HUAWEI BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CRISIS MANAGER: JONATHON MAREK

CHAIR: CHRIS STEIN


approximate committee size: 20

The Huawei Board of Directors sits at the intersection of technology, economics, and geopolitics. Delegates will manage the operations of one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, and one of the fastest-growing companies across all sectors and in all markets. Huawei's meteoric rise presents challenges, but also countless opportunities to those willing to act decisively and quickly. In addition to Huawei's standard business operations, delegates will plan and create some of the most sensitive and valuable systems in the world, namely the 5th Generation of wireless communications technology (5G). 5G technology will fundamentally change how the world communicates; facilitate new methods of cyberespionage and cyberwarfare; and allow for new innovations in AI, Internet of Things, cloud computing, and other technologies which haven't even been invented yet. Because of the massive economic and political benefits being first to implement 5G will bring, China has made leading the global development of 5G a national priority, and Huawei is at the tip of the spear of this process.

As a result, Huawei has become inextricably bound up with the geopolitical concerns surrounding China's rise. Huawei's CFO has been arrested and her extradition to the US is pending, and the IP and technology theft allegations against Huawei are among the central issues in the ongoing (at the time of writing) US-China trade negotiations. The US is struggling to develop an alternative to Huawei's momentum on 5G, and will spare no effort to prevent Huawei from dominating this industry. However, Huawei is not only under bilateral geopolitical attack; the scope of the concern is, like Huawei's operations, global. A leak of the UK's decision to allow Huawei to participate in 5G led to the firing of their Secretary of State for Defence. And the US is urging allies not to allow Huawei to operate in their countries. The stage is set for a dramatic confrontation over Huawei's role and very existence as a global telecommunications and technology company.

TOPIC A

Cybersecurity & Privacy Concerns

TOPIC B

Components Sourcing

TOPIC C

Sanctions

TOPIC D

Growth Markets

TOPIC ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND GUIDE COMING SOON


LEARNING OBJECTIVES

NAIMUN strives to provide every delegate with a well-rounded, educational, and enjoyable experience. The learning objectives for the Huawei Board of Directors are as follows. Delegates will:

  • Gain an understanding of the nature of Huawei's operations, the company's business strategy, and the strategic importance of 5G systems

  • Learn how the CCP leverages Chinese national champion companies to enhance its economic, technological, and geopolitical advantages

  • Experience how competition in high-tech and strategic sectors affects the US-China relationship and global politics


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About the Chair

Christopher Stein is a member of the School of Foreign Service class of 2020. He majors in Global Business, minors in Mandarin Chinese, and is pursuing a certificate in International Business Diplomacy. Outside of NAIMUN, Chris is Publisher of the Caravel, Georgetown’s student-run and student-written international affairs newspaper, treasurer of the Anthem, an art and literary magazine, and vice president of the Creative Writing Club. He has also previously chaired at NCSC, Georgetown’s college model UN conference. Chris is from Philadelphia and has studied abroad in Taipei, Taiwan.

About the Crisis Manager

Jonathon is a member of the Walsh School of Foreign Service Class of 2021, majoring in International Political Economy with an Asian Studies Certificate. Jonathon was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois (Go Cubs!), and steadfastly maintains that it is the greatest city, bar none. He has been interested in China for over a decade, and has a special interest in the political economy of China's trade and international development policy, and has staffed committees on Hong Kong and anti-corruption efforts in China at previous conferences. He is the Chief of Staff for GIRA's college conference, NCSC, and previously served as the USG of Councils and Boards. Outside of MUN, Jonathon researches Chinese domestic politics and rural development as a Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellow, and was also Chair of the 8th Annual Walsh Exchange.

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