Cornell International Affairs Conference (CIAC)

Welcome to the eighth session of the Cornell International Affairs Conference, also known as CIAC VIII. CIAC (pronounced similarly to 'kayak') is the annual collegiate Model United Nations conference hosted by the Cornell International Affairs Society,

This year, we have continued to grow our conference while maintaining a welcoming environment for delegates of all experience levels. We aim to create an unforgettable Model UN experience that challenges delegates to find creative solutions to complex problems. Through intense crisis committees and creative collaboration, delegates have the opportunity to resolve key global issues during their weekend in Ithaca. Both inside and outside committee, delegates will create lasting friendships with other students that share a passion for international affairs and diplomacy.

 

The Wonderful Secretariat of CIAC VII!

The Secretariat of CIAC spend god-knows-how-much time and countless sleepless nights planning and worrying about making CIAC as great as it can be. So here's a part of a webpage for them.

Secretary-General Abigail Cutler | sg@ciaconline.org

Secretary-General

Abigail Cutler | sg@ciaconline.org

Abigail is a senior at Cornell studying Industrial and Labor Relations with a minor in business. Originally from Washington DC, she's interested in entrepreneurship in international development. In her free time, Abigail can be found traveling with a camera in hand, or in the library with copious amounts of coffee. CIAC VIII will be Abigail's fourth, and she can't wait to welcome you all to Ithaca for the best conference yet.

 
Director-General Sharat Durbhakula | dg@ciaconline.org

Director-General

Sharat Durbhakula | dg@ciaconline.org

Sharat is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences with a major in Statistics. Last year, Sharat served as the Chief of Staff for CIAC VII and now he is the Director General for CIAC VIII. On campus, Sharat is also involved in Delta Sigma Pi, Cornell Consulting Club, Cornell Investment Banking Club, and he works at a tech startup as a data scientist. In his free time, Sharat enjoys playing sports and spending time with friends and family.

 
Undersecretary-General of Committees Hunter Moskowitz | committees@ciaconline.org

Undersecretary-General of Committees

Hunter Moskowitz | committees@ciaconline.org

Hunter is a junior in the College of Industrial Labor Relations with a minor in history. He has lived in Carlisle, Massachusetts for most of his life. He enjoys running, golf, Ultimate Frisbee, and playing basketball. Eating Indian food is definitely one of his pastimes, but he is enthusiastic about most food groups as well. Hunter has been passionate about Model UN since high school and has continued this as part of CIAS at Cornell along with participating in a number of other activities such as the Daily Sun and Friends of Farmworkers. In his free time, Hunter enjoys kayaking, doing other outdoorsy things, and writing. Get excited for CIAC VIII!

 
Undersecretary-General of Committees Yashvi Gattani | committees@ciaconline.org

Undersecretary-General of Committees

Yashvi Gattani | committees@ciaconline.org

Yashvi is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Economics with minors in Business and Information Science. She has grown up in Hong Kong and currently lives in Singapore. She has participated in Model United Nations for six years now and has travelled to conferences in Singapore, Taipei, and The Hague. In addition to the Cornell International Affairs Society, on campus, she is involved with AIESEC, the Class of 2018 Convocation Committee, and serves on the Executive Board of the Cornell Undergraduate Asia Business Society and Co-Chair of the Student Activities Funding Commission. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis and traveling. This will be Yashvi's fourth and final CIAC, and she is extremely excited for a wonderful conference!

 
Undersecretary-General of Committees Ethan Geller | committees@ciaconline.org

Undersecretary-General of Committees

Ethan Geller | committees@ciaconline.org

Ethan is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in economics and probably minoring in international relations and business. He’s lived in New Canaan, Connecticut his entire life and loves exploring New York City when he’s back home. He has been actively involved in Model UN since his freshman year of high school and is excited to be a member of the secretariat for his first CIAC. Outside of CIAS, Ethan is a member of Cornell’s Global Economics and Finance Society and loves hiking and camping in the wilderness. In his free time, Ethan can often be found passionately viewing dog videos, playing pranks, or humming the Hamilton soundtrack. Get hyped for CIAC VIII!

 
Chief of Staff Brandon Senzer | staff@ciaconline.org

Chief of Staff

Brandon Senzer | staff@ciaconline.org

Brandon is a senior in the College of Human Ecology majoring in Policy Analysis and Management and minoring in both Law & Society and Business. He is focusing his studies on health administration. His first Model UN experience was CIAC V his freshman year, and he has been hooked on Model UN ever since. In addition to CIAC, he serves as an admissions ambassador for Cornell and a research assistant. In his spare time, he can be found binge-watching Netflix or snacking on whatever food he can find. Brandon is very excited to be on the Secretariat of CIAC VIII and is looking forward to a great conference!

 
Director of Public Relations Ria Singh | pr@ciaconline.org

Director of Public Relations

Ria Singh | pr@ciaconline.org

Ria Singh is a sophomore in the College of Engineering studying Applied and Engineering Physics. Originally from Edison, New Jersey, Ria has been doing Model UN since her freshman year of high school and loved it so much that she decided to continue in college, despite it having nothing at all to do with her major. In what spare time she has, Ria can be found enjoying the great outdoors, playing soccer, doing art, eating ice cream and drinking almost any form of caffeine. She’s super excited to join the rest of the CIAC VIII Secretariat in making this year’s CIAC the best it has ever been!

 
Director of Finance Michael Johns | finance@ciaconline.org

Director of Finance

Michael Johns | finance@ciaconline.org

Michael is a freshman studying Government in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is from Oakton, Virginia, and participated in Model UN in high school. Michael has worked for the Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Middle East forum, and has been published in The Hill. Michael loves movies and TV, especially House of Cards. Get ready for a great CIAC VIII!

 
Director of Events Kianna Early | events@ciaconline.org

Director of Events

Kianna Early | events@ciaconline.org

Kianna is a senior in the College of Human Ecology, studying Policy Analysis and Management with minors in Business, Law and Society, and Inequality Studies. Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, she is a big fan of basketball, buffalo wings, and the Buffalo sports teams. She wasn't introduced to Model UN until she came to Cornell, but quickly grew to love it by joining the Cornell International Affairs Society. Apart from CIAS, Kianna is involved in Residential Student Congress, Human Ecology Ambassadors, the Roosevelt Institute, Phi Alpha Delta, peer counseling, and Cornell Orientation. In her free time, she loves watching basketball, going to restaurants for brunch, and binge-watching Netflix. Get excited for CIAC VIII and I can't wait to meet you all!

 
Director of Operations Karolina Shepanzyk | operations@ciaconline.org

Director of Operations

Karolina Shepanzyk | operations@ciaconline.org

Karolina is a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences, double majoring in Economics and Government. As a senior in high school, she served on the Executive Committee of her high school Model UN club and has decided to continue pursuing this passion at Cornell. Karolina loves to travel and learn languages, In her free time, she enjoys swimming, playing piano, or binge-watching Scandal. Karolina is very excited to be on the Secretariat of CIAC VIII and is looking forward to a fantastic conference!

 
Director of Technology Lauren Song | it@ciaconline.org

Director of Technology

Lauren Song | it@ciaconline.org

Lauren is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying Statistics and Government. Coming from Los Angeles, California, Lauren can be found reading a book by the beach, looking for new brunch spots, or playing golf with her family. She started Model UN her freshman year of college and has been involved in CIAS ever since. In her free time, Lauren enjoys baking, travelling to new countries, and watching TV. Get ready for a great CIAC VIII!

 
Ex-Officio Member | CIAS Vice President of Finance Suhas Bobba | finance@thecias.org

Ex-Officio Member | CIAS Vice President of Finance

Suhas Bobba | finance@thecias.org

Suhas Bobba is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, pursuing a double major in Biology and Economics. A native of the often forgotten Midwest, he started participating in Model United Nations in high school and continued his passion for it here at Cornell though Cornell International Affairs Society. Outside of MUN, you'll find him participating in a slew of "pre-med" clubs and microbiological research on campus. When he has free time, he is often watching and reviewing an ungodly amount of movies and tv shows.  Suhas is looking forward to working with the extremely talented CIAC Secretariat.