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Maddi Herne

SECRETARY-GENERAL

Maddi is a fourth year at the University of Chicago majoring in Public Policy. Raised in exotic Greenwich, Connecticut by French and Swedish parents, Maddi moved to icy Chicago for her undergrad while her family left abandoned her to move to sunny Rome. Maddi has been doing Model UN since her sophomore year of high school, and remains pretty obviously obsessed. She travels with the competitive team, but for ChoMUN, Maddi has been an AC on Philip Morris, the Chair for Ferrari Board of Directors, and DDA of ChoMUN XXII. This year, she’s excited to lead the secretariat of ChoMUN XXIII as Secretary General.

When she pretends to have a life, Maddi spends her time hanging out with imaginary friends, selling out, forcing her roommates to watch the Bachelor with her, or stacking books at the Reg library

If you have any questions, you can email Maddi at secgen@chomun.org!


 
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Jack Haynie

DIRECTOR-GENERAL

Jack Haynie is a fourth year in the College majoring in Political Science and minoring in History. After three years of flip flopping between saying he’s from either Boston or Portland Maine, he now hails from an amorphous area best described as “New England.” Outside of his role as the Director General of ChoMUN, Jack runs a committee for MUNUC, the University’s High School Conference, and competes on the University’s traveling team. Beyond the MUNisphere, Jack is an editor for the Chicago Journal on Foreign Policy, an active brother of Delta Kappa Epsilon, and is currently working on a research project on data disclosure and transparency within NATO militaries.

Prior to serving as DG, Jack has served as a USG for ChoMUN XXII, the Chair of Oh, Canada: The Founding Fathers of the Canadian Confederation 1876, and an Assistant Chair on The Life and Times of Lee Kuan Yew: Singapore 1965. Jack is an aspiring foodie, a big fan of maps, and way too into economic history despite not majoring in econ OR history. After graduation he hopes to attend law school.

Jack is excited to be the Director General of this fantastic organization and you can reach him at: dg.chomun@gmail.com.

 
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Laurinda Zhang

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Laurinda Zhang is a second-year in the college, majoring in Economics and possibly statistics. She fell in love with Model UN back in middle school, and since then she has taken different roles including secretary general, assistant chair, and delegate. She was born and raised in the beautiful city of Beijing before coming to the University of Chicago.

Last year, Laurinda was the Assistant Chair of United Nations Security Council. Her passion in working behind the scenes faciliates her transition into the role of CFO. Outside of ChoMUN, Laurinda is deeply interested in investing and exploring hotels. She serves as the board member of Smart Woman Securities, where she helps to run the club and pitches stocks regularly. During vacations, she loves traveling and trying out different hotels, and by far her favorite hotel is Bürgenstock Resort located in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Laurinda is super excited to be part of the Secretariat for ChoMUN XXIII - feel free to contact to her at cfo@chomun.org with any questions!

 
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Gregory Wong

CHIEF OF STAFF

Gregory Wong is a third-year in the College majoring in Sociology and East Asian Languages and Civilization. While born in Boston, MA, his adopted home of Hong Kong is an inseparable part of his identity (狮子山下精神不死靈魂!) and a cause of much of his identity confusion. American culture is truly beyond his comprehension.

Outside of this organization, Gregory dreams about the day that everyone will realize debate to be a superior activity to MUN. Oh well. As he waits longingly for such a day, he can be found (heavily) drinking tea, making another spreadsheet, and watching (and listening to!) Cowboy Bebop. Gregory sometimes also debates (BP, smh @ APDA), and edits for the Journal of Sino-American Affairs and the UC3P Just China podcast. And yes, time management is a skill he is working on.

All jokes aside, after serving as an Administrative Staffer at ChoMUN XXI and the Deputy Director of Delegate Affairs at ChoMUN XXII, Gregory is humbled to serve as the Chief of Staff for this year's conference, and is excited to pull it off with an incredible Secretariat. Should you have any inquiries or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Gregory at cos.chomun@gmail.com.

 
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Ben Fogarty

CHIEF Administrative officer

Despite graduating from the University of Chicago, Ben could not quite graduate from ChoMUN. After being an Under-Secretary-General for ChoMUN XXII during his fourth year in the College, he will be returning as the Chief Administrative Officer for ChoMUN XXIII while finishing a master’s degree in Computational Analysis and Public Policy at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. Ben hails from Klein, Texas, which may sound like a stereotypical Texas town complete with cowboys, coyotes, and a stellar high school football team but is actually just a suburb of Houston. Beyond campus, Ben is an avid runner, a massive baseball fan, and an ardent supporter of all things Houston, from UGK to Shipley’s Do-Nuts.

Ben’s ChoMUN experience also includes working as an assistant chair on Come and Take It: Texas 1835 at ChoMUN XX and as the Crisis Director for JCC From Tehran With Love: Iranian Revolution 1977, Ayatollah Khomeini’s Revolutionary Council at ChoMUN XXI.

For any inquiries about ChoMUN XXIII, why Whataburger is better than In-N-Out, or how the designated hitter is ruining baseball, you can email Ben at benfogarty@uchicago.edu.

 
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John Koobatian

DIRECTOR OF DELEGATE AFFAIRS

 
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Sofia Barnett

design director

Sofia is a third year in the college, majoring in political science and comparative human development. Although raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado, she was born in New York City and has loved getting back into a big city while exploring Chicago.

She has served as an AC on Ferrari board of directors for ChoMUN XXI and was a crisis director for Lord Liverpool’s cabinet for ChoMUN XXII. She also travels with the UChicago MUN team. When not doing MUN, she can be found with her KAΘ sorority sisters or in finance meetings with Student Government.

In her rare amounts of free time, or more often, when she should be studying, she can be found reliving her competitive dance career through impromptu dance parties with her roommates and watching inordinate amounts of Disney movies.

If you have any design related inquiries please reach out to sofiabarnett@uchicago.edu

 
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Jordanna Yochai

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL

Jordanna Yochai is a third-year in the College, double-majoring in Political Science and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations. She is from Long Island, New York, though she prefers not to acknowledge it and asks that you please do the same.

More importantly, Jordanna is remarkably excited to be returning to ChoMUN as an Under-Secretary-General. In past ChoMUNs, she has served as the Chair of the Ottoman Imperial Harem and as an Assistant Chair on Brussels: 2023, ChoMUN’s large committee.

In addition to ChoMUN, Jordanna works as a research assistant studying interstate conflict, edits the Chicago Journal of Foreign Policy, and chairs “Sultanate of Oman, 1970” at MUNUC, the university's high school Model UN conference. In her free time, Jordanna daydreams about traveling, drinks an inordinate amount of coffee, and actively worries about the future of the Middle East.

If you have questions, feel free to reach out to her at jsyochai@uchicago.edu!

 
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Christian Metivier

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL

Christian is a third year student studying Economics and Chemistry. He is originally from Toronto, Ontario and manifests many more Canadian stereotypes than he is willing to admit. He was an Assistant Chair on the Halliburton Board of Directors at ChoMUN XXI and was a Crisis Director for the Council of New France, 1660 at ChoMUN XXII. He is also a Crisis Director for MUNUC, UChicago's high school conference.

Outside of MUN, Christian is a member of the undergraduate financial society Phoenix Funds and staffs Science Olympiad Tournaments for high school and middle school tournaments. His hobbies include the baseball and hockey fandoms, writing chemistry on dining hall napkins, and retelling memorized jokes dozens of times.

Christian is eager to provide any assistance he can and the best way to engage him in doing this is by emailing metivierc@uchicago.edu

 
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Katherine Li

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL

 
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Katie DeLong

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL

Katie DeLong is a third-year in the college, majoring in Biological Sciences with a specialization in Endocrinology. She doesn't know what she's doing this deep in Model UN either, but she enjoys taking a break from science to plunge into history. When asked where she's from, she usually defaults to "just outside DC/Boston", since the truth usually takes a good 20 minutes to explain. Her previous ChoMUN experience includes being an AC on “JCC: From Tehran with Love, the Iranian Revolution 1979” and an EAC on “Long Live the Shah: Khosorow II”.

Outside of Model UN, Katie returns to the STEM bunker. She works in a developmental neurobiology laboratory, TAs for Biology and Organic Chemistry courses, volunteers in the UChicago Hospital Emergency Department, and tutors with the Neighborhood Schools Program. At home, she paints, sings anything from showtunes to arias, writes science fiction short stories, and pretends she gets enough sleep. Her interests include cartography, any genre of fiction, astronomy, religion, and chess.

Katie is incredibly excited to serve as a USG this year. If you have questions, concerns, revelations, grammar pet peeves, or riddles, or if you'd just like to chat about how Pasteur ran for Senate as a Bonapartist, please email Katie at kdelong@uchicago.edu.

 
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Joseph Magliocco

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL

Joseph Magliocco is a third-year in the College majoring in History with a concentration in American Studies. He was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut (please do not judge) and is an incredibly proud graduate of Greenwich High School and an alumnus of their ever-growing Model UN program. At ChoMUN XXI, Joe served as an Assistant Chair on “Oh, Canada: The Founding Fathers of the Canadian Confederation” and at ChoMUN XXII Joe served as the Chair of “The Good, The Vlad, The Ugly: The Cabinet of the Russian Government 2013.”

Outside of Model UN, Joe’s interests are vast and varied. He enjoys suffering as a New York Mets fan, middling as a Leicester City fan, boasting as a New England Patriots fan, and religiously watching every episode produced by the Bachelor franchise (still mad about how Rachel did Peter wrong). An active member of the Zeta Psi fraternity, Joe once took the initiative to the tattoo the letters on his chest. He also enjoys constantly enlightening other people with the correct pronunciation of his last name: Magliocco (Italian: mah-l'yee-OH-koh). His dream Model UN Committee would be to run the ChoMUN large as the Galactic Senate of the Republic and offer delegates the space to have the important political debates he would have liked to have seen more of in the prequels.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don't hesitate to email Joe at jmagliocco@uchicago.edu