Shea Spierings is the Youth Delegate of Australia
Julia Rainer, aged 22, is the Youth Delegate of Austria
Julia became involved in the activities of the UN when she was part of the Rio+20 conference in 2012. For years she has been participating in UN simulations and had the possibility to gain valuable experience as a journalist covering UN conferences in Vienna. From the time she worked for one year as a voluntary legal consultant for asylum seekers she has been strongly advocating for refugee issues and is organizing her own projects in that field. Julia’s other special topics as a youth delegate include education and sustainable development.
Jérôme R. Lechien is one of the two Youth Delegates of Belgium
Warda El-Kaddouri is the second of the two Youth Delegates of Belgium
Anina Yovkova, aged 21, is one of the two Youth Delegates of Bulgaria
Dimitar Dimitrov, aged 23, is the second of the two Youth Delegates of Bulgaria
Phillip Lerer, aged 22, is the Youth Delegate of Denmark
Mikkel Näkkäläjärvi, aged 25, is the Youth Delegate of Finland
Alexander Kauschanski, aged 21, is one of the two Youth Delegates of Germany
Carina Lange, is the second of the two Youth Delegates of Germany
Mariam Sikharulidze, aged 24, is the Youth Delegate of Georgia
Mariam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Media and Communications (Prague, Czech Republic), and Masters in Communication and Mass Media (Erasmus University, Rotterdam). She has worked for an environmental NGO and advocated for environmental causes in Georgia, including on Climate Change, Preserving Biodiversity, and Waste Management. She has also worked as a freelance writer for an English-language newspaper ‘Georgia Today’. More recently, Mariam has worked as Communication Assistant and Youth Communications Focal Point for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Office in Georgia, gaining deep insight and first-hand information on youth-related issues including: gender imbalances and inequality, child marriage, HIV prevention, reproductive health and rights of youth. She led and coordinated the Regional Advocacy Campaign “Youth Voice” at the national level, which ended in September 2015.
Orla Murphy, aged 23, is one of the two Youth Delegates of Ireland
Orla hopes that in honour of Ireland’s 60th anniversary of joining the U.N. and in light of current global challenges, Irish young people will become actively engaged with their Youth Delegates to create lasting change.
Eoin O'Liatháin, aged 25, is the second of the two Youth Delegates of Ireland
Yarden Holzer, aged 24, is the Youth Delegate of Israel
Republic of Korea
Sungbin Kim, aged 21, is one of the three Youth Delegates of the Republic of Korea
Moon Sun Cho, aged 19, is the second of the three Youth Delegates of the Republic of Korea
As a member of monitoring group under the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family in Korea, she monitored human rights conditions and carried out consultations on youth policies. She also undertook an internship with Scientists and Engineers without Borders, after which she founded a volunteer organization named Byuruemnarae, which provides free tutoring, scholarship, and books for underprivileged children in the world. In establishing Dalhae’s Books, she has published storybooks aimed at developing countries, and donated school supplies to decrease illiteracy rates. She also participated in the World Education Forum 2015 as a delegate of the United Nations Population Fund. Based on her numerous efforts for eradicating poverty and discrimination based on one’s background, she won various awards, including Korea’s Promising Future Leaders Award. As the Korean Youth Delegate, she will especially focus on education for the eradication of poverty.
Seul-A Lee, aged 19, is the third of the three Youth Delegates of the Republic of Korea
Regina Arauz, is one of the four Youth Delegates of Mexico
Julene Landáburu, age 21, is the second of the four Youth Delegates of Mexico
Montserrat Pérez, aged 20, is the third of the four Youth Delegates of Mexico
Susana Itzel Hernández Guerrero, is the last of the four Youth Delegates of Mexico
Nada Berrada is one of the five Youth Delegates of Morocco
Bassam Chekrane is the second of the five Youth Delegates of Morocco
Mariam El Atouabi is the third of the five Youth Delegates of Morocco
Sofiane Kadmiri is the fourth of the five Youth Delegates of Morocco
Mohamed Hachim Wafdi, aged 21, is the last of the five Youth Delegates of Morocco
Saya Abdullah is the Youth Delegate of the Netherlands
Inga Marie Nymo Riseth, aged 24, is the one of two Youth Delegates of Norway
Erling Laugsand, aged 26, is the second of the two Youth Delegates of Norway
Deyra Caballero, aged 21, is one of two Youth Delegates of Panama
Eloy Enrique Núñez, aged 25, is the second of two Youth Delegates of Panama
Martin Gallardo is the Youth Delegate of Peru
One of his several passions is the Model United Nations, in which he has been involved since the beginning of his career. He is a founder member, Faculty Advisor and Head Delegate of one of the best MUN teams in Perú and the current Latin American MUN champion: Peruvian Debate Society. In his free time he likes to practice Karate.
Joanna Sztandera, aged 22, is one of the two Youth Delegates of the Republic of Poland
She is a volunteer at the Casus Omissus ALP – a student-led law project operating in partnership with the University of Aberdeen, providing legal advice and representation with a view to reducing the existing justice gap in the community. As an active member of a student UN Society, closely connected to UNA-UK, she has taken part in multiple conferences as a chair and delegate. Currently co-organising the Warsaw Latin Convention – an international conference on legal, economic and social aspects of cooperation between Poland and Latin American countries, she has also been involved in voluntary work for Amnesty International and the European Youth Parliament. Topics central to her preparation for the UNGA Third Committee have included equal opportunities in education and employment, the role of social media in active citizenship and implementation of international norms and standards relating disability.
Weronika Szwajda, aged 21, is the second of the two Youth Delegates of the Republic of Poland
She spent two months in Beijing working in an AIESEC international volunteer project as well as an intern in local NGOs. She is a passionate polyglot, who studied more than 10 languages on different level of advancement. Her interests focus on digital diplomacy, women’s empowerment, social entrepreneurship, new technologies and innovation in education and employment. Being a conscious global citizen she conducted many independent photography projects, most recently for a backpacking trip through 13 countries aimed at highlighting socially relevant issues in Iran and Pakistan.
Joana Branco Lopes is the Youth Delegate of Portugal
Joana has been an active member in the field of youth work and youth leadership for over 15 years, working with youth organisations at home and abroad, including ISCTE-IUL Entrepreneurship Center – Audax, as coordinator of local and social entrepreneurship programs and PAR – Social Responses as a voluntary board member since 2008, as coordinator of the projects bureau in 2008, and the presidency of the board for the 2012-2013 term. Joana was also the project coordinator of the MDGs Youth Agency in partnership with the United Nations Millennium Campaign in Portugal. Joana has also worked as volunteer coordinator and youth trainer in Cape Verde. She is a social entrepreneur, and was a guest lecturer at ISCTE-IUL in the Master Programmes of Social Psychology and Development Studies. Joana obtained her Master of Development Studies from ISCTE-IUL and her Bachelor of Political Science and International Relations from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and the Università degli Studi di Pisa (Erasmus Programme).
David Timis, is one of the two Youth Delegates of Romania
Anca Agachi, aged 22, and is the second of the two Youth Delegates of Romania
Katja Cimermančič, aged 24, is the Youth Delegate of Slovenia
One of her priorities as Youth Delegate is to bring the work of the UN closer to Slovenian youth and to emphasize the importance of youth engagement in decision making processes; She also has a focus on addressing the youth unemployment challenge in the region.
Naushalya Rajapaksha, aged 21, is one of the two Youth Delegates of Sri Lanka
Thilina Panduwawala, aged 21, is the second of the two Youth Delegates of Sri Lanka
Astrid Gustafsson, age 22, is the Youth Delegate of Sweden
Barbara Wachter, aged 21, is the Youth Delegate of Switzerland
Kanticha Bunvanit is one of the two Youth Delegates of Thailand
Since the age of 12, she has been working as a volunteer for an orphanage, the school of mentality handicapped children and students in the border area of her hometown, Ubonratchathani. She spent a year as an AFS exchange student in France, where she was inspired to study in the field of International Relations and got more involved in youth activities. Once back in Thailand she won the competition on describing the picture in French organized by the “Association of French Teachers in Thailand” and received the reward from H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. During the undergraduate year, Kanticha has been involved in a number of academic and student activities at her university and volunteers as a tutor for her faculty activity called “Singhadangsunjorn”. She participated in DISEC Committee at the World Model United Nations (WorldMUN), Australia in 2013 as part of the Thai delegation and staff of Thammasat University Model United Nations (TUMUN). Additionally, she won the exchange scholarship from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea. During her stay, she participated in several youth activities and was also a volunteer staff of the Royal Thai Embassy in Korea on Songkran Day. Currently, Kanticha works at National Security Council, Thailand.
Uthaipan Pomkhatkaew, 21, is the second of the two Youth Delegates of Thailand
Evelina Ibraimova, aged 20, is one of the two Youth Delegates of Ukraine
Oleh Puryshev, aged 22, is the second of the three Youth Delegates of Ukraine
Inna Sandiuk, aged 25, is the last of the three Youth Delegates of Ukraine
She did an internship at the Parliament of Republic of Poland working in the commission for local government and regional development. She is currently working as a project manager on issues of regional development. Previous working experience encompasses also work at the international corporation Hewlett-Packard. She is volunteering as a journalist at the polish speaking newspaper issued for ethnic Poles in Ukraine.
She participated in several UN Model conferences, a students’ scientific circle, youth projects, and summits dedicated to raising awareness of sustainable development. Her interests lie within the field of diplomacy, security, youth policies, and sustainability.