At the Conference

Scheduled Speakers at NY 2024 Session 2

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.

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Delegate Seminar 1:

Maud Dahme
Maud Dahme
Holocaust Survivor and Education Advocate
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Born in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, Maud Dahme and her sister spent the entire German occupation of her native country in hiding. Together with her parents and sister, she emigrated to the United States in 1950, at first settling in New York City. A passionate advocate of Holocaust education, she has been a member of the New Jersey State Commission on Holocaust Education since 1982. As with most child survivors of the Holocaust, until relatively recently she found it difficult to speak about her years as a hidden child. However, since the mid-1980s, she has overcome her inhibitions and has been a frequent speaker to students about her experiences. Her book, Chocolate, The Taste of Freedom; The Holocaust Memoir of a Hidden Dutch Child, chronicles Dahme’s wartime experiences as well as postwar events in her life.

Ms. Dahme was inducted as an Unsung Hero into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2014. She is a nationally respected leader in the field of education. In addition to having been a long-time member of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, she was a past President of the New Jersey State Board of Education where she served from 1983-2007. She was also a member (chair in 1998) of the Interstate Migrant Education Council until 2007. In 1995, she served as President of the National Association of State Boards of Education. In addition to holding a number of other local and state posts, she was a member of the North Hunterdon Board of Education from 1976 to 1983.

She is a resident of Flemington in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. She has four children, nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Chocolate, The Taste of Freedom; The Holocaust Memoir of a Hidden Dutch Child

Delegates, Head Delegates, Faculty, and Guests without a Mission Briefing at this time are encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, 2 April, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
3rd Floor Hilton Hotel - Trianon Ballroom

Join us for this interactive session with Maud Dahme, a child survivor of the Holocaust, as she shares some of her experiences both during and after World War 2. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to hear from a Holocaust survivor and education advocate. There will be time for Q&A.

Delegate Seminar 2:

Mahmoud Almasri
Mahmoud Almasri
UN Human Resources Office
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Mahmoud Almasri is an associate Human Resources Officer who contributes to promoting diversity and inclusion in the United Nations to reflect the multiple perspectives and characteristics of the people it serves. Mahmoud’s work aims to achieve greater geographical representation and improve gender parity throughout engaging in talent outreach activities. He has a Lebanese mother, Syrian father, and Egyptian grandparents. Until now, Mahmoud has had three turning points in his life. The first was in 2012 when he was forced to leave Syria and became a refugee in Lebanon. The second was in 2014 when he received the “Tomorrow’s Leaders” full scholarship at the American University of Beirut granted by U.S. Department of State. With that, he now has a bachelor's in Economics with double minors in Public Administration and Civil Society, Citizenship, and the Nonprofit Sector. Upon graduation, his scholarship program awarded him the “Excellence in Civic Engagement” award in recognition for his initiatives in education in rural areas in Lebanon. The third turning point in Mahmoud’s life was in 2022 when he joined the United Nations in New York through the Young Professional Programme, 2.5 years after he submitted the application. Mahmoud’s current vision is to contribute making the world less unequal mainly throughout education. 

Career Opportunities at the UN Secretariat
Discovering the YPP: Alumni Voices and Experiences

Delegates, Head Delegates, Faculty, and Guests without a Mission Briefing at this time are encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, 2 April, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
3rd Floor Hilton Hotel - Mercury Ballroom

The United Nations Secretariat's Office of Human Resources warmly invites you to a special session featuring alumni from the Young Professionals Programme (YPP). This is a unique opportunity to hear directly from individuals who have successfully navigated their way into impactful roles within the UN.

Highlights of the Session:

  • Experiences Shared by YPP Alumni: Learn firsthand about the challenges and successes of securing a position at the UN from YPP alumni hailing from various regions around the globe.
  • Other Entry Points into the UN: Explore briefly the multiple pathways for joining the UN, including direct applications, the JPO Programme, and registration in the UN Global Talent Pool.
  • Live Q&A: Have your questions answered during a live Q&A segment, allowing for a deeper understanding and personal interaction with former YPP participants.

We're waiting to welcome you to this enriching session!

Our YPP alumni are eagerly looking forward to speaking with you, ready to share their invaluable experiences and insights. Don't miss this opportunity to connect and be inspired by their journeys.

Karen J. Vogel Faculty Seminar:

Linda Fasulo
Linda Fasulo
NPR - UN Bureau, Independent Correspondent and Author of "An Insider's Guide to the UN"
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Linda Fasulo is a journalist and author specializing in the UN and US foreign policy. Based at the United Nations, she is a long-time independent correspondent for NPR News. Linda has worked as UN Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC and as Special UN Correspondent for US News and World Report magazine. A frequent speaker on international issues, she has a Master’s in Public Administration and has also done graduate study in international affairs at Columbia University. Her popular book, An Insider's Guide to the UN, published by Yale University Press, is in its fourth edition. Besides English, various editions of the book have also been published in Chinese and Korean. Linda serves on the Executive Committee of the UN Correspondents Association (UNCA).

An Insider's Guide to the UN

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

Wednesday, 3 April, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
2nd Floor, Hilton Hotel - Morgan

Are you interested in better understanding and navigating the complex world of the United Nations? How does the UN work and not work, what are its strengths and weakness, who are the key players and how do things get done? These are some of the issues that will be discussed at this seminar. Join us for this presentation by journalist and author Linda Fasulo. She represents NPR News at the UN as an Independent Correspondent and is author of An Insider's Guide to the UN. There will be time for Q&A.