Dear Delegates,

I would like to welcome you all to the Puerto Rico Financial Oversight & Management Board at ILMUNC XXXVI. The entire committee staff and the ILMUNC secretariat have been working non-stop over the past months to make this possible, and I am certain that this will be an incredibly experience.

So that you can understand why I am so passionate about this committee, I must tell you a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, where I attended Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola. I joined Colegio San Ignacio’s Model United Nations team in 8th grade, where I had the honor of serving Under-Secretary-General of our high school conference, as vice-president of my high school team during my junior year, and as president during my senior year.

Come January, you will be tackling some of the most complex issues that affect the Island I am proud to call home. I am truly looking forward to seeing how you grasp with the highly consequential questions that affect the lives of millions of Puerto Ricans, ranging from the status of the Island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the current political situation, and of course, the fiscal crisis. You could argue that the issues we now face are all interrelated and deeply rooted in Puerto Rico’s history and politics, so be prepared for a weekend of challenging and informative debate.

Some other things about me. I am a sophomore at the Wharton School studying Finance and Business Analytics with a minor in French. Outside of the classroom, you can likely find me working on planning UPMUNC, ILMUNC’s collegiate sister conference, where I serve as an Under-Secretary-General for crisis committees. I am also a member of Intercol, Penn’s Model UN traveling team. When I’m not doing MUN (which isn’t too often nowadays), I am likely working on the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative Student Group and the Wharton Undergraduate Finance Club. In the free time I have in between, I am probably pretending I know how to play golf, watching political TV shows or movies, and listening to Latin music (read: Bad Bunny, Ozuna, and just about any Puerto Rican artist).

I am looking forward to meeting you all, come January.  If you have any questions before then or would just like to chat, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Wishing you all the best,

Cristian Bernaschina-Guillermety

Moderator of Puerto Rico Financial Oversight & Management Board
The 36th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference