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MUNPlanet: Nareman, you live and study in Egypt. Tell us something about your life path, and what was the deciding factor that led you to your first MUN?
Nareman: I have a changeable type of life path. Before I entered college, I was determined to enter computer science and implement something that related between astronomy and computer science. But then the Egyptian revolution happened, I read about Egypt, Startup Nation 2.0 and how the revolution would have a huge impact on that. That’s when I decided to become an entrepreneur. And now after participating in three International Court of Justice models, I have an intention to take a degree in International Law after college.
MUNPlanet: What was the deciding factor that led you to your first MUN?
Nareman: That can be briefed in “Iran”.
As an Arab, before the Arab Spring the Palestinian issue was the one that we would care about the most - and around this particular issue we would build our views about most of the countries. It was back then when I first started to read about foreign policy and Iran drew my attention the most and how it is considered the “Axis of Evil”.
At my college they were making publicity for a Model UN. My knowledge of the UN back then was superficiality, but they had “Self-determination of Iranian Kurds” case at the ICJ, a topic that directly drew my attention. That was the moment when a turn in my life was made.
Nareman: Well, as a computer science student I have always had people asking me “you are a programmer why would you join MUNs it is not related to your field?!” I think of it that way, if I joined an activity related to my field then I will end up spending more time on the computer. An egg remains an egg till it hatches, and doing something increasingly without any change might end up making you hate it.
In my programming world I have my computer to speak to in zeroes and ones, and in my MUN world I get to speak out loud in different countries' names.
MUN values are sublime, once you are into the room for the first time you will not think about just becoming the best delegate but you will care about how you would change the world. Such thing is powerful, because the power is to the youth now; if you can understand the world around you then you are capable of making a change.
MUNPlanet: What is the most important skill you have learnt from MUNs?
Nareman: I would place the debating skill in the first place, because in a society with weak political awareness it becomes almost impossible to speak to anyone without them punching you, without giving you a chance to speak. This skill is among the valuable ones, which I would not have gained from any other activity.
Nareman: In terms of the technical skills that I have gained and developed throughout my MUN experience, it helped me to think outside the box and rather than talking about making it actually doing it.
MUNs are about making a change and empowering people to make a change, if I am able to change how people live, solve their problems with a startup, and make it good enough so they would actually benefit from it, then I am on my first step of changing people’s habits.
Nareman: I firmly believe that by aiming to make startups, not only will I run out of ideas, but also I will never achieve the superiority of success. It is only by increasing people mindfulness about the case and how they can make a change. You maybe did just one presentation about entrepreneurship in a move to raise knowledge about Startup Nation 2.0, but if the message can reach in a subsidiarity way then maybe Egypt will have the next one big startup, or even better.
Nareman: I determinedly believe that the concept needs to be higher and that the voices of youth would be heard even more. As for whether MUNs serve as a changing platform - yes, indeed, they do, it mainly depends upon how you define change the difference between gold and lead is only three atomic levels this small change can make something precious.
MUNPlanet: One of the goals of MUNPlanet is to gather MUNers who could become agents of positive change. Do you believe that MUNers can step forward and bring about the change as a transnational leadership force?
Nareman: I inflexibly believe in that. For if at an MUN you can communicate with people from different backgrounds, cultures, ideologies…etc., then borders are just a word and you can assume leadership whenever you want, wherever you want and in any theme.
Nareman: Since we are in the football season, think of MUNs as “head fake”, if you enter them to have fun you will find yourself learning. If you enter to learn, you will have so much fun. Most importantly, never quit MUNs because with each experience you will learn something new.