At the Conference

Scheduled Speakers at NY 2022 Conf. B

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.

Natalia Mudrenko
Natalia Mudrenko
Counsellor to the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations
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Natalia Mudrenko has served as a Counsellor of the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations since January 2022. The scope of her professional responsibility includes human rights (Third Committee) and humanitarian issues. Before her latest appointment, Mrs. Mudrenko worked for the Directorate of Political Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Among other positions, Mrs. Mudrenko has also served at the Embassy of Ukraine in China and the Consulate General of Ukraine in Shanghai. In total, she has more than 20 years of experience in the diplomatic service of Ukraine. She graduated from the Diplomatic Academy under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2010) and postgraduate studies at the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine (2021).

Brian Endless
Brian Endless
President, Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation
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Brian Endless is the President of the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation (HRRF), working on post-conflict truth, reconciliation and peace issues in the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region of Africa. He is also the Director of African Studies and the African Diaspora at Loyola University Chicago. He founded and serves as the President of the Board of American Model United Nations (AMUN) International in Chicago.

Brian’s work with the HRRF focuses on government abuses of human rights, democracy and other issue areas in Rwanda, D.R. Congo and the surrounding region. He has provided Expert Witness testimony to five federal level cases and numerous asylum cases in the United States, Canada and the Netherlands concerning Rwandan exiles and refugees falsely accused of participating in the 1994 genocide, as well as providing testimony for numerous Rwandan, Congolese and Ugandan asylum seekers.

Most recently Brian is a member and coordinator of #FreeRusesabagina, working to gain Paul Rusesabagina’s release from his illegal imprisonment in Rwanda after his August 2020 kidnapping. In this capacity he acts as a spokesperson and Rwanda expert, focusing on legal, advocacy, public relations and research for the Rusesabagina family, lawyers and other team members.

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, 11 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, 11 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.