MITMUNC XIII

The 13th session of MITMUNC will be held virtually on February 5-7, 2021.

More information about the conference is found at: Conference Info

Welcome to MITMUNC XIII!

Letter from the Secretary-Generals

Dear delegates and advisors,

It is with great pride and excitement that we formally invite you to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 13th annual Model United Nations Conference!

MITMUNC is a premier Model UN conference in which students from all over the world come together to solve the most pressing issues facing society today. Normally held on MIT’s campus in Cambridge, we are adapting to unprecedented times by bringing a virtual conference to you. By doing so, we hope to emphasize accessibility for delegates from all backgrounds and experience levels. This year’s conference will be held during the weekend of Friday, February 5th through Sunday, February 7th, 2021.

At its core, MITMUNC is planned, organized, and directed by a passionate and ambitious team of MIT students that collectively form a diverse family of academic backgrounds and experiences. Our chairs and staff coordinate MITMUNC’s committees from the ground up, posing questions and controversies that even the most experienced delegates will find challenging. Our dedicated Secretariat members complement the chairs and staff by overseeing all conference preparations, months in advance of the conference in order to ensure that our delegates walk away with one of the greatest experiences of their lives.

In previous years, MITMUNC delegates grappled with complicated human rights, economic, and environmental topics such as the Syrian Refugee crisis, argued the pros and cons of nuclear energy in the International Atomic Energy Agency, and even reacted to a flurry of assassinations witnessed in the Historical Committee! Attendees also enjoyed inspiring keynote addresses by Nazli Choucri, Professor of Political Science at MIT and leading researcher in international relations and cyber politics, as well as Richard B. Freeman, Faculty co-Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School. Delegates also enjoyed a well-deserved respite at the Delegate Dance social night.

We pride ourselves in hosting smaller committee sizes. This allows our attendees more freedom to contribute and distinguish themselves in their individual committee sessions. MITMUNC offers its attendees a truly unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a demanding intellectual environment, exposed to the ideas of others and tasked to employ the art of negotiation to pass meaningful resolutions.

Having experienced MITMUNC as chairs, then as Secretariat members and Secretaries-General, we are both humbled and thrilled to guide MITMUNC into its best conference yet. I now invite you to explore our brand new website to learn more about our conference. Do not hesitate in contacting us should you encounter any doubts along the way. Best of luck in the path ahead!

Sincerely,
Sarah Quraishi and Ting Li
Secretaries-General
MIT Model United Nations Conference XIII 2021

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Sarah Quraishi
Secretary-General, MITMUNC XIII

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Ting Li
Secretary-General, MITMUNC XIII


MITMUNC XIII Speaker: Dr. Mark Esposito

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Dr. Mark Esposito is a recognized global thought leader in The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the changes and opportunities technology brings to the industrial sector. Since 2011, he has been a senior advisor to several governments in this domain. Dr. Esposito is the co-founder and Chief Learning Officer (CLO) at Nexus FrontierTech, an AI scale up firm dedicated to teaching businesses to become more efficient and competitive by incorporating the most recent data management science into their businesses. In 2016, he was ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the 30 most prominent rising business thinkers in the world and he serves as a global expert for the World Economic Forum. In his academic career, Dr. Esposito has held academic appointments for some of the world’s leading institutions including Harvard University, University of Cambridge, Hult International Business School, Arizona State University, IE Business School, and University of Massachusetts. He has held fellowships with several organizations; the Social Progress Imperative, the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, and the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government in Dubai. He has also served as a Research Associate for the University College London, Blockchain Technologies. In his career, Dr. Esposito has written more than 150 peer review articles, 11 books and several book chapters, 40+ teaching case studies and more than 100 op-ed and practitioner pieces. His co-authored books, “Understanding How the Future Unfolds: Using DRIVE to Harness the Power of Today’s Megatrends: (nominated for the CK Prahalad Breakthrough Idea Award by Thinkers50) and “The AI Republic: Building the Nexus between Humans and Intelligent Automation” were bestsellers in the US, UK, and Europe.

Previous Speakers

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Nazli Choucri
Professor of Political Science at MIT
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Karen Dynan
Professor of the Practice at Harvard University, Department of Economics
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Esther Duflo
Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT
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