Svenja was born in Munich in 1996 and also grew up in Shanghai and Beijing. She attended a German School abroad, as well as a British boarding school and graduated at the Gymnasium Fürstenried in Munich. Due to her German-Chinese background, Svenja learned to interact with different cultures from an early age. She experienced people with various mentalities and cultural backgrounds and naturally became curious about the differences and similarities between their views and opinions. In high school, Svenja participated at international MUN conferences, which lead to her developing a passion for international politics and diplomacy. Her general interest in other cultures and people lead her to go on a year abroad to Beijing Language and Culture University, where she met students from all over the world. The experiences she made during this year were a confirmation that Svenja wanted to live and work in an international environment. She is now studying law at LMU, which teaches her the German and international ground rules, upon which policies can be developed. MUN is a perfect opportunity to combine her passion for politics and her interest in other cultures. She looks forward to an enriching and fun year with the Model United Nations Association Munich e.V.’s Delegation Project 2017/18.
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 and through the position of head boy of his year. His first major contact with wider politics was during his internship at the German Parliament in 10th grade. After graduating, he took 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 environments 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 through the Model United Nations Association Munich e.V., especially exploring international law, which he knows will be invaluable knowledge for a Master in International Relations, which he hopes to pursue in the coming years.
Lisa was born in 1993 and raised in a small village near Munich, where her passion for cultures, languages and learning about various views on life developed throughout the years. After graduating in 2012, Lisa spent some time abroad before deciding which studies to pursue. Following a stint in Michigan, United States, working as an Au Pair, Lisa traveled to Colombia to work as an English and German teacher in a small town. With a plethora of new impressions and valuable experiences, she moved to Munich in 2013 and began her degree in Political Science and Communication Science at Munich’s LMU. Taking a break from studying, Lisa spent over half a year in Brighton, UK, where she gained further valuable intercultural experiences through the work with her international counterparts. Returning to Munich, she will start her Master’s degree this fall. Apart from social and political interests, she has always been passionate about traveling and languages. By now, Lisa speaks German, English, Spanish, French and recently started learning Arabic. Through the participation in the Model United Nations Association Munich e.V.’s Delegation Project of 2017/2018, she hopes to foster a deeper understanding of international and intercultural cooperation. Therefore she cannot wait to debate and connect with the other participants.
Yilin was born and grew up in Tianjin, China. After learning German for six years at school and a German linguistic programme in Peking, she decided to study something completely different in Germany: Political Science with Law as a minor at Munich’s LMU. Having graduated earlier this year, she’s now enrolled at the LMU’s Master programme in Political Science. Due to the opportunity to learn German at a young age, as well as her school’s exchange programme, Yilin is enjoys forging new international relationships 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, stepping into the shoes of a diplomat and finally finishing resolutions related to different topics including international security, human rights and the environmental and refugee crisis, which are crucial in the current global setting. MUN is a learning-by-doing process. The professional training sessions before different MUN conferences are an important reason why she joined the Model United Nations Association Munich e.V.’s Delegation Project of 2017/18. The meetings will prepare her for participation at the IsarMUN-, MedMUN-, EuroMUN- and ViMUN-conferences, which are well known for their excellence. Teamwork and useful knowledge about politics and international law in more practical situations are not easy to gain in the more traditional lectures at 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 north of Munich. Starting in grade ten 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 both the German and French points of view and to go on numerous study trips to France. After her graduation in 2014, Ines – looking to get to know more of the world – spent one year working as an au pair in Perth and Melbourne. Upon return, 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 fellow open-minded and dedicated 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 Model United Nations Association Munich e.V. delegate, while also expanding her understanding for 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 Model United Nations Association Munich e.V.’s Delegation Project of 2017/2018.
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 organisations and 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 organisation “Studenten bilden Schüler”, where she helps pupils with migration backgrounds. Next to her Abitur, she received the “Deutsches Sprachdiplom II” and the 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 a 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 Delegation Project of 2017/2018, Ana is eagerly looking forward to being a part of the Model United Nations Association Munich e.V. In working out solutions together with people of different cultural backgrounds, she would like to enhance her interpersonal skills and hopes that such skills would ultimately help her in many future avenues.
Growing up in a small yet beautiful village in Baden-Württemberg, from an early age, Mareike started to engage herself in community work. Amongst others, she continues to be a volunteer for a childrens’ summer camp, including working with disabled and refugee children. Along with studying English and Italian, she achieved the Latinum. After graduating from high school, Mareike began her law studies in Munich. She also spent a year in Uppsala, Sweden, as a foreign exchange student, where she discovered and nurtured a deep passion for international relations, politics and foreign policy. To deepen her knowledge in these areas, as well as to sharpen her public speaking skills, she became a member of the university’s mooting team – participating in the biggest Moot Court competition in the area of EU law and managing to reach the regional finals. Furthermore, Mareike acquired practical experience by working and interning in both the public and private sector. Recently, she pursued an internship at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN in Geneva, working in the field of humanitarian affairs and migration. Subsequently, the Model United Nations Association Munich e.V. appeared the perfect next step in her career path and provides a springboard into a world of ambition and challenges. Mareike believes that MUNAM e.V. will push her out of her comfort zone; expanding her mind in many different dimensions and training her communication skills to be more targeted and effective.
Benjamin was born to and raised by British parents in Munich in 1998 and thus grew up in a multicultural and bilingual environment. Benjamin was interested in politics from an early age assuming various roles in pupil representative forums, such as chairing the Bavarian body of student representatives, the Landesschülerrat. Growing up in a travel-loving family has potentially had the biggest influence on Benjamin, as he has a deep interest in international relations and social structures throughout the world. Combining this passion with journalism has been Benjamin’s aim for a long time, enabling him to work on media projects in Germany, the UK, Japan, the Middle East and across Latin America. He has worked for a number of publications and hopes to continue working as an active freelance-journalist in the future. Starting winter 2017, Benjamin studies Political Science at Munich’s LMU and is thrilled to complement his studies with an active involvement at MUNAM e.V.