Leadership Team

DAAMUN is organized and led by a team of passionate High School Students at Gems Dubai American Academy.  



Carlos Rangel

Deputy Secretary-General

I’m Carlos Rangel, a Junior, and the Deputy Secretary General for DAAMUN 2020-2022. I have done MUN for 2 years and attended 5-6 MUN conferences, the biggest one being SPIMUN. Once I commit to something, I see it through. This year, I have committed to help prospective delegates learn the ropes of MUN. However, my goal is to make MUN more approachable to beginners and more enjoyable for veterans. MUN doesn’t have to be all about the rigid procedures and perfect clauses whilst maintaining perfect decorum while speaking, especially not at first. I plan on the attendees to have fun, or at least not dislike their preparation for conferences both domestic and abroad.
Jingyuan Chen


My name is Jingyuan Chen and I am a junior at Dubai American Academy. I am currently the Secretary-General of DAAMUN 2020-2022. This year marks my 4th year in my MUN journey through which I have attended numerous conferences on both regional and international levels as a delegate or chair. I grew up in schools and communities that were filled with diversity, this sparked my interest in the intersection and cooperation of different cultures, this prompted me to join my school’s MUN. My time in MUN has taught me many lifelong skills such as diplomacy, public speaking, and organization, skills that I wish to help other delegates develop. As a member of the secretariat at DAAMUN, I wish to help all delegates recognize and achieve their full potential — so that the students of today will be the leaders of tomorrow. 


My name is Sophie Touma-Sawaya and I am a senior at the Dubai American Academy. I am currently serving my second term as the Secretary-General of DAAMUN. Throughout my high school career, I have developed a passion for MUN, and thus I have attended numerous conferences, both as a chair and as a delegate. As a delegate, I won different awards, including the “Best Speaker Award” at AUSMUN. The highlight of my chairing career was my position as Head Chair in the MUNoV conference, held at the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna. I have also taken part in 2 different executive teams, serving as Director of Finance, Deputy Secretary-General, and Secretary-General at my old school. I am extremely grateful to be able to continue my MUN career at DAA as Secretary-General. I have been really lucky to work with DAA’s exceptional executive team and administration to lead our internal MUN Club throughout the year and organize our annual conference!
Sophie Touma-Sawaya
Raseel Abbar

Deputy Secretary-General

My name is Raseel Abbar and I am the Deputy Secretary-General of Logistics for this year’s MUN. This year my job is to take part in the organization of local conferences such as our own DAAMUN and to also help out at the weekly Monday meetings after school which is when the club takes place. I have been doing MUN since 8th grade and I, along with everyone else, understand how it can sometimes be a little intimidating or complex. That’s why this year, we are working hard to make MUN a fun experience for everyone, and to create an atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable to speak out and experience the fun of MUN. I am super excited to be a part of the team this year, and to have the opportunity to watch new delegates grow into strong debaters!


Executive Team

Tanya Nanda

Director of Operations & Logistics

My name is Tanya Nanda, and I am a senior at Dubai American Academy. As the Director/Head of Operations at DAAMUN 2020-2021, I am honoured to be part of the executive team and to use my leadership skills to make MUN a more efficient platform to discuss in an open, transparent, and candid manner. I have been part of this club as a delegate since the 8th grade, participating in numerous internal and external conferences. I hope to bring my experience and organizational skills to MUN, and to make conferences more organized and well planned. As Head of Operations, my goal is to keep the club extremely well ordered, and during conferences to make sure everything runs smoothly, including scheduling, dining, and arranging materials. I will also work with other members of the team to help in meetings and debates. To conclude, I hope that DAA MUN can bring all delegates together to create a community that brings together a vast range of knowledge and ideas. 
Lea Assaad

Director of Event Management

My name is Lea Assaad and I am currently a 10th grader at DAA. The 2020-2021 academic year will mark my second year as being part of the team as Director of Event Management and I can already say it's an honour to be a part of it. This opportunity has allowed me to enhance my debating, leadership, communication and writing skills. In addition, being a part of this team is like being a part of a family. We have been able to get to know each other and grow together as a team, allowing our similarities and differences to shine. I started out as a delegate in the eighth grade and I’ve been passionate about MUN ever since. I have attended many MUN conferences and won awards such as “Best Delegate” in my MUNoV experience. I’m looking forward to heading the event management team as I have always been passionate about taking part in organizational activities. 
Saeed Khoory


My name is Saeed and I am this year's deputy head of finance. This is my 2nd year of DAAMUN since I joined in my freshman year. I’ve attended a handful of conferences, one being MUNoV and was hoping to interact more in MUN which is why I’ve decided to help organize this conference. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and will do everything in my power to make sure every one of you will have a fun conference. We hope to give you an experience like no other conference.
Hayoung Choi

Marketing & Communication

My name’s Hayoung and I am a Junior here at Dubai American Academy. I will be the Director of Communications for the MUN club 2020-2021. It’s my second year working as the Director of Communications here at DAA. It’s a great honor to be a part of the leadership team as well as DAAMUN and I will be focusing on communication through different means such as print, bulletin board, and social media. Even though I might not be an expert at debating or public speaking, I would be more than willing to be of help in any matter I can. 

Faculty Advisor

Steven Johanson

Faculty Advisory Director