Karan is a senior at NYU Stern studying Finance and Management. This will be Karan's fourth and final EmpireMUNC and he is excited to make it the best one yet! He has been doing Model UN since he founded his high school's program during his junior year. Even after having competed on both the high school and collegiate circuits and staffed multiple conferences, EmpireMUNC remains his favorite experience from the activity.
In his free time Karan loves to listen to music. His favorite artists include Anderson .Paak, Solange, Drake, and Hiatus Kayote. What's most important to Karan, however, are his friends. He loves being around those who are close to him and rarely spends time alone. As graduation approaches, Karan is preparing for the start of his professional career in public finance investment banking at Barcalys in New York City.
Ankita Kanakadandila | Director of Staff Affairs
Kang Huh | Director of Staff Affairs
Kang is a Junior studying Finance and Political Science at the school NYU students love to hate, the Stern School of Business. When not making ill-timed jokes or frantically procrastinating, Kang enjoys leisurely bike rides along the Hudson River, singing along with the La La Land soundtrack, and quoting lines from "Rick and Morty" and "Jake and Amir." Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, he hopes to bring his Southern charm and hospitality to EmpireMUNC as one of its Directors of Staff Affairs.
Sunny Hong | Director of General Assembly
Sunny is in her third year at NYU studying Politics and Philosophy. A true Seattleite at heart, you can spot her wearing a flannel with a mug of coffee, enjoying the rain. She studied abroad in Prague Spring 2017 and traveled to 18 countries and over 30 cities. She is a fan of impressionist art, existential conversations, and superhero movies.
Berke Giray | Director of General Crisis
Berke is currently a sophomore at New York University, studying Economics & Computer Science with a focus on getting more sleep than the measly amount he currently gets. When not doing copious amounts of homework or running from one place on campus to another, he enjoys exploring the lesser known gems of New York City.
Outside of music, Berke's interests include cooking a variety of dishes as well as finding and reading the most obscure books possible. (Any recommendations are appreciated.)
Fun Fact: Berke speaks five languages, and only one of them is useful.
Faraz Athar | Director of Joint Crisis
Faraz in a senior from New Delhi studying Finance and Data Science. He has participated in Model UN conferences across India, China, UK, and the US since sophomore year of high school. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and ping pong, watching sitcoms, and listening to Coldplay.
Olivia Gong | Director of Marketing
Olivia is currently a Sophomore in Stern studying Finance and double majoring in CAS Neuroscience. She has been involved in Model UN since high school, and after her experiences as a high school delegate, she decided to make the experience possible for other high school students. Her interest in business as well as providing the MUN experience for as many individuals as possible led her to serve as the Director of Marketing for EmpireMUNC.
When she isn’t doing Model UN, you can find her researching Biotech investments, trying to sell you an apartment, or an event for her Panhellenic Sorority Alpha Sigma Tau. She loves food and photography, and you can often see her taking pictures of her friends outfits at scenic spots near campus. As for music, her favorite artists are The Killers, Mayday Parade, and anything EDM. Special shoutout to any Yankees fans.
Areesha Irfan | Director of Training
Areesha is currently a Junior in CAS studying Political Science and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. She has been involved in Model UN since her freshman year of high school and it has somewhat taken over her life since. Her interest in Model UN alongside her love of teaching led her to work with EmpireMUNC and serve as Director of Training.
When she isn’t doing things for MUN you can often find her drinking coffee, reading a book, watching far too much netflix, or dancing with friends. She loves music and you can usually see her walking across campus with music blasting in her head phones. Her favorite genres include reggaetone, edm, rap, and of course some top 100 never hurt anyone. If you’re trying to find her, she’s probably the one with who has an iced latte in one hand and a bagel in the other. Special brownie points go to anyone who loves Real Madrid. #halamadrid.
Brandon Kahn | Editor in Chief
Brandon is a senior at NYU College of Arts & Sciences studying Journalism and English. This will be Brandon’s very first EmpireMUNC, and he’s ecstatic to introduce a brand-new satirical newspaper that will run during the conference, covering the daily happenings.
When he’s not checking Twitter and/or being overly snarky, Brandon likes to listen to music and attend as many concerts as he can fit into his schedule.
Melissa Sajjad | Director of Logistics
Melisa is a Sophomore studying Business & Technology Management. This is her 7th year doing MUN, during the 3rd of which she abandoned her pursuit of world peace for the logistical side of the conferences. She originates from three different continents, and subsequently has frequent identity crises, which she finds solace for through MUN. In the free time that she is not procrastinating, she enjoys drinking coffee, chasing puppies, spending too much money on food, and creating utopian (or dystopian depending on her mood) Sims universes. Catch her during EmpireMUNC IV trying to spend the budget in enhancing the overall conference experience, and hit her up for a high five.