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Topic A: Tourism
Topic B: Maritime Policy
Elyas Tecle

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to Economic Community of West African States at ILMUNC 35! My name is Hannah Kanter, and it is my pleasure to be your chair for a weekend that is sure to be filled with stimulating debate and lifelong memories. The secretariat and staff have been working tirelessly to make this conference the best yet. I truly hope that ILMUNC is one of the best weekends of your year.

First, let me take a moment to introduce myself: I’m a senior studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in the College. I am from Short Hills, NJ, a mere 40-minute train ride from the city that never sleeps, New York. Upon arriving at Penn, I have found a family within Penn’s International Affairs Association. I was the Under Secretary of the Economic and Social Council and Specialized Committees for UPMUNC 50. When I’m not staffing a Model UN conference, you can find me perusing Philadelphia’s restaurant scene and playing soccer.

This year’s Eastern European Group will debate tough, intense issues. Arman and I are excited to guide you through debate, and I look forward to watching your ideas become solutions!

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to your USG Joshita Varshney. Let the countdown to January begin!


Hannah Kanter

Chair, Economic Community of West African States
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

Elizabeth Peartree

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to ILMUNC XXXV! It is our pleasure to serve on your Dais this conference. My name is Arman Ramezani, and I will serve as your Moderator for the Economic Community of West African States Committee.

For background, I am a junior in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business. Within that, I concentrate in finance and Hispanic Studies, and this past Spring, I spent the Spring 2018 semester abroad in Barcelona. I was born and raised in Palos Verdes, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles and moved here to Philly for college.

I competed and chaired in Model United Nations throughout high school, and in college, I have been involved in three different conferences, including UPMUNC L and LI as well as ILMUNC XXXIII. This is my third year being involved in Penn’s International Affairs Association (IAA), which is the umbrella organization which includes ILMUNC, and for 2018, I served as the Secretary-General for the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference in Peru. I always thought my MUN career would end in high school, but I oddly keep coming back for more!

Outside of the IAA and MUN, I am involved in the education policy branch of Penn’s student government. I love trying new cuisine, Persian food being my favorite, and I’m slowly getting the hang of cooking it. I also spend significant time learning about cars and new automotive technology. More recently, I picked up distance running, so if we have any shared interests, let’s chat (or even if we don’t, I swear I’m friendly)!

In closing, your Dais will try to ensure you have the best experience at ILMUNC this January, and we cannot wait to hear the debate in committee.


Arman Ramezani

Moderator, Economic Community of West African States
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference