participating in the Georgia Tech Model UN program and is the current Undersecretary General of Administration for the GTMUN High School Conference. Gabby is also involved with the International Affairs Student Organization and the Ivan Allen Student Advisory Aboard on campus. Off campus she is working with the Georgia Department of Economic Development as their International Trade Intern. She is looking forward to another wonderful year with the program.

 

Kaley Hecht
Public Relations Chair
secgen@gtmun.gatech.edu

Kaley Hecht is the GTMUN Public Relations Chair. She is a second year international affairs and business major. Her duties as Public Relations Chair involve program recruitment and planning social events. Outside of GTMUN, Kaley is an active member of her social sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha and the Women’s Recruitment Team. She’s also a GT 1000 Seminar Teaching Leader and will be interning at NCR in the summer as a business analyst.

 

Faculty


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.