Executive Team

Ali Al-Saady

President

Ali is in his fourth year of study, majoring in Public Affairs and Policy Management and minoring in Economics. Ali has a strong passion for global economics, and the prospect of debate in that field drew him to the UNS in his first year. He’s since applied his passion not just on paper, but in rigorous debate in Model UN conferences throughout North America.

Outside of MUN, Ali is an avid cyclist, and loves working on coding projects in his free time.

Email: president@unsociety.com

Ben Lauter

Vice President, Finance

Ben is a fourth year double majoring in History and Political Science. Born and raised in Ottawa, Ben has always been interested in politics, history, international relations, and debating all of which naturally drew him to Model United Nations. As a result Ben started his Model UN club in high school and joined the Carleton United Nations Society in his first year of University in 2019. Since then Ben has continued to participate in Model UN, winning several awards throughout the years. 

Outside of university Ben likes to explore the outdoors through activities like hiking, snowshoeing and skiing.

Email: finance@unsociety.com

Patrick Muir

Vice President, Communications

Patrick is in his third year studying Public Affairs and Policy Management, majoring in communications policy and minoring in European and Russian studies. He gets a thrill out of history, politics and Wikipedia doom scrolling.

In his free time you can find him playing guitar, getting lost on campus, and planning spontaneous road trips.

Email: info@unsociety.com

Hannah Velle

Director of Media

Hannah is a fourth year student in the Global and International Studies program, specializing in Global Law and Social Justice and minoring in History. Born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario, Hannah moved to Ottawa to continue developing her interests in global affairs and international law. Hannah joined UNS in first year to cultivate her skills in these areas. 

In her free time, Hannah enjoys hiking, cooking, travelling and exploring bubble tea shops.

Email: media@unsociety.com

Matthew Wheeler

Director of Events

Matthew is in his third year studying for a Bachelor in Global and International Studies Honours, with a specialization in Global Politics. Matthew is passionate about international relations, national security, history, and geography. It was his passion for international relations which led him to the United Nations Society. 

Matthew’s hobbies include martial arts, cycling, reading, and travelling.

Email: events@unsociety.com

Zayn Tucker

Director of Logistics

Zayn is a second year student in the PAPM program, with a specialization in International Relations and Conflict. His love for all things relating to world affairs and foreign policy drew him to Ottawa from his home in Halifax, and led to an affinity for the world of Model UN. He is particularly a fan of the competition and chaos of crisis committees. 

Outside of society activities, Zayn can be found waiting for late OC Transpo buses, reading sci-fi or history books, and listening to music while wandering near the canal.

Email: logistics@unsociety.com

Owen Billo

Co-Director of Training

Owen is in his fourth year of History with a minor in Political Science. He is very interested in politics, law, geography, and of course history, all of which brought him to the UN Society way back in 2018. Going into his fifth and final year with the Society, he is experienced in all things Model UN. 

Beyond his university career, he also enjoys biking, fencing, playing strategy games, and creating artwork.

Email: training@unsociety.com

Nathan Harlan

Co-Director of Training

Nathan is in his 2nd year majoring in Political Science. Growing up in Victoria BC, he has always enjoyed political discussion, dance, music, tabletop roleplaying and LARPing. Nathan is passionate about all aspects of politics from government administration to security, economics and sociology. It is his interest in roleplaying and obsession with world politics that attracted him to “dnd in suits” with the UN Society.

Email: training@unsociety.com