Laura was born in Munich and raised bilingual due to her Croatian mother. Her early experiences at LMU by visiting university courses in 11th grade helped her to decide for a field of study. Since October 2018, she is studying law. She discovered her passion for international politics very early and is eager to engage in these realms ever since.
She first came in touch with the work of the United Nations when she wrote her term paper about the role of the UN in the Yugoslavian war. Engaging in different projects alongside has always been important to Laura. Participating at the International Moot Court in The Hague was her first international conference and she knew that she would not want it to be her last one. IsarMUN 2018 followed quickly and she really enjoyed the sessions and the international atmosphere. Being a part of this year’s German Youth Parliament in Berlin gave her the perfect insight in domestic politics, but also proved that she is more passionate about foreign affairs. Her personal highlight was visiting the UN Office at Geneva in order to attend the 81st Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child. Witnessing diplomatic negotiations helping to solve global issues and being able to talk to the diplomats about their work was very inspiring to her.
Apart from her interest and passion for the international world she loves sports and acquired the black belt in Taekwondo. By now, Laura is fluent in five languages and can barely get enough of getting in touch with people from other cultures and their languages which is what she loves about participating at international conferences. It is a pleasure for her to be a part of this year’s MUNAM delegation project, because she really likes the idea of working together with or learning from other students who are like-minded.
Being a real “Münchner Kindl“, Annika first studied at LMU history and political science as a double major. Already during her school years, she was most interested in far-east Asian politics and history as well as the middle east conflict after reading books such as “Haddsch” and “Exodus” by Leon Uris. Consequently, she studied abroad in South Korea having the time of her life with Cheese Ddukbokki and the candle protest experiencing raw democratic processes in South Korea. With the delegation of the LMU Language Center she also studied at Tokyo University. First, MUN experiences were collected during her studies at the ‘Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft’ of LMU.
Her work experience at Bosch sparked her interest for new technologies which finally led her to commit sacrilege to change from LMU to TU for her master seminar “Politics & Technology”. As a jack of all trades, she also started her business administration studies at LMU and tried to learn several other foreign languages like Japanese, Korean, Chinese, French, and Hebrew. Her achievements so far are that she can order coffee in all those languages.
Born and raised in Bremen, Germany, in a German-Iranian household Robert became acquainted with international affairs from a young age, experiencing debates about cultural as well as political differences between people of different nationalities in his everyday life at home as well as in school.
While attending grammar school, he spent a year abroad in England to improve his English while getting to know the country. This was followed up by a stay in Chile last year where he travelled freely across the country while getting to know people from all around the world in general and from Chile in particular.
After an internship for a consulting firm in Frankfurt in 2017, he developed an interest in economics which materialized in him studying economics at LMU.
In his free time, he likes to play the piano, to improve his Spanish skills and to read as much as time permits him. He is passionate about music, politics, economics, philosophy and anything between.
Originally from the beautiful Lake of Constance, Rouven came to Munich to pursue his master’s degree in management. Although he has a bachelor’s degree in mathematical finance, his real passion has always been politics. Currently, Rouven started his doctoral studies and Master of Business Research, where he also hopes to find improvements about how governments and the economy can work better together.
Besides being part of a youth organization of a German party, Rouven could not yet engage directly into politics. However, it is his big dream to work closely with political topics in the future. As he has over 3-years of consultancy experience, being a political advisor is his aspiration. Rouven has a particular interest in issues referring to finance, the economy, and defense. Furthermore, the development of the European Union is his matter of the heart.
Outside of his political and economic interests, Rouven is a passionate American football and eSports fan. Furthermore, he loves to hit the gym and doing every kind of sport together with other people. However, he is also a huge history nerd and thus, is always up for conversations about current or historical events. Rouven hopes that MUNAM and the corresponding conferences will provide him with challenging discussions and new perspectives. He looks forward to meeting new and inspiring people from all across the globe and correspondingly a fruitful exchange of opinions and culture.
Born and raised in Salzburg, Austria, Caroline decided to move to Munich after she finished her A-Levels. Since she had been interested in economics and finance in high school, Caroline started to study economics at LMU. In her studies she prefers international trade and behavioral economics. In order to face challenges that are not directly related to Economics she joined the student union of her faculty and also Enactus e.V.
She is a passionate skier and runner and also likes backpacking. Last year Caroline visited India for one month and a year before she was travelling Mexico. But she has not only experience with short-time stays abroad – Caroline took part in an exchange program to Ireland during High School for three months.
Caroline is very thrilled to be part of the Model United Nations Association Munich e.V. and this year’s Delegation Project and sees it is an unique opportunity to gain more in-depth knowledge about international politics and diplomacy. Furthermore, Caroline looks to improve her rhetorical skills and engage in dialoge with people who have different points of view.
Thomas Puls Caro
Born in Puerto Rico, raised by a Colombian and a German parent and growing up in three different countries, Thomas was always interested in intercultural matters and foreign politics. This also fueled his desire to take part in a school exchange in Canada for half a year and to go on an Erasmus-Semester in Spain last Winter.
Currently, he is studying law at Munich’s LMU. His focus lies on international law and especially on international humanitarian law. He is deeply invested in learning how states can not only coexist but work together, to overcome crises. Thomas is also devoted to improve the situation inside the university in various manners as a member of Munich’s law society. Once a week he works at a law firm that mostly handles intellectual property cases.
Personally, he is a firm believer, that real understanding comes in form of a debate. Therefore MUNAM e.V. piqued his interest. A place where people come together and discuss contemporary issues, seemed to him as the perfect place to challenge himself.
Born in the German town of Friedrichshafen on the border to Austria and Switzerland, Felix grew up in a German-Russian family and thus, he was confronted with many cultures and worldviews from early on. This diverse background sparked his interest in international politics and economics as well as his curiosity for different cultures. He is especially interested in development economics and the economics of inequality. Therefore, he aspires to become an economist. After finishing high school with distinction, Felix moved to Munich and began studying economics at Ludwig Maximilian University in October 2018.
His interests do not only include politics and economics, since Felix also plays the piano and holds a special interest in literature and foreign languages. He speaks German, English, French and Russian. Two years before moving to Munich, his family started to host and care for two unaccompanied and underage refugees – one boy from Somalia and another from Afghanistan. Felix helped them learning German and getting used to life in Germany, while they were giving him insights into their cultures.
As Felix is a supporter of multilateralism and due to his interests, he was drawn to participate in MUNAM. As a member of the new delegation, Felix sees the Delegation Project as a good opportunity to improve his rhetorical and foreign language skills as well as to foster cultural awareness.
Leonie was born in Überlingen in the south of Germany on the shore of Lake Constance. While she was in, high school she participated in multiple exchanges, going to France, England and China which sparked her interest in learning about different cultures. After 10th grade she decided to spend a year in the United States on “Orcas Island”, a small island in the northern Pacific Ocean close to Seattle. During her year abroad she got in touch with political and current issues, leading her to take politics as a main course in 11th and 12th grade.
After graduating with results at the top of her class, she moved to Munich to pursue a law degree. Apart from her studies, she is part of the student body of the law faculty and volunteers with refugees at ‘Lighthouse Welcome Center’. Through her charity work, she got in touch with different cultures and religions enabling her to understand topics from other people’s perspectives.
Through MUNAM, she hopes to spread shared values and grow as a person. In addition, Leonie hopes to further develop her rhetorical skills by debating with like-minded students, slipping into the role of another country.