Cornell International Affairs Conference (CIAC)

 

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Welcome to the ninth session of the Cornell International Affairs Conference, also known as CIAC IX. 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 IX!

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 Sharat Durbhakula | sg@ciaconline.org

Secretary-General

Sharat Durbhakula | sg@ciaconline.org

Sharat is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences with a major in statistics. Previously, Sharat has served as Chief of Staff for CIAC VII and 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.

 
Director-General Ria Singh | dg@ciaconline.org

Director-General

Ria Singh | dg@ciaconline.org

Ria Singh is a junior 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 IX Secretariat in making this year’s CIAC the best it has ever been!

 
Undersecretary-General of Committees Burhan Abdi | committees@ciaconline.org

Undersecretary-General of Committees

Burhan Abdi | committees@ciaconline.org

Burhan is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying Economics and Government.  He started Model UN as a freshman and hasn't looked back since.  Model UN has been a great opportunity to meet new people while having fun and learning.  Outside of Model UN, Burhan is a member of Pi Kappa Phi, CU IMAGE, loves to play sports and listen to music.  He is excited for this year's CIAC and can't wait to see what type of crises he and the delegates will have to handle!

 

 
Undersecretary-General of Committees Alexis Knoebel | committees@ciaconline.org

Undersecretary-General of Committees

Alexis Knoebel | committees@ciaconline.org

Alexis Knoebel is a sophmore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Government and International Relations. Hailing from sunny Port Charlotte, Florida, she has been dedicated to Model UN since her first club meeting in her freshman year of high school. Aside from MUN, she is a member of Cornell's varsity Polo team, Alpha Xi Delta, and the Professional Procrastinator's Union. With her sparse free time, she can be found re-watching episodes of The Magicians, and playing Overwatch or Dungeons and Dragons. Alexis is enthralled to join the rest of the CIAC IX Secretariat in making CIAC IX legend- wait for it- dary!

 
Undersecretary-General of Committees Cristian Gonzalez | committees@ciaconline.org

Undersecretary-General of Committees

Cristian Gonzalez | committees@ciaconline.org

Cristian is a junior and loves Model UN.

 
Chief of Staff Karolina Shepanzyk | staff@ciaconline.org

Chief of Staff

Karolina Shepanzyk | staff@ciaconline.org

Karolina is a junior 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 IX and is looking forward to a fantastic conference!

 
Director of Public Relations Matthew Block | pr@ciaconline.org

Director of Public Relations

Matthew Block | pr@ciaconline.org

Matthew is super excited to join the rest of the CIAC IX Secretariat in making this year’s CIAC the best it has ever been!

 
Director of Finance Nicholas Hansen | finance@ciaconline.org

Director of Finance

Nicholas Hansen | finance@ciaconline.org

Nick says, "Get ready for a great CIAC IX!"

 
Director of Operations and Events Lauren Song | events@ciaconline.org

Director of Operations and Events

Lauren Song | events@ciaconline.org

Lauren is a senior 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 IX!

 
Director of Technology Anna Semler | it@ciaconline.org

Director of Technology

Anna Semler | it@ciaconline.org

Anna is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Government and History. Originally from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, Anna only started participating in Model United Nations her freshman year of college, but she hasn't looked back since. When not doing Model UN, you can find her giving out popcorn in Willard Straight or still trying to finish her Russian homework. She is very excited to be a part of the Secretariat for CIAC IX and can't wait for an amazing conference!