Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference! My name is Mark Rook and I will be serving as your Chair for the Economic Commission of Africa.

For a bit of background information, I am a senior at Penn and plan on majoring in International Relations and Economics. I was born in Hungary, lived in Indianapolis for most of his life, and currently reside in Boston. To ensure that nobody knows where I’m going or what I’m saying, I currently have three citizenships and speak six languages. When I’m not travelling the world, I enjoy playing and watching soccer.

At Penn, my passion is participating in the International Affairs Association as the CFO for UPMUNC (Penn’s collegiate conference) and Business Director for the Community Outreach and Engagement branch. I also write international relations articles on European Politics for the Metric and play on an intramural soccer team.

I can’t wait to work closely with Jared in the coming months to make ILMUNC a fantastic experience for all of you. I am thrilled to see what creative solutions you can come up with to tackle this session’s challenging debate topics and look forward to meeting you all!

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to me, Jared or your USG, Mariana.


Mark Rook

Chair of Economic Commission of Africa
The 36th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference


Dear Delegates,

I am so incredibly excited to welcome all of you to ILMUNC XXXVI! My name is Jared Bassett and I am looking forward to working with all of you next year as a Moderator for the Economic Commission for Africa committee. As an Economic and Social Council simulation, I am looking forward to witnessing the committee take on the difficult task of Piracy in West Africa, as well as establishing and redefining socially and environmentally sustainable practices in mineral trade in Africa.

To provide some information about myself, I am originally from Westchester, New York. I am currently in the College of Arts and Sciences here at Penn, planning to major in biology with a minor in chemistry. I am also on the pre-medical track. When not in school, I have spent most of my time conducting research in oncology-oriented laboratories. Outside of academics however,  I enjoy hanging out with friends, trying ethnic foods from various restaurants in Philadelphia, drinking coffee, and playing video games.

Over the course of the past year, I have also been heavily involved with the International Affairs Association here at Penn. During this past February, I worked as an Assistant-Secretary General for the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference (ILMUNC XXXV)! Having participated in numerous conferences throughout high school, I am looking forward to making your experience at ILMUNC as exciting and fun as it was for me during high school! In terms of this committee, I am looking for delegates that embody a balance of initiative and interdependence. In this respect, I envision a committee in which all delegates are able to take matters into their own hands, while simultaneously collaborating amongst one another. At the same time, I also hope to see delegates develop a strong understanding of the topic, and compound this with inventiveness and creativity as they attempt to maneuver their way through the committee.

Above all, I hope that each delegate is able find committee both academically enriching and enjoyable! If you have any questions prior to conference, feel free to reach out via email at I hope you all have a fantastic summer, and I am looking forward to meeting you all during conference.


Jared Basset

Moderator of European Commission of Africa
The 36th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference