Spotlight: Chair Interviews

By Laura Feingold

Food and agriculture have always been a very important matter which concerns every single individual. I therefore interviewed the chair of the Food and Agriculture Council to get to know more about a person with such great responsibilities. 

Interviewer: Hello, it is a pleasure to meet you. What is your name?

Chair: Hello, I am Hailee Gibaldo. It is also very nice to meet you.

I: Where are you from?

C: Massachusetts, USA.

I: What are you studying at Yale and why are you studying it?

C: I am studying ecology and biology because those subjects deeply interest me.

I: What career do you plan on having?

C: I plan on being a researcher and especially focus on field research instead of lab research. 

I: What first made you interested in debate?

C: Well, I have always been interested in trying new things and some of my friend were interested in debate and talked to me about their experiences. So I figured I would just give it a try! 

I: What kind of a high school student were you?

C: I was always driven to do my best and to push and challenge myself. I have had a pretty relatable experience since I had a hard time and did not really enjoy public speaking. My first experience was a little scary but I started to gain confidence by attending several small committees. At one point, I won an award as a delegate in a less competitive conference. 

I: How did you hear about YMGE, and what made you want to take part in it?

C: My college roommate is involved in that kind of thing and talked to me about YMGE asking me to attend. I accepted since I wanted to have a different experience in a much bigger conference like this one which would bring me new opportunities and make me get out of my comfort zone.

I: How and why did you chose your cabinet and your council?

C: Well, my great-grandparents were Polish before immigrating from Poland to the US! It is the only one of my origins that I am sure of and so I got interested in Polish culture. Also, Poland is a very fragile state. Food an dagriculture, if not dealt with correctly, can destroy the environment. It is a very important matter and I find that it is basically the center of most of the issues nowadays. 

I: So far, what has been happening within your council?

C: We have been talking about decisions which could be taken to stop the disease from spreading more like quarantining life stocks, stopping trade and dealing with the infected pigeons.

I: What has your preparation been like?

C: So, I have been to other conferences like college conferences before so I had an idea about how it was going to be. I pretty much had a lot of meetings, did some research and wrote the topic guide. The preparation was not bad and seeing it all happening at once was a great feeling but it was also very overwhelming. 

Other important matters especially throughout the 21st century in which technology and resources have very much improved include transport, telecommunication and energy. So I also interviewed its chair. 

I: So, hello. It is very nice to meet you. What is your name?

C: Hello! Nice to meet you too. My name is Muriel Wang.

I: Where are you from?

C: I am from Singapore.

I: What are you studying at Yale and why are you studying it?

C: I am studying global affairs because I want to improve my skills in international relations and help solve some of the world’s problems. 

I: What career do you plan on having?

C: I am not sure yet but definitely something related to foreign affairs. 

I: What first made you interested in debate and public speaking?

C: Well, I always enjoyed those activities. I was a debater in high school and even became the captain of the debate team.

I: And what kind of a high school were you in general?

C: I always tried to do my best, to demonstrate leadership and take care of those in difficulties. Also, I always was a hardworking person and those skills helped me in college too. 

I: How did you hear about YMGE and what made you want to take part in it?

C: I was also involved in YMGE last year and it was an amazing experience. I really enjoy the crisis commitees because they make you think about worlds problems differently and really get you involved in them. 

I: How did you chose your council and your cabinet? 

C: When I did it last year, I chose UK as a cabinet. I really like France too so I chose it this year. 

I: So far, what has been happening in your council? What debates and discussions have you been having? 

C: We basically discussed ways in which transportation could be used to stop the spread of the disease. We also talked about cyber security and how cyber information could be more private. People who really need information could just hire spies in order to get it. 

I: What was your preparation like?

C: I did a lot of research on the topic, like a lot of reading and watching videos. I had already been a chair at a university conference so I already knew some things about it too.