This year, HIAMUN’s theme is Kaleidoscopic. Kaleidoscopes are representative of diversity and perspectives, so is every issue negotiated and discussed in MUN. We must bring ourselves to look at the issues we deal with from different perspectives, considering every subject’s standpoint and view. This week, we interviewed Salma Soliman, one of our Deputy Secretary Generals, to get her take on the experience of planning for the conference.

 

·      What’s your favorite thing about being a deputy?

It’s definitely witnessing the conference come to life. Being a deputy allows me, along with the extraordinary team alongside me, to build the conference step by step. From outlining committees’ plans to counting the last delegation’s flags, I get to see and contribute to how the integrated efforts of everyone compile to form such a conference as HIAMUN.

·      How does being a deputy feel compared to being a delegate for the first time? Is it the same nervousness and excitement?

The first time being a delegate is always an unforgettable experience, whether from the nerves you get standing up on the podium for the first or writing out your first resolution. I would say being a deputy is a relatively very different experience. I engage in a different type of work where we carry the burden of trying to make sure the conference is the best experience possible and reaches and exceeds standard. Therefore, the nerves still exist, but just appear for different purposes.  I believe engaging in any MUN conference is a very exciting experience regardless of the position held in the conference. It always gives me a chance to explore new areas of myself and do things ‘out of the routine’.

·      Does being in MUN inspire your future career in any way, or is it just a hobby?

At first, I started MUN as a hobby, and it was one of the activities I was very passionate about. However, my ultimate goal now is getting to work in the UN’s ECOSOC, merging two of my favorite fields; MUN and Economics.

·      Can you give us insight on the load of responsibility a deputy has?

As a member of the executive team, we have a lot of responsibility to make the conference stand on its feet. The height of our responsibilities lie in the planning stage for the academic and organizing committee. Regarding the academic committee, we decide on the forums and work alongside the presidents and chairs on their forums. Regarding the organizing committee, we overlook the separate branches. We also prepare for external relations during the MUN conference.

 

Get to know Salma:

·      What’s your favorite TV series?

Sherlock!

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Each year, HIAMUN Secretary and Deputy Secretary Generals choose participants graduating from the General Assembly forum, which they think are capable enough, to become chairs. This year they happen to be Ameena El-Agha, Anas Ismail, Yahia Beethoven and Zeina Abdeldayem. 

Throughout this week they have been asked a series of questions about HIAMUN and their coming years in the conference. First, we were interested to know about what obstacles they think they might face. Anas Ismail, chair of ECOSOC, answered saying “I’m worried that it would be hard to handle the delegates that are older or that the delegates would not take me seriously because they know me as a relaxed person.” While Yahia Beethoven, chair of General Assembly 1, answered the question tackling his expectations for this year’s conference saying “I am expecting this year’s conference to be a great one because we have tried something new with recruiting two Deputy Secretary Generals instead of one and the Secretary General and the Deputies are all very hardworking and passionate about HIAMUN, as well as the academic and organizing committees this year who are also working passionately. I am very happy with my president, Nezar and I’m thankful that he engages me and is a very easy person to work with.” 

Zeina Abdeldayem, chair of SRCMENA, offered the honor of answering the third question “What does HIAMUN mean to you?”. Zeina took it back all the way to middle school saying “Ever since I was in middle school, I have always looked up to the HIAMUN delegates and always asked about it and wondered what it is. Ever since then I was always eager to get involved and was always excited for the year’s conference where I could call myself a delegate and get that experience. Ever since I started last year, I’ve been attached to it and it has given me a view and idea of what I want to become in the future which is a politician.” The next question was for Ameena El-Agha, chair of ICJ, “What effect does HIAMUN have on you or other students in general?” Ameena answered saying “I think HIAMUN is a perfect mixture of seriousness and fun and that gets everyone excited for it, it unites the different grades and it is a perfect opportunity to learn and have fun. I also believe that it opens up a person’s eyes because they get exposed to problems the world has today.” 

Lastly, they were all asked if they could describe their relationship with MUN in one word. Ameena thought that it would be “special”, Yahia answered with “commitment”, Anas values “hard work” and Zeina answered believes that it is about “devotion”. We are very excited and eager to see what they will add to this year’s conference with their exciting spirit.

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Meet HIAMUN 2017’s Deputy Secretary General, Mabrouk El-Kawass, an active high school senior with a sense of responsibility towards striving to make this world a better place. This is exactly what Mabrouk, and the rest of HIAMUN’s team, aspire to achieve every HIAMUN conference.

His constant effort to grow and improve as much as possible, through HIAMUN and otherwise, comes clear in this interview, which will hopefully get you an insight into what’s behind this year’s theme, what’s to look forward to, and more.

Mabrouk El-Kawass, Hayah’s Model United Nations Deputy Secretary General, 2017

HIAMUN has become one of the very reputable conferences in Egypt. What traditions has it developed over the years and how would you characterize it?

HIAMUN has always been known for its traditions of teamwork and support from all of the members. All the committees work together as a family. Aside from that, we usually have our chocolate fountain, and our remarkable opening and closing ceremony videos. There’s also the character of the year. These are things that we do regularly and we feel happy that we keep on repeating them year after year.

How would you describe this year's theme, “Kaleidoscopic"?

This theme is extremely special, because it covers different aspects of the aims of MUN. It shows how the same issue can be viewed from different angles, depending on the way we interpret the image in front of us. Our conclusions will be different. It's also a matter of diversity in our views and how something really simple can present something beautiful.

MUN has been known to change one's perspective about important events for a long time. Would you say that choosing a theme such as Kaleidoscopic would help to introduce this mindset to the new delegates?

Of course it would help to do so, as it would help them to look at the important events from a different point of view and a different perspective that will show them a remarkable outcome, thus changing their mindsets.

One of the great merits of HIAMUN is its continual evolvement and evolving for the better. What are the most significant changes in this year's conference and what can we expect?

There have been many changes in the conference this year, some of which have been already applied and others in the planning process. This year, we’ve added younger chairs from our school as to give a chance to the young talented MUN students, and we also added a third chair in our General Assembly forums to enable the chairs to give more attention to the delegates and to divide the work between them. Also, this year, for the first time, we have opened the door for some schools to participate in our academic committee by sending us students to take the role of chairs in our forums. We are also planning further logistical changes.

Get to Know Mabrouk!

How would you describe yourself in one word?

Passionate.

If you were a superhero, what power would you choose to have? Why?

I’d fly, to visit all the places I want to see for free.

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We met up with two of our presidents and chairs, Alia El-Kattan, President of SRCMENA and Nahdeen Hassanain, chair of ECOSOC, to get their take on the HIAMUN experience.

    1.    What do you like the most about HIAMUN?

Alia El-Kattan: My favorite thing about HIAMUN is the spirit of the conference, whether its the Academic and Organizing Committees or the forums. HIAMUN is a well-organized, beneficial, and truly enjoyable conference that guarantees delegates and students an unforgettable experience.

Nahdeen Hassanain: My favorite thing about HIAMUN is the balance that exists. Everyone has an amazing time yet also without ruining the structure or seriousness of the conference itself.

    2.    What’s HIAMUN’s unique point in comparison to other conferences that you have attended? 

Alia El-Kattan: A huge part of HIAMUN is ensuring every delegate gets the most out of the conference, which is something I haven't experienced with other conferences. That includes the training sessions many delegates receive to ensure they enter MUN knowing the expectations, the feedback and the support the AC members are required to give, and finally chairs making sure every delegate in the forum has a chance to speak in the conference. Moreover, the forum sizes allow every delegate to get the opportunity to speak and debate, in contrast to other conferences with very large forums that don't give many of the delegates a chance to participate as much as they would like to.

    3.    Could you tell us about your experience as a delegate? What did you enjoy? What are potential difficulties? (For future delegates)

Alia El-Kattan: My favorite part about being a delegate has always been and will always be the heated, controversial debates. The best part of MUN, in my opinion, is the debate skills you learn while trying to deliver your point through debates that are both beneficial and enjoyable. The main difficulty is the resolution-writing, as it is not easy to come up with detailed, effective, and beneficial solutions to some of the world's most controversial and critical problems. It does get easier over time, though, through plenty of practicing.  

Nahdeen Hassanain: My experience as a delegate has been amazing. I started out as an admin and made it a point that I participate in HIAMUN, as it keeps evolving and developing into, in my opinion, the best conference locally. The hardest part about it is the preparations that overlap with all the schoolwork. If you're new to MUN preparation, research is really important and having to find the time to make that a priority might be the challenge.

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HIAMUN’13 was the first HIAMUN with delegates from other schools, thanks to a powerful executive team of that year and the years before. This had a great effect on all the conferences to come. HIAMUN’14 was a year when the conference expanded to greater forums. HIAMUN’15 was the year the conference was granted the THIMUN Qatar affiliation. We interviewed HIAMUN’13 Secretary General, Malak Saleh, HIAMUN’14 ECOSOC President, Marawan Tarek and HIAMUN’15 Deputy Secretary General, Omar El-Shahidi to get their take on the experience, and how MUN has affected their life. 

What experience did you gain from MUN?

Omar El-Shahidi: Well, I was always a shy kid, like me, standing on a podium actually speaking? No way.

Then I joined HIAMUN and it gave me a lot of confidence. Now I love public speaking. I feel like it's a platform where I can express myself or show a more confident side of me, not to mention the socializing skills you gain from MUN. I can go on forever about how much MUN changed me. All in all, MUN transformed me into the man I am today.

Marawan Tarek: It helped me to deal with people better and understand them more.

Malak Saleh: I owe a lot of what and who I am today to that role I was given the privilege to fulfill. It teaches you how to function under stress, which you will have to a lot of times throughout university and life in general. It teaches you how to synchronize your mindset with the others working with you and I think that's the most valuable lesson I've learned because the real market and world is a tough one and had I not gotten that kind of exposure during high school, I don't think I would've handled it all the way I did. It's life changing in all sense and meaning to the word.

How did having such an important position add pressure on you more than being a delegate in the past years?

Omar El-Shahidi: Well, as DSG you're responsible for bring the conference to life, so it's a lot of pressure. Not only that, but we were also aiming for the THIMUN Affiliation so we really had to up our game.

As DSG you connect the ideas of the SG to the real world, you really just have to pressure people into doing their best. So it ends up that you're nagging at the OC and AC to finish their work, and fighting with the SG about budget details and possibilities. So it's a lot of pressure because you have a lot of responsibilities to juggle, but I enjoyed being DSG. Definitely one of the highlights of my years in High School.

Malak Saleh: It was kind of overwhelming at first, since I decided to open the conference up to other schools. It took time to choose the executive committee, to finalize all 5 forums and the press team was the toughest because the main team had graduated the year before so I sort of had to choose someone I know would be able to deal with it entirely and alone at times. But thankfully I had the best executive team and deputy Secretary General so I didn't have to do any of it alone. So having all of us work on this together I think is what made it so memorable and smooth. By the end of the process all of us could pretty much do anything.

So, is being a DSG worth the trouble and the work? Or did you enjoy being a delegate better?

Omar El-Shahidi: Being DSG is definitely worth all the headache. Working with Mohamed Sabry and Karim El-Dib was one of the best things that happened to me, and the feeling you get when everything falls in place is just extraordinary. During the conference though I was quite nostalgic to be a delegate again. Debating has always been my favorite thing about MUN, but if I had the option, I'd still choose DSG, hands down.

If you had the opportunity to not go to MUN, would you have taken it? Why? 

Omar El-Shahidi: I'd still do MUN. MUN had great impacts on my character that make me who I am, so I wouldn't really let go of that. Also, the connections you gain from MUN last for quite a while. Like, during the first week of university, a couple of people knew me because I was the DSG, and it’s kind of hard not to feel proud when they say that.

Are there any mistakes/decisions you took while on duty that made you rethink later when you saw its impact?

Malak Saleh: Of course. Nothing's 100% perfect. And like anyone else there were things, looking back as happy as I am with what the conference was, I wish I would change or take back. A major thing was that I wish I would've delegated better throughout the pre-conference period. I think had I done a better job at that a lot of the small details I saw that could've been better wouldn't have happened. But thankfully I did have a great team and mentor that later taught me how to gradually master that skill.  I just took everything Mr. Karim told me to heart and went with my gut. I had a vision about what HIAMUN was going to be in the future and worked towards that vision and goal.

Marawan Tarek: Definitely, but I always felt capable because I had a great director, team and chair that supported me all the way. They really made things a lot easier for me. I was a bit scared because of the huge responsibility at first, but I was really happy that I got to do it.

What is the most important advice you would give the HIAMUN’16 Secretary General?

Malak Saleh: Own it. Do your position justice, and go with your gut because you got to the place you're in because of your hard work and dedication. Enjoy it while it lasts because experiences like this one are so rare!

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Meet HIAMUN 2016’s Secretary-General, Mariam Hassaballah. An active high-school senior to-be that has mastered the ability to run one of the most anticipated and hopefully successful MUN conferences as of next year. Introducing someone like Mariam, last year’s GA president, is a mere formality. Assuming that you take part in the MUN community, chances are that you would be quite familiar with the name. Mariam’s notable influence on MUN grounds can be further clarified through the consideration of her countless characteristics that distinguish her as surely an influential leader. 

Her constant stand for what she believes in, as well as what MUN stands for, and the necessary incorporation of that into the upcoming conference, is evident in the following interview which we had the pleasure of carrying out with her. The insight regarding the theme of next year’s conference “metamorphosis” and the future of HIAMUN as well as its technical side can be obtained from this interview.

Mariam Hassaballah, the Secretary-General of HIAMUN (Hayah Model United Nations) 2016. 

HIAMUN has become one of the very reputable conferences in Egypt. What traditions has it developed over the years and how would you characterize it?

HIAMUN has developed traditions that we are keen on keeping. They may not be grand traditions, however, they are small ones that characterize HIAMUN. This would include the layout of the tables with the flags, and the outstanding opening and closing ceremony videos. I do believe, though, that with every new conference, there is a different spirit that is established by both the AC and OC. 

One of the goals of MUN is to bring young, bright minds together to create dialogue and interaction. Do you feel that the delegates of next year’s conferences will be able to tackle the topics and become agents of change? 

Each year, new delegates join HIAMUN seeking means to broaden their skills and knowledge. Mostly, the new delegates are placed in the General Assembly, and because of the exceptional guidance of the president and chair of the GA, and our director Mr. Karim el Dib, the new delegates will, in fact, be agents of change. 

What is the rationale behind the topic choices this year?

The topics this year follow the theme of “metamorphosis,” the final change of transformation. We believe that a solution to these topics, a framework that will enable change, a prospectus would lead to total transformation in the world today. 

Get to know Mariam:

How would you describe yourself in one word?

    Well, it’s not one word, but obsessively organized. 

If you were an animated character which one would you be? Why?

    Mojo Jojo, I’d rather not tell you why.

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