Dear Delegates,

I am incredibly excited to welcome you to ILMUNC XXXVI!  My name is Rachel, and I will be serving as your chair for the crisis simulation on the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. Get ready for a weekend filled with political tension, energizing debate and fun! Your crisis director Ellie Edwards and I have worked hard to make sure this committee is one worth looking forward to.

To provide a brief background, I am a member of Penn’s Class of 2020, concentrating in marketing and business analytics at the Wharton School. Born in Taiwan but bred in Hong Kong, I received a British high school education but have an American accent – probably because I watched a lot of Simpsons as a kid. While I have had considerable debate experience back home, I was able to transfer my knowledge and interest of Asian affairs into the MUN platform here in the States ever since I staffed my first UPMUNC Conference. I am now part of the intercollegiate traveling team as a deputy director, having been a part of the circuit for over 2 years now. Outside of MUN, I am part of Wharton Asia Exchange and MUSE, Penn’s marketing undergraduate club. In my spare time, I love running, watching TV shows, (Suits anyone?), exploring Philly restaurants, and hanging out with friends.

I hope that this crisis committee will stimulate you to not only come up with creative crisis arcs, but also encourage you to work with other delegates to come up with solutions on the issues discussed in room. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me, your CD Ellie, or your USG Vinai.


Rachel Liu

Chair of 1997 Asian Financial Crisis
The 36th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

ellie edwards

Dear Delegates,

I could not be more excited to welcome you all to the 36th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference. My name is Ellie Edwards, and I will be your Crisis Director in the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis committee this year. I can’t wait to get to know you all over the course of an engaging and enjoyable weekend.

I am a member of the class of 2020 in the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn, studying Economics, Psychology, and Political Science. I was born and raised in Sunnyvale, California, and decided to cross the country to attend the University of Pennsylvania. My high school did not offer Model United Nations, so I had to make do with other extracurricular activities, like cheerleading, lacrosse, and theater. Previously I served as the Chief of Staff of UPMUNC, Penn’s collegiate Model UN conference. I also traveled to Vietnam with the first iteration of ILMUNC Vietnam, and currently I compete with and serve on the board of Intercol, Penn’s Model UN travel team, where I first fell in love with the excitement and speed of crisis committees. When I’m not writing or reading background guides, you can probably find me paying too much for trendy espresso drinks or watching Netflix.

Crisis committees are always among the most exciting and challenging at any conference, and this iteration will be no exception. Your Chair - Rachel Liu, our incredible Secretariat, and I have worked tirelessly to ensure this committee will meet and exceed your high expectations. I’m looking forwards to providing an arena for passionate debate, innovative crisis tracks, and exciting experiences. Let’s jump into these important and highly relevant topics!

Beyond the substantive aspects of conference, please take time to meet new people and make memories. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or just to say hi! I cannot wait to meet you all and foster a highly competitive arena for top-level crisis MUN. Get ready for an amazing weekend!

Best Regards,

Ellie Edwards

Crisis Director of 1997 Asian Financial Crisis
The 36th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference