Manuela was born and raised in Bogota the capital of Colombia. She went to a German School in which she learned to speak German, English and French. When she was eight years old she lived one year in Aachen and went to school there in order to improve her German. She also did a student exchange in Hannover where she realized that she wanted to study in Germany. Besides she loves to travel and learn more about other cultures.
She has been interested in political and social problems since she was a child and she likes to be socially engaged. Her goal is to work as a politician and thus help to improve the situation of her country. In order to learn more about the work of a politician, she did an internship in the office of a member of the German parliament. She also participated in two MUN that were organized by her School and one that was organized by the French school in Colombia. Then she realized that she wanted to study politics for sure. Therefore, she is studying politics at the LMU. Working as a receptionist at a law firm woke her interest in law. This is why Manuela is looking forward to start studies in law as well. She wants to learn more about the diplomatic work and international affairs and knows that being part of MUNAM will be an enriching experience. Thus Manuela is very exited to be part of this year´s MUNAM delegation.
Being born in Munich, Clemens partially spent his childhood in Oregon, USA. The differences in culture between the two countries established his interest in global concerns. From 6th grade on he was part of a class for especially gifted and unusually engaged students at Maria-Theresia-Gymnasium Munich. There, he got in touch with other students that have a similar mindset in several topics. In 11th grade, he first took part in a MUN conference and ever since shares the passion of all MUNers for debates, speeches and geopolitics. To cool down from the heat of an intense debate he does lots of physical activities, such as running and handball. Other interests include philosophy, history and psychology, whilst he thrives in the joy of travelling and enjoys art of any kind. Through his participation in the “International Moot Court for high school students” he first got in touch with the subject of law, which he now studies at the LMU. Because of his vast political interest, he became a member of MUNAM to connect with like-minded people who pursue changing the world on a political level, especially in international forums. Clemens looks forward to improving his rhetorical skills, expanding his MUN experience and developing additional negotiation techniques.
Michael was born in 1995 and raised in the small village of Löhne in North Rhine-Westphalia. Whilst he was at school, he developed a passion for theatre and was a member of the school’s theatre group for six
years. He took an active interest in the political organisation of the school as a member of the school ́s student union as well as head boy of his year group. His first major contact with wider politics was during his internship at the German Parliament in 10th
grade. After graduating, he decided to take a year off, which he spent living in Berlin. He backpacked through Europe for six weeks, which provided him with an insight into numerous other places and cultures, deepening his interest in intercultural awareness and communication. He then decided to expand his knowledge in these areas as well as his general understanding of the world by moving to Munich and studying Political Science and Economics at the LMU. Michael is looking forward to learning more about the UN, especially exploring international law, which he knows will be invaluable knowledge for a Master’s in International Relations, which he hopes to pursue in the coming years.
Yilin was born and grew up in Tianjin, China. After learning German for six years at School and finishing one year of German Linguistic study in Peking, she decided to study something completely new and different in Germany. So now she is studying Political Science and Law as a minor at LMU. Due to the unique opportunity to learn German at the young age in China and also the exchange program at School, Yilin is passionate about meeting new friends and getting to know different cultures. In 2015 Yilin attended her first MUN conference in Munich, following by several other terrific experiences in Cambridge, Bonn and Budapest. She enjoys the experience of negotiating with other delegates and stepping in the shoes of a diplomat and finally finishing resolutions related to different topics like security, human rights, environment and refugee crisis, which are extremely crucial for our life in the real world.
MUN is a learning by doing process. The professional training sessions before different MUN conferences is an important reason why she would like to join the MUNAM delegation of 2017/18. Seminars will prepare her to participate the Isar, Nice, Maastricht and Vienna MUN conferences, which are well known for their excellence. Teamwork and use knowledge about politics or international law in the practical situation are not easy to gain in traditional lectures at the University. In her spare time, Yilin enjoys travelling and attending exciting events related to music, technology and food with friends.
Ines was born in Düsseldorf in 1996 and grew up in Ismaning, a small village in the North of Munich. From grade 10 at high school, she participated in a bilingual teaching program called AbiBac finishing with a French-German double degree. This enabled her to learn about history, geography and social sciences from the German and French point of view and to go on numerous study trips to France. After her graduation in 2014, Ines decided to spend one year working as an Au Pair in Perth and Melbourne, always striving to further get to know the world. Returning from 12 mind-broadening months in Australia, she started her medical studies at the LMU Munich and chose the University Hospitals of Edinburgh and Lausanne to collect some valuable work experience. Besides her studies, Ines is passionate about her gymnastics club where she helps with the children’s classes and works as a trained judge at gymnastics competitions. Ines lives in a self-governing student accommodation where she has recently been elected a representative of her house. This allows her to take part in regular assemblies and discuss current housing issues. Interacting with open-minded, dedicated young fellow students has been truly exciting for Ines and she is looking forward to getting to know a lot more inspiring people during her time as a MUNAM delegate, thereby extending her understanding of international diplomacy and policy-making.
Andreas was born in 1993 and raised in Bad Saulgau, a town located in rural and beautiful Oberschwaben – not far away from Lake Constance. He has always been an inquisitive person, especially in the fields of politics, business, nature, and technology and graduated from high school in 2012. Soon after, he pursued his bachelor degree in Business Administration in the Principality of Liechtenstein and the United States – a truly international environment. The focus of his studies were International Management and Entrepreneurship. After an employment at a consulting company, he is now enrolled in the LMU Master of Business Administration program. Andreas has received awards for his knowledge in the social science subjects, as outstanding first year international student and for his Bachelor Thesis which has been published in a scientific journal. In addition to that, he has been a member of several associations supporting international students. Andreas has with fishing, travelling, biking and politics four, how he calls them, “retirement” hobbies. His political interest and the international background were the main reasons for Andreas to join the 2017/2018 MUNAM e.V. Delegation Project.
Ana was born in 1996 in Ruse, Bulgaria. She was raised in the same city, graduating from the German High School in 2015. In order to understand and further develop her interest in how governments work, she subsequently moved to Munich to pursue her studies in law. She is interested in processes in international organizations. Her interest for international legal developments motivated her to attend classes on U.S. Constitutional Law. Seeking to deepen her insight into the process of law making and the interrelations of political interests, Ana is taking part in an extracurricular workshop for legislature. Besides university, she works for the Max-Planck-Institute for Innovation and Competition and volunteers at the organization “Studenten bilden Schüler”, where she helps pupils with migration background. Next to her diploma she received Deutsches Sprachdiplom II and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English. Ana is fluent in Bulgarian, German and English and is currently learning French. Shortly before moving to Munich she worked as a translator and already during her school time she performed as the soloist for both junior and senior choirs. She likes to spend her leisure time playing the piano, reading books and watching the opera with her friends. As a member of the 2017/2018 delegation Ana is eagerly looking forward to being a part of MUNAM. In working out solutions together with people of different cultural backgrounds, she would like to enhance her interpersonal skills. She hopes that such skills would ultimately help her in many future avenues.
Robin was born in Mainz, Germany, in 1995 and due to his half Hungarian descent he was always accustomed to multiculturality. He started to travel extensively as a high school student including a student exchange in Kraków. However, it was during his graduation in 2013 when he started to visit the Middle East frequently. There he experienced first-hand insights not only in the rich culture but also in ongoing conflicts of that region. Being intrigued by the complexity of the Middle East with all of its cultural, religious, historical and political aspects he decided to start studying Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the LMU Munich in 2013 majoring with a focus on Arabic and Persian and minoring in French and Philosophy. His studies enabled Robin a comparative perspective on different notions of concepts like freedom, justice or human rights and the clashes between the “West” and the Middle East derived from those. After traveling extensively due to his university studies including a 6 month stay in Cairo in 2015/2016 Robin often faced ignorance or prejudices especially towards Islam in Europe. That is why he started to pursue a path leading to a political career at the UN or the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs as he realised the future potential for the “West” to solve conflicts in and with the Middle East drawing from a deepened expertise of the region. Robin hopes that MUNAM can give him new skills in the practice of diplomatic negotiation and a more profound awareness of the processes behind political bodies like the UN. He worked for several academic and non-profit organizations dealing with different aspects of the Middle East and since 2016 he participated extensively in debating culture via the Munich Debating Society. Robins main interest is traveling the world derived from his deep interest for other cultures especially of Middle Eastern regions.
Maximilian was born in Munich and raised in a suburb of western Munich called Eichenau, where he was engaged in several local political projects like the youth council, the environmental council and bavaria’s leading political party. He attended the High School in Olching, which he left 2014 with the permission to enter the University. During school time, he had a strong interest in natural sciences like physics and biology. Thats why he enrolled in the interdisciplinary programm of Geophysics and Earth Sciences; a joint programm carried out by LMU Munich and Technical University of Munich together. During his studies and internship abroad in Sri Lanka, he discovered his interest in global cooperation in climate change and sustainable energy transformation. He also attended summer schools abroad in Paris and Geneva regarding these topics. As part of the MUNAM delegation of 2017/2018, Maximilian wants to strenthen his knowledge of the international politic system, improving his negotiation and rhetorical skills in foreign langugages and focussing on the dialogue between the scientic approach to climate change and the actual policy-making process for sustainability.