Akash Chopra is a junior pursuing a double major in Economics and International Relations at Boston University. Born in India and raised in Singapore, Akash is now a Dean’s Ambassador for the Pardee School of Global Studies and a Dean's Host for the College of Arts & Sciences at BU. He also conducts economic analysis research in the field of classroom settings for students with emotional and behavioral disorders at BU’s Wheelock School of Education and Human Development. Within the BU International Affairs Association (BUIAA), Akash has participated in every BarMUN and BosMUN conference since his freshman year. In his free time, he enjoys biking and exploring different cities. Akash is extremely excited to be serving as the Secretary-General for BarMUN XII, and is looking forward to creating a memorable learning experience for delegates and staff.

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Jonathan Arentsen is a sophomore studying Environmental Policy and International Relations with an incredibly tentative minor in Computer Science. Originally from Manhattan Beach, California, he decided to leave behind the warmth of the west to see what wearing a jacket every day is like. He was fortunate enough to have served as a USG at BarMUN XI and enjoyed the experience so much that a victory lap was required. On campus, he is a Dean’s Host for the College of General Studies as well as a member of the Greek life community, serving as the Secretary of Delta Tau Delta, a social fraternity, and a brother of Delta Phi Epsilon, a co-ed foreign service fraternity. Outside of BU, Jonathan proudly serves as a Director for the National High School Model United Nations Conference. Casually, he love movies, scuba diving, dad jokes, and the National Park Service.

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Alex Durand is a sophomore in the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, where he is majoring in International Relations on a Security and Diplomacy track. He started Model UN as an assistant crisis director at BarMUN and has become involved in multiple branches of the BU International Affairs Association (BUIAA), including competing on the travel team, staffing BosMUN, and organizing Students for the United Nations (SUN). Coming into BU as a mechanical engineer, he has also participated on BU's rocketry group BURPG. He spent last semester working at Senator Ed Markey's (D-MA) office, and spends most of his time now trying to get an internship in D.C. He is very excited to meet all of the amazing delegates coming to BarMUN XII this year!

Alex can be reached at

under-secretary general


Maya Angelou said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Living life by this mantra, Joel Lau is a freshman at Boston University’s College of Communications studying journalism and political science. Growing up in Hawaii as the son of Chinese immigrants, Joel has absorbed influences and cultures from around the world. He actively competes on the MUN circuit as a member of the BU travel team and staffs BosMUN, BUIAA’s high school MUN conference. He is also an Associate Editor with The Daily Free Press, Boston University’s independent student newspaper, and teaches preschoolers in Boston’s South End through Americorp’s Jumpstart program. Joel is a Ravenclaw, Airbender, and Leo, with a Sparrow Patronus, and is born in the year of the Dragon. He enjoys listening to American 80s rock, watching Japanese anime, binging the latest sitcoms, devouring food from any culture in the world, and fanboying over Star Wars, LOTR, Harry Potter as an avid reader.

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Ethan Wong is a freshman in the College of Arts & Sciences, where he is majoring in neuroscience on the pre-med track. Ethan has been participating in Model UN since his sophomore year of high school and is excited to be able to continue his involvement. Besides being a USG for BarMUN, Ethan is an active member of BU’s travel team and chairs a committee for BosMUN, the Boston University International Affairs Association’s high school conference. Other than BUIAA, Ethan is also an active member in miXx, BU’s K-pop cover dance group, learning and rehearsing dances. In his free time, you can frequently find him hunting for the best coffee and boba shops around Boston, researching for best Korean skincare methods and playing around fountain pens and stationery tools. He’s very excited to be serving as an USG for BarMUN XII and looks forward to seeing you all in October.

Ethan can be reached at

chief operations officer


Samantha Dorning is currently a sophomore at Boston University majoring in International Relations with a concentration in Africa and the Middle East and a focus in Security Studies, while also minoring in Spanish. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, she came to BU to expand her knowledge of not only global politics but also personal experiences. She is a member of the BU Women’s Club Hockey team and of the Boston University International Affairs Association (BUIAA), which includes being an editor for the International Relations Review (IRR) magazine and staffing BarMUN and BosMUN. Her first exposure to Model UN was her first semester of freshman year as a crisis staffer, and she has been staffing ever since! She is so excited to be a member of the BarMUN XII Secretariat as the Chief Operations Officer as it provides not only a humbling leadership opportunity in such a respected organization, but also strong relationships with a diverse and brilliant group of young people who want to change the world. 

Sam can be reached at

chief communications officer


Originally from Pennsylvania, Nancy Santarsiero is a junior studying political science and philosophy in the College of Arts & Sciences at Boston University. An active member of the BU International Affairs Association (BUIAA), Nancy also staffs BosMUN and competes with the travel team; outside of BUIAA, she serves on the Boston University College Democrats Executive Board as their treasurer. Nancy loves tacos and coffee, and is looking forward to surviving the fast-paced conference season (otherwise known as “barmun szn”) with lots of espresso and 20-minute power naps. She can’t wait to meet all the delegates and welcome everyone to BarMUN XII!

Nancy can be reached at

chief internal affairs officer


Nithya Ramachandran is a sophomore double-majoring in International Relations and Economics with a minor in Hindi. Splitting her childhood and adolescence between California and India, Nithya is an avid traveler; her ultimate goal is to eventually try street food from every continent. In addition to BarMUN, Nithya conducts research with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and volunteers with human rights organizations on campus. As much as she enjoys international affairs, her goal for the future is to stay in the U.S. and evoke change in our welfare system. She’s particularly passionate about childcare, and hopes to reform the foster care system through increased access to education, health care, and security. Nithya is looking forward to a fast-paced conference and can’t wait to see each committee come to life!

Nithya can be reached at

chief information officer


Born and raised in Arizona, Barrett Yueh is a freshman in the Colleges of Fine Arts and Arts & Sciences at Boston University, where she is studying for a dual-degree in flute performance and political science with a likely minor in piano performance. She fell in love with MUN after staffing BarMUN XI and also staffs BosMUN, BU’s high school conference. A lover of Shakespearean literature and the arts, she divides her time between working as a collaborative pianist, studying new languages, and figuring out how to triple major. When she’s not in the practice room or the crisis room, you can find Barrett rewatching Brooklyn Nine-Nine (again), listening to the Marketplace podcast on NPR, or preparing for an eventual appearance on the Jeopardy! College Championship. She looks forward to meeting all the delegates and getting to share her second home with them at BarMUN XII!

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