We are delighted to announce Alfonso José Salgado Cabrera as our Secretary General for the BIMUN/SINUB conference in November 2017:
„I am a Spanish Law and Business graduate currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Business Administration at ICEX-CECO in Madrid. I was born and raised in a small town in Southern Spain called Rota, so I have enjoyed the advantages of both the big city and the quiet little town.
My first MUN-like experience was the Model European Parliament (MEP), at the age of 17. I continued to participate on it for a couple years so I consider MEP to be my Alma Mater when it comes to international conferences. However, MUNs have been a very important part of my life for the past years. I have met some of my best friends at them and they taught me very important lessons. I could say that a great part of who I am today I owe to Model UN conferences. During my life, have been part of many projects related to international discussion and public speaking such as Debate Tournaments and MUNs. However, I have also done some amateur musical theatre as actor, artistic director and scriptwriter. I do not consider myself a great singer, but I think I can defend myself during a karaoke night.
I am very hopeful that this conference will help us all learn about the world that we live in and the challenges that the future has in store. I cannot wait to start working with everyone to make another great BIMUN/SINUB happen!“
We are very happy and proud to announce Johanna Kresin as the Deputy Secretary-General of BIMUN/SINUB 2017:
„I am in the last semester of my bachelor’s degree in political sciences and economics at the University of Erfurt, where I am specializing in international security and Russian foreign affairs. Apart from my enthusiasm for international p
eace and security, I have been committed to environmental protection since primary school and am interested in environmentally and socially sustainable economic development. Thus, I am planning to pursue an economic-oriented master’s degree after gaining one or two years of work experience. After completing my current internship at the German Embassy in Armenia, I will spend my summer writing my thesis, doing a Russian language course in St. Petersburg, and travelling to the beautiful country of Ghana.
Working a second job at a Berlin-based start-up, I am usually short on free time. However, I always find time for earth-shattering discussions and relaxed afternoons with my friends. I enjoy running, watching movies and playing the piano – although the latter went short due to my frequent change of residence in the past two years. I have a deep love for sushi, avocado and karaoke and love discovering new countries and cultures.
Ever since my first conference in late 2013, MUN has become an integral part of my life and I have participated in over 15 conferences taking up a diverse spectrum of roles. MUN has profoundly shaped my academic and professional development. Most importantly though, MUN has taught me to think globally, appreciate variety, and question my own opinion. I believe the biggest value of MUN simulations lies in intercultural exchange and the promotion of tolerance, international understanding and friendships. Therefore, I am most honored to serve as Deputy Secretary General for BIMUN 2017 alongside Alfonso. I hope that BIMUN 2017 will be an enriching experience for all participants, enabling them to broaden their minds, develop innovative ideas and form long-lasting friendships.“
Aurora Hamm and Lars Stollenwerk will be chairing the UNSC.
„Dear Everyone – having been delegate in 2015 and President of the association in 2016, I am a full hearted BIMUNer and thrilled to come back for this year’s edition, as Chair of the Security Council. I am in my last few months of the BA in History and Political Science and Sociology at the University of Bonn and currently busy stressing about my future. So if you happen to have a good Plan A for my life, be sure to share it with me. A perfect Plan A would include all things I enjoy about MUNing: which are exciting debates, hard work, long parties, exploring new places and very good friends. In my rare spare time I enjoy books, wine, coffee and laughing at and or with people, preferably all at once and somewhere by the sea. Having grown up in both Turkey and Germany, I have an invested interest in the Middle East and everything to do with Peacebuilding/keeping/enforcing for which the Security Council is crucial and sadly often failing. I hope to instil some of my passion for this Council and the region to you as delegates and I am quite literally counting the days for BIMUN17!“
„Dear BIMUN-people, my name is Lars Stollenwerk and together with Aurora I will chair the Security Council. I am a 24-year old Belgian whose MUN-life is slowly drawing to an end. For Bonn however, one can always make an exception. I studied History and European Politics at the KU Leuven, and am currently launching my career in European public affairs. As is inevitable when you study in Leuven, I fell for the attraction of KULMUN, joined on a series of MUN-adventures around Europe; it’s proving next to impossible to disentangle myself from such amazing experiences and friends. My hobbies include playing the devil’s advocate, training for a marathon that will take place far in the future and sharing irrelevant historical facts on touristy trips. According to unconfirmed sources, it is best to avoid witnessing me sing and dance, so join me at the socials at your own risk.“
Human Rights Council
The UNHRC will be headed by Evelina Leontiou and Emma Vermunicht.
„My name is Evelina Leontiou and I am from Athens, Greece. I am a second year Law student at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and I am very interested in international law and current affairs. For over four years, I have been participating in many simulations and conferences relating both to the United Nations’ procedures and to the European ones, as well as this year I had the unique opportunity to be a member of the team representing Greece in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. I could not have been more excited to become a member of the BIMUN/SINUB 2017 Secretariat, and I am convinced that it will be an unforgettable experience with intense moments and fruitful discussions. I hope that this conference will be conducive to the creation of strong memories and it will constitute an impressive result of the cooperation of highly active delegates and dedicated members of the chairing and organizing team. Overall, I am looking forward to meeting you all and I am strongly motivated to contribute to the achievement of an outstanding conference.“
“It was way back in September 2014 that I was waiting outside a small classroom at my university, waiting to be let in for an interview for some kind of MUN association… Soon, I entered the interview room without really knowing that this would be the beginning of a long and wonderful journey. Since then, I have been in the board for two years of our association in Belgium and I have been participating in MUNs as Delegate, ExCom, Chairperson, Crisis Manager, Deputy Secretary General and Secretary General. In my opinion, MUN is one of the greatest things that I have ever experienced. To me, exchanging ideas with people from different nationalities, making lifelong friends all over the world and working together to make this planet a better place is what MUN is all about. Besides the MUN world, I am a 21 year old student at the Katholic University of Leuven where I am currently enrolled in Comparative and International Politics. Eventhough I live and study in Belgium, I always find good reasons to flee the country during the semester. Along with travelling, I love to have discussions, mostly related to politics, at 3 in the morning.Human rights is an issue of fundamental importance to all people everywhere, and it is because of this that I believe that the work of the Human Rights Council is critical to improving the lives of people accross the world. It is therefore my honour to be chairing the UNHRC at this edition of Bonn International Model United Nations. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and to hearing some interesting debates!”
The Chairs of UN Women will be Anna Rickert and Hannah Bergmann.
My name is Anna and I am a 21-year-old student of International Relations and English Studies at the University of Erfurt. At the moment, I am occupied with writing my bachelor thesis about the intractability of the Cyprus question, where I examine why the conflict parties were so far not susceptible to any resolution and what could be done in order to create an atmosphere, where ambitious diplomacy might succeed.
Whenever I am not sitting in the library, I enjoy long runs through Erfurt’s woods, reading books and newspaper articles on international politics and challenging myself by learning new languages. Furthermore, I love cooking with friends, especially since my own culinary skills are still not beyond the scope of cooking pasta or ordering pizza.
Ever since I discovered my passion for Model United Nations after graduating from high school, MUN has been an important addition to my academic education. There, I did not only improve my debating skills, rhetorical abilities and understanding of UN processes, but also established valuable friendships with likeminded people from all over the world.
I am delighted to return to the city where my MUN career started three years ago and I value the opportunity to chair UN Women together with Hannah at this year’s edition of BIMUN/SINUB.“
„Dear (future) participants of BIMUN 2017,
My name is Hannah Bergmann, and I will be chairing the UN Women committee of this years BIMUN conference.
MUNs have become a part of my life three years ago, when I first participated in BerlInMUN 2014 as a delegate. Since then, I have taken part in several conferences as a delegate and chairperson, as well as I have been part of the organising team of BerlInMUN since 2015.
When not busy with MUNing, I am studying history, politics and sociology at Humboldt-University in Berlin, like to travel and visit music and film festivals.
I am very much looking forward to coming back to Bonn in November for my third BIMUN conference, and for my first time chairing the UN Women committee, a committee whose mandate is as various as the many challenges and obstacles women are still facing in the 21st century. It will be my pleasure to chair this committee together with Anna, and I am looking forward to productive committee sessions and fun socials – in other words I cannot wait for another great BIMUN conference!“
Food and Agriculture Organization
The FAO will be chaired by Tobias Weitzel and Marcus Gerstein.
„I am a third year BA student of International Relations with minors in Economics and Political Science at the University of Erfurt. I grew up in the Frankfurt metropolitan area and I am 21 years old.
In my studies I focus on geopolitics, international security and environmental politics. I also work as a tutor for theories of International Relations at my university.
In the past semesters I have developed an interest in almost everything related to climate, geography and sustainable development. Currently I am trying to improve my scientific knowledge about Earth Science in order to gain a deeper understanding of the environment. Sometimes I regret not taking any advanced courses in chemistry or biology in High School because they would surely be helpful now. However, I am looking forward to chair the FAO because it deals with issues that particularly interest me.
Besides that I am also highly interested in the Asia-Pacific. I have been taking Chinese and Japanese classes since 2014 and I spent my semester abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo. Studying in Japan and traveling made me realize that I do see a future for myself in East Asia. I hope that I can combine my academic interests and the dynamic Asia-Pacific region in my future career.
In my free time I enjoy reading and spending ridiculous amounts of money on books. I also have a passion for everything related to China or Japan. My homemade sushi skills are acceptable and I am doing my best at Karaoke (you would probably enjoy it).
I hope that BIMUN 2017 is going to be a fantastic experience and I will do my best to contribute to that.“
„My family is American, but due to my parents’ occupations at the time, I was born in Taiwan of all places. After a move to Italy, we ended up in San Francisco, California, where my family lives today. I spend most of the year at my university in Long Beach (near Los Angeles), though I try to go home between semesters.
I have now completed two years at California State University, Long Beach, and am majoring in history with a focus on modern Europe and the United States, and a minor in Italian Studies.
Politics has always been a passion of mine, and something I greatly enjoys pursuing inside and outside the realm of MUN. I’ve volunteered and interned for political campaigns, and can never turn down a good book on political theory or tuning in to watch the, let’s just say, unique position that my country finds itself in.
In my spare time, I cannot get enough nature. The outdoors are very important to me. I try to get away for a few camping trips a year in various parts of California. We’ve got a little bit of everything here: deserts, pine forests, plains, chaparral, woodlands. I try to enjoy it all.“
Organization of American States
Richard Garcia-Guerrero, Simon Bosmans and Ana Maria Buttkus Ocampo will be chairing the OAS.
„My name is Richard Garcia-Guerrero, and I am a 22-year-old student from California State University Long Beach (CSULB), pursuing a B.A. in International Studies and a B.A. in Economics. I am very passionate about foreign policy, diplomacy, and international development, and look forward to joining the US Department of State Foreign Service steadfastly confident in the clout of our international institutions and policy framework.
Over the years, I have been President of our campus’ International Studies Student Association, met with members of the U.S. Intelligence Community in the Los Angeles area and Washington, D.C., studied abroad in Mexico, and held a fellowship at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.I have also been an active member of our university’s MUN team. As a delegate, I have been to SBMUN in Santa Barbara, California; NWMUN in Portland, Oregon; NTUMUN in Singapore; and FWMUN in San Francisco, California. I also participated in last year’s UAGMUN in Guadalajara, Mexico as chair of our committee.
I look forward to this year’s BIMUN, and the collaborative work to take place among delegates from all over the world, true to the nature of the United Nations.“
„Ever since I was 10, my life has been most marked by the places I’ve travelled to, and the people I’ve met. I’ve visited the savannas of Benin and the salt deserts of Bolivia, worked on a humanitarian aid project in the Congo, been on exchange in the US; lived in Belgium, France and Germany for studies or work, and attended quite a few MUN conferences all over Europe in the meantime. But it’s these last few MUN-trips that I’ve enjoyed most, because they let me indulge in all my passions, whether it’s travel, diplomacy or cheesy international-“relations” pick-up lines.
However, when I’m not doing who-knows-what abroad, I live and study in Leuven, a small but fierce Belgian university town OBVIOUSLY most known for its MUN association (KULMUN), which I’ve been part of since my first year at uni, and of which I’m the president this year. In Leuven, apart from debating with KULMUN, I’m now finishing my Master’s degree in International Politics (even though I’m already a Master in many other things, such as writing awesome bios about fascinating people). But most importantly, I’ll be one of your multilingual chairs at the Organization of American States – aka BIMUN 2017’s best (polyglot) committee – and can’t wait to meet you all in November!“
„I’m Ana Maria Buttkus Ocampo a 22-year-old international law student. I was born and raised in Cali, Colombia and I moved to Germany in 2013 to pursue my studies. After living in both, Heidelberg and Dresden I’ll start my preparation for the German state exam this fall in Münster. My first MUN experience was in the sixth grade at school and I’ve been participating at least at one conference per year since then. I’ve been a delegate several times and this would be my third time chairing a committee. There are multiple reasons why I’m passionate about MUNs. The most important one for me is the possibility to know people with similar interests and try to work together to find solutions that suits everyone’s needs. Besides that, I’m always looking forward to the social events. My international background and early involvement in MUNs developed my love for activities that promote intercultural exchange. That’s why I also enjoy taking part in international negotiation competitions and volunteering for international law students’ organizations. In my free time, I love reading Latin American literature, traveling, and ice skating.“
The Editors-in-Chief of this year’s conference will be Maryia Dzichkowska and Ana Victoria Martín Corral.
„My name is Ana, and I’m a Spaniard from the beautiful historic town of Salamanca, where I first got in touch with the MUN world at 16, through its conference MUNUSAL. By the time BIMUN/SINUB 2017 rolls around I’ll be 22 and happily spending my Erasmus year in Florence, where I’ll be taking my fifth year of Medical School.
I love MUNing for the amazing people I get to meet and the opportunity to speak with them in a foreign language, be it English, Italian, or even my long-forgotten French. (Given my fondness for German conferences, I expect to be picking up some German soon as well).
I have participated in MUNs in various roles, and being a journalist has given me many happy memories, especially as part of the media team in BIMUN’s last edition. While I’m really hoping we won’t get lost for three hours on the way to the social this year, I’m thrilled to be returning to Bonn, this time as Editor-in-Chief.
I enjoy staying up late at night, singing to myself (and to anyone who might want to listen), booking flights, taking (many) pictures, anything sweet (do let me know if you’re planning to visit anything Haribo-related while in Bonn) and overusing parentheses.“
„My name is Maryia Ditchkowska, and together with Ana Victoria, I will be the Editor-in-Chief at BIMUN 2017. Originally from Belarus, I had a chance to live in England and Scotland, until I finally settled in Ireland, where I pursue my degree in Politics and Business in Trinity College Dublin.
My first MUN experience was relatively recent, in comparison with others, but I was hooked from the very beginning. I will not be exaggerating to say that MUNs changed the way I see and communicate with the world today, as well as gave me many valuable friendships.
Since then, I had an opportunity to participate as a journalist, editor-in-chief, delegate, chair and organiser. However, being a member of the media team was always my favourite position during conferences, and I am glad to be given an opportunity to come back as Editor-in-Chief in 2017.
I hope to continue contributing to the world of free media (even if it only happens during a simulation), fresh gossips, as well as I look forward to meeting all of the delegates in this edition of BIMUN!“
We are proud to announce that Karim Abada will be the Crisis Manager of this year’s conference.
„I am a student of Political Science and History (in what I hope will be my final year) at the University of Tübingen. I have been MUNing for about 4 years now, when the intrigue and adrenalin of discovering new places and meeting new, like-minded peers finally captured my imagination and heart fully. I have gone on and took various roles on, as a delegate, chairperson, and Secretary-General. For my final conference, I have therefore taken on the challenge of ‘Crisis Manager’ – a role that I hope will not only enrich my appreciation for MUN conferences, but also enrich and round-off the experience for all Delegates, Journalists, and Chairpersons.
In my spare time, I like to listen to acoustic, blues and jazz music, play field hockey, as well as binge-watch ‘House of Cards’, ‘The Newsroom’, and ‘Designated Survivor’. I am looking forward to meeting new friends and reuniting with old ones for one last time in the former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany; Bonn.”