Esteban Ramírez-González (GMUN-Secretary-General)
Born and raised in Mexico, Esteban studied International Relations and Mathematics at the University of St. Andrews (UK ), and obtained his Master’s degree with Distinction in 2006. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. Esteban has travelled extensively from an early age. As a high-school student, he was actively involved in humanitarian projects in Mexico and Central America. Esteban became involved with Model United Nations (MUN ) conferences in high-school and has attended numerous conferences around the world including the London International MUN conference and the Oxford International MUN conference. At the University of St Andrews, he co-founded the St Andrews Economic Forum (SAEF ), which has become one of the largest student-run conferences in the United Kingdom. He has worked as an intern for the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN in Geneva and the World Health Organization (WHO ) and currently serves as a UN Representative for Mayors for Peace, an NGO in consultative status with the ECOSOC , which advocates for nuclear disarmament.
Radda Abdullahi Abubakar (Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs)
Twenty one year old Radda Abdullahi Abubakar was born in Katsina State and lives in Kaduna, Nigeria. He is currently a full time student of Petroleum Chemistry, with a minor in Economics, at the American University of Nigeria (AUN ) where he is active in many student organizations. He is a member of his university’s Academic Honors Society, Society for Ethics and Leadership and AUN ’s Charity Club/Community Service organization. He was the former Public Relations Officer for AUN ’s Student Government Association and is currently an elected Senator (Open Seat) as well as the elected President of the International Relations Club of AUN . Despite his current field of study he has chosen diplomacy because of his love for humanity and the belief that every human is entitled to a decent life. He hopes to contribute to the development and peaceful co-existence of mankind. As current Secretary General of the Nigerian International Model United Nations (NIGIMUN ), he hopes to touch many more lives through the NIGIMUN conference. He is honored to be chosen to serve in the Secretariat of the second annual GMUN conference.
Khaled Kabbara (Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management)
Twenty-three year-old Khaled Kabbara was born in Lebanon, where he completed high-school before moving to live in his native country Lebanon to pursue higher education. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political and Administration Sciences, with a minor in Business Administration and is in university pursuing a Master’s degree in International Affairs at the Lebanese American University in Byblos. He is involved in civic activities across Lebanon, having participated in many different NGO workshops , international and national conferences, lectures and programmes to spread awareness, a culture of understanding and a sense of citizenship among the people of Lebanon. In 2009, he participated in the Global Model United Nations Conference held at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva. He feels honoured to be selected to serve as a secretariat official in GMUN 2010. Prior to that, he served in the MUN programmes as a Delegate, Committee Director, Chair and a Trainer. Kahled reminds us: ‘’Our differences are enrichment to the world rather than an obstacle’’
Hugh Jorgensen (Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information)
Hugh Jorgensen is a 22 year old student from the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, studying Economics, International Relations and Political Philosophy. Hugh began his tertiary Model UN (MUN ) career at the 2007 Asia Pacific Model United Nations Conference (AMUNC ) in Auckland. Inspired by the global empathy fostered by MUN s, Hugh attended WorldMUN 2008, co-founded the Brisbane Model United Nations (BrizMUN ) and jointly led the successful Brisbane bid to host AMUNC 2009. BrizMUN is now the largest city-based MUN conference in Australasia. As co-Secretary-General, Hugh oversaw the partnering of AMUNC 2009 with the Alliance of Civilizations to promote the AMUNC theme “Towards Global Civilisation” and the obtainmentof record support from the Australian Government, Brisbane City Council and UQ. Outside of MUN conferencees,Hugh is an international ambassador for Green Cross Australia - having spoken on ‘Climate refugees in the South Pacific’ at The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan -- and the host of various live and on-air political forums in Brisbane. He is currently working as a university research assistant and tutor in international political economy.
Lynn Lai (Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management)
Lynn Lai was born and raised in Malaysia. She is now completing a conjoint degree in Law and Commerce, majoring in international law and economics at the University of Auckland. Her Involvement with MUN began at high school as a delegate where her team won an award for best delegation. At the tertiary level she was a delegate at the Asia Pacific Model United Nations (AMUNC ) conference 2007 and chaired the WTO and IC J in AMUNC 2008 and AMUNC 2009 respectively. In February 2010, she was selected to represent New Zealand at the One Young World summit; discussing solutions to global issues with youth leaders from around the world. While that forum addressed issues of interfaith dialogue, it was felt that there was need for an interactive forum where peoples of different religions could actively engage in dialogue. This led to Lynn’s interest in the Alliance of Civilisations; especially, bridging cultural differences. She believes that implementation of the values proposed by the Alliance at the grassroots level could potentially lead to global impact. As a Malaysian, she feels privileged to be able to welcome people from all over the world to GMUN 2010 and is excited about the cultural exchanges that will take place.
Ada Jonusyte (Secretary, Committee IV)
Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, Ada, 23, has studied political science at the Free University Berlin in Germany. Three years ago she became interested in Model United Nations conferences and since then she has taken part in conferences in Germany, London, New York and at the first Global Model uN in Geneva in 2009. As an International Parliamentary Scholarship holder, Ada was a trainee in the German Bundestag for five months. She has undertaken an internship at the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRC PD) in Kathmandu, Nepal. Since January 2010, Ada has been an intern in the European Parliament. The first three months of her internship were spent in the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE ) group and subsequently in the office of the Lithuanian Member of the European Parliament. Following the Global Model UN conference 2010, Ada would like to further her studies in the field of peace and conflict studies.
Eva Köhler (Secretary, Committee I)
A national of Sweden, Eva Köhler is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Political Science at Stockholm University. Previously, she spent two years, where she studied Political Science and International Relations. She experienced the world of MUN ’s at the Stockholm Model United Nations (SMUN ), where she participated as a delegate for two consecutive years. Eva then joined the Host Team as Head of Scenario in 2009 and taking on the role of Secretary-General during SMUN ’s annual conference. Since then, she has attended WorldMUN 2009, GMUN 2009 and WorldMUN 2010, and is presently a member of the team responsible for managing marketing and public relations for SMUN . During the Swedish presidency of the European Union (EU ), in the fall of 2009, Eva worked as a Liaison Officer for the Government Offices of Sweden. This opportunity gave her invaluable insight into EU processes and further boosted her interest in international issues. She is currently a part-time assistant at the Folke Bernadotte Academy, a Swedish government agency working on peace and conflict issues. Politically active in the Social Democratic Students’ Union of Sweden, Eva has a keen interest in active citizenship in particular the political participation of youth.
Selina Doe Angmor (Secretary, Committee II )
Selina Doe Angmor is a 21 year-old student at the University of Ghana. She identifies with the ideals of the United Nations and has a great passion to see the world better than it is today. For more than four years, she has been a Model UN trainer and has had the opportunity to serve on the secretariat of several MUN conferences. In her seven years of MUN experience, she has experienced being a delegate (receiving the best position paper award), a conference coordinator (coordinating several MUN conferences), a Chairperson (of several committee sessions), and an Under-Secretary-General for Administration. For Selina, MUN conferences are more than just a forum for the display of intellectual prowess and eloquence. They are a place where students are exposed to global issues. She sees GMUN 2010 as an opportunity to deepen delegates’ understanding of intercultural dialogue. .
Utkirbek Tadjimov (Secretary, Committee III )
Born in Uzbekistan, Utkirbek Tadjimov is a senior student of International Relations at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED) in Tashkent where he holds the position of President of the UWED Model United Nations Programme. He also works as an intern at the Department for USA and American Countries Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Utkirbek first participated in a MUN programme at his university five years ago when he represented Tanzania at a Security Council session. One of his proudest accomplishments is the change he put into effect based on his experience at GMUN 2009 to the MUN programmes in his country. To date, Utkirbek has participated in eight Model United Nations programmes both as a delegate and chairperson for a number of General Assembly Committees. At GMUN 2009 in Geneva he was a head delegate of Burkina Faso. Utkirbek believes that great opportunities lead to great responsibilities. The GMUN experience inspires him a mission to be an advocate of positive change both at governmental and at the grassroots level.