Minahil Nawaz, President

Minahil is a junior in Timothy Dwight College. Originally from Lahore, Pakistan, she is a Global Affairs major here at Yale. She is very excited to serve as the President of YIRA for 2019-2020, having been involved in various YIRA constituent programs over the course of her two years at Yale. While Minahil spends most of her free time walking to places from TD, she also loves to travel, drink orange juice and procrastinate! If you have any questions about YIRA, feel free to contact her at president@yira.org.


Ornella Bayigamba, Vice President

Ornella is a junior at Yale majoring in Chemical Engineering with a focus on Renewable Energy infrastructure and policy. She has had the pleasure of joining several other Yale International Relations Association conferences and substituent groups before getting the opportunity to be Vice President. Her hope for this year is to reach a greater diversity of Yale students, offer more opportunities for the membership to create events based off of their interests, and increase the educational mission of our research trips. Feel free to reach her at vice.president@yira.org.


Karthik Irakam, Treasurer

Karthik is a junior in Morse College studying Biomedical Engineering and Economics. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Central New Jersey (it’s a thing), Karthik has been involved in a variety of Yale International Relations Association programs, including several conferences and the intercollegiate competitive Model UN Team at Yale. When he isn’t working on academics or YIRA, you can catch him giving Yale campus and engineering tours, analyzing stocks with the Yale Student Investment Group, playing golf with Yale’s club team, or volunteering in the New Haven community. In whatever time he has left, Karthik loves spending time outside with his friends, scoping out new hills to longboard, and attempting to get in shape. Karthik is excited for a great year serving as your treasurer – feel free to reach out to him at treasurer@yira.org with questions regarding YIRA finances or anything else!


Henry Ziemer, Executive Director

Henry Suckow Ziemer a junior in Silliman College studying Global Affairs and History. He is thrilled to be serving as the 2019-2020 YIRA Executive Director. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota he finds the winters in New Haven surprisingly mild and is an avid fan of his home state’s music scene. As Executive Director, Henry is passionate about international relations in all its forms and is committed to expanding the diversity of opportunities available for students to learn about and engage with pressing world affairs. Outside of YIRA, he is involved with the Yale International Policy Competition, Military History Society and the Muay Thai Kickboxing Team. In his free time, Henry can be found writing, dancing, watching cheesy action movies and drinking more caramel macchiatos that is strictly healthy. He is always excited to talk about his experiences with YIRA and appreciation for the organization so feel free to contact him at executive@yira.org with any questions or ideas you might have.

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Linh Le, Secretary

A sophomore in Branford College, Linh will have the honor of serving as the Secretary for YIRA in the 2019-2020 year. From the wonderful tropical city of Hanoi, Vietnam, he is a prospective Chemical Engineering and Global Affairs double major, with a special interest in energy landscape and the politico-cultural developments in urbanizing areas in Southeast Asia. Within YIRA, he has been involved with a multitude of programs such as YMUN, SCSY, YMUNK, and IRSY. When not scrambling up for the newsletter or literally sleeping on his problem sets, he dances with Yale Movement, Yale’s premier K-Pop and urban dance group, engages as an ambassador with the first-generation, low-income community, and works on outreach opportunities for Project Bright. He loves lazing around catching up on the entirety of Drag Race, drinking quality bubble tea, and spending time with his incredible friends in YIRA—feel free to contact him at secretary@yira.org!


Aki Dhadda, YMUN Secretary General

Aki is a junior in Trumbull College and is the Secretary-General for YMUN XLVI. Aki is from Northern New Jersey and is studying Chemistry and Economics here at Yale. When not working on YMUN or academics, Aki is involved in a host of other conferences for the Yale International Relations Association, competes on Yale’s Model UN Team, gives Yale Campus tours and Science tours, and helps out at the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project. In her free time, Aki spends every day hopelessly trying not to get sick and wondering when she will get to eat spicy food next. Aki started her Model UN career almost five years ago at YMUN 40, and is very excited to introduce new delegates to the crazy, amazing world that is Model UN. Aki cannot wait for YMUN 46, and is thrilled to welcome delegates and advisors to Yale in just a few months. Please contact her at secgen@ymun.org if you have any questions!

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Chie Xu, Hemispheres Director

Chie is a junior in JE studying Philosophy and Comparative Literature, with an interest in aesthetics and translation. Born in Japan to Chinese parents, she now calls snowy upstate New York home. She's had the pleasure of teaching Hemi students for the past few semesters, and can't wait for this upcoming year's new curriculum. When she's not teaching, Chie is a violinist in the YSO, an editor of the Journal of Literary Translation, and works for the Yale Translation Initiative. In what time remains, Chie makes tea and fends off the question "what are you going to do with that degree?" Feel free to reach out for the ever-changing answer to that question, a cup of tea, or any questions at hemispheres@yira.org!


David Yu, YMUNI Director

David is a sophomore in Ezra Stiles college from the NYC area. He is interested in majoring in Economics and Cognitive Science. David is excited to lead the Yale Model United Nations Institute this year, where he was also a participant in 2017 before coming to Yale. At Yale, David leads first-year students on outdoor orientation trips in the New England wilderness. He spent his past summer working as a surgical assistant at a dental office, where he learned the importance of not only flossing every night but also telling other people to floss. Feel free to contact him at ymuni@yira.org if you have any questions about YMUNI!


Gregory Jany, YMUNT Secretary General

Greg is a junior in Jonathan Edwards College hailing from Jakarta, Indonesia. He is a double major in Economics and History, with a particular interest in imperialism and post-colonial nation-building, especially in Southeast Asia. Having been part of YMUNT throughout his Yale career, Greg is excited to lead the team for its sixth iteration in 2020. On campus, Greg also founded the Indonesia Yale Association, conducted research at the School of Management, and currently serves as an Academic Strategies Mentor. He enjoys spending his Saturday mornings at Willoughby’s and is constantly on the hunt for new Twitter accounts to follow. Feel free to reach out to him at ymunt.secgen@yira.org.


Jake Mezey, YRIS Co-Editor in Chief

Jake is a junior history major in THE Timothy Dwight College. Jake joined the Yale Review of International Studies his second semester at Yale and previously served as the Print Editor of YRIS. Jake loves reading and writing about Foreign Policy. Outside of YRIS Jake is a member of the Yale Magic Society and the captain of Club Wrestling. Jake is from Washington DC, not Bethesda or Northern Virginia. Jake loves Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, video games, military strategy, historical memes, Vermont sharp cheddar cheese, 70% (or higher) dark chocolate, and chess. Contact him and Qusay Omran at yris@yira.org with any questions about submitting articles for online or print publication.

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Lauren Gatta, SCSY Secretary General

Lauren (she/her/hers) is a junior in Grace Hopper College. Though she was born and raised in Paris, she calls New York her home and enjoys partaking in classic New Yorker activities such as complaining about the MTA, seeking out the best cup of bubble tea, and walking absurdly fast. In YIRA, she has served on the secretariats of YMUN and YMGE. She has also enjoyed chairing for SCSY and is looking forward to bringing her creative touch to SCSY XLII. Lauren devotes the rest of her free time to theater, the Banner, and the Office of Sustainability. She is majoring in art with a concentration in graphic design, but her truest self can be found second-guessing her career choices while eating ice cream.

Feel free to contact her at scsy.secgen@yira.org!

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Nathalie Bussemaker, YMGE President

Nathalie is a junior in Morse College who plans to major in Global Affairs and History with an Arabic language certificate. Born in New York City to a Dutch family, she currently calls Princeton, New Jersey home. In addition to Yale Model Government Europe, she has been involved in YIRA with SCSY, YMUN, and IRSY. Outside of YIRA, she covers state politics for the Yale Daily News, works for the Yale University Press, and mentors low-income, high-achieving high school students applying to college through Matriculate. Besides international relations, Nathalie’s great loves include rice pudding, the New York Times crossword, and dog videos. She had a marvelous time at YMGE last year, and she cannot wait to explore Lisbon with this year’s Secretariat, delegates, and advisors! Shoot her an email at nathalie@ymge.org with any questions!


Qusay Omran, YRIS Co-Editor in Chief

Qusay is a junior in Berkeley College pursuing an intensive major in Chemistry. Although he has lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan since 2011, he grew up in Bahrain and considers the small Gulf island his home. Qusay joined the Yale Review of International Studies in his first semester at Yale, and he enjoyed writing short essays on topical international affairs before becoming Online Managing Editor in his sophomore year. Qusay spent his sophomore spring break watching 67 hours of Game of Thrones, and he regrets none of it. Contact him and Jake Mezey at yris@yira.org with any questions about submitting articles for online or print publication.


Richard Park, YMUNK Secretary General

From Seoul, South Korea, Richard is a junior in Jonathan Edwards College. He plans to double major in Economics and Computer Science. Having participated in various YIRA conferences including as the former USG of Domestic Delegations for YMUNK 2018, he is excited to serve as the Secretary-General for YMUNK 2019. Outside YIRA, Richard is also involved in YUDI, a group aiming to educate Yale undergraduates about finance and investing, Hanppuri, the cultural group for Korean students at Yale, and various other groups. Having lived in Shanghai, China, and Massachusetts and visited many more countries, Richard is a true third culture kid who finds solace in international relations to reconcile the many conflicting loyalties from his different backgrounds. If you have any questions about YMUNK or Richard himself, please reach out to ymunkorea.secgen@yira.org.


Victoria Mak, MUNTY Head Delegate

Victoria is a junior in Pierson College who hails from Short Hills, New Jersey. She is a Statistics and Data Science major, interested in economics and international law. Victoria has loved competing in Model UN conferences since high school, and she’s looking forward to serving as the head delegate of Yale’s travel Model UN team (MUNTY) for the 2019-2020 school year. When she’s not debating or traveling, she likes listening to podcasts, running long distances, and pretending that she understands fantasy football. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to her at munty@yira.org.