As HIAMUN’s sixth conference approaches, the conference was awarded the THIMUN Qatar affiliated plaque during the THIMUN Qatar Leadership Conference, QLC on the 15th of October. It was accepted by HIAMUN’14 Secretary General, Ahmed-El Agha, who was a guest speaker in the conference alongside HIAMUN’15 Press Head, Youssef Ramzy on “Photography & Videography in MUN Press Teams”.
We caught up with the alumni to discuss their HIAMUN experiences and the impact it had on their lives post-school.
What would you say about the significance of Press Teams to a conference?
Youssef Ramzy: The press teams are the ones that make the conference successful. They basically do everything from advertising the conference, up until documenting the conference itself. A press team is an essential and key element in any MUN conference, it is an important need to create a successful conference. The press team is what makes the conference an actual conference!
What do you think is so unique about HIAMUN that has gotten it so far?
Ahmed El-Agha: I think HIAMUN is the perfect balance between fun and seriousness. The level of debate is very high, and at the same time the delegates have a lot of fun. It isn't easy to find that combination in an MUN conference.
How has contributing to HIAMUN affected you personally and helped develop you?
Youssef Ramzy: Contributing to HIAMUN had a great impact on me, I can say that it gave me the motivation to work with many different people no matter what conflict I faced. It made me practice my leadership skills, especially as a press head, and it definitely affected me in terms of organization and time management. Because one day in our lives we will have to face the true meaning of being leaders, and we will face many complications we will have to solve. So yes, HIAMUN had a great impact on me in who I am or what i do today.
Ahmed El-Agha: MUN took me out of my comfort zone, and made me more comfortable with public speaking and communication. Participating in HIAMUN helped me push that further because I was doing it with people I already knew well, which also added to the fun. The executive positions helped me in leadership skills and decision-making. In fact, I got to develop these skills ever since my first conference as a delegate, since even in that position you're technically taking decisions on behalf of a country!
Participating in MUN has definitely affected these two alumni positively, from being Secretary General to Press Head, the leadership positions that they have taken on have helped their organizational skills, decision-making and more, as well as their earlier roles as delegates have. It has helped them branch out to other activities and develop their skills, such as presenting at the Qatar Leadership Conference. We hope they continue to grow, along with many more students.