MEET THE NEIMUN SECRETARIAT 2014
Jiedine Irene Alexandria Phanbuh
Introducing the Secretary-General for NEIMUN 2014, Jiedine Irene Alexandria Phanbuh. A third year student at St. Anthony's College, Shillong, Jiedine is majoring in Political Science with minors in Economics and Philosophy. She is currently the College Campus Ambassador of St, Anthony's College. Jiedine was selected by the Government of Japan for Jenesys 2013 (Japan East Asia Network of exchange for students and youths), an educational exchange program. She was also selected as the Support Ambassador of Tenei-mura, a village in Japan. Jiedine is amongst the 50 students selected this year for the Meghalaya Chief Minister sponsored Civil Service exam Coaching. Jiedine is the Co-founder of SACMUN St.Anthony’s college MUN), the first college in the state of Meghalaya to initiate one. She was a diplomacy award holder at the first session of NEIMUN held at Kohima, Nagaland.
She loves to volunteer and has recently volunteered for Bethany Society, Shillong and also has previously interned in NORTH EAST NETWORK, an NGO that fights violence against women. Since primary school, she has been actively involved in debates, elocution contests and quiz competitions.
She says, “I have always had a passion for the UN, in which I have resolute and unshakeable belief. Of course it is not perfect and it has its weaknesses but it is without doubt, the best hope for a better future; to tackle the serious, global challenges that affect us all. The UN is one big family and even though NEIMUN is but a simulation of it, along with other fellow MUN organisations, we give essence to being the future hope of the UN and we are already part of this family. I would encourage all to be critical but be constructive, be supportive and help us, NEIMUN to strengthen and improve it. I welcome you to be a part of this prestigious conference. I look forward to meeting you all.”
Deputy Secretary General
Aienla Lima Longchar
Introducing a Secretariat member familiar to the NEIMUN family, Aienla Lima Longchar. After graduating with a Mathematics degree, she went on to complete her Master’s in Operational Research from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. She has worked with the Youth Parliament in Delhi as Peer Educator under the RTI branch and through which she took part in organising the National RTI Training 2013 for women leaders across North India. Aien has also worked as a Research Associate with Outline India. She has completed various assignments with the British Council in Delhi and with UN WaterAid India researching Rapid Assessment of schools in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.
“It is a privilege for me to take this challenge yet again as I did last year. I find the United Nations fascinating especially because of its multidisciplinary facet giving everyone interested a platform to contribute to both international and local progress. Similarly, Model UN provides the adjacent platform to delegates to educate themselves in the workings of the UN, meanwhile training them in diplomatic etiquette giving them the confidence and boost to participate in the political, social exercise considered beyond reach at a young age. I am confident that many of the delegates participating in NEIMUN 2014 will go on to become leaders and global citizens. Last December, during the NEIMUN 2013 conference, it was a joy and thrill to see intellectual curiosity and humane concern spark up in the eyes of the young delegates as they discussed and debated real issues and consequences. This year too, with each country revealing its own story told or untold, I, with the team, look forward to giving you an enriching conference and meeting all of you. Bigger, better, more diverse? Let’s do this!”
Under Secretary General for General Assemble Affairs & Conference Management
Meet Muletolu Vero, currently an M.Phil scholar in History at North Eastern Hill University (NEHU). She was elected as the President of the UN General Assembly at the first session of North East India International Model United Nations 2013.
Over the past five years, she has been involved in volunteering for causes and organizations related to education. She sees herself as an educator and also as a researcher. Muletolu believes in education as a very powerful tool that can be used to fight against corruption and many of the problems we see in the North East Region today. She dreams of starting a school one day. She is drawn to issues related to women and education, particularly, racial and gender relations, neuro-psychology and history. Gardening and classical music are her getaways.
Muletolu reflects on NEIMUN, “My past experience with NEIMUN has instilled in me confidence in my own abilities, acquainted me with the art of diplomacy, and helped me to value the diverse perspectives of different individuals. I see MUN as a good platform for many young people of North-East India.”
Under Secretary General for Political Affairs
Andreas Treki Dohtdong
Introducing Andreas Treki Dohtdong. He has recently completed his post-graduation in English and is currently pursuing his PhD. in the same subject from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong.
Andreas says about NEIMUN, “NEIMUN seems to be a perfect gateway towards a better appreciation of global issues and interaction with people with differing ideas and backgrounds.”
Apart from literature, he has great interest in films and combat sports. He adds, “Since I am not quite sure about the actual reality universe, apart from the one we perceive with our senses, I am plagued with a deep curiosity and melancholy at our lack of certainty. On the brighter side, I am constantly looking to cram my life with as many varied experiences as I can.”
Under Secretary General for Communications & Public Information
Dennis Lallienzuol Hrangchal
Dennis Lallienzuol Hrangchal is currently pursuing bachelor's degree in sociology at St.Edmund's college Shillong. He is heading and leading the national service scheme unit in his college. Dennis is also the initiator of YLS Model UN at Young Learners School, Manipur and hopes to introduce Model UN across different colleges and schools across the state. He loves to interact and debate on various issues and volunteering work.
He was also a diplomacy award winner at NEIMUN 2013 Conference. Dennis says, "NEIMUN has changed my perspectives and opened my eyes to the whole view of education and life, to exhale my inner thoughts and belief to the world with the great topic 'change' ".
Deputy for General Assembly Affairs & Conference Management
Meet Dexter Sungoh. He has completed his Master’s in Tourism Administration from Amity University after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Tourism from IHRM, Kolkata. He has experience working as Associate Event Manager for a company called s‘Catapult’.
Whilst working with Catapult, Dexter was part of the core-team organising ingenious, innovative events leading up to the celebration of World Environment Day held last June in Shillong. They held Eco-based events and activities such as seminars, Go-Green marathons, arts & crafts competitions, movie screenings, street plays, flashmobs etc. Dexter enjoys outdoor sports, appreciates meeting new people and loves watching Anime!
He says, “I am really looking forward to NEIMUN 2014 to be held here in my hometown Shillong. We, the logistics team at NEIMUN, are working earnestly to provide the delegates, and everyone participating, an enriching educational experience and a memorable and comfortable stay during the conference.”
Under Secretary General for Economic & Social Affairs
Meet Pranami Goswami, a delegate of NEIMUN 2013, the first session. She is currently a final year grad student at St. Anthony’s College, Shillong, studying with honours in Biotechnology.
Pranami is also the co-founder of SACMUN, the MUN club at her college and the current Vice-President of the Assamese community at St. Anthony’s. She wanted the MUN club established in her college to do something progressive for the students in her college and help them grow in stride with students from other states and countries. She also represented India in Japan as per the JENESYS 2.0 programme in 2013 and Pranami is also serving as a student ambassador of “ten-ei-mura prefecture” of Japan.
She is a total Science buff and enjoys listening to music.
Deputy for Economic & Social Affairs
He is currently a first year student studying for his Bachelor’s degree with Honours in Physics at St Anthony’s College, Shillong. Pangmalu was a recipient of the Diplomacy Award at the first session of NEIMUN held in Kohima last year. He also was a participant at one of the NEIMUN Workshops and went on to be the Co ordinator for the first Model UN workshop in Mokokchung. He recently took role as a delegate at NUJS Model UN held at National University for Juridical Studies. While at school, Pangmalu had a key hand in initiating “Earth Hour Campaign” and “Anti-Tobacco Campaign”.
He shares his vision with us, “When I was in my 10th Standard, my Social Sciences teacher infused in me the idea to look beyond what was written in the blackboard and my textbooks. And when I found out about NEIMUN, I did not think twice and simply jumped right in and needless to say it has been an eye opener and has brought me closer to my dream of becoming a diplomat for the safe use of Nuclear Power and the total disarmament of Nuclear Weapons.”