Welcome to the Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General



Shashwat Chugh

Delegates,

My name is Shashwat Chugh, although I go by Shash, and it's my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary General. Model United Nations has been a major part of my life for almost a decade now; I got involved with the activity in middle school and have since participated in and helped organize almost two-dozen conferences. At Penn, I've served as an Under-Secretary General and Chair for ILMUNC, and I've also crisis directed and staffed for ILMUNC's sister conference, UPMUNC, since my freshman year. Outside of Model UN, I'm a student in Penn's Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, pursuing a minor in French.

As a senior, I'm incredibly excited and certainly a bit sad to be participating in my final ILMUNC. But given the hard work of the conference staff, and crisis director Ashish Sharma in particular, I have no question that this committee will be the best way to sign off. Our Ad-Hoc committee is historically one of the most competitive and fast-paced on the circuit, and I'm sure that this year's delegates will sustain that reputation.

If you have any question prior to the conference, please don't hesitate to your USG, Cynthia Ding.

Best,

Shashwat Chugh

Chair, Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General
The 32nd Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

Ashish Sharma

Dear Delegates,

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Ad Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General for ILMUNC XXXII. My name is Ashish Sharma and I will be serving as your Crisis Director for the weekend. Every year, Ad Hoc brings together the best delegates from across the high school circuit to debate and discuss their ideas, and this year will be no different.

Now for the part you’ve been waiting for: a little bit about me. I am currently a junior studying Finance and Marketing at the Wharton School. I’ve moved around quite a bit before coming to Philadelphia, having lived in such fantastic places as Bangalore, Chicago, Sydney and New Jersey. In addition to competing for Penn’s Model UN team, I am involved in Penn Student Government and consult for 180 Degrees Consulting—a student-run consulting group.

In my free time, I can be found playing soccer at the fabulous Penn Park, telling my friends about my latest successful post on Yik Yak, and staring at myself in the mirror. I also enjoy spirited games of Scrabble, and will gladly indulge you after committee should you share these interests.

I speak for both Shashwat and myself when I say that we could not be more excited to see you in January. We hope to make this a crazy, intense and most of all enjoyable whirlwind of a weekend, and look forward to seeing what you come up with in response. As always, please feel free to shoot either of us an email with any questions. Good luck and see you in January!

Best,

Ashish Sharma

Crisis Director, Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General
The 32nd Ivy League Model United Nations Conference


Topic Summary

The Ad-Hoc Committee is historically the most competitive and innovative committee ILMUNC has to offer. This committee is designed to offer you the ideal crisis experience: a challenging topic, frequent updates, and a layered crisis track that will stretch your diplomatic nous and force you to think on your feet. In keeping with the nature of the committee, the specific topic is not revealed to delegates more than a week prior to the conference. Furthermore, the committee is application-only so as to foster as high a level of debate as possible. While past Ad-Hocs have regularly received high reviews, we'll be looking to push the envelope for this year. Get ready!