The Staff for GrunnMUN 2017 is responsible for the intellectual content of the conference. They determine the various council topics to be debated, and they write the background papers for their respective councils, so that delegates can deepen their understanding of the topics that are to be discussed. During the conference they will chair and supervise the debates in order to lead them towards fruitful resolutions.
Secretary-General: Oliver Unverdorben
Oliver is a German-Peruvian undergraduate student of International Relations and International Organisation at the University of Groningen. Within the field, his interests focus on development studies and diplomacy. Apart from his obvious passion for political debates and public speaking, he is also known to be a true fanatic of travelling and good food. His GrunnMUN, and in fact MUN, journey began as delegate in 2015 and continued as chair in 2016. Oliver is delighted to invite you to the conference that introduced him to the ludicrous yet fascinating concept of MUN and hopes that you will enjoy it as much as he did.
Under Secretary-General: Taran Draper
Taran is currently doing his Masters degree in North American Studies at the University of Groningen. He is an avid student of U.S. politics and cultural phenomenon, while also being intrigued by any form of debate. His main hobby is watching football, both the original and American versions. Having participated in GrunnMUN first as a delegate in 2015 and then as staff in 2016, he is looking forward to experiencing the conference in 2017 while meeting many new and old friends. He is excited by the opportunities presented by the 30th Anniversary of the TEIMUN Foundation and is intrigued by how the events of the year will play out in debates within the conference.
Maxime Voorbraak is a fourth year law student the University of Utrecht. Within her studies she wants to specialise in information and technology law and administration law. Since the age of 16, Maxime has participated in MUNs numerous times as a delegate, including PIMUN in 2016 and HamMUN in 2015. As goes for most MUN participants, her interests include international politics, reading, travelling and drinking litres of coffee. She is very excited to be chairing the General Assembly at GrunnMUN 2017 and to see all the enthusiastic delegates at work!
Tim Vrieling is a third year International Relations student at the University of Groningen. Although he was born in China, Tim has been raised in the Netherlands and is pretty much as Dutch as it gets. This will be his first time chairing a conference but as far as MUN experience goes he has plenty. His first MUN was in 2013, when he was still in high school, and since then he has participated in multiple other conferences, of which OxiMUN was the latest. Next to this, his hobbies include Ballroom dancing, Salsa dancing and finding new ways to challenge himself. He is very much looking forward to being your chair and to an intense and fun learning experience!
Anton is a student of International Relations and Dutch Law at the University of Groningen. In his studies, he has focused on the nexus between international law and security issues, a perfect fit for MUN. Besides his studies, he actively participates in the Groningen student life by taking a seat in several student association advisory bodies. Anton’s chairing experiences include the first Amsterdam Model European Parliament, as well as chairing the NAC at TEIMUN 2016 and chairing the DISEC at URUMUN 2016. Notwithstanding his calm personality, he is a big fan of fiery discussions and heated debates and is very much looking forward to chairing the Security Council at GrunnMUN 2017!
Jonas is in his second year of studies in International Relations and International Organization at the University of Groningen. As a ‘third culture kid’ growing up in Vietnam, he was quick to immerse himself in the art of oratory and intelligent debate in the international context. Jonas was involved in TEIMUN 2016 as chair, crisis staff, and part-time grim reaper. This year’s edition of GrunnMUN, he will be chairing alongside Anton Wuis in the United Nations Security Council.
North atlantic council
Ray Hardono is a third year law student specializing in International and European Law at the University of Groningen and is originally from Jakarta, Indonesia. He is looking forward to chairing the North Atlantic Council at this year’s Groningen Model United Nations. He has been active in Model United Nations since high school, participating in several MUN’s including the National High School MUN in New York. His University MUN career started in the Security Council of GrunnMUN 2015, followed by notable MUN’s such as Paris International MUN, Munster University International MUN and several others. His chairing experience includes the European Council both at last year’s GrunnMUN and the Stockholm Model United Nations. For him Model United Nations presents the opportunity to further improve skills in negotiation, debate, lobbying, networking and research. He believes that these skills are fundamental not only in being a diplomat but also a wide range of future careers. He is very much looking forward to meeting you all!
Martijn van Iwaarden
Martijn van Iwaarden is a second year history student in the beautiful city of Groningen. It will be the first time chairing for Martijn, but his MUN experience goes back to high school. At the moment he is a participant in the United Netherlands programme. With this program he attended OxiMUN and will attend HNMUN in February. At this year’s GrunnMUN Martijn will be chairing the North Atlantic Council, the principal decision-making body of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He is really looking forward to the GrunnMUN conference, especially the fierce debate lying ahead and meeting loads of new people!
Human rights council
Max Reymann is currently in his last year of European and International Law degree at the University of Groningen, although for the first semester this year he attended ELTE University in Budapest. His MUN experience started many years ago, in high school still, and combined with having lived in five different countries and cultures this has made him an MUNer for life. Having been part of the Board of Directors of TEIMUN 2016 and having attended numerous MUN conferences in the past, he looks forward to chairing the Human Rights Council at this year’s GrunnMUN. In his spare time Max loves to read, ride his bicycle and listen to good music.
Tjitske Wildervanck is a true Dutchie who is currently a third year History student at the University of Groningen with a minor in European affairs. As former programme coordinator of the TEIMUN 2016 Board, she has high expectations for this year’s GrunnMUN and is super excited to come back as chair of the Human Rights Council. She expects a heated debate and a lot of fun, but is sure that with Max on her side this will definitely be the case. Besides her passion for history, Tjitske loves sailing and watching crazy people on the internet.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Erica is a 22 year old bachelor student of International and European law. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, she moved to Groningen at 18 to pursue her studies. She participated in her first MUN at age 16 in Ireland, and continued her MUN career in University by participating in the 2014 conference of GrunnMUN. The following year, she served as the Participant Coordinator Western on the TEIMUN Board of Directors. At TEIMUN 2016 she came back as a member of the Crisis Staff. While she has a lot of TEIMUN experience under her belt, this will be her first time chairing. She is looking forward to seeing the GrunnMUN experience from a new perspective and making sure that the UNDP becomes a memorable experience for all involved.
Arkan is an Indonesian, currently studying his 3rd year of Business Administration & International Economics at KU Leuven, Belgium. A foodie globetrotter, who lived in 3 countries and visited 30, he is also a big history buff – this makes the UNDP his calling as a chair at GrunnMUN 2017. He is an active MUNer who has taken roles from delegate to staff in various conferences in Europe. This spring, Arkan is going to bring his challenge, energy, and fun to Groningen for the 1st time. So get ready, delegates!