My name is Imaad Hasan Jafri and I shall be serving as an Under-Secretary General at this edition of the LUMUN conference. I am a Political Science major at LUMS, now in my third year. Speaking in public has become second nature to me. I have seen success at several local MUNs and have obtained an Outstanding Diplomacy award at Model UN Turkey 2019. I have also participated extensively in several parliamentary debate tournaments at the university level, including representing LUMS at the United Asians Debating Championship 2019. My love for public speaking is matched only by my love for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, P.G. Wodehouse and Lorde.
What I have always conceived a Model United Nations to represent is perhaps one of the highest forms of public speaking; a platform for an academic understanding of the challenges we face today. Any committee at any MUN has the responsibility to facilitate its delegates in exploring their understanding of the world and of how to work with others in the face of adversity. That is what we, as a collective, should hope to achieve at this year’s LUMUN. The challenges we face today require nuanced conceptions of the world around us.
The task that lies ahead of you entails comprehending the struggles and conflicts of today's world and to offer solutions that are economically and politically feasible. In the pursuit of this, I believe delegates must engage fully in presenting argumentation that conforms to logic and reality. Delegates must ensure that their interaction with others in the committee is done with amiability and integrity. Allow yourselves to delve into minor details and elaborate policy all the while maintaining your country’s principal and practical viewpoints.
I am looking forward immensely to welcoming you to the hallowed halls of LUMS this winter! Viel Glück!
My name is Fatima Raza and I will be serving as the Under-Secretary General for Ecosoc and Regional Bodies. I’m currently a sophomore at Lums, intending to major in Economics and Political Science. You’ll find me around campus either ranting about my boring economics courses or craving for sweet things while simultaneously whining over a missed gym day.
It is my utmost pleasure to welcome you all to the 16th iteration of the Lums Model United Nations 2019. I have been associated with lumun since my first year and over the course of this journey, I have come to learn that these conferences not only give you exposure in terms of debates but at a platform like Lumun, you also get a chance to meet people from around the country, which I feel plays an essential role in helping shape us as individuals. Through debate and dialogue, we hope to inculcate a sense of tolerance, empathy and understanding. I feel that in a world with competing worldviews, it is imperative to understand the importance of valuing differing point of views and enabling discussion as a way of understanding each other.
We hope that Lumun turns out to be as exciting for you as it has been for all of us in the past years. We look forward to seeing you this winter! And if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or any of your dias members!
Waleed is a senior at LUMS. This is his fourth year in LUMUN, where he is serving as the Director of Information and Technology. He is responsible for the LUMUN website and the registration portals. You'll probably find him at the delegate lounge during the conference making lame jokes and trying to cheer everyone up.
Other than that, Waleed is a very enthusiastic (not) Accounting and Finance junior. What separates Waleed from other core-team members is that he is perhaps the only director who still has a 10 pm curfew. He is also a very avid gamer and is the self-proclaimed king of COD. He also likes to travel, but the curfew doesn't help in achieving that.
Since this is his last year with LUMUN, he intends to have a fantastic time with the rest of the team and the incoming delegates.
Shahzar Khan is currently serving as the General Secretary of the LUMUN Society and it gives him great pleasure to welcome all of you to Pakistan’s largest Model United Nations conference. Shahzar is a Senior at LUMS majoring in Management Sciences and aiming for a minor in Public Management. This is his fourth year in LUMUN and having been a part of the society for so many years, he is thrilled to have the opportunity of bringing LUMUN to the incoming delegates one final time. Having no MUN experience prior to LUMS, he loves the fact that LUMUN has always lived up to the saying that there's more to it than just being a Model UN Conference. He is confident that this year’s conference will be no different!
Shahzar hopes to make his final LUMUN Conference the most memorable of them all, whether it be in developing a sense of comradeship with his team or giving the delegates an experience they will never forget. Shahzar can’t wait to welcome you all to LUMUN XVI!
Hi, I’m Ammar Agha and I’m a 4th year Management Science major at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. I have been part of the LUMUN Society for the past 4 years, previously heading various departments in the Directorate. My newfound passion for MUNning and profound love for the society have brought me to the Secretariat this year. I have also served as the head delegate for LUMUN’s delegation to Bremen International Model UN (BRIMUN), Germany and come December, I’ll be chairing the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council at LUMUN 16.
I’m absolutely thrilled at the idea of bringing Pakistan’s economic crisis to the Secretariat, this year. I expect the delegates to be well read and thoroughly researched, with regards to the pervasive economic crises as well as the measures the government has taken to alleviate the adverse economic condition of the country. When it comes to proposing solutions, pragmatism is paramount. Accordingly, I expect delegates to suggest relevant, practical and implementable solutions to the issues at hand. I look forward to the discussion that will ensue in our committee, come December.
First and foremost, I wholeheartedly welcome you to the 2019 edition of the LUMS Model United Nations, and more specifically to the committee simulating the Baluchistan Provincial Assembly. A conference of 4 days, 4 themes, and one shared vision: be present and involved, blossoming into sessions of fruitful, challenging and intellectually stimulating debates. I hope when you are reading this study guide, you do not just read it as a way to understand the committee but also try to understand the sort of oppression that goes on within our own country. From our side, we will make sure that you are provided with the best possible environment and the trampoline that you need to read and negotiate satisfactory agreements for all the participants. We will do our best to listen, communicate efficiently, be passionate and consistent, intervene only when and if it is necessary, have a good understanding of the synergy of the room, be rational and reasonable, trust but verify; and, above all, make sure that we constantly learn from you and you learn something from us. On the other hand, while discussing this very issue, you must realize the sort of sensitivity that prevails and incorporate those emotions within moderated and unmoderated caucuses.
Hope to see you all do very well. Godspeed!
Shanze Naim is a socio-anthro junior and one of the Logistics Directors for LUMUN16. Normally you would spot her with an ice cold coke at jammin' but during this event you will see her around campus handling the logistics as a whole. She believes she is super sweet and approachable so you can hit her up anytime!
Usman is a junior pursuing Management Science at LUMS. He will serve in the capacity of Logistics Director for this year’s conference. You’ll be pleased to know that Usman’s love for food and sleep has no parallel but miraculously the CS God always gets his work done on time. On a serious note one only has to visit Usman’s room to know how committed to his department he really is. You’ll find in him an amicable person who is pleasant to work with and would exceed your expectations.
Shuja Haider is in his third year of the ACF program, with a brilliant academic performance. He is the Marketing director for LUMUN XVI, and aspires to deliver a conference better than ever before.
At the conference, you will probably see him running the show with his gang of laundas, but worry not, he will be ever ready to help you with any trouble at all :)
Javeria is a third year Accounting and Finance student and is serving as the Marketing Director for LUMUN 16. She has been a part of LUMUN since her freshmen year and as the Marketing Director, she aims to give all of you a wonderful conference filled with fun activities.
You'll probably see her running around campus making sure all the stalls are in place. And then you'll see her rechecking those stalls. But if you have any problem at the conference, you can always approach her and she'll try her best to help you out. She very eager to see you all in December!
Haider Ali Bokhari is the director for Media and Promotions. He's a sophomore majoring in Economics, and a day scholar who's always found on campus, running around with his two cameras, capturing moments (so you can easily spot him and get some amazing pictures taken - he's really sweet and helpful and never says no to anyone).
When he's not running around the campus with his cameras, you'd find him socializing with new people or hanging out with his co-director. Other than that, he's extremely passionate about cars and bikes, and is inspired by new gadgets everyday.
Haider is really excited about this year's LUMUN Conference and hopes to preserve its moments through his camera.
Pursuing a Major in Computer Science, Hamza Farooq is often found at campus behind the lens while ranting about his impending unlimited assignments. In rush hours, you may see him with messy hair, big-sized glasses, and a lovely smile. LUMUN is the place where he found many of his close friends and he truly appreciates the values of this society. You can ping him anytime to learn about photography and LUMS life in general only at the cost of an Elaichi Chaye 😋
Arsalan is a senior in, what can be called, the most notorious school in LUMS: SDSB, he is majoring in Management Science and is hoping he doesn't fall prey to the claws of corporate slavery but knows that it is inevitable. Arsalan has been in LUMUN for two years now and is using it as a platform to combine his love for writing and public speaking into one by heading the Publications dept. So if there's anything you want to be published in the Diplomat, you know who to contact.
Arsalan is very approachable and can be befriended in a matter of minutes as he loves to sit down and get to know people over a cup of tea and unravel their stories. In his spare time, he is a movie/TV show fanatic while also having a serious love for sports be it cricket, football or tennis; most of his nights are spent either watching a movie or reading up on articles about the happenings around the world.
He wishes that LUMUN gives all the future delegates the same amount of satisfaction and happiness he has gained from being part of this prestigious society and envisions that LUMUN will be even bigger and better this year!
Shanze Ijaz Munir is currently serving as the Director-General for the 16th iteration of the LUMUN Conference. A senior at LUMS, Shanze is majoring in Economics with a minor in Psychology. An avid munner in her O’Levels, Shanze soon decided to work on what happens behind the scenes to bring conferences to life. Her MUN journey consists not just of being a delegate, but of being a part of the team that works day and night to perfect a delegate’s LUMUN experience. The LUMUN Society has been an integral part of her university life, allowing her to form lifelong memories and giving her the chance to work with exceptionally talented and hardworking individuals. Shanze looks forward to welcoming all delegates to her last conference, LUMUN 16. The Executive Council and their team of 200 individuals have worked exceptionally hard to make this the most memorable conference yet. They promise five days filled with high-quality debate, exciting socials, and the chance to form amazing memories!
Hamna is a third year student majoring in Economics and she is one of the Director of Registrations at LUMUN 16 (now you know who keeps calling you). You'd usually see her either stressing about LUMS or watching friends in library. However, at the conference, she'll be seen at the Registrations desk or wherever there is music. You can just randomly approach her and talk to her if you're facing any difficulty during the conference and she will make sure it gets solved.
Moazzam Javaid is currently a senior at LUMS and pursuing a Law degree with a painful feeling of staying at Lums for an extra year. He joined LUMUN in his sophomore year and after working as a team member and then as an assistant director in Registrations Department will be serving as a Director for security with his co-Director Zarmeen. He and his team will be available on campus 24/7 on the five days of the conference. Being a part of Lumun for past 3 years makes him committed to his work and he is looking forward to ensure the same commitment from his team. He loves music and you will often see him singing Arijit Singh songs sitting around his friends (he has a good vocals btw and you can test him for this). He is a Lahori born and willing to accompany anyone who wishes to explore the city for the first time so hit him up anytime for this. Lums has given him a roller coaster ride and he just wants to be get done with the degree as soon as possible. He is confident that he has picked up a team of very passionate people and this year will give a great experience to everyone coming for the five cold days. Security is guaranteed for everyone under his supervision and he means it. Moazzam is eagerly waiting to welcome you all to this year’s conference!
A self-proclaimed daydreamer, over-sleeper and history geek, Zarmeen staunchly believes she was cut out for another place, another era. She is currently in her sophomore year and doesn’t really know what she’ll major in. Right now, she is liking learning as many different things as she can. When meeting new people, there are a few disclaimers that she leads with. For starters, she talks too much about the weather, eats too much cake, and enjoys poetry a little too much. LUMUN being the only society she is a part of (one she almost never joined) can safely be recognized as the highlight of her freshman year and the source of friendships she has found in LUMS.
She was formerly AD security and made her way to become the director this year. Along with her co-director Moazzam, and her team, she is determined to bring the delegates a safe, enriching and memorable LUMUN experience. She is hoping you are all as excited for the conference this year as she is!
Ahson is a sophomore at LUMS and has a keen eye for consultancy in the future. He will be acting as the director for The Social Responsibility Program at LUMUN 16. You will find him walking around campus with his headphones listening to bhangra and rap music. You can initiate an intense discussion with Ahson on why Manchester is blue and Pep Guardiola is the best coach in the world. His favorite past times are playing FIFA and sleeping. Catch Ahson at the conference being socially responsible and droning on about how he doesn't get enough sleep.
I am Areeb Zafer, a sophomore at LUMS majoring in Economics with a minor in public administration. This year at LUMUN, I have the privilege of welcoming you to the UN Development Program (UNDP). We’re aware that UNDP has never been the most exciting committee, but in our humble attempt to innovate, the team has worked tirelessly to design a committee that keeps you on your feet and offers a steep learning curve. We’re excited!
I’ve been to LUMUN as a delegate twice and I know that in our pursuit of a short-lived win, it is easy to get carried away and forget the bigger picture. Thus, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind all of us that at the heart of this activity is an earnest attempt to engage with the diversity around us, empathize and grow as human beings. If your diplomacy is an embodiment of this spirit, I am sure you will take so much more than a gavel home.
So, I can vouch for an idea: leave the debate and diplomacy inside the committee room and make meaningful connections with people outside of it. If you see me on campus, don’t hesitate to ask for a conversation over chai.
It is my immense pleasure to welcome you all to the Disarmament and International Security Committee at the 16th Annual LUMUN conference. Hailing from Karachi, I am a Senior majoring in Management Science at LUMS. Having spent the last 6 years in the MUN circuit of Pakistan, I have had the honour of representing my respective institutes and Pakistan at 2 international conferences including Harvard MUN Boston 2016 and Harvard WorldMUN 2019.
The first topic of our committee, justice and reconciliation in the context of mass violence, is one of extraordinary importance. Intellectually, we will touch on everything from national sovereignty to humanitarian aid to truth commissions. Yet, beyond that, this topic is important because of the number of lives involved. We have outlined the major themes of discussion and contention in the following study guide, but we will also attempt to portray to you the gravity of this matter and the role that the international community can play in choosing to act or ignore a problem, as well as the impact of the tools used in reconciliation. As usual, read the following guide with an eye toward key questions and central areas of debate. You are all representatives of your respective countries to the Disarmament and International Security Committee. Though your country policies may differ, you do all, at your heart, believe in doing the right thing, even if your constraining factors are different. Do keep in mind that even if your country’s representative or leader may have said something in real life, this committee will adhere to a standard of respect for persons and with the recognition of atrocities in the past.
I look forward to 4 days of incredibly substantive debate, as well as a whole lot of fun and excitement! I cannot wait to meet you all, and please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions about the subject matter and committee dynamics. Good luck!
It is my pleasure to welcome you all to World Conference for Women at the 16th Annual LUMUN Conference. World Conference for Women was primarily constructed to mark a point in creating policy directives for women, and make sure the world views them as more than just recipients of aid. This conference was the very reason why today, the world scrutinizes the very problems women face in numerous aspects of their lives. This is not only limited to a few countries, but is spread across nations and delves into every sphere of life.
Henceforth, this committee is something I hold very close to my heart. Living in a Pakistani society, where various unorthodox and regressive morals have been thrust upon women without legitimacy, I believe that it is imperative for delegates to sit this committee and not only question them, but fight them too. The ultimate aim for the World Conference for Women in LUMUN 16 is to create long-lasting ties in order to stand in solidarity with disadvantaged women all over the world, and leave the conference with a mindset to do our bare minimum make this world a better and safer place to live.
Therefore, I welcome you all to an exciting journey ahead. I am looking forward to meeting you all and am extremely excited to see the potential every single one of you holds. I hope you all enjoy your most and look back to LUMUN 16 as an extremely memorable and learning experience!!
Welcome to the 16th edition of the LUMUN Conference. I hope you are as excited to participate as we are to host you!
This year, the simulation of the Provincial Assemblies is being executed for the first time. The Secretariat’s vision for these committees is to foster discourse specific to the local context, especially with regards to specific ethnic contexts. We believe that inclusive, intersectional academic discourse is important to foster a more informed, tolerant community.
This rendition of the Sindh Assembly is aimed at discussing issues that seldom appear in mainstream political discourse. The problems of ineffective legislation, unjust neglect of specific regions, and the lack of infrastructural development in rural Sindh are subjects that have begun falling outside the loop of political conversations.
I hope that being a part of this committee, you will get the opportunity to look up things you normally don’t find yourself thinking about. I also hope that you take something constructive out of the activity, outside the scope of the award.
I’m looking forward to meeting you all and hearing what you have to add to the conversation!
Ahsan is a sophomore, intending to major in Economics and Mathematics, and will be serving as one of the Committee Directors of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council. When he’s not in the library, you’d find him rushing to MUN sessions, debate camp, or his economics tutoring job. Despite all of this, he always seems to have enough time to play some blitz chess, or to talk your ear off about how difficult his courses are.
Ahsan highly appreciates content oriented delegates, that also understand the importance of strategy in an MUN. He hates – HATES – aggressive delegates, and highly emphasizes on the importance of maintaining one’s composure in committee. As a huge econ nerd, he is really excited about this committee, and can’t wait to hear from the delegates this year!
Hey there! Hope you are well. My name is Muhammad Sameed and I shall be your USG for Specialized and Crisis Bodies for this years edition of LUMUN. I am a sophomore at LUMS, studying in the Mushtaq Ahmed Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences, hoping to major in political science (or maybe jump to Law). I have been associated with model UN since my A-Levels, having had the opportunity to participate and succeed in LUMUN, MUN Turkey and Harvard WorldMUN.
My aim is to ensure that you all have a greatly enriching and memorable experience. I also hope to see great diplomacy; your motivation to listen and constructively debate with opposite views. The spirit of diplomacy is our one and only criteria of success. Please do not hesitate to approach me if you need any assistance, we are here for you. See you soon!
Dear Delegates, I, Hira Farooq, am delighted to serve as an Under-Secretary General at the LUMUN Conference this year. I am an Economics and Political Science junior at LUMS, and my passion for public speaking and global issues has translated into the choice for my major. Other than public speaking, something I have been engaged in from as far as I can remember, the things that bring me happiness include painting, brownies, rom-coms and spending time with my friends. The vision behind simulating Provincial Assemblies this year at LUMUN is to allow the discussion of certain pressing, province-specific issues that often get neglected within general discourse. Delegates from all over Pakistan are expected to come together and brainstorm practical and thorough frameworks to overcome structural problems that are deep-rooted within the provinces and are impacting the social, economic and political development in the provinces and consequently, the country as a whole. We hope that delegates understand this purpose and treat all issues with sensitivity, consideration and respect, and demonstrate the art of diplomacy while negotiating with other delegates. While Model UNs can become extremely competitive and a race for awards, the platform we aim to offer at LUMUN is one where delegates understand and empathize with global predicaments. Take this opportunity to not just add another award to your shelf, but to grow as a student, as a debater, and most importantly, as a human being. Come this December and together, let us make this an experience worth cherishing.
Hello there! I hope you all are doing great and are as excited as I am for the upcoming LUMUN conference. It is a great pleasure of mine to be your Committee Director for SOCHUM in this edition of LUMUN. I am a sophomore at LUMS, studying in the Mushtaq Ahmed Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences but planning on becoming a Law major. My aim is to ensure that all of you have an extremely enriching and memorable experience in the most holistic way possible. I also hope to see great diplomacy which includes your motivation to listen and constructively debate with opposite views. The spirit of diplomacy is my one and only criteria for success and I am open to seeing how you can bring in your individuality in this process. Furthermore, I am genuinely looking forward to meeting each one of you and getting to know you, even outside the committee rooms so feel free to hit me up for a coffee in the chilly Lahore weather!
Dear Delegates, My name is Zulnash Shaukat and it is my immense pleasure and honor to welcome you to the 16th iteration of the LUMS Model United Nations Conference as this year’s committee director for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). I am currently a senior at LUMS with a major in Economics and minor in Public Management. Back in 2012, I started exploring the diverse platform of dialogue and conversation by joining the parliamentary debates team at my school. Since then, I have been an active part of debates circuit, specifically MUNs, around the country, in the capacity of a delegate and committee director both. At LUMUN, I was a part of award-winning delegation to MUNTR 2018. Additionally, I have also served as a committee director for SOCHUM at LUMUN 15, Assistant Director for Human Resource and Delegate Affairs at LUMUN 14 and Assistant Committee Director for UNWOMEN at LUMUN 13. My four years long association with LUMUN is coming to and end this year, and I believe it is my duty to end this chapter of my life by actively shaping your LUMUN experience, both inside and outside committee. As far as UNDP is concerned, today, where aggressive showmanship thrives, I expect the delegates to instead value each other’s opinions and come up with feasible innovative solutions which can truly help us to see world politics in a different dimension. That being said, UNDP at LUMUN 16 will be one of the most challenging yet exciting committee with opportunities to re-imagine and redefine perspectives. For that purpose, let us convene this year with an aim to question the existing narratives which continue to oppress the poor, the weak and the destitute. Let us hope to become the voices of the silenced and work towards their empowered tomorrow. In case of any queries, please feel free to reach out to me, my co-committee director or my ACDs should you need any help along the way. LUMUN is family to me and I cannot wait to welcome you all to my family this winter!
Hello delegates, My name is Muhammad Rafeh, currently a sophomore at LUMS studying law (The BA phase is pretty exhausting). People generally walk out of the library at 1 AM. Me? That's the time I walk in. I generally enjoy reading (everything except course books) while writing (anything except course papers) and dancing happen to be some of my peculiar interests. In the capacity of committee Director; I expect sheer hardwork. Even though I am an advocate (Mind you, I haven't cleared my LLB yet) for maximum participation in the committee, I am very particular about what difference you bring to the committee room and how you change the dynamics from within. Make sure you are very well researched because I am able to keep track of everything that is put forward in the committee and have a liking for detail. I hope all of you will be sure to keep the LUMUN Spirit in mind! I am excited to meet you all for this edition of LUMUN!
Hello Delegates I am Mehak Naseem, and I will be serving as your committee director for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly. I am currently a sophomore, here at LUMS, and I intend to major in economics and politics. As the committee director of this assembly, I feel that I have an immense responsibility. It is the responsibility to make you all aware issues of a province that continues to remain on the fringes of the mainstream of Pakistani politics even after 70 years of independence. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa faces a variety of issues that a majority of us do not even know of primarily because these problems are not highlighted in the mainstream media. As privileged members of this society, we have a moral duty to understand these problems and spread awareness regarding them to create more empathy for our fellow country-folk. In this study guide, I have explicitly mentioned what I expect from you all, and I hope that you will not disappoint me. Something that I would like to reiterate here is that my committee will have a zero-tolerance policy for any ‘dirty tricks’ or underhanded tactics to win. This committee’s sole purpose is to be informative in nature, and anyone that tries to direct it away from this purpose through such undiplomatic means will have to face the consequences. Thus, I request you all to be your nicest diplomatic selves in this committee to have an engaging and fruitful debate on formulating the best possible future policies for KPK. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly is a committee that is a product of months of hard work by our Dais. I feel that as authors of the study guide both of this assembly’s Assistant Committee Directors, Muhammad Samee Arif and Talha Ahmed. They have provided all the necessary information that you all will need to function in the committee. I hope that you will benefit from their diligence in putting together this guide and do justice to it. Utilising and supplementing this information by further research regarding the policy objectives of the assembly would be the way to d just that. I am grateful to them for putting in such hard work. Another person that I would like to appreciate for helping us conceive and develop the idea of this committee is our Under-Secretary General, Hira Farooq. Finally, I hope that you all come to LUMS, with command over the agenda of this committee and figuratively blow our minds away. Good Luck to you all and I hope you take away more positives from this committee than just an Outstanding Delegate or an Honourable Mention Award. See you in December! Hoping you have the best time of your lives at LUMUN 16!
Humza is a budding law enthusiast parading around as a third year Electrical Engineering major in LUMS, the latter part adding to his consequential love for everything IT. He will be serving as Director IT this year at LUMUN. If you don't find him laying around at the khoka missing his classes, you will find him racing in and out of SSE trying to submit assignments that he was too lazy to submit on time before. Always looking out for (all 28 of) his friends, Humza is the person to find if you’re in need of a motivational pick-me-up anytime during the conference!
Often associated with long hair, big hugs, and an unhealthy obsession with Anime – Bassam isn’t the kind of guy that’s tough to spot.
Bassam is currently a Junior at LUMS studying Management Sciences (much to his disdain – particularly when he has group projects). He enjoys the company of his friends (note: a lot!), taking long walks, and is as confused as he is interested in the things around him. He loves reading books (dystopian fiction is a preferred genre), and can have conversations for hours about food. If you’re lost, don’t come up to Bassam – he’ll probably be just as lost as you are. However, it’ll be a good opportunity for him to have a chat – which he is always willing to do!
Whether you’re in the committee or out of it – Bassam is the kind of person that will want to get to know the person BEHIND the delegate, so never be afraid to ask him to have a cup of coffee with you, if you see him around!
He’s excited to meet you for this edition of LUMUN!
Greetings Delegates! Welcome to the largest of the four Provincial Assemblies, Punjab Assembly. My name is Mishaal Alvi and I will be serving as your Committee Director. Currently, I am majoring in Economics and Political Science (and hope to minor in History). I have been MUN-ing since I was in 9th grade. I am quite passionate about travelling, meeting new people, exploring new things and places. Introduced as a committee for the first time ever at LUMUN, the simulation of Punjab Assembly will primarily focus on promoting a greater understanding of how Punjab - and Provincial Assemblies in general - functions, the power and responsibilities it holds. I personally chose this topic because I feel it is a highly vital issue that needs to be discussed and stressed upon more. This isThe question of Southern Punjab has been raised several times in the past but to date, there has been a failure in resolving and dealing with it adequately. In this committee, you are expected to debate upon all the aspects – historical, economic, socio-cultural, constitutional, developmental and political – that comes under this issue in a great detail. In the end, the fate of South Punjab lies in your hands, that is, whether you want to create it as a separate province or offer viable alternatives instead. I highly encourage you all to extensively research upon the topic beyond what is given in the study guide as the purpose of the study guide is just to offer you a direction in which you are ought to proceed. I would recommend you to research using academic articles, journals, news articles and blogs (please don’t let the bias affect your speeches though). Secondly, you are required to be equipped with acuity, perseverance, critical thinking, analysis and comprehensive frameworks. An ideal speech, in my opinion, is a perfect balance between rhetoric and content (including relevant information, analysis and solutions). The essence of the discussion would only be achieved if you engage with the issue in great depth and with passion. I would also highly emphasize on using the LUMUN spirit throughout the conference – it is truly important to be professional, diplomatic, and kind to one another. I hope that you will leave this conference with a broader perspective, greater decision-making ability, wider scope of learning and awareness regarding the eminent issues at hand, being well-informed and more empathetic to the ethnic ethos. Lastly, I truly hope you have a wonderful experience and you make the best of memories. A tip: focus on giving your best and believe in yourself because you are fully capable of achieving anything that you want to! Very excited to see you all! Good luck!
Dear Delegates, I take great pride in welcoming you all to the World Conference on Women 2019. In this era of internet and media debate, we open this platform to you to discuss international matters on ground and can participate in dialogue. The dimension of Gender evolves today as a central theme in conversation whether patterns of society are seen, or of economics, of political scenarios and so on. Why is it that gender has evolved to carry this central role in analysis? We, here at WCW talk not only of gender, but its influence and its meaning in the bigger picture. I, Amna Ejaz Ahmad, will be serving as your Committee Director this year for LUMUN. I am a sophomore here at LUMS currently pursuing a major in Anthropology and Sociology. For me LUMUN and the four days of the conference carry a lot of heart, and I assure you that together we will make this not only a frictionless debate session, but more importantly a learning platform. Or rather an un-learning platform, because the best source of critical thinking are the opposing opinions around you. As a Committee Director, I would specifically urge you to challenge yourself this time. Make those controversial statements, use new ways of speaking and most importantly put yourself outside your conventional ways and make a statement with your presence. This year we are looking for uniqueness, we are looking for diversity of expression. And most importantly, always prepare for ideologies against your stance. That is what helps you rationalize your own standing. We look forward to 4 days of amazing debate, and 4 days of fun! See you all at the conference.
Hello Everyone, I am a junior pursuing a Sociology and Anthropology major alongside a minor in History (or vice versa idk) at LUMS. You will mostly see me loiter around with my friends because that's what most of us do anyways. I am a sucker for rock n roll so if you manage to squeeze in references, you get brownie points (jk). I am not going to delve into what my past experiences have been like because that's an extremely unnecessary exercise given the purpose of this letter. The only way to get on my good side or anyone's good books for that matter in committee is to work as hard as you can and exhibiting as much empathy as you can. Gone are the days (or they never arrived at least for me) when people would scream in each other's faces to assert what they were saying in discussions within committee. This outlook to Model UN has to go away because it creates a very unhealthy and unnecessarily competitive environment within committee which is very unconducive to learning. My plans for UNEP involve maximizing the potentiality for learning for all delegates hence your learning curve and its trajectory over the four days of the conference are what matter to me as committee director the most. Even though at the end of the day LUMUN is a competition, I would also want to remind you that it is a good escape from your lives so ensure you also spend a fair share of your time chilling around at LUMS and have fun. Godspeed and good luck for the conference.
I am a senior at LUMS, majoring in Management Sciences and will be serving as one of the committee directors for UNESCO this year. My interest in public speaking developed from parliamentary debates and I eventually gained interest in Model UN conferences. Other than public speaking, I enjoy reading books on history and politics. I am super excited to have you all in my committee!
My name is Fateh Farhan and I am currently a junior at LUMS, pursuing a major in Economics and Mathematics and a minor in Computer Sciences. I have been passionate about MUNs since my A levels, and have been an active member of LUMUN since my first year at LUMS. I have served as a dais member at JTMUN, LUMUN 13 & 14 and FallMUN 2017. I have also been involved in LUMUNs Social Responsibility Program as a Project Head in the summer of 2017 and as a volunteer with the Urban Forest tree plantation drive. Furthermore, I have had the honor of representing Pakistan internationally at MUNTR and HarvardMUN India. Other than my love for public speaking and the environment, I am devoted supporter of Manchester United and one can often catch me playing cards at the ‘khokha’. While delegates can definitely expect this committee to be lively, they must come with solid reasoning and logical argumentation. I expect delegates to be diplomatic, cooperative and to engage in thought-provoking debate and discussion. LUMUN has been a fulfilling experience for me and I am looking forward to welcoming you all to DISEC at the 16th edition of this conference!
My name is Agha Fahad Abbas and I am a senior at LUMS majoring in Economics and Mathematics. I have been an active participant in Model UN since my O Levels. I spend most of my time passionately debating, read: arguing that Imran Khan is the savior of Pakistan. My respect for Mr. Khan does not only originate from his efforts to change the political landscape, but I have been in love with him ever since the 1992 iconic World Cup win. My YouTube history is full of cricket highlights, although I regret letting go of a golden opportunity to sing the 'Mauka Mauka' jingle for my Indian colleagues while at a summer program for Harvard University. This year, I will be chairing the United Nations Security Council and previously have been a part of the LUMUN conference as a delegate, Assistant Committee Director, and Under-Secretary General. I have represented LUMUN at MUNTR 2018, winning an Outstanding Diplomacy award. Last year, I was a part of the largest delegation in the history of Pakistan to represent LUMUN at Harvard WorldMUN, Madrid. I am excited to see how delegates will cope with the unique nature of the UNSC at this year’s LUMUN Conference!
Hamza is a junior at lums who tries to manage an active social life along with the heaps of coding he has to do as a computer science major, and finds it hard to get either one of them right. The minute you start talking to him about the international political landscape, the Beatles, or classic anime such as Cowboy Bebop he will find it hard to stay shut. He isn't proud of the amount of caffeine he consumes but it helps him jump around and stay active, and that's exactly what you will find him doing at lumun this year be it at the socials or before that in his attempt to make the conference as facilitated for delegates all over the country as possible. If you're coming and are confused about the registering route call him up anytime, it's his job.
Ahmed Shiwani will be chairing the Crisis Cabinet this year. He is a junior majoring in Political Science and will be directing a committee at LUMUN for the second time. In an attempt to help delegates understand the various dynamics of the Afghan War, Shiwani has designed the 1989 Afghan War Cabinet in a way that challenges delegates like never before. Delegates in his committee will have to be adroit strategists and diplomats, nuanced thinkers, and exquisite orators. He expects delegates to be well-researched and well-read; while he greatly appreciates clever strategic actions, he believes the weightage of every move that a delegate in a crisis cabinet makes depends on the knowledge and research that drives their decisions. He hopes delegates leave his committee with a nuanced understanding of the perennial Afghan conflict, a refined approach to Model UN, unique learnings in diplomacy and strategy, and an overall unforgettable experience.
Shiwani is a strong believer in the power of discourse and dialogue; he has always vouched for the inculcation of critical thought and discourse and hopes that delegates at LUMUN this year realize that empowerment, concern for humanity, and the ability to think critically, rather than worthless and insignificant pieces of glass, are the real awards that the conference offers.
Shiwani is an avid reader and would rather sit in quiet corner on campus with a nice book and a cup of tea than go out with his friends. He also enjoys good food, though, and will never turn down an offer to go get KFC.
I’m Momena Javaid, a senior at LUMS majoring in Economics. I’ve been a part of LUMUN society since my freshman year and I have witnessed it growing as a society. While I welcome you to the conference, LUMUN16, I am looking forward to having you all discover your potential to the fullest. It is unfortunate that the Model UN, following the Pakistani tradition as always, has become something that is not remembered by diplomacy but rather by competition. Both are of course, integral part of the conference however, the real motivation behind the competition has been forgotten for far too long; hence, being a reason for its deterioration. But this year, it is our responsibility of reiterating the purpose of the Model UN whereby the delegates listen, engage, and innovate. My expectation from the delegates revolves around their role in maintaining inclusivity within the committee meanwhile, being an accurate representation of the country, adhering to a diplomatic boundaries. I believe that improving over the course of the conference is what will make you stand out and make your experience a worthwhile one. For this, it would be essential to note that the only competition that you need to face is you, yourself. I hope that you have an impeccable learning experience and that I, being a Committee Director, am able to aid you in your improvement. It is imperative that we discontinue to restrict the discussions of crisis to certain walls and alleviate ourselves into the realm of life. It would be of great satisfaction if your experience of LUMUN16 provides you with something you can take along with you, when the conference ends—memories, lessons, or motivation. And for that, I’m happy to help! Hope to see you soon!
My name is Baneen Abbas and I will be serving as a Committee Director at SOCHUM this year. I joined LUMUN in my first year and am now a Senior doing a major Economics with a minor in Maths. I have a passion for development economics and can literally relate any issue of the world to economics and because I am convinced that it is the issue of the day. I have been a MUNner and a parliamentary debater for more than 7 years now. You can usually found me studying in a DR or the library and occasionally strolling around the campus with my friends. Apart from ensuring that every little thing is done to perfection, I hope to help you through and is super excited to see all of you at LUMUN 16. I am looking to ensure that the 5 days at LUMUN are not only exciting but are also a great learning experience for everyone. I believe in the need to help others out and to ensure that the experience of first time MUNNers is as great as that of experienced MUNners. Do approach me if you need assistance of any kind and I shall be more than happy to help you. I will stress upon doing extensive research and developing well-structured arguments and would be on the hunt for sweeping statements and loopholes in arguments so that’s a word of caution for all of you out there!
As a senior year student at LUMS, Inshirah is currently finishing her major in Computer Science with a minor in History, while presiding over the LUMS Model United Nations Society.
Public Speaking has played a pivotal role in defining Inshirah’s journey the past few years. Her pursuit to improve and learn has allowed her the opportunity to represent Pakistan at international platforms in Cambodia, Turkey, Indonesia and most recently in Spain. And it all started back when she came to Lahore for her first ever LUMUN conference in her A levels.
LUMUN since has been a constant source of inspiration in her life. It has been the platform that not only forced Inshirah to refine and hone her skills but also allowed her the chance to work with and under the leadership of some remarkable people and learn from their experiences. And most importantly, LUMUN introduced her to some of her closest friends today.
Inshirah hence encourages all delegates to brace themselves for five days of academic rigour, cultural diversity, knowledge and creativity. She looks upon each delegate to allow themselves to embrace the LUMUN spirit and socialize with people from all over the country, to learn to be kind even when in competition and to avail every opportunity that comes their way for growth and personal development.
Inshirah, along with the LUMUN Executive Council, aspires to follow in the footsteps of the brilliant individuals who have carved the history of LUMUN the past few years and looks forward to working with the incredible LUMUN 16 core team and host team to give you the most holistically enjoyable conference.
Omair is a third year Politics and Economics student who'll be serving as one of the Directors of Human Resources & Delegate Affairs at this year's conference. You’d usually find him either ruining his favourite songs on guitar or watching Chelsea dominate the rest of the Premier League. However, at the LUMUN conference, he’ll be seen running around campus treating everyone around him to one of his (very original) jokes and complaining about how little sleep he’s had. If you face any issue at all during the conference, Omair’s the person you want to find because he’ll make sure that it gets resolved and that you have the best LUMUN experience possible!
Hello Delegates! My name is Simrun Saleem and I am currently a sophomore at Lums. still in the process of figuring out what to major in. I am beyond excited to be serving as the Committee Director for UNODC at this year’s edition of LUMUN. With an active affiliation with UNODC Pakistan, we promise you an experience like none other. I joined LUMUN in my freshmen year and served as the Assistant Committee Director for SOCHUM at LUMUN 15. Ever since then, this society and platform has proven to be an incomparable learning experience. I thoroughly enjoy public speaking and after high school parliamentary debates, LUMUN has given me the opportunity to live through that passion every day. As a committee director, I expect delegates to be well researched but more than that I expect them to come with an open mind. I expect them to openly embrace their roles as country representatives and to be ready to make decisions and resolve problems with their own creativity and ingenuity. We hope to see you as individuals shine through and lead your countries with grace. The topic for this year’s UNODC revolves around a present day crisis- an unresolved crisis. This makes your input all the more valuable; push bounds, learn from past precedents and take on the challenge to come up with viable solutions. I expect nothing less than the best. Good Luck! We hope to see you this December!
If this year you come across someone trying to look like Sirius Black wearing a black leather jacket and tying his hair in a pony, then you’ll have met me. So, hi everyone!! I’m Ashar Imran and I’ll be serving as the Committee Director for The Zurich Summit at this year’s conference. I’m a sophomore attempting to survive a joint major in Politics and Economics while also hoping to cram in a history minor. When I’m not busy with MUNs or Parliamentary debates or stressing about studies you can find me chilling with my friends at the Khoka or playing Pokémon Showdown. I’m a big Strings fan (and a general desi music fan in general), but if English songs are your thing maybe we can bond over Coldplay or Ed Sheeran. For brownie points always come up to me to talk about cricket or a good TV show. So, a couple of things about my committee and what I expect from the delegates coming to it. Expect a tough yet fun time at The Zurich Summit; this will be a crisis committee so remember that adaptability and ingenuity in this committee can go a long way in getting you that coveted LUMUN award at the end of the day. Above all, I sincerely hope I am able to help you all have an experience you enjoy and one which will make you want to continue with MUNs going forward. This December find me suited up in a committee room trying to give you guys the most fun 5 days possible. I cannot wait to get to know all of you!
Tajwar is in her third year in SDSB, trying desperately to meet the requirements for her Management Science degree (you'll find her taking psychology courses moreso than business ones). She will be serving as Director Affiliations this year at the LUMUN conference, possibly running around with her phone in hand making one phone call or another. Don't hesitate to stop her if you ever want to discuss music (hint: AM), Harry Potter theories or astrology (or if you have contacts in international conferences).
As the Secretary General for LUMUN, Nikhat welcomes you to the 16th iteration of the conference at LUMS. She is currently pursuing a degree in Economics and Political Science.
Her first LUMUN experience was a delegate, in her A2. With this being the last one, it has been quite a journey so far. Nikhat has served as the Under Secretary General and the Committee Director for SPECPOL previously. She also lead the LUMS Delegation to Model United Nations Turkey last year, bagging the Best Delegation with LUMUN's highest award tally in history. She takes her work seriously, and you honestly never want to mess with her. But, if you are having a tough day around, Nikhat will always be there to listen to your rants over icecream (not a cup of chai, sorry).
As her last year in LUMUN, Nikhat has been working along with her wonderful team of Under Secretary Generals to ensure that this conference outshines all previous editions. She cannot wait to see you all on the 30th of December!
Zoraiz Qureshi is one of the Directors of Design & Merchandise for LUMUN 16. He is a Junior at LUMS, currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science. Apart from focusing on his academics and being a total tech geek, Zoraiz has always been passionate about graphics designing, a hobby that was initially sparked by his interest in game development. During the conference days, you might catch a glimpse of him around the merchandise stall and see the wide array of designs made by the him and his department, from standees to placards to social media posts etc. He is looking forward to having all of you at LUMUN this year and witnessing the metamorphic experience, LUMUN promises to be.
Salaar is a junior, majoring in Electrical Engineering at LUMS and will be serving as one of the Directors of the External Relations department this year. You can often see Salaar... actually you won't as he will be either stuck in the lab, scrambling to finish one of his many assignments or frantically studying for a quiz that he forgot about. However, on the rare occasion you do see him, you would find him either complaining about his workload, contemplating his life decisions or just simply losing his sanity. At the LUMUN conference, Salaar aims to enrich the LUMUN experience by inviting significant personalities who have and are contributing immensely to the community. He hopes that the experiences shared by these personalities would add a whole new perspective to current global/national issues and prove to be a valuable learning experience for both the delegates and himself. He looks forward to warmly welcoming you to the LUMUN 16 and hopes you will have an unforgettable experience!
Ameena is a second year student with an undecided major. She will be serving as the Director for Human Resources and Delegate Affairs at LUMUN 16. She joined the society last year after meeting some very encouraging seniors at the Orientation. During the conference, you'll see her running around the campus, making sure everyone is having a great time and no one is missing out on the LUMUN experience. Apart from LUMUN, you can always find Ameena at the khoka, laughing at her own jokes and striking conversations on the most absurd/ random topics with everyone she sees.
Mahnoor is a second year student at the Musthaq Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences. If she is not raiding the pineapple pastry supply in the Executive Dining Hall, then you’ll probably find her running around someone in a suit, trying to look serious despite her cat socks (don’t ask). Mahnoor loves the work that she does through LUMUN and her department, External Relations, and is always down for a chat about how the time she embarrassed herself in front of someone big and famous (there’s been many). She hopes that you’ll have a great time at the LUMUN conference and she’ll do her best to play her part in making that happen.
Humza, the Director of Design and Merchandise, is a Sophomore trying to major in Economics and Math. During the year, you will find Humza glued to his laptop, working painstakingly on each design for LUMUN (even during the summers!), mentoring graphic design newbies in his team, immersed in his readings for Qawali & Religion or leaving people breathless at HIIT classes. Humza has served at the top managerial positions all throughout high school and has realised MUNs as a platform to form meaningful relationships that inspirit him to stay committed to the immense amount of work. Catch him at the khokha, sipping coffee recovering from an all-nighter doing design, but bringing a winning smile and and putting his best foot forward always, nevertheless. He looks forward to welcome you all at LUMUN 16!
Aamna is an electircal engneering student who you will either find in a lab or the CCA (yes she has a sad life 😢). This is her third year with LUMUN and she serving as one the Finance and Operations Directors. They are the ones who work in the background of the conference by getting approvals and booking venues etc. She hopes that you all have a wonderful experience at LUMUN!
Haanya is a sophomore, majoring in law, and will be serving as one of the Directors of the Publications Department. She's usually seen at the khoka complaining about the cold and how she misses Karachi. She'd be ranting about the cold all the time, but would never want to go indoors. She's not very hard to spot, just listen for the girl with the very high pitched voice. She would also always be cracking bad jokes. You should find her at the conference taking delegate interviews, trying to ask funny questions and failing miserably. She would also be responsible for the LUMUN magazine, providing updates throughout the conference, so you better stay on her good side!
Noverah Khan is the director for Publications at LUMUN. She's a junior majoring in Management Science. You'd usually find her in pdc or at the khokka with her three best friends having cardamom tea (only Lipton's). When she's not studying (that makes most of her day) she's either watching historical shows or listening to instrumentals. Other than that, you'd see her obsessing over tennis and two of her favourite players, her Dad and Federer. She also spends her time cooking and eating pasta (alfredo to be exact). Noverah has been a part of the society since her freshman year and is really excited about this year's conference, and hopes to keep the delegates updated with the 411!
Meet Maniam, an accounting and finance major, currently in her junior year. You’ll see her running around campus making sure that social events are more fun than ever this year. She’s not only a good ranting partner, but very reliable and a great listener. Her sense of humour and hugs that last longer than usual define her. Director social events and her team has a lot lined up for you guys to enjoy and make LUMUN a memorable experience.
Areeba is a fourth-year student at LUMS, majoring in Sociology and Anthropology, and minoring in Psychology. This is her third year in LUMUN, and she is currently the director for the Female Accommodations department. She is working hard with her team to make sure your stay in Lahore this time is fun, wholesome and most importantly comfortable.
Outside of LUMUN, Areeba loves to travel. Having been born and raised in Karachi, she always tries to make time for short adventures up North, whenever she can. In her spare time, she loves listening to music, and watching tv shows and movies.
Given how this will be her last LUMUN conference ever, she hopes to have an amazing time with the rest of the host team and make it exceptionally great for the delegates too!
Eena’s real name is Innara but she likes the former better because it’s more fun, just like the Social Events this year. She is a Sophomore, studying Sociology/ Anthropology and is passionate about feminism and Prateek Kuhad songs. At the Conference, you will never see Eena chilling because she will be bustling around the venues, making sure that no one forgets the amazing events she will pull off! Eena’s flair for the dramatic will leave you in awe and rest assured, Social Events will be highly entertaining at LUMUN 16!
A sophomore pursuing a degree in Economics at LUMS, Shaheryar likes to classify himself as an extroverted-introvert. On most days, you'll find him either stressing over his courses, fanboying over Coldplay, playing Pokémon or passionately supporting Real Madrid. To find peace, he seeks to engage himself in activities related to community service, whether it's teaching kids or visiting orphanages. This LUMUN, Shaheryar wishes to inspire each and all through SRP, and hopes to have a positive impact on as many lives as possible.
Hello peeps! Mehroze Elahi is SDSB junior majoring in Accounting and Finance and Director of Finance and Operations for this year. He never hesitates in calling out others for any game despite being very bad. In his three year journey in LUMUN he learnt about how to deal with Lums admin and event management. You will always find him listening to his unique music playlist.
Dear delegates, It is our utmost pleasure to welcome you to our committee, the United Nations Environmental Program. We look forward to providing you with a platform for you to express your views, showcase your diplomacy, and work other delegates to discuss and decide upon solutions for the problems being faced by our world today. This will be a chance for you to exchange perspectives, views, and cultures with individuals from all across the country, hence we hope that all of you shall step into this with an open mind and look forward to learning as much from your fellow delegates as you can. Through UNEP, we hope to inculcate a sense of responsibility and accountability within the delegates, something which has been found lacking in not just our society, but the world as of late. With the days passing by and our environment unfortunately, paying a very heavy price for our actions, not enough is being done to protect the world that we are a part of. If we do not take a stand now, it is possible that very soon it might just end up being too late. Therefore, as UNEP it is essential to recognize the role this committee plays within world affairs, by calling upon all nations and organizations out there to step up and play their part before we all find our hands tied. The topic to be discussed is the impact of climate change on people in the developing world. This is an essential issue to explore as third world countries are currently playing the heaviest cost for global warming and if action isn’t taken soon enough - the results will be catastrophic and deadly. We are hopeful that the delegates will take into account all the various factors contributing to the struggles of individuals in the developing world regarding climate change, and will come to a consensus for all the ways they can tackle. Once again, we are looking forward to the debate all of you shall bring to the table at the conference. Good luck!