Professor Rafis Abazov
Executive Director of Model UN New Silk Way

Rafis Abazov is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He has been a faculty member at Columbia University since 2003. 

 Rafis Abazov’s research interests include public policy, environmental policy, governance and egovernance, democratization and population movement with focus on the history of population movement in Russia and Central Asia. His teaching interests cover developmental studies, public policy and governance, and modern world history, particularly the history of Russian/Soviet Union and Afghanistan.

Vlastimil Samek
Spokesman for the UNDPI

Mr. Samek  joined the United Nations after having served as the Minister-Counsellor for the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic.  He has also served as senior advisor on international relations and communications with Cautor Consulting, and has been the senior advisor to the president and CEO on communications with various corporate entities. In addition, Mr. Samek has served as the Head of the Czech Embassy in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; as Deputy Head of the Czech Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh; and as Head of the Embassy of Czechoslovakia in Yangon, Myanmar.

Mr. Samek has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Economics and International Relations in Prague.