Jonathan Sasson is a graduate of Dawson College in Liberal Arts presently studying Law at Université de Montréal. From 2016-2017, Jonathan was the President and Head Delegate of the Model UN Delegation at the Faculty of Law of Université de Montréal. He previously was Secretary-General of the Montreal United Nations Conference 2015 and 2016. Jonathan is excited to be returning to the same office for the conference’s fifth anniversary. He was additionally the Host Team President of Harvard World United Nations Montreal 2017. He works at the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. Passionate about rights and freedoms, Jonathan is working towards becoming a civil rights attorney.
Under-Secretary-General for Administration
George Stoyanov is an alumnus of Dawson College who graduated from the Law, Society & Justice program. He is currently finishing his studies in Political Science at Concordia University. George previously served as Under-Secretary-General for Operations in 2015 and is excited to return to his third MUNC. He has additionally been involved with the Canadian International Model United Nations conference where he served as the Editor-in-Chief in 2015 and as Assistant Director-General in 2016. In addition, George was part of the Dawson College team that brought the Harvard World Model United Nations conference to Montreal where he served as Director of Logistics. He is also currently writing a thesis on the impact technological innovation has on employment and inequality.
Ommu-Kulsoom Jumada Abdul-Rahman
Under-Secretary-General for Delegate Relations
Ommu-Kulsoom Jumada Abdul-Rahman is in her second-year at McGill University, where she studies Islamic studies and Political Science. She is an alumna of Dawson College’s Liberal Arts program. Her Model UN career began at Dawson College where, through her dedication, she was named as their Head Delegate for the Montreal United Nations Conference 2015 and North American Model United Nations 2016. She is currently serving her term as the President of the Islamic Studies Student Association. When not participating in MUN-related activities, Ommu-Kulsoom can be found either reading books by Islamic scholars such as Shahab Ahmed and Ayesha Chaudhry or deepening her knowledge in Islamic law and human rights and the formation of Islamic law.
Shehrbano Jamali Niazi
Under-Secretary-General for Committees
Born in Pakistan, raised in South Africa and presently living in Montreal, Shehrbano Jamali Niazi is currently in her second semester at McGill University. She has been actively involved in MUN since the age of 15 and has attended and staffed various conferences. Shehrbano has previously attended MUNC in 2013 and 2014 as a delegate and returned to MUNC 2015 as a Chair and in 2016 as the USG of Public Relations. Shehrbano was also the Director of Services for Harvard WorldMUN hosted in Montreal this year. Apart from MUN, Shehrbano believes that quality education should be accessible to every child globally which is why she has worked at a preschool in Pakistan and volunteered at an NGO for underprivileged children in Taiwan this summer.
Under-Secretary-General for Finance & Business
Christelle Tessono, a Dawson College alumna, is a second-year Political Science and Economics student at McGill University. She was born and raised in Buenos Aires to parents of Haitian descent. Her upbringing in South America sparkled her passion for development and public policy. She has attended MUNC as a delegate previously, chaired the 2015 Russian Kremlin v. White House Joint-Crisis and at the 2016 United Nations Development Programme. Additionally, Christelle served as Director of Finance in the 2017 edition of Harvard WorldMUN. Aside from MUN, Christelle is busy fulfilling her tasks as the V.P. Political Coordinator of the Black Students' Network of McGill. If not at a movie theater, she can be found jamming to Fela Kuti or Dmitri Shostakovich.
Director of Operations
Bakry Alsaieq is a second-year student at Vanier College, studying in Social Sciences. Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and raised in an Eritrean family, Bakry joined Model United Nations in his last year of High School and has attended multiple conferences since. He has served as Political Affairs Coordinator and Vice-President of Internal Affairs for the Vanier College Students' Association. In addition, Bakry has proudly served as President and Head Delegate for Vanier Model United Nations during the 2016-2017 academic year, as well as Secretary-General for the group's first annual conference, VMUN 2017, back in April. When not engaging in heated debates, he loves to play trombone and listen to some groovy disco music. Interested in Canadian and international politics, Bakry envisions working one day with the Department of Global Affairs.
Jia Rong Shao
Director of Operations
Jia Rong Shao is a second-year student in Mathematics and Finance at Marianopolis College. Prompted by her passion for international business and economics, she started her Model UN career as a delegate, then incorporated Secretariat responsibilities to her MUN involvement. Jia was the Deputy USG of Administration for MariMUN 2017 and will be serving as the Director of Operations for MUNC 2017. She is excited to welcome you all to Dawson College for a weekend filled with enriching experiences and thought-provoking debate.
Julia Sutera Sardo
Director of Conference & Public Relations
Julia Sutera Sardo is completing an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Community, Public Affairs and Policy Studies at Concordia University, and graduated from Dawson College’s Commerce profile in 2015. She previously served on the executive and board of directors of the Concordia Model UN chapter. Julia currently represents over 50, 000 students as the President of the Arts and Science Federation of Associations, in her position of Councilor for the Concordia Student Union, and as Senator on the University’s senior academic body. An avid women’s rights activist, Julia also works as a researcher under Dr. Homa Hoodfar on the topic of women living under Muslim laws. She is excited to be part of MUNC 2017.
Yu Cai Tian
Director of Committees
Born and raised in China, Yu Cai Tian is a first-year law student after graduating from Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf. He became involved with Model UN three years ago to better understand the world of the 21st century and to develop abilities that are essential in contributing to build a more egalitarian society. He has immensely enjoyed attending both local and international conferences where he was able to thrive as a delegate. Enthusiastic about international affairs, he wishes to pursue a career that would foster collaboration between people from all over the world. Outside of the Model UN scene, he dedicates his time volunteering in the community where he hopes to make a visible difference.
Michael Di Giorgio
Director of Committees
Michael Di Giorgio is entering the latter part of his CEGEP experience in Honours Commerce at Marianopolis College. He was the Deputy Under-Secretary-General for Specialized Agencies at MariMUN 2017. Although he only quite recently started participating in Model UN, it has readily consumed the better part of his free time. He is passionate and dedicated to the Model UN cause and will most probably do absolutely everything humanly possible to render the experience of this conference as exciting and fulfilling as possible. To spot him in a crowd, just search for the obnoxious bow tie-d man and he will be at your absolute disposal for any concerns whatsoever.
Director of Volunteers
Ashton Mathias is a second-year at McGill University, who currently studies Political Science & Economics. Originally hailing from Mississauga, Ontario, Ashton is excited to be involved with MUNC for the first time. He is a member of the McGill Model UN Delegation Team, and is currently serving as the Deputy Director of Public Relations for Secondary Schools’ United Nations Symposium 2017 (SSUNS). He is also the Director of Entertainment for the upcoming McGill Relay for Life 2018, and has previously served on the First-Year Arts Council as VP Finance. Ashton loves to learn new languages (Arabic & Spanish), and spent the summer exploring Canada in time for its 150th anniversary.
Portraits by Valeria Lau (Dawson College)