Welcome to Harvard Model Congress Dubai!  Our names are Matt Keating and Lainey Newman and we will be your two committee chairs for the African Union Committee! We both are really looking forward to getting to know you all during our time at the conference. 

You've chosen a great committee to be involved with. Over the course of the conference, you'll work in a fast-paced environment as we work through exciting issues relevant to the African Union. We will spend time examining the issues and complexities involved in the South Sudan. We'll also be discussing the Burundi. There is much to discuss pertaining to these two countries, so we certainly have our work cut out for us. 

A little bit about us! Matt is a sophomore from Washington, D.C concentrating in Government and Human Rights. Last year he staffed HMC conferences in Boston, Asia, and Latin America. Outside of HMC, he works at Harvard Law and the Kennedy School where he conducts research on crisis negotiation strategies and American foreign policy. In his free time, Matt loves trying new foods, exploring Boston, and watching dog videos on the internet.

Lainey Newman is a freshman at Harvard from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, studying Government with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Outside of HMC, she writes for the Harvard Political Review and is in the Women's Initiative in Leadership at Harvard's Institute of Politics. In her free time, she enjoys cheering for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team and spending time with friends and family. 

Please be in touch with any questions you have before January. We look forward to meeting you soon!


Matt Keating and Lainey Newman.