At the Conference

Scheduled Speakers at NY 2022 Conf. A

Each year we are privileged to host an array of speakers at our NMUN conferences.
We encourage all delegates, faculty, and guests to take advantage of these unique educational opportunities.
Additional speakers will be added to this page as they are confirmed.

Amb. Brian Wallace
Amb. Brian Wallace
Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations
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Ambassador Brian Wallace assumed duties as the Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations in September 2021.
He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the West Indies, a Certificate of Legal Education from Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica and a Master of Laws in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London.
Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Wallace had an extensive career in national and international legal and administrative systems. He began his legal career in Jamaica’s Attorney General’s Chambers in 1990, followed by ten years in private practice, business and political service. He then returned to the area of legal practice which he felt offered the best opportunity to use his skills and talents for the greater good – International Law. His service at the international level includes tenures at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where he prosecuted those accused of responsibility for the Rwandan genocide, and various roles within the internal justice system at the United Nations Secretariat in New York.
Among his illustrious pursuits, and a true reflection of his personal and professional commitment to the people of Jamaica, Ambassador Wallace has served as a Senator in the Jamaican Parliament, making notable contributions in parliamentary proceedings on various Bills and topical issues, including on the Charter of Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and other matters of national concern. He continues to serve his beloved country and the interests of humanity in his current role as Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations.

Delegate Seminar:

The Situation in Ukraine

Delegates, Head Delegates, Faculty, and Guests who were not able to secure a Mission Briefing at this time are all encouraged to attend.

Monday, 4 April, 10:00-11:00 am
3rd Floor Hilton Hotel - Trianon Ballroom


Join us for a first-hand account of what is happening now in Ukraine and what the world might do next. In-person panelists include Ukrainian student Kateryna Bila, Russia expert Prof. Joel Ostrow from Benedictine University, and Dr. Halyna Protsyk, Director of the International Academic Relations Office and a lecturer at the Political Science Department of Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv). Questions from the audience will be solicited.

Kateryna Bila
Kateryna Bila
Ukrainian Masters Student
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Kateryna obtained a bachelor degree in International Relations, Social Communications and Regional Studies at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, where she is currently pursuing a master degree in Public Relations. In 2019, Kateryna became a member of the first Ukrainian delegation to the National Model United Nations (NMUN) in Germany, and then founded the NMUN Club at her university. Currently she works as Communications Manager and Organizer of the Global Inclusion Online Forum at CFC Big Ideas, international consultancy agency based in Ukraine. 

Dr. Joel M. Ostrow
Dr. Joel M. Ostrow
Political Science Professor (Comparative and International Politics), Benedictine University, Illinois
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Joel Ostrow is Professor of Political Science at Benedictine University in Illinois. He specializes in Russian politics, democracy and democratization, nationalism and terrorism, war, political violence, global affairs, and international organizations. He is the author of several books and articles, including The Consolidation of Dictatorship in Russia: An Inside View of the Demise of Democracy.
Dr. Halyna Protsyk
Dr. Halyna Protsyk
Director of the International Academic Relations Office and a lecturer at the Political Science Department of Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv)
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Dr. Halyna Protsyk is a Director of the International Academic Relations Office and a lecturer at the Political Science Department of Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv). She holds a Ph.D. in Political problems of international systems and global development. A member of the European Association of International Education since 2020. Halyna leads the strategic working group on UCU’s internationalization policy (Strategy for globalization and International Solidarity) and the institution’s development in international academic collaboration and partnerships. Halyna has extensive experience in the internationalization of higher education, education abroad program development and operations (including VE and COILs), student advising, and faculty development. Her fields of research expertise include international relations, European integration, European Union, EEAS, European politics and diplomacy, EU-Ukraine relations, global governance, and international organizations. Halyna has participated in numerous research and professional training abroad, including Vilnius University (Lithuania), Central European University (Hungary), Tilburg University (the Netherlands), Notre Dame University (USA), Warsaw University (Poland), Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw (Poland), European University Viadrina (Germany), Muenster University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and The University of Oradea (Romania).

Karen J. Vogel Faculty Seminar: 

US Politics and the United Nations

Faculty, Guests, and Head Delegates not assigned to a committee are encouraged to attend.

Monday, 4 April, 8:00-9:00 pm
3rd Floor Hilton Hotel - Rendezvous Trianon


Alynna LyonBook CoverJoin Alynna J. Lyon for a discussion of her book US Politics and the United Nations: A Tale of Dysfunctional Dynamics (Lynne Rienner, 2016). Alynna is a Professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire. She is also a co-author of The United Nations in the 21 Century, 6th ed. (Westview, 2022) with Karen Mingst and Margaret Karns, and of The United Nations: 75 Years of Promoting Peace (ABC-CLIO 2020) with Kent Kille. Her research focus includes the United Nations, U.S. Foreign Policy, multilateralism, and moral authority at the global level. She is past chair of the International Organization section of the International Studies Association (2016–2018). She is currently co-Editor-in-Chief for the journal Global Governance and serves on the Editorial Board of International Studies Quarterly. In her teaching, Professor Lyon is an advocate of experiential learning and has served as a Faculty Advisor for Model United Nations since 2000.