As Ghent Model United Nations we want to give the opportunity to everyone to get involved in the project. Be it as a volunteer or a participant, you are most welcome to join us.
Our Directorate is made up out of 5 teams:
Management – lead by Rakoen Maertens
Logistics & Finance – lead by Stijn Paulissen
Content & Participants – lead by Hanne Pollet
Socials & Events – lead by Yassin Moustahfid
PR & Communication – lead by Robin Roels
Currently studying psychology, Rakoen Maertens is an active student when it comes to International Relations and Entrepreneurship. Taking up the leadership of this year’s GhentMUN, Rakoen has a clear vision.
“The world is an amazing place. So much to explore. So much to experiment. So much to learn. No one can doubt my curiosity and energy to try new things. I am an open minded Psychology student with ambitious goals that wants to understand and experience as much as possible. Opportunities to grow and change myself, to push boundaries, are what I am constantly creating. Listening to other people, trying to understand them through their eyes, becoming a stranger toward my own proper culture, are things that help me grow. I am interested in everything. I am open for anything. I am able to adapt to any situation.
One of my current focus points in life is to improve international cooperation. My interest in international relations grew tremendously during my activity in the Esperanto movement. During international conventions I’ve discovered many possibilities. I saw a multitude of cultures doing beautiful things together. I’ve discovered many great people with completely different ways of thinking and living. I’ve learned to negotiate, adapt, and express my opinion in poly-cultural situations. I’ve learned to open myself and to put my personal view aside to completely immerse.
Wherever I will go, however, I will always keep my strong vision, ethics, quality preference and seriousness toward life throughout my adventures.”
Director of Public Relations
Robin has a passion for History and the UN. He is now ready to make the PR historically significant.
Participating in several MUNs this year, Robin really wants to bring this wonderful concept to Ghentian students, as well attract people from abroad to come to this wonderful city. Also a board member of UNYA Gent, he believes it important to bring the United Nations, Model UN and sustainability closer to everyone. As a History student he believes it is always important to put things in perspective and to find common ground.
Director of Finance
Stijn Paulissen is a third–year undergraduate at the university of Ghent studying law. His main focus is on international public rights and human rights. He has been involved in several projects concerning international cooperation. He is co-founder of GhentMUN and an active member of VVN Youth Gent. His main interests are travelling, reading and international politics. By chasing new experiences, Stijn hopes to enlarge his knowledge every day. Joining GhentMUN has been an amazing experience for him so far. Interacting with professionals, meeting people from all over the world, sharing visions, … it’s a great way of developing knowledge about the international community according to him.
As the director of logistics and finance Stijn makes sure the financial obligations of Ghentmun are in order. Next to networking and contacting professionals, his role implies planning and managing every facet of the events.
Director of Content
Hanne is a law student that was born and raised in Belgium but nowadays rather considers herself a global citizen.
A young Hanne discovered MUN a long time ago and over the years she grew up to become a true devotee to every simulation that crosses her way. Being a firm believer that true understanding is the main part of a conflict solving process, she found her perfect tool in MUN and therefore made it her own personal mission to spread this addictive virus as much as possible.
Hanne is one of those people you’ll meet at 4am in a random bar somewhere on the globe, passionately discussing SC resolution 591 and without a wink being able to change the conversation to her supermarket deal expertise or the Flemish quizzing culture. As the great Tim Minchin taught her well, Hanne likes to define herself by what she loves. This includes campfires, her little sister and Jaco van Dormael movies.
Director of Events
Yassin knows how to take things in his own hand. He believes in quality and is not scared to give constructive critique.
Secretary General: Nicolás H. Folley
Nicolas is a Master in Law student who, after graduating in a little town in the North of Spain, has decided to discover as much of the world as possible. Currently living in Bonn, he teaches Business and Legal English.
As most, his desire to make the world a better place has brought him closer to the United Nations and the MUN world. He has taken part in over fifteen simulations, from Austria to Spain and Scotland to the United Arab Emirates, and is not willing to give up such addiction any time soon. His hobbies include photography and International Affairs, and should you want to initiate a conversation with him do not make reference to “tapas” or bullfighting. For him, the best party has to have interesting people and red wine.
His desire to take on new challenges has led him to becoming Secretary General for this very first edition of GhentMUN.