Each year, TEIMUN celebrates the opening of a new conference with the Opening Ceremony. During the Opening Ceremony, the Chairman of the Board of Directors will address and welcome the participants and TEIMUN 2018 will be officially opened by our Secretary-General.

More importantly, the Opening Ceremony is a time where we ask prominent speakers in the field of international relations to ellaborate on this year’s theme: Unification or fragmentation: challenges in a globalising world. This year we are proud to provide you with great speakers from the United Nations (UN), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU).


Andrea Vonkeman, Head of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in The Netherlands

Andrea Vonkeman is Head of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in The Netherlands. Before this, she was a senior policy officer at the UNHCR in Brussels, where she followed developments in the field of EU asylum law and policy. She started her career with UNHCR in 1994 in the Great Lakes region in Africa and subsequently worked in various operations in Asia, the Balkans and the Middle east. The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR aims at protecting the rights of refugees, stateless people and internally displaced people worldwide

Maurits Jochems, Former NATO representative 
Maurits Jochems is the former NATO Senior Civilian Representative (SCR) to Afghanistan. Beforehand, he was the Dutch Ambassador in Estonia and deputy Assistant Secretary General for Operations in NATO HQ at Brussels.

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