Meet the Secretariat


Pooja Abhyankar, Secretary-General

Pooja is a Junior currently majoring in International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at GW. She currently  competes on GW’s nationally ranked Model UN team.  Apart from MUN, Pooja also competes on GW’s Mock Trial team and hopes to continue her education to law school! She’s very excited to meet all the incredible students and can’t wait for GWCIA XII.

Eleanor Hume, Executive Director

Eleanor is a Junior from Chapel Hill, North Carolina majoring in International Affairs with a Concentration in International Politics and a Minor in Chinese Language and Literature.  She has been involved in Model UN since her Freshmen year of High School and has staffed both GWCIA and GW’s High School MUN Conference, WAMUNC. Eleanor is a Student Ambassador for GW’s Confucius Institute.  Outside of class, she enjoys traveling and learning new languages.  She is very excited to welcome you to GWCIA XXII this December!

Linnea Budd, Chief of Staff

Linnea is a sophomore in the School of Business. She is majoring in International Business and minoring in French. Outside of GWCIA, Linnea is involved with GW’s Model UN Team, the Student Association, and Greek Life. Linnea can’t wait to hear the resolutions delegates propose at GWCIA!

Claude Su, Director of Finance

Claude is a junior majoring in International Affairs, and double-minoring in Business Administration and Music. He was born in New York, but spent most of his life in Taipei, Taiwan, at an international school. Model UN has been a significant part of his life since he started way back in 8th grade (where he started in the THIMUN circuit), and he is currently a member of GW’s competitive travel team. Outside of MUN, he is also involved in his fraternity (Phi Delta Theta), the Taiwanese American Student Association, the GW Orchestra, student musical productions, and Silver Wings. In his free time, you can find him reading about military history, gaming, playing his violin, and/or making puns. Fun fact: He has perfect pitch!

Shule Chen, Director of Conferenceconf_gwcia@gwu.eduShule is a sophomore at the Elliott School of International Affairs. She is majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Asia and a minor in Business Administration. She is the Director of Conference Relations of GWCIA XXII, the Director of Social Programming of the International Affairs Society, and an active member of the GW Model UN team who staffed GWCIA and WAMUNC last year. Shule also enjoys good books, good food, and good Broadway musical marathons outside of MUN. She can’t wait to see the next generation of Model UN in action and welcomes you to GWCIA XXII.

Colin Pate, Under-Secretary-General, Regional Bodies



Schuyler Cottrell, Under-Secretary-General, Crisis Bodies

Schuyler is a senior in the Elliott School of International Affairs. He is majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in European Regional Studies and a minor in Business Administration. Schuyler is a regular competitor for the GW Model UN travel team, and is entering his 8th (and sadly final) year as a crisis delegate. Outside of MUN, he is a radio anchor for WRGW News, an avid gamer, and host of an online podcast. Schuyler can’t wait to see tomorrow’s diplomats debate at GWCIA!

Jackie Negro, Under-Secretary-General, International Bodies

Jackie is a sophomore in the Elliott School studying International Affairs. Originally from Michigan, she loves Detroit sports – the Red Wings and Tigers especially. She was a MUN delegate for all four years of high school and has staffed multiple conferences in the past. She loves soccer and plays on GW’s Women’s Club Soccer team. And, of course, she’s excited for GWCIA!

Sam Copeland, Under-Secretary-General, Historic and Specialized Bodies

Samantha Copeland is a sophomore from Austin, Texas studying International Affairs at the Elliott School. She staffed GWCIA and WAMUNC last year.  This past year she also interned with the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project and the National Security Archives. Sam loves reading, traveling, soccer and puzzles. Fun Fact:  She can name 197 counties and identify them on a map.