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 20 members: two Chairs in most councils, two Judges in the ICJ, 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.
Luis Gustavo Silva Matias
Luis Gustavo Silva Matias studies International Relations with emphasis in Business and Marketing at the ESPM in São Paulo, Brazil, where he was born and raised. Luis first participated in a MUN in 2012 and since then has become addicted to it and attended more than 20 conferences in different parts of the world. In 2016 he first went to TEIMUN, participating in the Historical Crisis Council in what he describes as “the most interesting and amazingly crazy council” he has ever been to. He is now incredibly excited to take part in TEIMUN 2017, chairing the Security Council with his most esteemed friend, Teun Janssen.
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 GRUNMUN 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!
Erin Heeter is a fourth year International Relations student at West Virginia University. Erin is currently the President Pro Tempore for Student Government Association at her university. She also participates in WVU’s MUN club and has attended multiple MUN programs with the club. Erin attended TEIMUN in 2015 as a delegate of France on the Security Council and as Chair of the Human Rights Council, she cannot wait to be back for another year on staff!
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!
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!
Arijan Pranjić is a fourth year student of Political Science and International Relations at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology. He is one of the founders of a youth association in Bosnia & Herzegovina, as well as the president of his universities’ MUN club, and a member of the SSST Debate club. He is chairing the NAC at TEIMUN 2017, where he expects professional, energetic, and heated debates, but also loads of fun and a very friendly atmosphere. He has managed to avoid any “dancing accidents” during the previous year, and hopes that things remain the same this year. His hobbies range from various sport activities to watching series on Netflix late into the night. He looks forward to meeting all of his delegates and getting to know them and hopes for the best, the most successful, and the most entertaining TEIMUN so far.
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.
International Court of Justice
Allan M. Mukuki
Allan M. Mukuki is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He is a holder of an LL.M in Public International Law from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He is also the holder of an LL.B (Hons) from the University of Nairobi, School of Law, as well as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He also holds a post-graduate diploma in law from the Kenya School of Law. Allan is a lawyer, a lecturer and a legal consultant. He first attended TEIMUN in 2012 as a delegate, thereafter he came back as a board of directors member in 2016, and in 2017 he will be one of the two judges in the revamped ICJ in TEIMUN. If anything, Allan’s drugs are good suits, watches, travelling, playing video games and golf.
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. 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, travelling and drinking litres of coffee. She is very excited to be chairing the ICJ and to see all those talented young lawyers at work!
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!
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.
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.
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 Crisis 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!