2018-2019 BruinMUN Secretariat
Benjamin Lee, BruinMUN Secretary General
Benjamin Lee is a third-year Political Science major and Film and Television minor at UCLA, originally from Chino Hills, California. Having previously served as the USG for General Assembly Committees at BruinMUN 2017, he is excited to expand and improve upon the high standards that have come to be expected of BruinMUN. Aside from praying that the Dodgers bring a World Series to Los Angeles, Benjamin likes to play basketball, over-analyze movies and television shows on Netflix, and read his favorite books. In the future, he hopes to possibly go to law school and become a public defender or intellectual property attorney.
Malvika Varma, President
Malvika Varma is a senior Economics major from New Delhi, India. She’s been involved in Model UN since high school and is looking forward to an exciting senior year with MUN at UCLA. Outside of MUN, you can find Malvika taking naps, trying out interesting food places in LA, or trying to cope with her shopping addiction. Having interned in wealth management and equity research in the past, Malvika hopes to work in finance once she graduates.
Helen-Sage Lee, Director of External Relations
Helen-Sage Lee is a fourth-year student from Orange County, California who is studying Philosophy while simultaneously creating her own major titled, “Human Rights and Technology.” As an activist with a strong background in policy debate and mock trial, Helen worked to find her place and com(MUN)ity in MUN by competing on travel team, incorporating theatrics in GA committee speeches, playing quirky characters in crisis committee updates while staffing LAMUN, and passionately discussing women’s rights and the roles and influences of technology in today’s society. When she isn’t finding ways to forge social justice with innovation, Helen loves writing on her typewriter, kickboxing, dancing, hugging golden retrievers, and watching Rick and Morty. Upon graduation, she either hopes to pursue law school or keep starting projects that satisfy her want to explore the world around her and make a difference.
Prannoiy Chandran, Director of Finance
Prannoiy Chandran is a fourth-year Economics and Cognitive Science major from Singapore and India. He has competed in Model UN since high school and is excited to serve as the club’s Director of Finance during his final year on the circuit. With a passion for business and international relations, he aspires to work in venture capital and consulting in the future. Outside of MUN, he enjoys travelling, reading, concerts, checking out new TV shows and following the EPL and NBA.
Rachel DuRose, Director of Logistics
Rachel DuRose is a second-year at the College of Letters and Science at UCLA and is from Orlando, Florida. She joined Model UN last year at the start of the academic calendar and has been dedicated to the club ever since. Having chosen to attend a college in LA in order to continue to pursue a career as an actress, Rachel is prepared to balance school, MUN, and auditions. Outside of MUN Rachel can be found facetiming her twin sister who’s at UPenn, volunteering on political campaigns, or drinking a lot of coffee.
Zain Khalifeh, USG of Crisis
Zain Khalifeh is a second-year pursuing a major in Biochemistry. He has been involved in Model United Nations since his freshman year of high school – after debating at BruinMUN as a delegate, he now has the honor of being on the BruinMUN secretariat. Outside of Model United Nations, Zain is involved in the executive boards of the UMMA Volunteer Program and the American Chemical Society’s UCLA student branch. In the little free time that he has, Zain enjoys playing the violin, watching/playing basketball (go Lakers!), and spending time with friends and family. Zain hopes to pursue a career in medicine as both a practicing physician and a translational biomedical researcher.
Danielle Rommerdahl, USG of General Assemblies
Danielle Rommerdahl is a second-year Human Biology and Society and Political Science double major from Huntington Beach, California. Model United Nations has been a part of her life since freshman year of high school, when she started competing on the Southern California circuit. Since then, Danielle has competed in over 20 conferences and currently competes with the UCLA travel team. This year, she is looking forward to being one of the USG’s of the General Assembly committees at BruinMUN and continuing to compete on the collegiate circuit. Having had a passion for medicine since her childhood, Danielle hopes to pursue a career in the medical field once she graduates. Outside of MUN, Danielle is an intern at the UCLA Lab School and a volunteer at the Mattel Children’s Hospital. When free, she loves to take naps, travel to new places, and spend time with her friends.
Sheel Shah, USG of General Assemblies
Originally hailing from Toronto, Canada (now popularized as the 6ix), Sheel is a no stranger to the dynamic and fast-paced nature of MUN. He first started competing in the Canadian circuit during his sophomore year of high school, and has since successfully competed at conferences around the world. Well fitting his passion for MUN, Sheel is a die-hard travel junkie, having embraced the cultures of over 25 countries across the globe. Outside of MUN, he continues to embrace a competitive lifestyle through his pre-medical aspirations, pursuing a major in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at UCLA. Around campus, he can be spotted driving an ambulance, swimming at Sunset Rec., and living up ever-changing adventures with his friends.
Lena Nguyen, USG of Novice Committees
Lena Nguyen is a second year Political Science major born in Vietnam, and raised in Redlands, California. Despite starting Model United Nations in college, Lena is no stranger to public speaking or international affairs after four years of Speech and Debate and Mock Trial. As former Captain of both programs and a state-qualifiying competitor, she is excited to see where MUN will now take her as both a leader and a competitor. At UCLA, Lena also works in marketing for BruinLife Yearbook. Beyond staffing and traveling to MUN conferences, Lena enjoys going to Disneyland, practicing yoga, and watching Parks and Recreation. After holding internships in campaigning and government, she hopes to pursue a career in political media and communications.