The Secretariat


Shane Niesen
Shane Niesen - Secretary-General

Shane Niesen (’20) is proud to serve as one of the Secretary-Generals for BUCS VIII. He is a junior from Diamondhead, Mississippi, concentrating in History with a focus on Modern Europe. He has participated in MU since his first year at Brown and has participated in all aspects of Brown University Model United Nations. When he's not doing MUN, he can be found working as a college applications consultant, learning German grammar, or making coffee. He looks forward to a wonderful BUCS in March!


Caroline Deitch
Caroline Deitch - Secretary-General

Caroline Deitch (‘20) is one of the Secretary-Generals for BUCS VIII. She is a junior concentrating in International Relations on the Political Economies and Society track. This is her 8th year of Model UN and her third BUCS conference. She participated in last year’s conference as a Crisis Manager for the Roman Question JCC, has been an Under-Secretary-General for our high-school conference BUSUN, and is thrilled to be returning to the BUCS team as Secretary-General! Outside of Model UN, Caroline is a Women in Business e-board member and an information session leader for the Bruin Club. She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and loves to root for the Ravens!


Emily Redolfi Tezzat
Emily Redolfi Tezzat - Under-Secretary-General

Emily Redolfi Tezzat ('21) is the Under-Secretary General for BUCS VIII. She is a sophomore from Venice, Italy concentrating in Political Science. She has participated in MUN since her third year at high school and has participated in all aspects of the Brown University Model United Nations program, including serving as Director of Logistics for the club. She looks forward to a wonderful BUCS in March!


Hans Lei
Hans Lei - Director-General

Hans Lei ('21) is the Director-General of BUCS VIII. Having lived in both Beijing, China and Bay Area, California, Hans is currently studying economics and political science. He has participated in MUN since high school and is extremely excited to make BUCS 2019 a fun experience for everyone. Outside of MUN, Hans enjoys exploring Providence's rich selection of restaurants, ballroom dancing, and anxiously awaiting the next economic recession. He is extremely excited about the conference looks forward to a great weekend of lively MUN debate!


Ratna Patel
Ratna Patel - Director of Outreach

Ratna Patel (‘21) is very excited to be the Director of Outreach for BUCS VIII! Ratna is a junior from Lexington, South Carolina concentrating in Neuroscience. She was involved as a delegate and club leader of her high school’s Model UN chapter. At Brown, Ratna has competed in conferences as part of Brown Model UN’s travel team, worked as a crisis staffer for BUCS, and chaired and directed committees for Brown Model UN’s high school conference, BUSUN. Outside of Model UN, Ratna can be found swirling on the dance floor with the Brown Ballroom Dance Team, teaching neuroscience to high schoolers through the Brown Brain Bee, or finding new shows to enjoy on Netflix. She is honored to hold this position and looks forward to a successful conference!


Mandana Vakil
Mandana Vakil - Director of Media

Mandana Vakil ('21) is the Director of Media for BUCS VIII. She is a sophomore from Warsaw, Poland concentrating in Economics and History. She has had very little MUN experience before becoming a part of MUN in her first year at Brown University. Apart from MUN, Mandana is also the Marketing Co-Chair for the Economics Departmental Undergraduate Group and interns for Inventing Heron—a start-up serving as a career resource for young adults. In her free time, you can find Mandana sipping on hot a hot cappuccino, painting pictures with words in her journal, or creating Spotify playlists.