DUMUNC is one of the premier high school model United Nations conferences in the country. Serving 600 delegates annually in over 12 different committees, it is one of the best weekends of the year! Throughout the four-day conference, delegates are charged with the task of addressing and resolving some of the world’s most pressing issues. Delegates will engage in meaningful and stimulating debate, and may be presented with crises and predicaments that extend beyond the scope of their original topics. It is the goal of DUMUNC to challenge delegates during committee, and allow them to learn from both our committed staff and their talented peers.

DUMUNC features large, traditional committees, small-scale committees focusing on regional issues, and a Joint Crisis Committee, all of which will be run by our knowledgeable and motivated student-led dais.


Varun Jain, Secretary-General, dumuncsecgen@gmail.com

Varun is a junior in Trinity College pursuing degrees in Biology and Global Health. Originally from the wilds of North Virginia, Varun has been involved in Model UN for seven years now. Varun hopes to bring this bevy of experience to DUMUNC XXXV. Beyond DUMUNC, he is also involved in Duke Consulting Club, First-Year Advisors Executive Board, and works in a lab studying muscular developmental disorders. He and the rest of the secretariat are looking forward to making this the best DUMUNC yet.

Robert Steilberg, Under-Secretary-General

Robert is a junior from Richmond, Virginia majoring in computer science with a minor in statistics. He's participated in Model UN for almost six years now, ranging from delegate all the way up to chairing the JCC Turkey crisis committee for DUMUNC XXXV. Robert is a computer science teaching assistant and spent the past summer in Ecuador working with special needs children. He is excited to be working on secretariat for the first time in his Model UN career, and looks forward to organizing a great conference along with the rest of DIRA.

William Tener, Chief of Staff

Hey there! My name is William Tener and I am a Junior majoring in Public Policy with a Certificate in Markets and Management Studies. I am excited to return as your Chief of Staff for DUMUNC XXXV. Outside of Model UN and school you could find me either at the pool or on the golf course. I am spending this fall in Copenhagen studying Terrorism and Counterterrorism from a European perspective, and I cannot wait to bring this new international mindset to this year's conference. I look forward to helping put on another successful conference full of fun times and stimulating debate. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions. See you all in February!

Luis Rodriguez, Joint Crisis Committees Director

Taseen Haque, Deputy Director of External Affairs

My name is Taseen Haque and I am a junior at Duke University, originally from Herndon, VA. I am majoring in Public Policy Studies and minoring in Chemistry and Biology. Outside of Serving as Deputy Director for DUMUNC XXXIV, I am also a member of DIRA’s Away Team. At Duke, I helped co-found the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at Duke Chapter, where I worked to make changes to mental health policies and protocols on campus. When I get to catch a break from it all, I can most likely be found be found playing basketball, playing Xbox, or looking for new music.

Sabriyya Pate, Deputy Chief of Staff

Sabriyya is a sophomore from McLean, Virginia double majoring in Political Science and Public Policy, with a minor in Economics. All throughout high school, she was heavily involved with Model United Nations as a delegate and Secretary-General. In addition to DUMUNC, Sabriyya has been involved with DISCon (Duke’s collegiate MUN conference), the American Grand Strategy program, the Alexander Hamilton Society and the Chronicle, Duke's campus newspaper. Sabriyya speaks four languages, enjoys photography, and can’t wait for another successful DUMUNC!

Cheenu Tiwari, Deputy Joint Crisis Committees Director

Cheenu is a sophomore from Apex, North Carolina studying Neuroscience, with minors in both Hindi and Creative Writing. This DUMUNC will be his sixth one, as he was a delegate all throughout high school and Assistant Chair during his freshman year. Aside from the Duke International Relations Association, he is Treasurer on the Hindu Students Association executive board and works in a molecular neurobiology lab. In his free time he writes fantasy novels, choreographs to Bollywood dance songs, and tries his hand at composing music. As Deputy Crisis Director, he looks forward to giving everyone the most exciting, fast-paced crisis experience to date.