Welcome to the Forty Elephants committee at the 53rd University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference. My name is Mahak Sethi, and I am so excited to be serving as your chair. I am currently a sophomore in the Wharton School of Business, planning to concentrate in Operations, Information, and Decisions and Management. Academically, I also take great interest in political science, art history, and Korean. I take great joy in participating on Penn’s Model United Nations Team, Intercol, and have had previous experience chairing for ILMUNC, Penn’s conference for high school students. Outside of MUN, I love listening to all types of music, watching reruns of How I Met Your Mother, and drinking boba with friends. I am thrilled to be chairing a committee centered around such a fascinating and under-discussed topic: The Forty Elephants- an all-female crime syndicate based in London during the 19th and 20th centuries. This topic comes with some constraints due to its place and time but allows you to exercise your full range of creativity nonetheless. The following background guide should provide you with all the information you will need to know about the present situation going into committee. I look forward to seeing what you come up with it!
Sincerely, Mahak Sethi
Welcome to UPMUNC LIII and the Committee on Forty Elephants. My name is Michael Lin, and I am incredibly excited to serve as one of your Crisis Directors for the weekend. I am a Sophomore declared in International Relations at the College of Arts and Sciences and minoring in Chinese. Additionally, I am interested in studying Healthcare Management and Real Estate. With regards to my involvement in the International Affairs Association, I am on Penn’s travel MUN team, Intercol, and have staffed UPMUNC LII and ILMUNC XXXVI. In high school, I participated extensively in MUN and was able to travel to China, India, and Poland with the All-American MUN delegation. In my free time, I enjoy baking French macarons, watching Great British Baking Show and Queer Eye, and hanging with my friends. The Forty Elephants is an incredibly covert crime all-female crime syndicate from the 19th to 20th century. In fact, they were so covert that, even now, not much is known about the organization’s methods and operations. That being said, the background guide should provide you all with the information you will need to know for the start of committee and links to sources for further research. As delegates, you all are allowed a lot of creativity with crisis. I am looking forward to reading and responding to your inventive arcs and to an exciting weekend. Feel free to reach out with any questions or comments!
Sincerely, Michael Lin
Welcome to UPMUNC LIII and the Committee on Forty Elephants. My name is Himanvi Kopuri, and I am incredibly excited to serve as one of your Crisis Directors for the duration of this conference. I hope that you enjoy this unique committee and walk away with great memories.
Sincerely, Himanvi Kopuri
Known to be ruthless, clever and deceitful, the Forty Elephants was an all female gang that ran the largest shoplifting operation ever seen in Britain. Beginning in the late 1800s, the group successively stole thousands of pounds of valuable goods from high end shops across London. Members of the Forty Elephants will be responsible for developing shoplifting operations that will profit the group, protect the identities of gang members and maintain their individual public image. As a group, the Forty Elephants will also consider establishing relations with other British gangs, such as Elephant and Castle. Through their efforts, it is important that members uphold the values of the Forty Elephants while also aiming to expand the influence of this feared gang.
If you have any questions about this committee, feel free to reach out to your Under-Secretary General Grace Martens at firstname.lastname@example.org