The Yale Model United Nations Institute, or YMUNI, is a one-week long residential summer program for high school students about leadership, international relations, and Model United Nations run by Yale students from the Yale International Relations Association. Through YMUNI, program participants will learn more about the world, themselves, YIRA, and the amazing resources Yale has to offer.

YMUNI participants will leave the program with:

  • a better understanding of international relations and global affairs
  • refined MUN skills, such as public speaking, research, writing and debate
  • the experience of living in one of Yale’s residential colleges
  • new friendships with engaged students from around the country/world
  • exposure to Yale professors and resources as well as other phenomenal guest speakers
  • the opportunity to learn and to connect with some of Yale’s best and brightest students

YMUNI 2018 will be held at Yale University from August 5-10, 2018.

YMUNI is operated as a constituent program of the Yale International Relations Association (YIRA). YIRA is one of Yale’s largest student organizations, with 501c3 non-profit status. More information about YIRA can be found here

Apply today and join us for what will be an incredible week at Yale, YMUNI 2018.



Ziad Ahmed, Executive Director

Ziad Ahmed is pursuing a double major in Global Affairs and Cognitive Science. In high school, he served as the Secretary General of the Princeton Day School Model UN Delegation. In YIRA (outside of YMUNI), Ziad competes on the Model United Nations Team at Yale (MUNTY), teaches with Hemispheres, and staffs the on-campus conferences. Outside of YIRA, Ziad is an active member of the Yale College Democrats and the Yale Muslim Students Association. He also volunteers at LEAP, a local New Haven non-profit.

Outside of that, Ziad has also made waves in the worlds of social justice, Generation Z entrepreneurship, and politics -- which you can learn more about via When Ziad isn't doing Model UN or giving TEDxTalks though -- you can usually find him tweeting (@ziadtheactivist).




Abeera Saeed, Communications Director

Abeera Saeed is currently a first year at Yale University, with academic interests including Psychology, Economics, and Computer Science. Born in Pakistan and raised in Jersey City, NJ, Abeera loves to play IM volleyball with her residential college, procrastinate by watching entire Netflix series in the span of a few days, work closely with the Yale Alumni Assocaition, and eat an unhealthy amount of chocolate.





Ornella is is a rising sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering. She was born in Rwanda and her heritage remains a large part of her identity. It is also the reason she decided to compete in Model UN all throughout high school. She has competed at 14 conferences, chaired for two committees, and been on the secretariat of five conferences, including the Security Council Simulation at Yale, Yale Model United Nations, and Yale Model Government Europe. In her free time (free time? I don't know her.), she enjoys drawing, painting, and listening to music from all over the world.




Zoeth (Zodi) Chalat, Community Director

Zodi is from from Maine. He is majoring in philosophy. At Yale, he is also on the polo team and plays flute in the Davenport Pops Orchestra.

He is an avid skier and hiker, but when the weather isn't quite right -- you can usually find Zodi with a good book. In the summer, he works flipping burgers in a food truck and making ice cream at a local creamery. As you can tell, Zodi loves food, so get ready for some great YMUNI meals/conversations!