TEIMUN Conference Speakers

The European International Model United Nations

Presenting Our Speakers

We are honoured to be able to welcome several experts from multiple disciplines and walks of life as our esteemed speakers at the TEIMUN 2021 conference. Our speakers will present keynote speeches and address delegates at the opening ceremony, as well as throughout the TEIMUN week.

Dr. Florian Bieber

Dr. Florian Bieber is a renowned political scientist and historian working in the areas of international relations, inter-ethnic relations, ethnic conflict and nationalism, focusing primarily on the Balkans in his studies. Currently, Dr. Bieber is Director of the Center for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz. Likewise, he has been a visiting fellow and professor at various universities, such as New York University, the London School of Economics, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Bieber will be our first opening ceremony speaker at the TEIMUN conference.

Peter Jay Hotez MD, PhD

Dr. Peter Jay Hotez, PhD is a scientist and paediatrician focusing on the topics of global health, vaccine development, and the control of tropical and neglected diseases. He is President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Professor of Paediatrics and Molecular Virology and Microbiology at the Baylor College of Medicine. Throughout his career, Dr. Hotez has written over 500 articles on the aforementioned topics, founded the Human Hookworm Vaccine Initiative, and made countless other contributions to the betterment of global health. During the outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis, he helped combat misinformation about the virus and its effects.

Dr. Hotez will be our second opening ceremony speaker at the TEIMUN conference.

Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu

Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu is Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs at the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). Initially, Ms. Nakamitsu served as a member of the Reform Team of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and as a member of the Office of the United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Between 2005 and 2008, Ms. Nakamitsu was Professor of International Relations at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo and served on the Foreign Exchange Council of Japan’s then Foreign Minister. Prior to leading UNODA, Ms. Nakamitsu served as Assistant Administrator of the Crisis Response Unit at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), amongst other appointments within and outside the United Nations. 

With a wealth of experience in academia and international organizations, we are honoured that Ms. Nakamitsu will be joining us with an address as the third guest at our opening ceremony.

Photo by UNODA.

Mr. Charles Michael Ovink

Charles Ovink is Political Affairs Officer at the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), having fulfilled the position of Associate Political Officer in the three years prior. There, Mr. Ovink focused on questions of disarmament and non-proliferation, especially with regards to autonomous lethal systems in the Asia-Pacific region. With an international academic background in politics, languages and AI, Mr. Ovink furthermore consulted for the United Nations University and Creative Environmental Networks, alongside engaging in project management at the United Nations Center for Development Economics Research.

Mr. Ovink will be following up on the address of Ms. Nakamitsu with a keynote speech as the final speaker of our opening ceremony.

Mr. Didier Herbert

Mr. Didier Herbert is Belgian and has a background in law and economics. Initially involved in business and the legal profession, Mr. Herbert spent most of his career working for the European Commission in Brussels, in various policy areas. After being Director of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board of the European Commission, he is now Head of the Representation of the European Commission to the Netherlands.

Mr. Herbert will be presenting a guest lecture on the third day of our conference.

Photo by Naldo Paverelli for the Diplomat Magazine.