Yue Qiushi (President of the GMUN General Assembly)
Born in China, Qiushi is pursuing a double degree in International Relations and English Literature at Beijing Foreign Studies University. Dedicated to academic studies, she held the first place in School of International Relations and Diplomacy. She actively engages in MUN conferences and debate tournaments at home and abroad and has attended such events in South Korea, Thailand, the United States of America, France, Germany and Switzerland. For her, MUN is a channel through which voices of the youth can be heard. Here ideas can be translated into resolution and action. In GMUN 2009, Qiushi headed the delegation of Ethiopia. The work in the Third Committee motivated her to develop a deep interest in promoting human rights and welfare of peoples from across the world. Elected as President of the Global Model UN (GMUN ) General Assembly, Qiushi is going to preside over the plenary meetings in the upcoming GMUN in Kuala Lumpur. Her goal is to facilitate consensus building and advance understanding between civilizations. She believes through this international event, youth can demonstrate that an alliance of civilizations where differences are celebrated can be achieved through committed efforts.
Lawrence Muli (Chairperson of GMUN General Assembly Committee I)
I was born and raised in Kenya. I am currently doing an internship at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Headquarters in Nairobi. In December 2010 I will earn a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Kenyatta University in Kenya. I have participated in Model United Nations conferences in Kenya as a delegate, to head delegate and Under Secretary General. I was head delegate of the largest African MUN delegation to the National MUN in New York. In March 2010, I represented MUN and Africa in the Climate Change conference 2009 in Copenhagen, where I chaired the International Youth Caucus on Climate Justice and became the Communications Coordinator of the Africa Youth Initiative on Climate Change. I was head delegate of Palau at the Global Model UN conference in Geneva in 2009. GMUN gives us as youth the pedestal to synergize our actions in influencing issues that affect the world today. I am deeply humbled by the opportunity to chair a committee at GMUN 2010 Coming from a country that has recently experienced catastrophic violence triggered by ethnic and tribal differences, I greatly appreciate the grave importance of bridging cultures to achieve peace and development.
Maxim Afanasyev (Chairperson of the GMUN General Assembly Committee II )
Maxim is a PhD student in Economics at the Southern Federal University in Russia and has a diverse academic, research and professional background. He previously completed a graduate degree in translation and cross-cultural communication studies with honours, achieved the title of Best Graduate Student and won four distinguished national scholarships. He serves as an interpreter at high-level events in Russia chaired by the heads of state, as well as at UN roundtables and has translated for international organizations. He has been a member of teams that have organized Russia’s major international economic forums – the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and the Sochi International Investment Forum. For several years he has been actively involved in various capacities such as a delegate, and as the President of the General Assembly of Russia’s second oldest and largest Model UN programme. At GMUN 2009 he served as a head delegate and received one of the GMUN 2009 Best Position Paper Awards. Maxim is honoured to have been elected a Chairperson of GMUN 2010.
Juliana Moura Bueno (Vice-Chairperson, Committee II )
Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Juliana Bueno spent a year as an exchange student in the Netherlands, where she had the opportunity to understand the Dutch culture. She lived with a Dutch family and studied at a school where all the subjects were taught in the national language. It was a very special experience that influenced her decision to pursue her studies in Social Sciences in the prestigious University of Sao Paulo. Having participated in more than 18 youth conferences including in international conferences in Oxford, Paris and the Hague, she has served in positions as delegate, chairperson, and organizer. Juliana welcomes the challenge of being Vice-Chairperson of a Committee at the Global Model UN conference 2010. Currently she serves as an intern to the Dutch-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and is also active in Students’ Political Movements at her University and in her community. She expresses the hope that the delegates of GMUN 2010 use the conference as a once-in-a-lifetime experience where they develop personal skills but also to see themselves as global citizens..
Pamela Usai (Chairperson of the GMUN General Assembly Committee III )
Born to an Italian father and Filipino mother and currently pursuing a Bachelor in Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore, Pamela likes to describe her upbringing as a fusion of Eastern traditions with Western values. Fluent in English and French, in addition to her mother tongues, she was exposed to the notion of internationalism and multi-culturalism from an early age. Having attended Model UN conferences in Singapore, Beijing, Taipei and Geneva, Pamela strongly believes that much of our learning is derived from activities outside the classroom. Model UN conferences as an example, increases one’s desire to be proactive global citizens. We must ‘never be afraid to do something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the titanic.’ As Chairperson of one of the committees at Global Model United Nations 2010, Pamela is confident that GMUN 2010 will be a truly memorable experience for both herself and her peers..
Isaac Appiah (Vice-Chairperson, Committee III )
Ghanaian born Isaac Appiah is a junior at Ashesi University College, Ghana studying Business Administration. This 22-year old student is very passionate about youth engagement in matters of leadership and good citizenship. He has four years of Model UN experiences in Europe, Africa, the United States of America and Asia. As the President of his school’s United Nations Association, Isaac has proved that he has excellent leadership qualities. His amiable personality and ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds have earned him the respect and appreciation from all those he comes into contact with. For Isaac, participation in Model UN conferences builds leadership, negotiating and communication skills, it also adds to every student’s understanding of world issues. He hopes to combine all these qualities to better the lives of the less privileged in society. Isaac will serve as a vice chairperson to a committee in GMUN 2010..
João Pedro Lacerda de Sá Teles (Chairperson of the GMUN General Assembly
Born in Brasília, Brazil’s capital, João now lives in Rio de Janeiro. In 2005, an almost accidental participation in a MUN defined his love for international issues. This first hand contact with complex International politics was paramount to define his academic future. In 2007, he enrolled on Pontifical Catholic University Rio de Janeiro to study in Law, but soon changed his course to International Relations.For João the US President John Adams’ quote summarizes the importance of international relations: “I must study politics and war that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy”. One of his accomplishments was to participate in the Brazilian Peacekeepers training programmes, which was an amazing opportunity to learn about the work of the United Nations and global issues. In GMUN 2009 João edition of GMUN João was selected as head of delegate of Turkey, delegate to the Committee I and the Security Council. Those great experiences were fundamental to the success of the 7th ONU Jr.,MUN in 2009 in which he acted as Secretary-General. The experience of more than 20 MUN s will help him shape this year’s GMUN into a remarkable experience for all the delegates..
Kari Moe Jacobsen (Vice-Chairperson, Committee IV)
Kari Jacobsen, a 22 year-old student from Norway, has just completed her Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies, Human Geography and Spanish at the University of Oslo and now pursues a graduate Masters degree in International Development at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. At the Model United Nations Society at the University of Oslo, she has been Vice-President for the academic year 2009/10. After participating as a delegate at GMUN 2009, her passion for MUN was consolidated. She left the conference with a firm belief in the importance of such conferences, and considers her election as Vice-Chairperson for GMUN 2010 a great honor.