Nathalie bussemaker


Nathalie is the President of Yale Model Government Europe 2019. She is a rising junior in Morse College and a Global Affairs and history double major. Born in New York City and from a Dutch family, she now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Within YIRA, she is also involved with the Security Council Simulation at Yale and Yale Model United Nations. When she’s not busy running to City Hall for the Yale Daily News, Skyping high schoolers for Matriculate, or reading book proposals for the Yale University Press, she enjoys eating rice pudding, planning trips around the world, and looking at pictures of her dog. She can’t wait to work with the rest of the YMGE Secretariat to make this the best conference yet!

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Alayna lee

Director General of Operations

Alayna is a rising sophomore in Trumbull College and the Director General of Operations for Yale Model Government Europe. Originally from the Virginia/D.C. area, she has been involved with YIRA as a secretariat member of YMUN, SCSY, and IRSY, and writes for YRIS. At Yale, she also acts as an Election Fellow for the Yale Democrats and as a staff reporter for the Yale Daily News. When she’s not furiously catching up on readings at Book Trader Cafe, she’s most likely binging Tarantino movies or dancing with her roommate. Alayna has never been to Europe before, so she’s very thankful for the opportunity to do so through YMGE! She loves the unique nature of YMGE and is so excited for this year's conference.

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Yousof Omeish

Director General of Committees

Yousof is a rising sophomore in Branford College exploring medicine, global health, and history at Yale, and he couldn't be more excited to serve as your Director-General of Committees! On campus, Yousof is also involved in Yale's Muslim Students Association and Yale Model United Nations. In his downtime, Yousof loves following the NBA (as a big Utah Jazz fan), playing basketball, and spending time with friends. Most importantly, he's eager to work with YMGE's amazing Secretariat to make YMGE 2019 an incredible experience!

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david yu

Under Secretary General of Branding

David is a rising sophomore in Ezra Stiles College, serving as USG of Branding for YMGE 2019. He is a prospective Economics and Psychology double major from the New York City area. Besides YMGE, David is also the Director-General of Operations for YMUN - Yale’s largest conference which takes place on-campus in January. Outside of YIRA, he is the captain of the Ezra Stiles IM volleyball team and leads first-year students on outdoors orientation trips. In his free time, he plays piano, designs houses, cities, and cars. He is super excited to welcome everyone our delegates to Lisbon this year.

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shawn thacker

Under Secretary General of Conference

Shawn is a rising sophomore in Jonathan Edwards College and a prospective Global Affairs and Economics major. Although he now calls New Haven home, Shawn grew up living between Iowa City, Iowa and Kathmandu, Nepal. He loves traveling and learning languages and hopes to pick up some Portuguese during his time in Lisbon. On campus Shawn is involved with the Yale Undergraduate Legal Aid Association, the Jonathan Edwards College Council, a North Korean human rights advocacy group called ThiNK, and a fair share of YIRA activities. During his free time Shawn can be found frequenting New Haven’s coffee shops or hopping between study spaces. Shawn looks forward to meeting delegates from around the world in Portugal.

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claire calkins

Under Secretary General of Recruitment (Europe)

Claire is a rising sophomore in Pierson College, and is hoping to major in Statistics and Data Science and Global Affairs. Besides being USG of European Delegations for YMGE 2019, she is also a part of the YMUN (Yale Model United Nations) Secretariat, serving as Director General of Committees. At Yale, Claire is also a member of the Triathlon Team, and she plays French horn for the Yale Symphony Orchestra. She is more than thrilled to meet this year's YMGE participants and advisors in Lisbon, Portugal!

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siddarth shankar

Under Secretary General of Recruitment (International)

Siddarth is a rising sophomore in Ezra Stiles College and is incredibly excited to serve as the Under-Secretary-General of International Recruitment at YMGE 2019! He hails from Philadelphia and is planning on majoring in Economics. Within YIRA, he has been involved in YMUN, SCSY, and Hemispheres. He also dances with Yale Jashan Bhangra and is on the board of the South Asian Society at Yale. When he's not in the library, you can find him watching his favorite TV shows, sleeping, and trying out new food places for fun! He can't wait to welcome all of the YMGE delegates to Lisbon this year.

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arinjay singhai

Under Secretary General of Committees

Arinjay is a rising sophomore in Davenport College hailing from Singapore, and is truly excited to serve as USG of Committees of YMGE 2019. He is currently a crisis delegate on the Model UN Team at Yale, a macro analyst in the Yale Student Investment Group, and a director for the 2019 World Youth Economic Forum in Shanghai. Arinjay hopes to double major in Computer Science and Economics, watches and plays soccer (football!) obsessively, and goes to way too many concerts. He can’t wait for an incredible week of crisis simulation in beautiful Lisbon.

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