Ivorian Cabinet, 2011
CM: Margaret Hodson
Chair: Bianca Lambert
The year is 2011 and the internationally recognized Alassane Ouattara is finally taking office. The Ivory Coast is recovering from a brutal civil war against the forces led by Laurent Gbagbo, who publicly falsified election results in an effort to maintain his regime. Ouattara's Cabinet will be responsible for repairing the economy, industry, public health, and security of the Ivorian people. The nation also faces pushback from the international community for reported human rights violations and child labor taking place on their cocoa plantations. The Ivory Coast serves as the world’s primary cocoa producer, but climate change is ravaging plantations across Africa, reducing quality of cocoa beans and decreasing profits. Protecting the nation’s cocoa production is thus imperative, but further human rights abuse no longer to be tolerated. Outtara’s cabinet must address these challenges within the context of political instability and with pressure from outside investors and the media to protect its industry and tourism. How will the cabinet keep children and laborers safe, preserve the environment, and continue chocolate production without further damaging the economy of this fragile nation?
About the Chair: Bianca Lambert is a senior in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and a M.A. Candidate in Georgetown’s Security Studies Program. She is majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) with a concentration in Security, and minoring in French. After having “studied” abroad for a semester in Lyon, France, she is excited to return back to DC and Model UN. Previously, Bianca has served as a CA, Director, and Chair at both NCSC and NAIMUN (NCSC’s sister conference), and has staffed NAIMUN-Pegasus in Chengdu, China. Most recently, she chaired the Vargas Cabinet at last year’s NCSC where she embraced her love for Brazil. Outside of staffing, you can find Bianca dancing on the tap team when she’s not procrastinating studying, or talking about how much she misses California.
About the Crisis Manager: Margaret is a member of the Class of 2020 studying International Politics with a concentration in International Law, Institutions, and Ethics and a minor in Arabic. She is very excited to be the Crisis Manager for the Ivorian Cabinet. In the past, Margaret has served as the Crisis Manager for the Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General at the 56th North American Invitational Model United Nations Conference (NAIMUN LVI), the Director of Registration for NAIMUN LV, and a Senior Crisis Analyst for JCC: Battle for Detroit at the 45th National Collegiate Security Conference (NCSC XLV). Outside of staffing Model United Nations conferences, Margaret can be found working at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs and tutoring refugee students through Jesuit Worldwide Learning. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring DC and eating smoothie bowls. Margaret can’t wait to welcome you all to NCSC XLVII for a fast-paced and exciting committee!