Executive Board

Our Executive Board for the 2020 conference is made up of enthusiastic Harvard students who are working hard to plan and organize the HMC Dubai experience for hundreds of students.


President - Lainey Newman

Lainey Newman is a junior in Adams House from Pittsburgh, PA. She concentrates in Government with a secondary in Global Health & Health Policy. Lainey cares deeply about teaching young people the importance of democracy and government, which is why she wanted to get involved with HMC. This will be her third time returning to Dubai for the HMC Middle East conference. Outside of HMC, Lainey serves as a Research Assistant in the Harvard Government Department, enjoys recreational boxing, and volunteers as a mentor for young people in the city of Boston. For fun, Lainey likes to spend time with friends and family and cheer for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins, and Steelers. 


Vice President - Michael Wornow

Michael is a senior in Kirkland House originally from Oakland, California. He is double majoring in Computer Science and Statistics. Outside of HMC Michael is involved in the Institute of Politics, conducts academic research on bioinformatics and genome editing, and does technology for Harvard's student newspaper, The Crimson. This is his third year with HMC Dubai and second year on Board, and he is incredibly excited to return to the conference this January!



Director of Operations - Delaney Hurley

Delaney Hurley is a sophomore at Harvard College studying Government and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. After studying in both Oman and Bulgaria, she has become incredibly passionate about engaging with various debate cultures and sparking conversations about how various issues work their way through the American political system. After staffing Model Congress in both Boston and Madrid in 2019, she’s eager to hear delegates share their stories in Dubai next January. Outside of Model Congress, she spends most of her time competing on the debate circuit, learning foreign languages, and planning out her next big adventure abroad.


Faculty Liaison - Claira Janover

Claira Janover is a senior in Currier house from New Haven, CT. She concentrates in Government with a secondary in Psychology. Outside of HMC, Claira is also involved in Model UN, Health Education & Advocacy throughout Harvard College, Harvard Political Union, and Club Running. She loves political debate and discussion but also her cats, sitting in coffee shops, and listening to Hannah Montana for nostalgic purposes. You can reach Claira at any time at info@hmcdubai.org — she’s happy to answer any questions you may have about the program!




Director of Programs - Jacob Licht

Jacob is a junior from Westwood, Massachusetts, studying History and Literature. He is passionate about science, social justice, and Boston sports. Outside of HMC, Jacob has been involved in multiple theater productions, writes for Satire V, Harvard's leading satire magazine, and loves to play Spikeball. As Director of Programs, Jacob will oversee the organization of the committees and staffing for HMC Dubai 2020.



Business Manager - Zeel Patel

Zeel Patel is currently a sophomore at Harvard concentrating in Computer Science and Neuroscience, with a secondary in Economics. Hailing from Calgary, Canada and originally from Gujarat, India, Zeel brings extensive experiences from working in the Federal Government of Canada as well as 4 years of Model Government background—all of which has allowed him to draw valuable lessons he hopes to share at HMC. He is passionate about the nexus between innovation and entrepreneurship, and is fascinated by the intersection between medicine and artificial intelligence. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and proudly cheering for the Toronto Raptors!


Chief of Staff - Sean Henson

Sean is senior concentrating in Economics with a secondary in History of Art & Architecture. He has been involved with government simulation since high school. At Harvard, he works on the business boards of the Harvard Lampoon and the Harvard Advocate, is a leader in the Harvard Outing Club, and his favorite sport is Spikeball. This is Sean’s third year serving on the Board for HMC Dubai. He is extremely excited for the 2020 conference!