Meet E-Board

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Mwandeyi Kamwendo

President

Mwandeyi Kamwendo (you can call her Mwan) is a senior in Columbia College from the beautiful city of Lilongwe, Malawi. She's currently working towards completing her major in Political Science as well as her concentration in Visual Arts. She is CIRCA's President for the 2021-22 academic year and has previously served as Director General of the Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exposition (CMUNCE). Beyond being involved with several CIRCA branches, Mwan likes to think about sustainable development's intersection with social justice, the future of 2D animation, and the unshakable power of love. She's enjoyed her time in CIRCA and is excited to spend her last year making the community more welcoming and more inclusive for the classes to come!

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Gayoung 
Lee

Deputy Treasurer

Gayoung Lee is a sophomore in Columbia College studying Political Science. In addition to being CIRCA’s Deputy Treasurer, she is also a USG of Committees for CMUNCE and a teacher for CESIMS. Outside of CIRCA, Gayoung is a co-coordinator and mentor for the Asian Youth Program, the treasurer for the Korean Students Association, and a Columbia College Student Ambassador. She has an enormous sweet tooth, so exploring different cafés and dessert spots in NYC has quickly become one of her favorite activities. Gayoung is super excited to serve on E-Board, and she can’t wait to meet everyone!

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Donna 
Qi

DEI Officer & Director General of CMUNCE

Donna Qi is a sophomore at Columbia College from Shanghai studying Economics and History. She is the DEI Officer and Director General of Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exposition (CMUNCE). Previously, she served as the Undersecretary General of Marketing for CMUNCE. Outside of CIRCA, she is in Lion Fund, Columbia’s undergraduate run hedge fund and serves as the VP of Marketing for Panel to the People. She loves trying out new restaurants and is a karaoke enthusiast. In her free time, you can probably find her getting sucked into a new true crime documentary. She is very excited to serve on CIRCA’s E-Board this year!

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Lizzie
Karpen

Vice President of Social Affairs

Elizabeth Karpen is a senior at Barnard studying Political Science and English (with a concentration in film). She’s CIRCA’s VP Social for the upcoming year and has previous served as Chief of Communications for Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exposition (CMUNCE). Outside of CIRCA, Lizzie serves as the Managing Editor of the Columbia Daily Spectator, treasurer of Her Campus Columbia-Barnard, and Membership Director of Columbia’s chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. When she’s not trying to convince people to come to CIRCA events, you can find Lizzie contemplating why as a native New Yorker, she stayed in the city for college; watching The Bachelor; and talking about how it’s been two years since she’s last smelled anything. Lizzie’s really excited to be your VP Social in her last year at Columbia!

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Natasha 
Salmi

President of CAFA

Natasha Salmi is a sophomore at Columbia College majoring in Sustainable Development and concentrating in East Asian Languages and Cultures (Mandarin Chinese). She grew up mostly in San Francisco, but has also attended school in six countries on four continents. Her family now lives in Zurich. Natasha loves international relations and politics and has been involved with Model UN since middle school. At Columbia, Natasha is involved with various branches of CIRCA. In addition to leading CAFA, Natasha is a USG of committees for CMUNCE and CMUNNY. Outside of following international relations, her hobbies include learning new languages, skiing, surfing, exploring cities, reading books, and trying new foods.

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Rowan

Shnir

Secretary-General of CMUNNY

Rowan Shnir is a rising senior in Barnard College majoring in Russian Language & Literature, and dual minoring in Political Science and English. She is the Secretary-General of CMUNNY, and has been on the secretariat of CMUNNY for the past three years. She is also a member of CIRCA's travel team. Outside of CIRCA, they work in local politics in Manhattan and enjoy painting. They are not excited for the upcoming year as they will not be living with cats.

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Katy
Haden

Treasurer / Interim Head Delegate

Katy Haden is a junior double majoring in Political Science and Creative Writing at Columbia University. She is from Charlottesville, Virginia. Katy is passionate about international relations, human rights, and politics. Because of this Katy has done MUN since 6th grade and is now a member of the Columbia travel Model UN team, and is the Chief of Operations for CESIMS. Outside of school and clubs you can find Katy on runs through Riverside and Central park or searching for the best bagels in NYC. Feel free to contact her at ksh2157@columbia.edu!

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Olivia

Choi

Editor-in-Chief of CPR

Olivia is a junior in Columbia College studying Political Science and Philosophy. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Political Review. Outside of CPR, Olivia edits for the Columbia Undergraduate Law Review and works with the American Bar Association’s Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice. She is passionate about immigrant rights and reproductive justice. In her free time, she can be found reading anything by Ta-Nehisi Coates or listening to The Daily.

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Amanda Daly

Secretary-General of CMUNCE

Amanda is a senior in Columbia College studying neuroscience and behavior. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school. She is the Secretary-General of CMUNCE XXI, the premier Model UN conference for high schoolers. Outside of her involvement in CIRCA, she is a Tour Guide, Resident Advisor, and Research Assistant.

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Ellen
Ren

Vice President of Marketing

Ellen Ren is a junior in Barnard College studying Environment and Sustainability and Political Science. Outside of serving as VP of Marketing, she is also involved with CMUNCE and serves as the USG of Public Relations of CMUNNY.  At campus, Ellen is in Columbia's Undergraduate Science Journal, SGA Committee of Sustainability, Matriculate, and works at the Barnard merch store (come say hi, we have cute teddy bears!). Outside of campus, Ellen is an avid cafe hunter, exploring the city while playing Pokemon Go -- a game she's proud to have been able to make a reality as a CMUNCE committee in 2020. 

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Astrid
Liden

Secretary-General of CESIMS

Astrid Liden is a Junior in Columbia College from Minnesota studying Human Rights and Latin American & Caribbean Studies with a focus on migration and politics. She is the Secretary-General of CESIMS for the 2021-22 year, and she has been involved with CMUNCE, CMUNNY, and Travel Team along with pitching for CPR. Outside of CIRCA, Astrid is involved with Matriculate, Columbia Catholic Ministry, her Acapella group— the Columbia Metrotones, the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), in undergraduate research as a Mellon Mays Fellow, and the Undergraduate and Multicultural Recruitment Committee Leadership team. She is passionate about issues of representation, recognition, and justice for Venezuelan migrants. In her free time, Astrid loves her cafecito and finding all the best places around New York to get her daily sip, taking walks and running through Central Park, and discovering new hole-in-the-wall restaurants wherever she is. Astrid is excited to be representing CESIMS on CIRCA E-board this year and helping to continue CESIMS’s work for educational equity in MUN!

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Anna

Mishchenko

Director-General of CMUNNY

Anna Mishchenko is a rising junior at Columbia College studying economics and political science with a concentration in international relations. Raised in a Russian household, Anna grew up in Zurich, Switzerland, but she has also found a second home in Massachusetts, where she attended boarding school. Though Anna spent most of high school running the Speech and Debate team, her international background inspired her to participate in Model UN. She fell in love with Columbia’s Travel Team, with whom she’s been competing in conferences for the past year, and is excited to be a part of this year’s secretariat. Outside of Model UN, you can find Anna grabbing coffee at Maison Francaise, taking dance classes at Broadway Dance Center, visiting art galleries in East Village, or tasting New York’s wide-ranging cuisine.