We are honored to present our Secretariat for CONMUN 2019!
Gabriel Guppy-Garba - Secretary General
Gabriel Guppy-Garba is a second year student at Concordia University, majoring in Political Science and Community and Public Affairs. Although born in Vancouver, Gabriel has spent a majority of his life living in various different cities throughout North and Latin America. Gabriel founded and served as President of the Vanier Model United Nations from 2014-2016, as well as Director-General for VMUN 2017.Beyond this, Gabriel has staffed at many different conferences including MUNC, CANIMUN and WorldMUN. On his off time, Gabriel is an avid outdoorsman spending many of his summers portaging through the great northern outback of Ontario and Quebec. Gabriel is extremely excited for the conference and creating lasting memories with all of its participants.
Bakry Alsaieq - Director-General
Bakry Alsaieq is a student at Concordia University, studying in Political Science and Community and Public Affairs. Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and raised in an Eritrean family, Bakry joined Model UN in his last year of High School and has attended multiple conferences since. Bakry has served as President and Head Delegate for Vanier Model United Nations during the 2016-2017 academic year, as well as Secretary-General for VMUN 2017. He has also served as Director of Operations for MUNC 2017 and Under-Secretary-General of Administration for MUNC 2018. Currently, he serves as the Academic Coordinator for the Arts & Sciences Federation of Associations at Concordia. Interested in international relations, Bakry envisions working with Global Affairs Canada.
Laura Galvez - USG of Public Relations
Laura Galvez is a student at Concordia University, studying Economics and Marketing in the John Molson School of Business. Born in Bogota, Colombia Laura had the opportunity to move to different places, which lead her to develop an interest in international relations. After Laura joined her middle school MUN delegation, she began to chair middle and high school conferences in Bogota. In her last year of high school, she served as the Secretary General of CCHMUN I, the Colombian-Hebrew School Model United Nations. Laura would later go on to begin her studies in Concordia, where she joined the Concordia external delegation and became its Vice President of Training for 2016-2017. She is currently the Concordia Marketing Team Leader of Nimbus Tutoring and is completing a marketing internship at SNC Lavalin. In the future, Laura envisions working as a crisis manager expert.
Kevin Cremoux - Director of Committees
Kevin Crémoux is a 3rd year student at McGill University, studying Political Science and International Development. Born in Los Angeles but of French origin, Kevin has had the incredible opportunity of living in multiple countries over the course of his life, including France, Brazil and Taiwan. Kevin started his MUN career back in 10th grade of high-school, and since then has attended eight conferences as a delegate and eleven as a dais/secretariat member. At McGill university, Kevin has attended multiple conferences in North America including NCSC and HNMUN , in addition to staffing SSUNS and McMUN. After completing his summer internship in Chennai with AID India, he began his mandate as Director of Committees for ConMUN 2019. Outside of MUN, you can find Kevin watching countless games of soccer or Formula 1 races. Kevin is extremely excited to meet and work with all delegates joining ConMUN to make this inaugural conference one of the best in North America.
Catherine Vracar - Director of Finance
Catherine Vracar is currently majoring in Political Science and is also pursuing a minor in History at Concordia University. She first got involved with MUN back in 2015 and has since participated in various Model UN conferences across Canada. As this year’s Director of Finance, Catherine’s main goal is to ensure that the conference remains in good financial health by overseeing all financial aspects. She will do so by managing the budget, approving expenses, managing invoices, securing payments, and so on. Outside of MUN and her academic studies, Catherine is also involved with diverse programs oriented towards politics and governance. In her free time, she enjoys writing and researching topics about foreign policy and diplomacy. Catherine is looking forward to having an amazing year with ConMUN and the new 2018-2019 delegation.
Edward Muzaleno - USG of Delegate Affairs
Edward Muzaleno is a Concordia University student with a concentration in Political Science and a member of the Institute for Co-operative education. Through his unique professional experience, which includes internships at Bombardier and Boyden Executive Search, Edward has a gathered an in-depth insider perspective of the business sector, specifically pertaining to recruitment, customer service, and data analysis. A high-performing student with significant interest in Political Science and Classics, Edward studied Latin and Modern Political theory extensively, in addition with joining Concordia’s Model United Nations team last year—the latter in which he was awarded a diplomacy award as a delegate. An avid sports and gym enthusiast, Edward can also be found sharing food and wine in good company.
Olivia Salembier - Chief of Policy
Olivia Salembier is a student at Concordia University, studying in Political Science and Human Rights. Born in the United States to French and American parents, Olivia grew up speaking French and Spanish and was highly involved in extracurriculars before moving to Montreal. Olivia joined Model UN in her first year of University as a means to meet new people and has been heavily involved ever since. Olivia has attended many international MUN conferences as a delegate as well as having been the delegation’s VP Recruitment for the 2017-2018 school year. In addition to serving as ConMUN’s Chief of Policy, Olivia is also the current VP External at Concordia’s International Relations Society. Interested and passionate about diplomacy and human rights, Olivia seeks to pursue a Masters or Law degree in the coming years after she graduates. She envisions working at an International Organization or on behalf of a government in either the US or Europe.
Elyette Levy - Director of Correspondence
Elyette Levy is a student at Concordia University currently pursuing a double major in Political Science and Journalism. Growing up in a French-Taiwanese household on the South Shore of Montreal, she spends most of her free time trying to learn more about subjects of interest to her, such as art history, philosophy, and history, sleeping in, and online shopping. Elyette’s Model United Nations career started in 2016 when she joined the Champlain Model United Nations delegation. After attending multiple conferences as a delegate, she became part of the original team that founded the Champlain Model United Nations Conference. In it she served as the Editor-in-Chief for the International Press Forum committee for its first two editions. In the future, Elyette wishes to become a political reporter, covering important news stories around the globe, to tie in with her passion for traveling and her fervent curiosity for the world.
Bilal Gomdah - USG of Administration
Bilal Gomdah is a student at Concordia University, studying a double major in Political Science and Economics. Born of Hausa immigrants and raised in Montreal, he started his Model UN career while in his first year at Marianopolis College. Since then he has attended many conferences both domestically and abroad. After enrolling in Concordia, he served as VP Finance for the African Student Association, and Coordinator for the Africa Campaign in Amnesty International’s Concordia chapter, as he is also a current mooter for Concordia. Interested in political philosophy and international relations, Bilal wishes to practice human rights law and finance, working either with the International Criminal Court/Court of Justice, or the Canadian Supreme Court. In his spare time, one may find him reading up on history and philosophy, or delving into Arabic poetry, and pursuing his dream title of “food-connoisseur”.
Jamie Lewis-Mella - Director of Media & Design
Jamie Lewis-Mella is a student at Concordia University studying in Communications with a minor in Marketing. Born and raised in Montreal to Sri Lankan and Italian parents, she has benefited from living in a highly diverse and multicultural city. While at Vanier College she held the position of Clubs Coordinator, Events Coordinator and President within the Vanier College Student Association. She was also an active volunteer and staff member for the Vanier College Television station. After enrolling in Concordia, Jamie decided to join Model UN during her first year as a delegate. Since then, she has attended multiple conferences as a delegate as well as other conferences as a staff member. Outside of school, you can find Jamie frequenting the many cafes of Montreal or working at the downtown Apple store. Jamie is overjoyed to welcome all delegates to ConMUN 2019 and can’t wait to show you everything in store.
Christopher Byrne - Chief of Operations
Christopher Byrne is pursuing a double major in Political Science and Irish Studies at Concordia University. Growing up on the southwest side of Verdun in an Irish family, he quickly learned to sustain himself on potatoes and the various ways of consuming them. He joined Model UN in the course of his second year of high school as a way of pursuing an interest in world politics, and has thrived in a conference environment ever since. In CEGEP, he took his passion one step further, helping organize the first and second iterations of the Champlain Model United Nations Conference, presiding as Under-Secretary-General and Secretary General, respectively. Having a keen interest in the field of international relations, Christopher hopes to work at the United Nations. As a proper Canadian, he has been an avid curling player for the last 10 years, and can regularly be found playing at the Montreal West Curling Club.