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Be a Part of It: New York, New York!

Join thousands of university students, more than half from outside the United States, in New York City to discuss current global issues in a real world context. NMUN•NY offers 21 simulated UN committees and uses procedural rules developed with UNITAR. Outside conference sessions, delegates from over 100 UN Member States can take advantage of opportunities at Permanent Missions to the UN, the United Nations itself, as well as world class museums, architecture, shows, restaurants, and stores. Conference features include interactions with Secretariat members and sessions held at UN Headquarters (started in 1952). Watch a video of the conference in action or view these photos from our previous conferences!

Volunteer Leadership

Natalie Keller
Natalie Keller
Secretary-General Conference A
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Natalie is originally from Germany and lives in Vienna, Austria at the moment. She attended the University of Bonn and the University of Vienna and will finish her law degree (with a focus on international and business law) in 2021. She has published a chapter on commercial law in a book on applied and comparative law and language. She speaks four languages and is getting registered as an authorized translator with the court. Natalie joined NMUN•NY volunteer staff in 2012.

Estefani Morales-Zanoletti
Estefani Morales-Zanoletti
Deputy Secretary-General Conference A
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Estefani is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area in California and now lives in Washington D.C. She has a B.A. in International Relations from San Francisco State University where she attended a year abroad in Florence, Italy to study Italian language and European politics. Estefani received her M.Sc. in Environment, Politics, and Globalization at King’s College London, in London, U.K. She currently works as a Government Affairs Specialist at a large tech company, where she conducts policy analysis and external government relations. Estefani was a delegate for two years and has been on NMUN staff since 2014. She is a proud daughter of Guatemalan immigrants, a first generation college student, environmentalist, avid comic book reader, cyclist, and feminist. 

Jeffrey Thorpe
Jeffrey Thorpe
Secretary-General Conference B
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Jeffrey is originally from Brunswick, Georgia, and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2011 with a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies and again in 2013 with a Master of Public Administration. Professionally, Jeffrey is the Judicial Caseload Data Manager of the Office of Research and Data Analysis for the Judicial Council of Georgia/Administrative Office of the Courts, where he oversees judicial statistics, data management, circuit analyses, and assists with international visitors. He is the President and player for the Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club, LLC in his spare time. Jeffrey has been on the volunteer staff for NMUN•NY since 2014 and has also volunteered for NMUN•DC and NMUN • Germany.
Leah Schmidt
Leah Schmidt
Deputy Secretary-General Conference B
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Leah has a Master of Philosophy in Gender Studies from the University of Cambridge, which she earned as the Canadian Chevening Scholar and Rotary Trust Global Grant Recipient. She previously earned a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Women’s Studies from the University of Calgary; a Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction and a Minor in Anthropology) in International Relations from the University of Calgary; and a graduate certificate from the London School of Economics and Politics in Law, War, and Human Rights. Originally from Calgary but now based in Ottawa, Canada, she is currently the Gender Lead for the Canadian G7/G20 diplomatic team, and credits Model UN as her impetus for pursuing a career in multilateralism. A former Killam Fellow with Fulbright Canada and Alberta Top 30 Under 30, Leah joined NMUN staff in 2012, and has served on Senior Staff of both NMUN•NY and NMUN•DC. In her spare time, she's an award-winning poet, LGBTQ+ community organizer, mediocre runner, and cat mom.

Program Support

We are grateful for the longstanding support from the United States Mission to the United Nations.

United States Mission to the United Nations