CUBAN COUNCIL OF ministers, 1959

The Cuban Council of Ministers is made up of the advisors, allies, and colleagues of the most consequential leader in Cuba’s history. This carefully-curated group must lead Cuba through thick and thin as the fledgling nation attempts to prosper amidst the crossfire of the Cold War. While the entirety of Cuba’s economic, political, social, and military resources are at its disposal, conflicting interests within the committee may threaten the very underpinnings of the state.

As a continuous crisis cabinet, this committee is most appropriate for experienced delegates. Position papers are mandatory, and must be submitted by Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.

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William Tsai | Director

William Tsai is a Grade 10 student attending St. George’s School. He is glad to be serving as the Director of the Cuban Council of Ministers, 1959. From its engaging debate to the complex politics of the world itself, Model UN has captivated William since Grade 7 and since then, his passion for Model UN has only grown. Having attended numerous different conferences since joining Model UN four years ago, William wishes to spread his passion of MUN to all of his delegates. During his free time, William is often found advocating for the international recognition of Taiwan, competing in schoolreach, and swimming. William is looking forward to an entertaining and memorable committee and hopes the cabinet committee will be a great experience for all delegates.

Zachary Forbes | Chair

Zach Forbes is a senior at Bellarmine Preparatory School. Coming from Tacoma, Washington in the United States, Zach is overjoyed to be serving as Chair of the Cuban Council of Ministers, 1959 at VMUN 2019. He has been involved in Model United Nations since his freshman year as a delegate, staff member, and secretariat member for a multitude of conferences. This is Zach’s fourth and final VMUN, having participated as a delegate since his first MUN conference, VMUN 2016. When not doing Model UN, Zach loves to act, sing, and dance all around the Seattle theatre community, study harmful algae blooms in the Puget Sound, and bang his head against the wall for calling it a “background guide” rather than a “backgrounder” around Canadians.

Vivian Gu | Crisis Staff

Since attending her first conference in Grade 8, in which she found herself uncontrollably captivated by Model United Nations, Vivian has continued to strive towards discovering more and more about the fascinating world of foreign affairs and diplomacy. Vivian is a sophomore studying at Crofton House School. When she is not scrambling to prepare for the next debate tournament, she usually likes to spend her time travelling across the globe, sipping bubble tea, binging her newest find on Netflix, or reading the next literary classic. This year, Vivian is absolutely ecstatic to be serving as the Crisis Staff for the Cuban Council of Ministers, 1959 at VMUN 2019. She looks forward to a weekend of exceptional debate and hopes to make it an unforgettable experience!

You can contact the Director at with any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.