The TEIMUN Staff is responsible for the intellectual content of the conference. Its members determine the various council topics to be debated and write the background papers for their respective councils, so that delegates can deepen their understanding of the topics. During the conference they will chair and supervise the sessions in order to lead them towards fruitful resolutions.
The staff consists of 19 members: two Chairs in most councils, three members of the crisis staff, who develop and enact various crises to be debated during the conference and, finally, the Secretariat, which encompasses the Secretary General and Under-Secretary General.
At the moment there are no vacant positions for the TEIMUN Staff 2017. If you wish to be part of the team please keep an eye on the website, where open positions will be posted, or participate at TEIMUN where most of the Staff is selected from the participants.
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 international political economy and diplomacy. Apart from his obvious passion for political debates and public speaking, he is also known to be a true travel fanatic. His TEIMUN journey began as delegate in 2015 and continued as chair in 2016. Oliver is delighted to return to The Hague once more and is excited to work on ensuring the unique balance of academic excellence and social bonding that makes TEIMUN so special. He cannot wait to welcome all delegates to what he promises to be a memorable 30th anniversary.
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 TEIMUN 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 TEIMUN and is intrigued by how the events of the year will play out in debates within the conference.
Teun Janssen is a first year student of History at the University of Groningen. He is relatively new to the world of MUN, having attended GrunnMUN 2016 and TEIMUN 2016 respectively, and feels confident that this will allow him to bring a lot of passion and fresh ideas into the fray. His taste in films and music is as old fashioned as his unshaken belief that he will eventually be able to make a living as a retired travelling pianist. Other interests include discussing politics and everything else under the sun, writing, and his never-ending quest to finding the perfect gin-tonic. He would love to help turn TEIMUN 2017 into the same addictive, crazy forum of cultures, stimulating debate and backroom politics that he so loved the previous time, and to make the Security Council in particular an amazing and energetic experience for you!
Maxime Voorbraak is a fourth year law student the University of Utrecht. Within her studies she wants to specialize in information and technology law and administration law. This is her first time chairing a multiple day conference but she has participated numerous times as a delegate since the age of 16, including PIMUN in 2016 and HamMUN in 2015. As goes for most MUN participants, her interests include international politics, reading, traveling and drinking litres of coffee. She is very excited to be chairing the SC and to see all those talented young delegates at work!
Alifa Starlika, who was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, is a final year student majoring in Economics at the University of Indonesia. Within her studies, she specializes in issues of international economics and finance. Besides that, she is currently the Chairwoman of Indonesia’s Central Bank scholarship recipient community and is a teaching assistant at her university. Her passion for international issues and public speaking has brought her to attend many MUN conferences and taken her even deeper by coaching MUN for students. After participating in TEIMUN 2016 as a delegate in the General Assembly, she looks forward to returning to The Hague for the exceptional 30th TEIMUN and seeing delegates at the conference and making sure they have an unforgettable experience in the best possible ways!
Kevin Chen, who was born and raised in the Netherlands, just graduated from law school at Utrecht University where he minored in forensic psychology and legal ethics. Currently, he is in his third year of medical school, also at Utrecht University. Kevin has participated in more than 30 MUNs and hopes that he will be a welcome addition to the GA. His interests consist of politics, medicine, law, traveling, socializing (preferably with a drink) and more; just ask! He wishes to have an open and honest atmosphere during the conference and is aware that this, of course, starts with himself!
North Atlantic Council
Olivia Dudley just graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Slavic and East European Studies and International Environment with minors in Russian and Women and Gender Studies. She will be attending WVU again in the fall to pursue her Master’s Degree in Linguistics and TESOL. Olivia attended TEIMUN in 2015, where she served as a judge on the International Court Justice, and has participated in many conferences since then with WVU’s MUN Club. This will be Olivia’s first time chairing for MUN and she is looking forward to being in The Hague once again!
Kareim Nassar is a third year law student at Cairo University. He is currently the president of the International Court of Justice in the Cairo International Model United Nations, and the president of the Council on Historic Events in the Cairo International Model Arab League. He has a passion for global politics and international law, and never passes on a good debate. His favorite artists are David Bowie and The Smiths, and he loves to travel. This will be his first time attending TEIMUN, and he is extremely excited to be a part of what he is sure will be his most rewarding MUN yet.
Human Rights Council
Nariswari Khairanisa Nurjaman
Nariswari is a final year student of International Relations at the University of Indonesia. Alongside Model UN, she was the Indonesian representative for the UN Women World Congress of Global Partnership, the UNESCO Global Media Forum, and the UNESCO World Culture Forum. She is also a competitive swimmer and casual yoga practitioner. As an ambassador for the International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT), she is really into discussions about serious political issues, as well as less-serious social events. After participating in TEIMUN 2015 as delegate and TEIMUN 2016 as chair, she is excited to return to The Hague and to chair the legendary 30th session of TEIMUN 2017!
Sandra is a third year Bachelor of Law student at Strathmore University, Kenya. A seasoned mooter, she made her MUN debut in 2015 when she joined her school’s MUN chapter. Since then, she has attended several conferences and is currently the deputy chair of the ICJ at her university. Aside from fangirling over brilliant International Law publicists, Sandra enjoys reading, trying out new recipes, volunteering and napping. She looks forward to chairing the Human Rights Council in what she expects to be the most memorable TEIMUN conference yet.
Historical Crisis Council
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 aged 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. The following year she came back as a member of staff of the Crisis Staff. While she has a lot of TEIMUN experience under her belt, she has yet to actually spend the week in councils, so chairing the Historical Crisis Security Council will be an interesting experience for this TEIMUN veteran.
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 last year as chair, crisis staff, and part-time grim reaper. Returning as chair of the Historical Crisis Council for TEIMUN 2017, he looks forward to a healthy blend of constructive discussion, critical argumentation and social amicability, with a tablespoon of creative absurdity to top it all off.
Arkan is an Indonesian, currently studying his 3rd year of Business Admin. & 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 Historical Crisis Committee his calling as a chair at TEIMUN 2017. He is an active MUNer who has taken roles from delegate to staff in various conferences in Europe. This summer, Arkan is going to bring his challenge, energy, and fun to The Hague for the 2nd time. So get ready, delegates!
Dwayne van Haasen
Dwayne is a Master’s student of International Relations & International Organizations, with a special interest in Central and East-European Studies. Last year he was the Chairman of the Board of Directors at TEIMUN and he could not let his baby go so he is returning as part of the Historic Crisis Council staff. He is determined to make sure the council sessions will be as entertaining as always! He is also always on the lookout for the latest juicy TEIMUN gossip and can be found drinking coffee during the day and ‘other beverages’ at night. So if you see him with a drink in hand, keep in mind that what you share might end up in the TEIMUN Telegraph the next day!
Thom van Amersfoort
Thom van Amersfoort is an undergraduate student International Relations and International Organization at the University of Groningen. Coming from a small village in the south of Friesland, Thom has found his interest in contemplating affairs on the international stage. By participating in the GrunnMUN of 2016, his fascination for debating and rhetoric only increased. Add to that the special interest in religion in the public domain, secular discourse and the role that history plays in the matter, and you will find a person eager to evolve a marvelous, unique and newfound debate on the Peace of Westphalia.
Pedra is a medical student at King’s College London. Born in London, she has spent majority of her youth living in Middle East, which was where her long intimate relationship with MUN began. Pedra has participated in numerous conferences around the world as either delegate, chair or secretariat member, including the Historical UNSC in TEIMUN 2015. Thus, she is delighted to return back to TEIMUN as backroom staff for the Historical Council Committee.
Laurens van der Sluijs
Laurens is a student of European Studies at the NHL University of Applied Sciences. During his degree he did an internship at the department of European Affairs at the Association of Dutch Municipalities and he went to Madrid for a semester abroad. He has now started his final year. Aside from the regular curriculum, Laurens is involved in many extracurricular activities. This year, he is a Directive Board member (Treasurer) of the European Student Think Tank, an international NGO dedicated to involving young Europeans in the European policy-making process. Furthermore, he is working on a development aid project in Ghana in which 85 water treatment plants will be established. Laurens is very pleased to be selected as a chair for TEIMUN 2017 and he looks forward to fruitful discussions both within and after the sessions.
Stephan is a German student who currently studies International Relations and Philosophy of the Social Sciences at the University of Groningen in his last year. In International Relations, he focusses on Latin America and regional integration, while he prefers Critical Theory when it comes to philosophy. Apart from his studies, Stephan enjoys slacklining, and hopes to bring this sense of balance into this year’s European Council. He has first enjoyed a MUN experience two years ago in Groningen, where he then chaired the General Assembly last year. It is his first time chairing a multiple-day conference, and he is looking forward to a memorable experience and an unforgettable week in The Hague!
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 socials. She is super exited to return to the beautiful city of The Hague and come back as staff. She is looking forward to crash all your debates with some serious crises. Besides her passion for history, Tjitske loves sailing and heated debates. With this amazing staff group, she is convinced that TEIMUN 2017 will be a big success.
Kanyiri is a student-athlete pursuing an LLB at Strathmore University, where he also happens to play for the varsity’s rugby side. With a keen interest in litigation, he has also veered into alternative dispute resolution and particularly into arbitration. He enjoys cultural reading – an ardent Chesterton fanatic – challenging out-door activities – a seasoned mountaineer having scaled both Mt. Kenya and Kilimanjaro – and occasional visits to the shooting range. He also enjoys interacting with different people to better understand the dynamics of different social situations and stimulating conversation. Having attended TEIMUN last year and having interacted with the special kind of crowd that could only be brought together under such a banner, he along with the rest of the crisis staff hopes to make the 30th anniversary a timeless one.
Elizabeth Chandler is a masters student of Medicine at the University of Groningen. She hopes to specialize in trauma and tropical medicine in the future. She was part of the 14th delegation of United Netherlands and was a crisis delegate at Harvard National Model United Nations. She is also chair of the University of Groningen Theatre Society (GUTS) and has many years of acting experience, appearing in several plays and musicals. As such she is very excited to add a splash of the dramatic to the TEIMUN crisis.