Economic and Financial Affairs Council

BACKGROUND GUIDE

TOPIC A: The Economics of Migration

TOPIC B: Landlocked Developing Countries

Alex Kaplan

Dear Delegates,

I couldn’t be more excited to welcome you to ILMUNC XXXIV! My name is Alex, and I will be your Chair for the Economic and Financial Council. Mathilde and I are super excited about this committee, and we can’t wait to see the creative solutions and invigorating debate that you will all surely bring to the committee room!

I am currently a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn, and I am majoring in Economics and Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. Last year, I also served as the Secretary-General of ILMUNC, so everything about this conference is truly a labor of love for me. ECOFIN is the perfect committee for any delegates that are interested in learning about the intersection of politics and economics in the international community. Last year, Mathilde and I pursued a project through Penn’s Perry World House specifically on multilateral development banks (MDBs) and other economic issues, so we are super excited to share our passion with you all!

This is my first year chairing for ILMUNC (after being on the Secretariat for three years), and I am excited to see what all of you have to offer for this year’s conference. For all the Midwesterners out there: I grew up in Northbrook, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago. I spent the summer after my sophomore year working at a policy think tank in Beijing, and I have been studying Chinese since I was a freshman at high school. On campus, I am also a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity and a deputy member of Penn Democrats. Also, if you’re a fan of Curb Your Enthusiasm or Game of Thrones, I’m your guy.

My interest in this committee is largely a reflection of my love of international political economy—which is just another way of saying that I like seeing where politics and economic issues intersect in the international space. Speaking as a delegate who competed on ECOFIN as a high schooler, this committee will really push each of you to pursue creative and interdisciplinary approaches for any working paper or resolution. The most successful delegates will provide shrewd, realistic, and interesting solutions; we are looking for collaboration above all else!

Mathilde and I have put a lot of effort into this committee, and we know it’s going to be a ton of fun. I can’t wait to see what all of you have to offer!

See you in January,

Alex Kaplan

Co-Chair, Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

 

Mathilde Beniflah

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the Economic and Financial Council of ILMUNC XXXIV! My name is Mathilde Beniflah, and I am honoured to have been chosen as your chair for this conference. Alex and I are extremely excited to be chairing this committee, especially since we collaborated on a massive investigative report concerning one of the topics.

But first, a brief introduction: I’m a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying International Relations and Political Science, with a focus on diplomatic history and political economy. I’m a French-American dual citizen who was born in San Francisco, before moving halfway across the world to Belgium, Italy, and Germany, and then settling in Brooklyn, NY. Moving wasn’t always fun, but at least I picked up some language skills and food appreciation along the way! In high school, I attended several international Model UN conferences in Europe. When I got to Penn, I became involved with ILMUNC as an Assistant Secretary General, and have been staffing ILMUNC AND UPMUNC since my sophomore year. Last year, I chaired a Historical General Assembly and the World Health Organization. Outside of the International Affairs Association, I do research on drones, watch Archer, and try to replicate Tasty videos.

I’m so excited to be chairing this committee with Alex. He has a lot of Model UN experience, and is extremely knowledgeable about ILMUNC since he was Secretary-General last year! As students of International Relations, we are both passionate about the topics, which I think are intriguing, controversial, and of particular relevance today. As these topics can get a little complicated, I encourage you to consult the background guide. If you have any questions regarding the topics, procedure, or conference, do not hesitate to contact myself, Alex, or your wonderful USG Aiden. I look forward to meeting you all in January!

Sincerely,

Mathilde Beniflah

Co-Chair, Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference