2018-2019 Executive Board
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.
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.
Olivia Draper, LAMUN Secretary General
Olivia is a fourth-year from New Jersey majoring in Applied Linguistics and minoring in Asian Languages. Since eighth grade, Olivia has been traveling all over the world to staff and compete in MUN conferences. Outside of MUN, she enjoys playing soccer, protesting against human rights violations, and discussing intersectional feminism. After graduation, Olivia hopes to go to graduate school, and to continuing working in Inner Mongolia.
Yash Deshmukh, Chief of Staff
Yash Deshmukh is a second year Microbiology and Political Science major originally from San Jose, California. Yash has been involved with Model UN since his fall quarter freshman year, and has gradually been hooked onto the high of traveling, building resolutions, and poisoning cabinet members. He can be found exploring the city of LA, despising organic chemistry, and editing various Wikipedia pages. He hopes to serve with Médecins Sans Frontieres one day. Yash is extremely excited to serve as Chief of Staff and expand the club's reach this year.
Justin A. Schmerler, Director of Travel Team
Justin Schmerler is a fourth year Global Studies major from New York, NY. He has traveled extensively with UCLA's travel team for the past 3 years, and staffed BruinMUN and LAMUN multiple times. Justin has interned in government, consulting, and investment banking, and hopes to pursue a career in investment banking after graduation before attending graduate school. Outside of Model UN, Justin enjoys playing tennis and basketball, traveling, and watching The West Wing.
Elaine Miao, Director of Training
Elaine is a fourth year at UCLA studying political science and public health. She has done Model UN since her freshman year of high school, and has been an active member in UCLA's Model United Nations club since her first year here. Since joining, she has competed on UCLA's travel team and staffed both high school and college conferences, serving as undersecretary-general for both BruinMUN and LAMUN. Outside of Model UN, Elaine is an avid enjoyer of Asian noodle dishes and loves to travel. She also sings alto in an a cappella group, spends too much time researching health care issues, and will be working for Teach for America after graduation.
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.
Mitansh Shah, Director of Technology
Mitansh is a third year at UCLA studying Computer Science Engineering and Public Policy. He is from New Jersey and then Mumbai, India. He has been involved with Model UN since high school and has been an active member of MUN at UCLA since his freshman year. He has chaired committees at both BruinMUN and LAMUN and is a part of the club's travel team. Outside of MUN, when not searching the depths of Boelter Hall for a quiet place to code, Mitansh can be found looking for new food experiences, scavenging BBC for interesting news, or working on legislative advocacy issues. He loves Game of Thrones, playing a variety of sports, and following his beloved Bayern Munich soccer team. Memelord by day. Asleep by night.
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.
Aishwarya Natarajan, Director of Internal Relations
Aishwarya is a third year premed Biology major at UCLA from Cupertino, California. Having done MUN since high school, she was more than happy to continue competing and staffing in BruinMUN and LAMUN at UCLA. After she graduates, she hopes to pursue medicine. When not cramming for her exams, she can be found volunteering at the hospital, working at her lab, and binging Netflix.
Aileen Nguyen, Director of Marketing
Aileen Nguyen is third-year Economics and Global Studies double major from Orange County. After accidently participated in a conference her junior year of high school, she has been in a part of MUN ever since. She is excited to be this year’s marketing director and hopes to find new ways to improve outreach. Outside of MUN, Aileen enjoys being a part of her sorority, the Daily Bruin, and UCLA Homecoming. Her favorite activities include reading, graphic design, travelling, rocking out to Mr. Brightside.
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.