Akash Chopra is a senior 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, and 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.
Jonathan Arentsen is a junior double majoring in International Relations as well as Environmental Analysis & Policy. 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, a brother of Delta Phi Epsilon, a co-ed foreign service fraternity, and the Secretary of Boston University’s Inter Fraternity Council. Outside of BU, Jonathan proudly serves as a USG for the National High School Model United Nations Conference. Casually, he loves movies, mustard, scuba diving, dad jokes, and the National Park Service.
UNDER-SECRETARIES-GENERAL of COMMITTEES
Alex Durand is a junior 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 MUN 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, crisis directing at BosMUN, serving as the Executive Board Secretary, and organizing Students for the United Nations (SUN). Coming into BU as a mechanical engineer, he has also participated in BU Rocket Propulsion Group (BURPG), BU's own rocketry group. He spent a semester during his sophomore year 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!
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 sophomore in 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 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, BU’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.
Ethan Wong is a sophomore 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.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
Samantha Dorning is currently a junior 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), including editing the International Relations Review (IRR) magazine and staffing BarMUN and BosMUN since she was exposed to MUN her freshman year. 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, but also strong relationships with a diverse and brilliant group of young people who want to change the world.
CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Originally from Pennsylvania, Nancy Santarsiero is a senior 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 as a member of the travel team; outside of BUIAA, she serves on the Boston University College Democrats Executive Board as their president. 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 (also known as “espresso naps”). She can’t wait to meet all the delegates, reunite with familiar faces from the circuit, and welcome everyone to BarMUN XII in October!
chief internal affairs officer
Nithya Ramachandran is a junior 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 (UROP) 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!
chief information officer
Born and raised in Arizona, Barrett Yueh is a sophomore in the Colleges of Fine Arts and Arts & Sciences at Boston University, where she is studying flute performance and political science with possible minors in piano performance and international relations. She fell in love with MUN after staffing BarMUN XI and also staffs BosMUN, BU’s high school conference. A self-proclaimed Shakespeare enthusiast, she divides her time between working as a collaborative pianist and studying new languages. When she’s not in the practice room or the crisis room, you can find Barrett rewatching Brooklyn Nine-Nine (again), lip-syncing to operas (usually Turandot or Tosca), or preparing for an eventual appearance on the Jeopardy! College Championship. She looks forward to sharing her second home with all the delegates at BarMUN XII!