Welcome to the Specialized Agencies!

The Specialized Agencies are unique committees that combine the intricacy of the General Assemblies with the creativity and innovation of the Crisis Committees. Specialized Agencies will require delegates to be highly familiar with the substantive context of their topic while being prepared for dynamic changes in the situations at hand. These committees encourage an approach to topics from different perspectives, as well as a collaborative and creative take to developing a stable path for the future.

Dear Delegates,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 36th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference! I gained a lot from serving as an Assistant Secretary-General last year, and I am thrilled to serve as your Under Secretary-General for Specialized Agencies this year. I hope that you find the topics to be exciting and engaging, as I am looking forward to working with all of you to have a great conference.

This year, I will be a sophomore planning to major in Cognitive Science with a concentration in computation and cognition with a minor in Computer Science in the College of Arts & Sciences. Born and raised in Philadelphia, I have spent my youth exploring the city and experiencing everything it has to offer. Still, there are so many places I haven’t been and things I want to try, so I decided to stay. Already, I have learned a lot about myself and others while at Penn and I feel very fortunate for such opportunities. Although I was not involved in Model UN in high school (it wasn’t offered), I joined ILMUNC for a new experience and I am so happy that I did. Outside of ILMUNC, I enjoy getting involved in philanthropy with my sorority, spending quality time with friends, and look forward to getting involved in women in computer science.

A lot of work has gone into making ILMUNC XXXVI an amazing conference for each and every one of you. I hope that you remain open-minded and put your creativity to the test with these Specialized Agencies. Do not be afraid to share your ideas and collaborate with your fellow delegates as you embark on a journey through history to address social, economic, and political issues of the world. Most importantly, it is my hope that you have fun at conference and learn from the discussions and from each other. If you have any questions about ILMUNC, Penn, or would just like to say hello, please reach out to me at any time. The ILMUNC secretariat, chairs, and staff are all looking forward to providing you with the best experience possible. Can’t wait to see you at conference!

Best regards,

Maranda Duignan

Under-Secretary-General, Specialized Agencies The 36th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

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Dear Delegates,

I am thrilled to welcome you all to the 36th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference! I will be serving as your Under Secretary-General for Specialized Agencies, acting as your point of contact for substantive questions, committee operational questions, and Chair feedback. I am especially excited to be overseeing the Specialized Agencies as I feel they provide engaging atmospheres which require delegates to be knowledgeable about the intricacies of the topic like in a GA while also employing creative solutions like in a Crisis.

I am originally from Malvern, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, so Penn is really close to home. I participated in Model UN throughout high school—I actually was a delegate at ILMUNC XXXIII, and it’s part of the reason why I applied to Penn! I am in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in the Biological Basis of Behavior (Penn’s fancy name for neuroscience) and minoring in Healthcare Management. I joined ILMUNC last year as an Assistant Secretary-General, and I loved the experience so much that I wanted to do it again as a USG. Other than ILMUNC, I am on Penn’s Club Tennis team and I am involved in research on anti-viral immunity and immunotherapy. I speak Hindi and Spanish, I play the guitar, and I am a huge foodie. My love of traveling and learning about new cultures is actually why I joined the International Affairs Association.

Every member of our Secretariat is working hard in preparation for ILMUNC 36, and we can’t wait to meet you all. I look forward to seeing all the delegates challenge themselves to come up with innovative and insightful solutions to their topics through cooperation, research, and thought-provoking debate. Participating in ILMUNC as a delegate in high school was an extremely fun and educational experience and I hope that you all feel the same at ILMUNC 36. Feel free to reach out to me as conference approaches regarding your committees, how Model UN works, or even just about life at Penn.

Best Regards,

Nikhil Gangoli

Under Secretary-General of Specialized Agencies The 36th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference