Dear Delegates,

We are so excited to welcome you to Harvard Model Congress Dubai and the House Homeland Security Committee! Our names are Kailash Sundaram and Alejandro Lampell, and we will be your chairs for this conference.

The House Committee on Homeland Security is one of the newer committees in the House, and we get to do the important work of handling legislation dealing with the security of the United States. Specifically, we will be talking about the terrorist use of cryptocurrency and limiting the sphere of influence of negative third-party actors. In order to be ready to discuss this topic, make sure you read the briefing thoroughly and research your member of Congress’ position on the topic. Please let us know if you have any questions on the briefing or conducting your research.

We know many of you are coming to HMC for the first time, and this can be an intimidating experience. Remember that this is an opportunity for you to learn and grow. Do not be afraid to ask questions and advocate for the beliefs of the members of Congress you are representing. This conference is far more than just a government simulation; this is an opportunity to hear diverse viewpoints and learn about our legislature and how it enacts change. The skills that you build today will help you change the world tomorrow. As your senior staffers, we are here to help you in that process however we can.

A little bit about us:

Kailash Sundaram is a Senior from Andover, MA, concentrating in Social Studies with a secondary field in Economics. He has worked as a finance intern for several political campaigns and interned at the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.

Alejandro is a Junior studying Economics with a secondary in Statistics. He is from El Salvador, but grew up in 6 different countries. At Harvard, he is involved with the Latino community, an after-school mentorship program, and the Harvard International Review.

Please feel free to reach out before the conference with any questions or concerns you may have. We want to make your conference experience as enjoyable as possible!

Kailash Sundaram and Alejandro Lampell