I am very pleased to welcome you to the first iteration of the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference in Vietnam! My name is Dano Major and I am the Chair for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). It has been such a pleasure preparing for conference over these past several months and I cannot wait to share my experience with you! I am so excited to tell you a little bit more about myself and this amazing conference.
I was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, California where I spent much of my time enjoying the year-round sunny weather by spending copious amounts of time at the beach with friends and family. Since coming to Penn, I have survived two winters and am learning to navigate the public transportation system. I am studying in the College of Arts and Sciences, where I will major in Economics and International Relations, with a Hispanic Studies and Language minor. Joining the University of Pennsylvania’s International Affairs Association as an overwhelmed and confused freshman was one of the best decisions I have made since coming to Penn; I anticipate that ILMUNC Vietnam will be just as stimulating and enjoyable as the other Model United Nations conferences I have attended!
As a Secretariat, we have spent countless hours working to make sure each of the committees is run by engaged and capable staffers and that each topic is dynamic and engaging for all of you. With a wide range of topics and committees, we hope that all delegates are able to partake in a lively debate about topics that excite them.
I have enjoyed pursuing my passion for Model UN on the collegiate level through INTERCOL, Penn’s competitive travel team, and serving as one of the Secretary General for UPMUNC, Penn's college conference. Not only have I improved my speaking and research skills, I have also met some of my best friends. I hope that we are able to foster a similar environment of learning and connection for all of you at ILMUNC Vietnam this year. Please do not hesitate to reach out me or any other members on the Secretariat with questions or concerns.
All my best,