ECONOMIC & SOCIAL COUNCIL
(Middle School Committee)
President: James Lai (AST)
Dep. President: Mandy Chiu (IBSH)
Hi! I’m James Lai, a sophomore at the American School in Taichung, and it is my utmost honor to be serving as your President for the Economic and Social Council at HSINMUN XV. It is unbelievable to consider that merely three years ago, I attended my very first Model United Nations conference at IBSH. Upon commencement, I was immediately struck with perplexing terminology, captivating speeches, lively debates, and was most certainly overwhelmed. Three years later, I’ve returned to where it all began. This time, stepping into a new phase of my MUN career—chairing. Over the years, Model United Nations have helped me gain a global perspective, driven me to not only envision, but make change for myself and the world; and let’s not forget the friendships that were established as well as the amazing food that were offered. Aside from academic and MUN affairs, I enjoy working out, spending time with my family and friends and watching, filming and producing travel and lifestyle videos for my Youtube channel. Remember, positive thinking fosters positive outcomes and don’t be shy to reach out to me in regards to any questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing all of you soon!
My name is Mandy Chiu, a current senior at International Bilingual School at Hsinchu Science Park, and I am beyond honored to serve as the co-chair of ECOSOC at HSINMUN XV. Four years have passed since the eighth grade me ran errands for the Secretariat team, working on behind-the-scenes of HSINMUN XI. Even though public speaking might have been my worst fear yet, I still signed up to represent a delegation and never gave up trying to cope with these worries. Joining the MUN community has opened the world of different perspectives for me, and it taught me how to understand, to communicate, to overcome. Throughout my journey of unremitting researching, drafting, and debating, I struggled a bunch, but I also managed through. Apart from being in MUN, playing sports and traveling to places part take a huge fraction of my passion. In addition, I enjoy photography, as every photo tells more than it shows. I definitely look forward to meeting all of you and cannot wait to spend our time together this weekend of October!