Meet The team
Yara-Maria Khalifeh - Secretary General
Yara-Maria Khalifeh is an undergraduate Civil and Environmental Engineering student minoring in Economics at the American University of Beirut. Since her introduction to the world of Model United Nations in high school, she participated and won in several national and international conferences, the last of which was the NMUN conference in New York. She also had the chance to tour several parts of the world, exploring a wide range of cultures and getting introduced to people from different backgrounds. Some of her international educational experiences include semesters at Oxford, UK and UC Berkeley, USA. She is also interested in the management consulting field and was chosen to participate in a BCG Women Workshop in Spain. Yara also has a strong interest in volunteering activities and drive for community service. She served as Executive Officer at the American Society of Civil Engineers where she got to organize and head 8 different events for personal & professional development, including founding a volunteering abroad travel trip to Sri Lanka and a SoupKitchen inspired by her volunteering with the NGO FoodBlessed. She joined BEYMUN in 2016 during which she got to work as Committees Coordinator, then got appointed as Director General and is now serving as the Secretary General for BEYMUN 2019.
Yara is looking to incorporate her volunteering interest and experience in BEYMUN and introduce volunteering initiatives to the organization to try to incite the new generation to “Take Action, Initiate Change”. Her mission is to take the conference to the highest possible echelons and offer delegates a one-of-a-kind experience.
Elie Sassine - Director General
Elie Sassine is a third year Computer and Communications Engineering undergraduate student at the American University of Beirut, with aspirations of pursuing a career in management consulting. Elie has been involved in various MUN activities at both high school and college level, participating in local and international conferences. Part of the BEYMUN team since 2017, Elie has served as an assistant chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) committee for the 2017 edition of the conference, and then as Committees Coordinator for the 2018 edition. Aside from his MUN experience, Elie has been an active member of the scout organization for 14 years, most recently holding the position of Troop Chief, honing his skills in leadership and communication in the process. Elie has a strong interest in politics, and is an avid fan of football and TV series.
Elie relishes the opportunity to serve as this year’s Director General and use his skills and knowledge to offer participating delegates an incredible and memorable experience in BEYMUN 2019.
Kimberly Sarkis - Under-Secretary General of Committees
Kimberly Sarkis is a senior Psychology student with a double minor in Political Science and International Law. Her love and passion for MUN started in her school days when she traveled with her team to New York and was able to obtain the Distinguished Delegation Award. Her recent international MUN experiences include Harvard MUN 2017 and NMUN 2018 in which she participated and won several awards. Additionally, she was part of BEYMUN 2018 as a chair of the SOCHUM Committee. Besides her unconditional love for debates and world politics, she enjoys volunteering activities. Kimberly has been a volunteer in St. Jude Children Cancer Center for three years and describes it as one of the most beautiful experiences. She enjoys helping and devoting her time to others as she believes that the change we want to see in our generation can only be achieved by taking action; the theme of this year’s conference.
Kimberly cannot wait to deliver to the delegates an unforgettable experience consisting of high-level debates and unlimited opportunities that provide the tools to create the change we all aspire.
Dima Machtoub - Under-Secretary General of Faculty and Delegate Relations
Dima Machtoub is an undergraduate Biology student at the American University of Beirut. She joined BEYMUN’s 2018 edition as a member of the Faculty and Delegate Relations team, where she gained the comprehensive understanding of the effective interpersonal and communication skills necessary for the position. Additionally, she has been involved in many clubs and societies throughout her high school and university years, most notably AUB’s Mental Health Awareness Club. Brought up in Dubai, she was fortunate enough to have met people from all over the world with different nationalities and backgrounds, which makes her ready and excited to delve back into the plethora of cultures the delegates have to offer.
Dima is looking forward to launching BEYMUN’s 2019 edition and welcoming delegates at the national and international scale who are sure to have an exceptional experience!
Dina Eid - Under-Secretary General of Marketing and Design
Dina Eid is a Business senior at the American University of Beirut, pursuing an emphasis in Marketing and a minor in Media and Communications. Growing up, Dina moved from country to country before finally settling in Qatar, eventually coming to Lebanon to pursue her undergraduate degree. Her passion for MUN began at university when she joined the AUBMUN club, attended and won awards in international conferences in Paris and New York. Dina has been an active member of the BEYMUN community for two years. She first took on the role of a delegate, continued as an Assistant Chair for the SOCHUM committee the year after, and finally joined BEYMUN’s 2019 Secretariat to serve as the Under Secretary General of Marketing. Besides her passion for MUN and the world of politics, Dina has an unparalleled love for photography, film, music, writing, and couture. During her travels and as a resident in the capital of Beirut, a city exuberant in art, Dina keeps an eye out for and enjoys visiting very unconventional and abstract art and photography exhibitions.
Dina’s passions include the UN entity combined with the field of marketing. This year, she looks forward to helping augment the already beautiful organization that BEYMUN is.
Abeer Sadek - Under-Secretary General of Logistics and Development
Abeer Sadek is an undergraduate senior at the American University of Beirut majoring in Business Administration with a double concentration in Finance and Marketing. Born and raised in Dubai, she has been engrossed in a multi-cultural and cosmopolitan city which has positively influenced her background and overall environment. Her BEYMUN journey started in the previous edition when she joined both the Logistics and Faculty & Delegate Relations teams. She retains a passion for organizing a wide range of affairs, and her detail-oriented work ethic has proven to be necessary for the successful execution of large events. She is always excited to take up new opportunities which drove her to join the BEYMUN’19 Secretariat as the USG of Operations and Logistics.
Abeer is very eager to re-create the United Nations experience for the participating delegates of BEYMUN 2019!
Ahmad Tayara - Under-Secretary General of Finance and Fundraising
Ahmad Tayara is a senior at the American University of Beirut majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship. Born in Lebanon but raised in Kuwait, Ahmad has been an active member of his community, working as a Team Leader for the NGO AIESEC and serving as Vice President of Jumpstart AUB, a club dedicated to promoting innovation and start-ups on campus. Model UN has played a significant role in Ahmad’s life; he experienced his first MUN conference in middle school, and has since participated in multiple international conferences in Turkey, Italy and New York, winning several awards. Ahmad initially participated in BEYMUN 2017 as a delegate, and then served as the Chief Accountant of BEYMUN 2018.
Ahmad hopes to continue the legacy of his predecessors and promote the BEYMUN vision & mission to regional businesses and institutions, as well as create endless value for all BEYMUN stakeholders.
Judy Eid - Under-Secretary General of Public Relations and Social Events
Judy Eid is an undergraduate junior majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the American University of Beirut. Throughout her High school years, she took part in Model United Nations conferences as a delegate and advisor, helping her develop her skills in public speaking, diplomacy, and international relations. Her involvement with Scout du Liban as an Assistant Cheftaine at a young age improved her leadership and communication skills and nurtured her passion for community service and civil engagement. She has also been an active member of the Lebanese Red Cross – Youth Center in Tripoli since 2015 and is a member at large at American Society of Civil Engineers. She is currently enhancing her professional skills through working at the office of Advancement where she is responsible for planning and organizing events, reaching out to alumni, and identifying potential donors through prospect research and management.
Judy is grateful for the opportunity to serve the community with BEYMUN and is looking forward to getting guests and VIPs to attend the conference’s ceremonies.