What is HMUN India?

Harvard Model United Nations India is a four-day international relations simulation for high school students held annually in Hyderabad, India. At HMUN India, delegates gain insight into the workings of the United Nations and the dynamics of international relations by assuming the roles of UN representatives and members of other international bodies and national cabinets. HMUN India is an exciting opportunity for students to debate issues that confront world leaders and to draft resolutions in response to these global issues. Participants will develop their abilities to work with others who are equally motivated and passionate about the topics of debate and to respond to global concerns.

HMUN India 2017 builds upon decades of experience. In 1927, Harvard held its first annual Model League of Nations, followed by the first Model United Nations conference in

1953. In 2011, this HMUN model was expanded to the nation of India, a country with immense potential and opportunity for engagement.

True to the spirit of the United Nations, founded in 1945, HMUN strives to foster a constructive forum for open dialogue on complex global issues, including international peace and security, and economic and social progress. HMUN India stresses the in-depth examination and resolution of pressing issues, emphasizing process over product. During the conference, students learn the importance of balancing national interests with the needs of the international community, while also learning about the powers and limitations of international negotiation. Delegates will preserve their countries’ national policy while negotiating in the face of other, sometimes conflicting, international policies.

Why HMUN India?

Substantive Excellence

The staff of HMUN India is carefully selected to include the most passionate and dedicated directors from our Boston conference and our sister college conference, Harvard National Model United Nations. Each of the study guides is carefully crafted for its respective committee and reflects careful and thorough research. All of our directors are extremely knowledgeable, dedicated, and committed to the ideals of HMUN India and the broader educational mission of Model United Nations, resulting in well-run and focused committees. Many delegates leave our conference with a new-found passion for international relations and greater awareness of the issues that dominate our world.

Tradition and Innovation

Begun over 75 years ago with a simulation of the League of Nations, every Harvard Model United Nations conference is the product of years of gradual refinement. While our conference has expanded considerably since its inception, we are fully committed to ensuring and furthering the excellence of our conference experience at every session of HMUN, whether in Boston, China, or India. For the past five years, HMUN India has promoted a new class of international dialogue and remains dedicated to exploring new and exciting ventures for all conference participants, including delegates and faculty advisors. HMUN India 2017 will feature innovative committee simulations, cutting-edge technology, and, of couse, great entertainment for delegates outside of committee.

Size and Diversity

At HMUN India 2017, you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with more than 1,200 high school students from more than 150 high schools and 13 countries around the world. HMUN India provides a host of substantive issues for this dynamic group of students and creates a forum for debate and negotiation among them – a truly worthwhile experience. Our conference is designed to foster negotiation and public speaking skills, introduce students to a range of global challenges, and provide culturally diverse perspectives on a variety of issues. Our strong emphasis on representation at our conference from schools across the globe ensures the HMUN India experience is a truly international one.

The Conference Team

Harvard International Relations Council

The International Relations Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in the 1950s and incorporated in Massachusetts in 1974. The mission of the IRC and its programs is to educate individuals at Harvard and across the world about affairs that transcend national borders. The IRC is an umbrella organization for seven semi-independent and centrally-funded programs: Harvard Project for International Education, International Relations on Campus, Harvard International Review, Model Security Council, Intercollegiate Model United Nations, Harvard Model United Nations, and Harvard National Model United Nations.


MUNCafé is a Global Academic Simulations Platform that designs, develops and delivers enriching leadership experiences with a focus on personal, academic & professional development. Over 6000 school students & young people from India, The USA, China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Malaysia, Columbia, Canada, Nepal, and Singapore have participated in various learning programs & experiences facilitated by MUNCafe since 2009. MUNCafé is a brand of Worldview Education which is founded and managed by professionals with many decades of cumulative experience in experiential education through simulations like Model UN. At Worldview we firmly believe in co-creation and leveraging the power of partnership which has helped us get associated with a variety of reputed global organisations and leadership schools. The common thread among all offerings of the company is experiential learning which can develop personal potential attributes in an individual including Thinking & Creativity, Knowledge, Communication Skills, Ethics & Integrity, Team Work, and Planning & Organization. The balanced mix of learning tools & methods include simulation-based learning, travel experiences, real-time work, internships, entrepreneurial projects and case studies.

The Secretariat of HMUN India 2017

Kelsey Young
Daniel Montoya
JingJing Zhu
Sidney Li
Eliza Ennis

Kelsey Young — Secretary-General

Kelsey Young is a fourth-year student at Harvard College studying Applied Math with a focus in Economics. Although she was born in Cleveland, Ohio, Kelsey has lived most of her life in Houston, Texas. Kelsey also lived in Madrid, Spain during high school and it was here that she first developed a passion for debate and global political issues.

Kelsey currently acts as Under-Secretary-General for Finance for the HNMUN Boston conference and is also involved in HNMUN’s sister conference, HMUN, as a moderator. Last year, Kelsey was extremely proud to serve as Under-Secretary-General for Operations and Director of the UNECE at HMUN India, where she had the opportunity to meet a wonderful community of delegates.

Outside Model UN, Kelsey enjoys creative writing, reading, and exploring whatever city she is in. She is looking forward to meeting everyone at HMUN India and cannot wait to bring new ideas to an extraordinary conference!

Email Kelsey at secgen@hmunindia.org.

Daniel Montoya — Director-General

Daniel Montoya is a fourth-year student at Harvard College concentrating in Government with a secondary in Economics and a citation in French. He was born and raised in the beautiful state of Florida right outside Miami, yet his family is originally from Medellin, Colombia. He is a very active member within the International Relations Council, participating in the Boston conferences HMUN and HNMUN, and HNMUN Latin America, as well as being the head delegate of the traveling team (ICMUN). Last year, Daniel was the Under-Secretary-General for Administration and loved HMUN India so much that he came back for round two. When not involved in MUN, Daniel is a big fan of cooking, travelling, and sleeping. 

He is very excited to be the Under-Secretary-General for Administration for HMUN India 2017, and he looks forward to a most efficient and fun year.

Email Daniel at dg@hmunindia.org.

JingJing Zhu — Under-Secretary-General for Administration

JingJing Zhu is a third-year student at Harvard College studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Though she was born in China, JingJing has lived most of her life in the great state of Minnesota, the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes. Ever since becoming involved with Model UN in high school, JingJing has developed a passion for international relations and policy making. She currently acts as Director of Administration and Faculty Relations for the HMUN Boston conference and is also involved in HMUN’s sister conference, HNMUN, as Director of Substantive Support.

Outside of Model UN, JingJing plays violin for the Harvard Bach Society Orchestra and enjoys volunteering with Health Leads at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is excited to meet everyone at HMUN India and looks forward to putting on a great conference!

Email JingJing at admin@hmunindia.org.

Sidney Li — Under-Secretary-General for Operations

Sidney Li is a third-year student at Harvard College majoring in Social Studies and Economics, with a focus on the ethics of radical social transformations—including revolutions, industrial and economic development, radicalism, and conservative change. A scion of California’s Silicon Valley, he loves the excitement of innovative new perspectives on the world, especially the one beyond his sleepy suburb hollows. Sidney is a committee director for HMUN’s Boston conference, as well as a member of Harvard’s competitive MUN team.

Outside, Sidney’s an avid hiker, a water polo goalie, a swing dancer, and a self-proclaimed Francophile, currently doing research on the decolonization of Haiti. He is looking forward to a great conference in Hyderabad this year and to bringing HMUN India to new and exciting heights.

Email Sidney at operations@hmunindia.org.

Eliza Ennis — Under-Secretary-General for Committees

Eliza Ennis is a third-year student at Harvard College studying Social Studies with a focus on cultural politics and the modern Middle East. Outside of academics, she has pursued her interest in international relations through all types of Model UN.

In addition to HMUN India, she is Under-Secretary-General of the Specialized Agencies at HMUN Boston, a director at WorldMUN, and an avid traveling member of Harvard's competitive Model UN team (ICMUN). At university, she also works for an international publication and is a member of a peer counseling group. True to her New Mexican upbringing, she likes to spend her time between conferences in the outdoors, especially near rivers and mountains.

She is very excited to be serving as Under-Secretary-General for Committees for HMUN India 2017, and she looks forward to bringing such a great conference to life!

Email Eliza at committees@hmunindia.org.