LEADERSHIP BIO'S

SECRETARY GENERAL:

HIND AL NASSER

Grade: 12                     

Contact Information: hind_alnaser@abs.edu.jo

Favorite Conference: AMMUN XVIII, THIMUN'20

 

On behalf of the AMMUN XIX Secretariat, I would like to bid you a warm welcome to the 19th annual session of the Amman Model United Nations conference, AMMUN XIX.

 

 

Having acquired the prestigious positions of chair of the 3rd General Assembly, the President of the 3rd General assembly and currently Secretary General, I have come to understand the impact of AMMUN on individuals and the true effect on one’s character that it creates. Therefor, I encourage you to grasp as much as you are able to during our conference.

 

Throughout my MUN career It has become evident to me that leading alone does not reap the required results. Rather, one must lead with the passion and motivation by which to  empower delegates to speak up and move beyond their comfort zone on issues they feel obligated to tackle. This leadership does not lie within an individual alone, rather amongst the AMMUN team as a whole. Which together works to produce results that extend past the reach of the conference and lessons that our delegates will carry for a life time.

 

 MUN is more than just debating about terrorist groups and politics. It is a place where the world’s youth can truly understand the issues encompassing the world around them and where students can explore, learn and grow. But most importantly, gain the courage to speak their minds, and attempt to highlight solutions to divisive issues that have plagued our world.

 

Here at AMMUN, delegates from all over the world create new friendships and experiences. At AMMUN delegates not only learn how to talk in front of an audience, but they discover a part of themselves they never knew existed. An attribute to the long-lasting effect of AMMUN on individuals is seen through my journey of forming an MUN club at an English school in Cyprus. Attempting to extend the passion that I hold for it to others who have not experienced MUN.

 

AMMUN is not only a conference, rather a family. From every admin staff to every president to the members of the leadership team. This conference would not be occurring if not for our collaborative efforts for its success.  This year’s AMMUN is the largest testimony to that, with the world being at a standstill for months on end my team and I were able to pull through and result in a conference which for a moment seemed impossible.

 

When I look back four years ago when I was a delegate I see the undeniable impact it had on my life for the better, and that pursuing my MUN career was the greatest decision I ever made. So, to all future participants of AMMUN XIX, I hope that you all discover a part of yourselves in AMMUN XIX, and an unyielding passion to wish to come together to form solutions for our world’s problems. We as a global community should focus on coming together rather than falling apart. To bridge the Divide.

Favorite Quote: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL:

YASMINE QUSHAIR

DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL:

NOURA MATALKA

Grade: 12

Contact Information: noura_matalka@abs.edu.jo

Favorite Conference: AMMUN XVI

Ever since joining my first MUN conference in the eighth grade, I have developed a growing interest in the world of politics and international affairs. This interest only continued to grow as I began to dedicate more of my time into these conferences, especially AMMUN, as I know that the time I invest would not go to waste. MUN as a whole has impacted my life drastically, as with every conference I attend I improve my public speaking skills, my social skills, and my overall confidence. However, what truly fueled my passion, and changed the way in which I view the world, was my second AMMUN experience. Despite having done the conference the year before, this experience played the largest role in shaping my MUN persona, as being more experienced, I was able to put my newfound skills into action on the podium of the Security Council, allowing me to grow into someone my younger self would have never thought I was capable of becoming. There is no other conference like AMMUN, for in all the national and international conferences I have attended over the years, I have yet to see debate like that of which I have witnessed at AMMUN, where the experienced are challenged and the inexperienced are encouraged. It is an experience that will leave you with valuable skills and unforgettable memories.

Favorite Quote: “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” – George R.R. Martin

Grade: 12

Contact Information: yasmine_qushair@abs.edu.jo

Favorite Conference: AMMUN XVI

 

It is with great honor that I welcome you to AMMUN XIX. As a conference, we encourage our young thinkers to make a change in the world. We train our delegates until they have the confidence and courage to speak their opinions and debate important matters. When the conference comes along, we do the same for all other delegates. Gratifying, profound and inventive are the three words I would use to describe the type of debate we entertain.

 

Amidst all the chaos in the world, now more than ever, it is important that we hold these MUN conferences and discuss issues prevalent to our times. As youth, we now have the platform to explore our ideas and thoughts. MUN is somewhere where we can engage in constructive debate on issues that teens would never have the chance to debate otherwise. It gives us a platform to explore our political knowledge, and a chance to share our voices. Very often, we find our opinions and thoughts undermined by adults and other teens alike. Here at AMMUN, we offer a safe space for all to debate.

 

I started my MUN journey in the seventh grade, and I’ve been an avid participant since. MUN interests me because I learn so much from it. It isn’t just another co-curricular activity that I do. It’s become a part of my normal life. I feel weird if I don’t have a conference coming up, or any resolutions to write on the weekends.

My MUN journal has finally come to an end, and I couldn’t be any more honored for it to be as the Deputy Secretary General of debate at AMMUN XIX. I genuinely hope that every one of you is able to walk out the doors on the last day of the conference and reflect positively on the time you had. I hope AMMUN will be as good to you, as it has been for me.

 

Sincerely,

Yasmine Qushair

Deputy Secretary General of Debate

 

Favorite Quote: «When everything seems too perfect, it’s usually anything but» - Gerard Way

HEAD OF TRAINING:

SHAREEF JARDANEH

HEAD OF TRAINING: 

ZEIN AL HMOUD 

Grade: 12

Contact information: shareef_jardaneh@abs.edu.jo

Favorite Conference: AMMUN XIV

Charles Dickens was famously quoted “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” It cannot be argued that we are currently not living in the “best of times.” Surrounding our nations currently is a wave of upset, protests and violence. This is the time for the youth to shine, this is our time. Every day, controversial movements are arising and are causing a colossal divide between the world’s population. People all over the world are begging and eager to find a solution, although they are rarely offered one. What is currently happening in our world today is abnormal, our grandchildren and great grandchildren will be talking about these specific moments, and as I am writing this, historians, scientists, politicians and even world leaders are predicting the beginning of another World War. Which is why I call on you, AMMUN participants. Because you are our way out. I call on all of you to work hard in this year’s AMMUN, collaborate and come up with effective solutions that we can implement. Debate Fairly and Productively. Come together with your allies and even your enemies, because you’re all here to achieve one goal; to better our world. But, how do we do that? Work hard. Making this earth a better place is not something that can be done overnight. When you’re writing your clauses, think of how you can satisfy all the parties involved while still resolving the issue. Research, read your research reports, read the delegate and chairing guide. If you do all of those things, I promise you, you will come to the conference more-than-ready to debate. You might be thinking that the odds of you making an actual change in the world are slim-to-none. Which is why you should work twice as hard, tirelessly. I want you guys to be the bridge in which connects our world together. Be the difference.

 

Favorite Quote: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Grade:  12

Contact Information: zein_alhmoud@abs.edu.jo

Favorite Conference: AMMUN XVI

 

At a time when everything in the world seems to go wrong in some way, we need to find a way to change things for the better and take a step towards improvement. We are living in a state of stress, fear and confusion, not knowing what our lives will look like in the near future. Although we were not living in the middle of a global pandemic 5 years ago when I decided to begin my MUN journey, I was certainly intrigued by the idea of being a change-maker at such a young age. When I first joined MUN in the eighth grade, I barely knew anything about politics. I wanted to be a doctor in the future and had no interest in pursuing a career related to MUN in any way. My first AMMUN experience was in GA6, which was where I got introduced to the word of law and what it was like to participate in a big forum. As the year went by, I participated in more and more local MUN conferences and started having more of an interest in politics. It was after AMMUN XVI that I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in law. AMMUN XVI was my first court experience and probably the most beneficial experience to my speaking skills, confidence and love for courts. I met so many new people and made so many new friends from all around the world.

 

This is why I hope that this year’s AMMUN conference is as eye opening and amazing as my previous AMMUN experiences have been. Delegates, you are the heart of MUN, the change-makers of the future. I urge you all to participate to the utmost degree, resulting in successful, constructive debate, in order to come up with resolutions of top quality. I urge you all to make the world a better place for us all to live in, especially at a time of uncertainty and stress, like this one. To me, it seems like every AMMUN tops the last, which is why I am thrilled to be part of such an accomplished and hard-working leadership team this year to make this AMMUN the best one yet.

 

Favorite Quote: “The best revenge is massive success”- Frank Sinatra

HEAD ORGANISER: 

TALA AYOUB

HEAD ORGANISER: 

ASMAHAN MASANNAT

Grade: 12

Contact information: tala_ayoub@abs.edu.jo

Favorite conference: AMMUN XVIII

 

Many wonder why I have participated in MUN for so many years, why would anyone want to waste their time with more work? The truth is MUN is more than just a conference, it is an opportunity for growth, and is a way in which we as teenagers and students of the future can connect with the world around us and work to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. Every day, we hear about the problems occurring around us, wars in Palestine, the diseases in Africa and even the US China Trade war and we tell ourselves “but there is nothing I can do to help”. MUN brings the delegates one step closer to making a change and one step closer to helping solve these issues, it gives the delegates the opportunity to work with other delegates from around the globe in order to find the most valuable solutions to these issues. Not only does this expose them to different cultures and help them build life-long friendships, whereas, it helps them improve their self-confidence and debate skills as they are able to share their ideas and oppose to those ideas which they disagree with, it also helps them prepare for future experiences and even prepares our generation as a whole for the challenges that are yet to come as leaders of the future. Giving us the opportunity to experience the thrilling excitement of being a part of the UN an inclusive society focused on creating a better world, as Hellen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little, together, we can do so much.”

 

Personally, my experience in MUN helped me improve not only my self-confidence, communication, debate and collaborative skills however, my leadership skills as well, from standing on the podium and main submitting a resolution in my first AMMUN experience as a delegate, to leading a forum and training delegates during AMMUN XVIII as a deputy president of ECOSOC, MUN has helped me grow as an individual, become more assertive in sharing my ideas and helped me learn the importance of collaborating with my peers in order to achieve different goals.

 

As a head organizer, I will work together with rest of the leadership team to make AMMUN XIX the most amazing conference it can be, and to help motivate all the delegates to share their ideas and come up with the most effective solutions, and hopefully help them grow in many different ways as AMMUN helped me.

 

Favorite quote: "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Nelson Mandela

Grade 12

Contact Information: asmahan_masannat@abs.edu.jo

Favourite Conference: AMMUNXVII & THIMUN’20

 

            We have always been told that the future of the world lies within our fingertips, although it seemed unrealistic at first, the Model UN has proven otherwise. As the youth, you have the ability to alter the perception of a hopeless future in which our world is battling what many seem to think is a lost cause. However, what our society fails to notice is that there will always be an opportunity for individuals to resolve the mistakes previous generations have made. Now is the time to stand tall and fight for the firm belief that there is a light at the end of the tunnel in which our world will once again become the safe haven we once knew. With the help of modern technology as well as progressive education, young open-minded individuals will become prepared to undertake world issues from different lights and turn that hopeful future into reality. Thankfully, MUN has now provided with that opportunity for the younger generations.

 

            MUN played a role in shaping the person I am today. I started off in the 8th grade as a diffident delegate, questioning the significance of MUN and why it grasped the interest of many. However, as the years went by, I became more locally and internationally engaged in conferences that allowed me to build up a passion for the political world. I was able to learn what being a globally aware citizen meant, and the importance of being engaged in international affairs. With that, MUN has allowed me to develop skills such as communication, research, and critical thinking; In addition to evolving as a person and becoming a more confident and politically conscious individual. MUN holds great value in which it teaches us how to tackle global issues by proposing solutions and resolutions that show us there is hope for the future.

 

            Welcome delegates to the 19th annual Amman Model United Nations conference. It brings me great joy to be able to organize a conference that will hopefully be a success in your MUN career. AMMUN unites delegates from around the world in order to tackle global issues at the forefront. Our aim this year is to provide our delegates with a space in which they are able to bridge the divide between disputing countries and social classes, in hopes to work towards world unity. At AMMUN, delegates are encouraged to present different perspectives, work out a compromise, and bring us one step closer to world peace as the future truly lies within our fingertips.

 

 

Favorite quote: “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

   

RAPPORTEUR:

NADA KARADSHEH

Grade 12

Contact information: nada_karadsheh@abs.edu.jo

Favourite conference: AMMUN XVII

 

Four years ago was the start of a journey that was a huge part of my school life. A clueless 13-year-old who let her curiosity lead her to discover a new outlook on the world. I never knew how much a few days can effect my life. Throughout the years, I have attended many different MUN conferences. Today, I am able to say that I have found a passion that I carry now and will continue to carry far into my future. The Model United Nations helped me to become more aware of the world around me and understand the uncountable issues that many people face all around the world. Making it clear that our world is filled with issues that are waiting to be recognized and solved.

 

My first experience in the Model united nations was as a delegate in AMMUN. Ever since, I have been extremely interested in the debate side of AMMUN. Where I was exposed to many different pressing issues our world is facing today, and more importantly how to come to realistic and effective resolutions for such issues. Through the debate side of AMMUN, I’ve gained various perspectives on different topics and have been able toe expand my knowledge to an even further extent.  And for this reason, I believe that debating with one another and working together to create solutions is crucial. It has opened many doors in terms of spreading awareness on certain topics that need global support.

 

For this reason, I am extremely excited to be the rapporteur of this year’s AMMUN. Working with an amazing debate team that take on the important responsibility of creating an extremely successful debate, with well prepared student officers and delegates. Through this we are able to create well equipped students that have the capacity to create sustainable solutions that can be applied today, bringing us a few steps closer to the ideal world we are trying to achieve.

 

Favourite quote:

“When the power of love overcomes the love for power, only then will the world know peace.”

Jimi Hendrix

RAPPORTEUR:

JUDE ZURUB

Grade 12

Contact Information: judezurub@abs.edu.jo

Favorite conference: AMMUN XVIII

 

To say that MUN is just an after-school activity would be a gross misrepresentation of what MUN stands for.  Since my 8th grade at school I came to regard MUN as a single most defining experience I have had so far, learning how to stand up for equality, justice and advocating humanity in its best form, are just some of the things I have learned at MUN.

 

My AMMUN experience spans a total of 5 Model United Nations Conferences, starting as a delegate, an expert, an organizer and now a proud member of the 19th annual AMMUN XIX Leadership Team. Throughout this journey I do believe I became a better person and more engaged with the world around because of all deep interesting discussions I was a part of or simply witnessed. Furthermore, I realized my passion and skill set would be better served at the organizational level of the conference as an organizer rather than on the debate side. This experience allowed me to hone my social, time management and problem-solving skills, a few of the many skills surely needed in everyone’s life.

 

The AMMUN legacy at the ABS spans almost two decades of excellence, especially since it was the first time MUN took place in Jordan, thus its special name of AMMUN for Amman. To build on past success, overcome numerous obstacles and deliver a world class conference became such a big challenge for me and a goal to achieve along with my fellow colleagues.  It is always a momentous task, but one worthy of all the effort done behind the scenes.

 

 

Favorite quote: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory”. Dr Seuss.

RAPPORTEUR:

MOHAMMED ABUATIA

Grade: 12

Contact information: mohammad_abuatia@abs.edu.jo

Favorite Conference: AMMUN XVIII

          Going back to my childhood, I remember developing an interest in LEGO which grew to be a personal hobby I would often consider during my free time. Similar to my interest in LEGO, I developed a passion for the Model United Nations (MUN).

           As I started high school, I wanted to explore a new extracurricular activity that would help encourage personal growth and was specifically drawn to MUN. I began my MUN journey in the 11th grade, and my first experience was in the Amman Model United Nations (AMMUN), where I was chosen to take on the role of Head of Environment. Working behind the scenes, allowed me to see what MUN is all about and how it is organized. Adding on, participating in this conference gave me the opportunity to make new meaningful relationships, develop leadership skills and be able to voice my own opinion. Now, I am so glad to have chosen to join MUN as it has shaped me into the person I am today. For this reason, realizing how enjoyable the AMMUN conference was, it pushed me to continue my MUN journey.

            Coming from my experience, my determined personality and drive for perfection motivated me to apply for the AMMUN XIX leadership team. Being a spirited individual who is always up for a challenge, I found myself willing, if not eager, to take on this prestigious role, which requires commitment, time management and responsibility. I can now say that I am excited to be a part of such an accomplished and dedicated team this year.

 

            On a final note, following the mission statement and guiding principles of the Amman Baccalaureate School, the AMMUN team and I are in the process of planning and organizing a conference that promotes international understanding, communication and awareness through embracing other cultures. This year’s theme in AMMUN is ‘Bridging the Divide’ and it is very relevant to the world we live in today. It revolves around the idea that a single voice has the potential to create revolutionary change in the grand scheme of matters to bring two sides closer together or even help overcome their differences. The divide may be political, social or any other major difference that separates communities. Therefore, as young diplomats and future leaders, I urge you to attend the 19th annual session of the Amman Model United Nations conference, AMMUN XIX, with an open-mind, ready to engage in constructive debates and valuable discussions, as well to ignite your creativity and collaboratively develop practical solutions to the world’s issues. I hope this entire AMMUN experience will be unique and truly gratifying in all aspects.

I wish you all the very best of luck and look forward to seeing you ‘bridge the divide!’

Favorite Quote:

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein