MEET THE SECRETARIAT                

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SECRETARY GENERAL, Trisha Dasgupta

Hello, my name is Trisha Dasgupta and I am honored to be your 2021-2022 Secretary General! I have been in MUN since the eighth grade and my love and commitment to this program has only grown stronger over the past five years. MUN helped me to find my passion and my voice and I am committed to making sure this program is a wonderful experience for each of our delegates.

A little about me- I am a senior at Liberty High School, where I founded my campus’s first MUN branch. In addition to MUN, I am a student journalist and currently serve as the Editor-in-Chief for Liberty Wingspan, Liberty’s award winning newspaper. As a student journalist I have used my knowledge of international affairs and political diplomacy to inform my reporting: I have extensive coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, immigration, and other current affairs.

My involvement with MUN and Wingspan has facilitated my passion for history, politics, and local activism. In my free time you can find me painting, knitting, or being obnoxious about my love for Taylor Swift and Billy Joel.

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DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL, Meghana Anam

Hi! My name is Meghana (Meg) Anam and I will be serving as your Texas MUN Deputy Secretary General for 2021-2022! This will be my 5th year participating in Model UN conferences, either as a delegate, chair, or secretariat member. I am elated to be sharing my MUN experience with delegates in an in-person setting and hope to learn more about your viewpoints on urgent global topics!

To tell you more about myself, I am a senior at Independence High School in Frisco. At school, you may find me singing with my school’s a capella choir or participating in competition events for Business Professionals of America. Outside the classroom, I love involving myself in legislative advocacy at grassroots level organizations such as Indivisible TX Lege and Code Crimson. Some things I love to do for fun include watching Studio Ghibli films and driving to random boba shops in my city. I cannot wait to share my MUN journey with you all and I hope to learn more about international relations through your fruitful debates!

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UNDER SECRETARY OF CONFERENCE, Arshia Narula

Hello, fellow delegates! My name is Arshia Narula and I am elated to be serving as your Texas Model UN Undersecretary of Conference! Participating in Model United Nations for the third year, I look forward to helping shape our delegates into the progressive thinkers and persistent leaders of the future.

For the 2021-2022 school year, I will be a junior at Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas. Currently, I am part of multiple organizations such as Business Professionals of America and I will also be leading the DECA District 7 as the Vice President of Campaigns and the Diamond Challenge International Student Advisory Board as the Creative Content Team Chair. Outside of school, I have combined my passions for innovation and advocacy to launch a social impact venture, Groundify. When I’m not performing classical repertoire on the saxophone or running my own startup, you can catch me watching The Office, playing with my Mini Goldendoodle puppy, or making matcha lattes! I’m excited about this coming year in Model United Nations and I hope, along with all of you, to make it one of the best years we’ve had so far!

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UNDER SECRETARY OF EDUCATION, Kate Markham

Hello, delegates! My name is Kate Markham, and I am thrilled to be serving as your Texas Model UN Undersecretary of Education! I have participated in Model United Nations for 4 years now, as both a chair and delegate, and I am incredibly grateful to be giving back to our amazing community as a member of the secretariat this year.

I am a junior at Coppell High School in Coppell, Texas. I am an officer in my school’s own chapter of Model United Nations, and also serve as a captain for Ensign Speech and Debate club in Dallas. I love public speaking and discussion, and have competed and placed in regional and national championships in both Lincoln-Douglas debate, Team Policy debate, and platform and limited prep speech. I love spending my time in my school’s choir, my symphony orchestra, and playing piano. In my free time, I enjoy working as a lifeguard, running long-distance, and hanging out with my friends and family. I look forward to seeing you all in person and making 2021-2022 TXMUN an incredible experience for all of us!

 

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UNDER SECRETARY OF OUTREACH, Anika Damle

Hi! My name is Anika Damle and I will be your Texas MUN Undersecretary of Outreach for the 2020-2021 school year. This will be my 4th year as a MUN delegate and part of the Plano MUN/TXMUN community. I look forward to experiencing MUN conferences with you all as we transition back to in-person events this year.

I am currently a junior at Plano West Sr. High School. At school, I am an avid choir member and participate in the all-region process, am in the Plano West pop choir group “Syncopation”, and am Social Chair for this school year. This summer, I am focused on completing my Arangetram (an Indian classical dance graduation performance) after learning Bharatanatyam (a dance form) for more than 10 years. In my free time I love to read fantasy novels , watch Marvel movies, and jam out on my guitar. I can’t wait to serve the TXMUN program this year and grow my knowledge of global affairs through conferences, meetings, and more!

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UNDER SECRETARY OF MEDIA, Elise Pham

Hello! My name is Elise Pham and I will be serving as your Texas Model United Nations Under Secretary General of Media for 2021-2022! This is my 4th year participating in Model UN; aside from this position, I serve as the Media Director for Youth International MUN and the President of HEBISD MUN! In the past, I have chaired regional, state, and international conferences. I hope to help more students experience the benefits of global debate and international diplomacy.

I am a senior at Lawrence Dale Bell High School in Hurst. I am the founder of an art non-profit InspireWithColors, the Dallas Executive Director of LetHerLearn, and I have won awards in national and state art and science competitions including Scholastic and ISEF. Aside from taking STEM classes at Carnegie Mellon University, I also conduct microbial and cancer research with Arizona State University and Rice University. However, in my free time, I like to binge-watch The Bachelor, hit the gym, play some tunes on my piano, or go grab some matcha boba!

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UNDER SECRETARY OF COMMUNUCATIONS, Jiya Sharma

Hello! My name is Jiya Sharma, I am the Texas Model United Nations Junior Under Secretary for Communications and Public Informations for the 2021-2022 school year! I have been a MUN member for a year as a delegate and have been learning and teaching debate for three years. I cannot wait to kick off the school year in person and get to know each of you!

A little more about me, I am an eighth-grader at Fowler Middle School in FISD. At school, I participate in the school-wide broadcast and I am a part of the STEM club. After school, I teach younger children the arts of debate, speech, and writing through a non-profit organization. I am also a part of the editorial staff for a newsletter for another non-profit organization. I love to binge-read everything and anything Rick Riordan and I enjoy surfing the web, looking for hilarious content. I am so excited to start next year and I cannot wait to understand your outlooks on various international topics!