Doha College Model United Nations

Doha College Model United Nations

Diplomacy of the Future

Doha College Model United Nations

Diplomacy of the Future

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About Us

About
DCMUN

Excellence. It is the foundation of everything we do.

DCMUN is a continuously growing student run organisation under Mr Moore’s directorship. The club hosts exciting and highly anticipated Model United Nations conferences twice a year with an aim to encourage the secondary school students of Qatar to join a community that endorses public speaking, debating and self confidence.

Students who join DCMUN have the opportunity to take part in many conferences throughout the year, including THIMUN Qatar, an international conference which welcomes close to 1200 delegates every year. However, the pinnacle of these conferences is the annual DCMUN conference hosted by Doha College. Every November, we welcome over 600 participants from about 14 different schools in Qatar to take part in our 3 day conference.

Within an MUN conference, there are many different roles to take part in. Most participants undertake the role of a delegate, with their main task being to represent a country. Delegates produce a document called a resolution, which contains proposed solutions for an important world issue, and they then proceed to debate on the resolution. Speaking in a conference allows delegates to express their countries’ views on the issues at hand, as well as giving them a chance to increase their self confidence and improve their public speaking skills. The Admin staff are a crucial part of every conference; they make sure that everything behind the scenes is running smoothly. From preparing rooms to serving food, and passing notes inside committees, it is an opportunity to experience MUN from a different perspective. Members of the Press team are responsible for producing booklets to be handed out both before the conference and after each day of the conference, each one filled with information, articles, and photos. They also serve as our photographers, and produce the ever-anticipated conference video. Student officers are responsible for chairing the debates, as well as ensuring there is order within a committee. They also produce the research reports created before the conference, which allow delegates to learn more about the issues they will be debating.

Those who decide to take part in such an amazing platform will see their confidence, public speaking skills, and communication skills improve, as they are put into situations that require them to step outside of their comfort zone and speak in front of a room, or work with strangers to come up with solutions to topical issues regarding today’s world. No matter what role an individual decides to undertake within a conference, each individual who attends a conference will learn something new about themselves and the planet we call our home. Doha College is known for consistently providing an excellent experience to the students who attend their conferences. Students at Doha College are trained by more experience members of DCMUN every week, giving them a chance to improve their skills and knowledge. DCMUN is a seed bed for growing leaders, allowing them to learn the skills they need to make changes and improve our world. Due to this, students should see the ECA of MUN as not only an incredible opportunity, but also an exceptional experience that cannot be missed.

Staff Directors

  • David Moore
    Director

    Greetings and salutations to all members of Doha College Model United Nations (DCMUN) and those thinking of joining (which I strongly urge you to do!).

    I am a History and Sociology Teacher here in Doha College and have also taught Government & Politics in my previous school. I have been involved in politics most of my life. I have found it to be fascinating, exciting and contentious. MUN gives its members an understanding of global politics and helps them make sense of how aspects of foreign policy are formed and negotiated.  MUN members understand the role global politics has in shaping our society and how active citizens can make the world a better place. I would wholeheartedly encourage students get involved in DCMUN not just to be our potential future leaders but a positive force for global change.

    As well as improving a plethora of skills in leadership, organisation, chairing and public speaking DCMUN gives its members skills that are usable beyond Doha College: in further education, volunteering and employment. Not to mention meeting top level diplomats, ambassadors and global activists. I am proud that members of DCMUN research and address issues that need more attention in our media and speaks for those who have no voice and little power. I would urge those who feel likewise and are not members to join us and sign up for DCMUN

  • Amanda Stafrace
    Co-Director

    I volunteered to join MUN as it appeared intriguing, a novelty. MUN is very different from any other activity that I have ever engaged with.  Being a scientist by profession and a musician by passion, economic and political conflicts never really caught my attention for very long. In some odd way however, whilst MUN is extremely different from my daily science oriented responsibilities, there are similarities. In fact in both there is scope for thinking outside the box and both need problem solving skills. Furthermore, I realise that MUN not only helps participants keep up with global issues but it also provides an excellent opportunity for international and multicultural exposures. We are living in a period of large political unease. Daily news is flooded with conflict. I enjoy how MUN sheds hope for future generations. It sets the mind of participants to not look for faults but to find a remedy.

  • Rehan Mohammed
    Co-Director

    Joining DCMUN has been so exciting for me because it strives to be the best there is. It is impressive to see that so many delegates have the possibility to reach their potential in so many variety of ways. MUN represents the best in education. Through it’s studentcentred activities it fosters divergent thinking and creativity. - thinking about many possible answers to creatively solve real world problems. The best learning happens in groups. It’s called collaborative learning. At DCMUN we pride ourselves in delegates huddling over laptops, merging their ideas, lobbying for support, they are collaborating to solve real world problems. The best learning is also independent learning. Where people research, write complex resolutions in the sophisticated and technical language of the United Nations, about real issues affecting our lives right now. Above all the MUN develops skills in public speaking. Many delegates tell me that MUN is the first time they have had to stand before a group of their peers and deliver a speech. Time and time again I have seen people who are shy and withdrawn rise up to their full height and potential to deliver their ideas and thoughts in a creative way. They develop confidence and humility. But this is usually only the beginning.

Student Executives

  • President
    Callum Breheny
    MUN to me is more than just an ECA. It is a platform that stretches out far and wide, that one cannot experience fully watching from the sides; but it also one that lets anyone stand upon it – to voice their opinion, to ensure no one feels left out, to be the supports that it rests upon and to let the surrounding world know about this great construct, found nowhere else. Hello, my name is Callum Breheny and for 2019, I have the exceptional honour of being President of DCMUN. By participating in MUN, in any and every role; we have faith that those who have chosen to take this step, will be all the better for it. Be it in pushing the bound More...

    MUN to me is more than just an ECA. It is a platform that stretches out far and wide, that one cannot experience fully watching from the sides; but it also one that lets anyone stand upon it – to voice their opinion, to ensure no one feels left out, to be the supports that it rests upon and to let the surrounding world know about this great construct, found nowhere else. Hello, my name is Callum Breheny and for 2019, I have the exceptional honour of being President of DCMUN. By participating in MUN, in any and every role; we have faith that those who have chosen to take this step, will be all the better for it. Be it in pushing the boundaries of your own thought process by being open to those around you, learning the behind the scenes of our own conferences and event planning to name what is the most minute fraction of what you will learn throughout your own MUN career. With no doubt in my mind this year’s Executive Team - myself included - will work tirelessly to make sure we live up to the unspoken expectations that our conference’s contributors look forward to. We hope to see you at both our conferences this year, and all the more to come. Best regards.

  • Secretary General
    Anjaneya Suden
    “Excellence is my presence, never tense, never hesitant.” – Biggie Smalls. I think the metaphorical value of this sentence couldn’t summarize the determination and characteristics needed to be successful at any MUN conference. My name is Anjaneya Suden and for the upcoming year I have the privilege of being your Secretary General for DCMUN. Being brought up in a developed nation for all my life whilst seeing struggles of third world issues back home, I am obliged to not only educate my fellow delegates but to also teach positive leadership characteristics and make you become better global citizen. In an ev More...

    “Excellence is my presence, never tense, never hesitant.” – Biggie Smalls. I think the metaphorical value of this sentence couldn’t summarize the determination and characteristics needed to be successful at any MUN conference. My name is Anjaneya Suden and for the upcoming year I have the privilege of being your Secretary General for DCMUN. Being brought up in a developed nation for all my life whilst seeing struggles of third world issues back home, I am obliged to not only educate my fellow delegates but to also teach positive leadership characteristics and make you become better global citizen. In an ever-changing world regardless of what the media portrays about who takes the final decision, at the end of the day the most important aspect is in our hands, the youth. I am willing to give time and effort into shaping our society as I know you all will give in countless hours to resolve the most pressing issues. And together we can make the world a better place for us and generations to come. I cannot wait to start this journey with all of you, and I hope to meet all of you soon.

  • Deputy Secretary General
    Nasrullah Shakil
    “What is MUN?” MUN for me is an exceptional platform where we grow in each and every step. It teaches us life long experiences which we learn no where else. DCMUN carries a prodigious legacy of instilling passion and commitment in all our attendees and teaches them essential skills team work, resilience and confidence. I personally haven’t just made new friends but have become socially and politically aware of the world at large. I am Nasrullah Shakil and I am honored to serve as your Deputy Secretary General. Me and the rest of the executive will work tirelessly to make both the conferences live up to the expectations of all s More...

    “What is MUN?” MUN for me is an exceptional platform where we grow in each and every step. It teaches us life long experiences which we learn no where else. DCMUN carries a prodigious legacy of instilling passion and commitment in all our attendees and teaches them essential skills team work, resilience and confidence. I personally haven’t just made new friends but have become socially and politically aware of the world at large. I am Nasrullah Shakil and I am honored to serve as your Deputy Secretary General. Me and the rest of the executive will work tirelessly to make both the conferences live up to the expectations of all students taking part. DCMUN is not whole without all the hundreds of delegates, admins, press etc. taking part and it is our aim to give a chance to every student so they can speak and share their  thoughts in resolutions and get the chance to learn. Hope we can make this conference memorable and wholesome for everyone. Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you all!

  • Deputy Secretary General
    Rayyan Nomaan
    Life is all about making experiences and as cliché as it may sound, MUN is like starting a new chapter in your journey, It has its ups and downs but at the end of the day you're going to create experiences and memories that you will look back on and realize how precious these memories we created are. My name is Rayyan Nomaan and I am privileged enough to have earn the position of the 2019 Deputy Secretary General. I have been fortunate enough to be participating in the MUN club for the past 4 years and I hope this year with me as the DSG will be just like the rest. This year I am striving to show as many people what MUN is about and More...

    Life is all about making experiences and as cliché as it may sound, MUN is like starting a new chapter in your journey, It has its ups and downs but at the end of the day you're going to create experiences and memories that you will look back on and realize how precious these memories we created are. My name is Rayyan Nomaan and I am privileged enough to have earn the position of the 2019 Deputy Secretary General. I have been fortunate enough to be participating in the MUN club for the past 4 years and I hope this year with me as the DSG will be just like the rest. This year I am striving to show as many people what MUN is about and hopefully create an even bigger community than we have now. With the upcoming conferences we have, I hope that all of those that have dedicated countless hours into furthering their MUN knowledge will come out the conferences saying they have still learnt something new and made an experience they will always remember. I hope to see everyone this year.

  • Co-President of the General Assembly
    Maya Stafrace
    Hello! I am Maya Stafrace and I am honoured to  hold the position of co-PGA for this years DCMUN and ODTC. Personally, I feel like MUN is more than a pass time or an extra-curricular activity, it  is a gateway to an open mind, to being intellectual, passionate, and knowledgeable about the injustices that our world is facing. The opportunities MUN produces are infinite, from having the possibility to learn about the complex world we live in, voice your opinions and meet amazing people, to increasing your confidence along with your  public speaking skills. I personally will never get sick of the adrenaline rush I get when arguing in More...

    Hello! I am Maya Stafrace and I am honoured to  hold the position of co-PGA for this years DCMUN and ODTC. Personally, I feel like MUN is more than a pass time or an extra-curricular activity, it  is a gateway to an open mind, to being intellectual, passionate, and knowledgeable about the injustices that our world is facing. The opportunities MUN produces are infinite, from having the possibility to learn about the complex world we live in, voice your opinions and meet amazing people, to increasing your confidence along with your  public speaking skills. I personally will never get sick of the adrenaline rush I get when arguing in a heated debate and MUN allows me to argue about controversial issues on a regular basis. I look forward to collaborate with Raha, who is also co-PGA, along with the rest of this years the executive team, and use all our experience, combined, to make this years conference productive for everyone . We encourage everybody to get involved in DCMUN- it is a great opportunity and a platform to increase your knowledge about such a complex, growing world-  seize the opportunity and I promise you won’t regret it. See you there!

  • Secretary General of Middle School MUN
    Razan Elshazali
    My name is Razan Elshazali, and it’s my pleasure to serve as this year’s Secretary General of MSMUN. Currently, I am helping to run the newly founded Primary MUN club, which is a great opportunity to involve the younger years while also educating them on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. To all the aspiring MUN delegates, I encourage all of you to sign up for this year’s MSMUN and ODTC conferences, as they are training conferences and will really help broaden your understanding of what MUN is. Who knows, you just might be the politician the world has always needed!
  • Co-President of the General Assembly
    Raha Khorasani
    I am honored to be serving as co-President of the General Assembly for ODTC and DCMUN 2019. My name is Raha Khorasani and MUN has enlightened me to learn about issues I’ve never even come across of. I joined MUN in 2016 as an admin and slowly I learnt to make progress. From learning how to secure doors for voting procedures to running a committee as a chair, MUN, quite quickly, became a true passion of mine. For me it’s something about making people more aware and more compassionate about the issues happening around us. For you it may be about making more friends or becoming more confident. And for others it may be about getting More...

    I am honored to be serving as co-President of the General Assembly for ODTC and DCMUN 2019. My name is Raha Khorasani and MUN has enlightened me to learn about issues I’ve never even come across of. I joined MUN in 2016 as an admin and slowly I learnt to make progress. From learning how to secure doors for voting procedures to running a committee as a chair, MUN, quite quickly, became a true passion of mine. For me it’s something about making people more aware and more compassionate about the issues happening around us. For you it may be about making more friends or becoming more confident. And for others it may be about getting more Instagram followers. That’s another reason why MUN is amazing; everyone is different and diverse. Therefore I would love nothing more but to use this opportunity to inspire all of you like I, myself, was once inspired. I am excited to be working with the rest of the executive team and my co-PGA Maya Stafrace to make an unforgettable conference and experience for everyone attending.

  • Deputy Head of Admin
    Annika Coutinno
    Hello! My name is Annika Coutinho and I am honoured to be serving as Deputy Head of Admin this year. Since joining MUN in Year 9, it has quickly become more than just an extra-curricular activity for me, and I myself have grown in more ways than I could ever have imagined. I am excited to be experiencing another aspect of MUN and developing my passion further, while collaborating with the rest of the Executive team. The undertaking of this year’s ODTC and DCMUN is no mean feat, and my wonderful team and I are committed to ensuring that everyone involved has an amazing experience and comes away enlightened about pressing issues arou More...

    Hello! My name is Annika Coutinho and I am honoured to be serving as Deputy Head of Admin this year. Since joining MUN in Year 9, it has quickly become more than just an extra-curricular activity for me, and I myself have grown in more ways than I could ever have imagined. I am excited to be experiencing another aspect of MUN and developing my passion further, while collaborating with the rest of the Executive team. The undertaking of this year’s ODTC and DCMUN is no mean feat, and my wonderful team and I are committed to ensuring that everyone involved has an amazing experience and comes away enlightened about pressing issues around the world and stimulated by the heated debate!

  • Head of Admin
    Alison Goonan
    Hi all! My name is Alison and I am honoured to have been chosen to fulfil the role of Head of Admin this year in the executive team. During the preparation and running of this year’s ODTC and DCMUN conferences, my brilliant team and I will make sure to make your time as an admin, chair or delegate the most enjoyable. I can’t wait to meet and train our new admins this year! I’m sure you’ll enjoy the experience as much as I have over the past years.
  • Head Secretariat
    Rohan Gupta
    Mahatma Gandhi once said, “ You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”  We currently live in a world where there is a great imbalance of power and a severe lack of rights, youths are more often than not left perplexed at the sight of global tragedies; not knowing what to say, do or feel. My name is Rohan Gupta and I have the honour and privilege of serving as your Head of Secretariat for DCMUN. MUN has given me the most amazing thing in life, a passion and a love that I can’t shake. From the moment I stepped into my first conference I knew that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, whether that means More...

    Mahatma Gandhi once said, “ You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”  We currently live in a world where there is a great imbalance of power and a severe lack of rights, youths are more often than not left perplexed at the sight of global tragedies; not knowing what to say, do or feel. My name is Rohan Gupta and I have the honour and privilege of serving as your Head of Secretariat for DCMUN. MUN has given me the most amazing thing in life, a passion and a love that I can’t shake. From the moment I stepped into my first conference I knew that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, whether that means being a senator or a diplomat in a foreign country. MUN has introduced me to an amazing world that I have no interest in leaving. It has helped us grow into leaders, discover our futures, become confident in ourselves, and form lasting friendships with people from all over the world.  This year one of the exciting roles I have been assigned is dealing with MUN Impact which focuses on making an impact to support the SDGs through Model UN, and I cannot wait to begin this adventure with my team this year. I look forward to meeting you all soon!

  • Head of Communications
    Nina Nair
    Hi! I’m Nina and I am honored to take on the role of  Head of Communications 2019. This is my third year as member of the DCMUN community and I am extremely thrilled to have a role in the executive team this year. MUN is an opportunity of a lifetime and will develop and hone skills which will be essential for life. I hope this year’s ODTCMUN and DCMUN conferences will prove extremely successful and that the MUN spirit will shine through.
  • Head of Training
    Noureldin Ali
    MUN isn't just about boosting your appearance in front of international universities, it quickly evolves to become much more than you intend it to be. As cheesy as it sounds, MUN is more about the journey and not the destination. To be a figure that will help start the journey for the next generation of delegates, chairs, admin, press and executives is, without a doubt, an honour and an absolute privilege. I hope that we will be able to train a dignified group of strong, passionate and hard-working individuals, that will help create the foundation for even better DCMUN conferences in the future.
  • Head of ICJ
    Nalin Joshi
    Hey there! I, Nalin Joshi, am bestowed with the gift of serving you all as this year’s Head of ICJ(International Court of Justice) for ODTC and DCMUN. For the past few years, I have been an MUN enthusiast taking all my previous roles with much interest and dedication. Today, being in the highest position of a committee I have enjoyed thoroughly is an opportunity I won’t take for granted. Conjointly, with the talented Deputy Head of ICJ, Shreyas Venkatesh, we hope to pass on the great times we, as advocates, had to the next batch of promising lawyers as we once were. We will be the selectors and head justices for the cases that wi More...

    Hey there! I, Nalin Joshi, am bestowed with the gift of serving you all as this year’s Head of ICJ(International Court of Justice) for ODTC and DCMUN. For the past few years, I have been an MUN enthusiast taking all my previous roles with much interest and dedication. Today, being in the highest position of a committee I have enjoyed thoroughly is an opportunity I won’t take for granted. Conjointly, with the talented Deputy Head of ICJ, Shreyas Venkatesh, we hope to pass on the great times we, as advocates, had to the next batch of promising lawyers as we once were. We will be the selectors and head justices for the cases that will take place in court. I am really looking forward to hold the golden reins of this committee of prestige; I vow to ensure that all proceedings will run as smoothly as can be, that each advocate will be equipped with the proper skills needed to be successful in court, and finally the fine ironing of the jet black robes that you will have the privilege of wearing. The bang of a gavel makes a larger dent than that of a titanium hammer.

  • Deputy Head of ICJ
    Shreyas Venkatesh
    Hello! My name is Shreyas Venkatesh and I have the utmost privilege of serving you all as the Deputy President of ICJ for this years ODTC and DCMUN. As I have been vigorously partaking in MUN conferences as a delegate for almost four years now, I am ecstatic to be able to use this experience to run my own committee. MUN has truly provided me with an opportunity to debate the most crucial topics in the world, whilst expanding my knowledge on these affairs. Having engaged in two prior ICJ conferences already, I intend on providing these same opportunities to any advocates who choose to expose themselves to a completely different yet in More...

    Hello! My name is Shreyas Venkatesh and I have the utmost privilege of serving you all as the Deputy President of ICJ for this years ODTC and DCMUN. As I have been vigorously partaking in MUN conferences as a delegate for almost four years now, I am ecstatic to be able to use this experience to run my own committee. MUN has truly provided me with an opportunity to debate the most crucial topics in the world, whilst expanding my knowledge on these affairs. Having engaged in two prior ICJ conferences already, I intend on providing these same opportunities to any advocates who choose to expose themselves to a completely different yet invigorating part of MUN. Along with the President of ICJ, Nalin Joshi, I will be responsible for selecting cases that shall be debated during the conference, as well as ensuring that the committee as a whole is able to run smoothly and is an enjoyable experience for everyone. I hope to see you all at our conferences.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the potential benefits of taking part in MUN for me?

MUN allows you to enhance your public speaking skills and develop a broader horizon. It increases your level of confidence and also raises awareness to important issues around the globe, which you may have never drawn attention to before. What some people may not realise is that MUN is about more than just research and debating. Through MUN, you learn more about the world that you would in any classroom, and you begin to understand the problems that affect millions of people every day. MUN conferences give you the opportunity to meet people from all around the world, and this allows you to understand more about your fellow human beings. But most of all, MUN is fun, and the conferences always leave you with a wealth of memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. MUN provides you with a new, unique way to look at things, be it politics, the environment or how to get the phone number of a potential future leader.

How do I sign up for MUN?

We recommend starting MUN at the start of either the school year, or after the winter break. To sign up, just come to the meetings after school every Tuesday in the Auditorium. Note that only students in Year 8 and above can participate.

What makes DCMUN so special?

DCMUN has a fantastic atmosphere about it. Delegates and chairs come from around Doha College, Qatar and since last year from around the world too. Furthermore, the conference sees delegates of a wide range of experience which makes for debates where all delegates can be involved to their full potential. But to really answer that question, you will just have to attend the conference yourself and see!

What are the posts available to me in MUN?

When attending a conference, you sign up to be a delegate, press member, or admin staff. Delegates participate in the debate and help pass resolutions. Press team members document the conference as reporters, photographers or as a part of the film crew. Admin Staff aid the smooth running of the conference by facilitating tasks such as printing, distribution of food and in the organisation of equipment. If applying to the ICJ, you will sign up as an advocate. More experienced members of the club will sign up to be student officers, and if applicable, to the Executive Team.

In a MUN conference what do you do as a delegate?

A delegate is a student who, represents a country in a certain committee. You present and argue your country’s views and opinions instead of your own. You are expected to make a resolution and position paper. Don't worry, you will be trained how to do this.

Why should I be Admin Staff?

By being an Admin member you can experience what a MUN conference is like and gain a better understanding of what is happening. It is a great opportunity for first time MUNners and experienced MUNners alike. The Admin Staff are the backbone of the conference and help make the conference run as smoothly as possible.

I have never done MUN before, what help can DCMUN give me to prepare me for my first conference?

If you are a DC student and want to be a part of MUN you will have to take part in pre-conference training (no matter how experienced you are). Obviously special preparations are made for those who are taking part in MUN for the first time so you will be very well prepared by the time that you take part in your first conference.

What does MUN actually do for me?

Well it really depends on what you are doing in MUN and what your life ambitions are. Participating as a delegate will obviously help you in becoming a member of the UN, but it may also help in becoming a lawyer or even an activist- this is because it shows that you have the ability to speak articulately and proficiently, even on the spot. A member of the Press team could perhaps get into advertising or journalism. Regardless of your position, MUN can be used in your CV for many different points that may help you get into universities around the world.

What are the requirements for DCMUN if I am looking to use it for International Award?

This thoroughly depends on what level you are taking it at. At Bronze level, it can be used as a skill if attendance and participation is for a period of three months. It can be used as a skill for Silver as well on the condition that you will be exploring different areas and roles within the club.

What is the procedure for signing off MUN in my Record book for International Award?

You have to type up a brief account of your experience in the club and how you believe you've gained from the club. Print this off to an appropriate size, so that you can stick it in to your record book. Get the account checked by Ms Conly, and once she approves, stick it in and get the record book signed.

What are the conferences hosted by Doha College MUN, and what structure do they follow?

Doha College MUN hosts two conference every year. The inaugaral, flagship conference- DCMUN- generally takes place during mid-November and is held over two days. The club hosts more than 600 delegates during this time, with numerous roles to choose from. More recently, a One Day Training Conference has been set up, due to the overwhelming success of DCMUN. Here, delegates can prepare themselves for the rigours of the bigger conference.

Can Year 8's be part of the Admin Team?

Year 8s can be part of the Admin Team - you will receive training on this essential role.