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SOFIMUN 2009 Secretariat
NEW! - Movies of the secretariat!
Here you can read a few lines about the SOFIMUN
2009 Secretariat - the Secretary General and the
Chair Board. You can also play a short video and
see a few flashes of the life of the SOFIMUN 2009
Secretariat - photos of their precious moments,
combined with their favorite song/music, selected
Please, note that this use of pictures and music
is with non-commercial purpose – they only serve
as personal vision and shall be used only for the
needs of those presentations! All pictures and
music used here are owned by their respected
authors/performers and are protected by copyright
of Jun-Hwan Park – “Moonlight sonata” by Ludwig
of Amy Just - “Come rain or shine” by Frank
Sinatra;“Rehab” by Amy Winehouse
of Adelina Andreeva – “Tamacun” by Rodrigo y
of Lena Borth – “Aisha” by Khaled
of Albena Petkova –
of Georgiana Ungureanu – “Twisted nerve” by
of Kristina Kovacheva – “Rise up” by Yves Larock
of Hans Lenders – “Imagine” by John Lenon
of Melina Boneva – “Sem Contecao” by Bebel
Gilberto (Ugo & Sanz mix)
of Matija Blace – “Carry on” by Manowar
of Plamena Markova – “Io canto” by Laura Pausini
of Simon Walters – “If you want to sing out, sing”
by Cat Stevens
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these movies on a 3-rd party basis.
Org & Ex Coms
organizational and executive committees of Sofia
International Model United Nations. You can find
more about the people who are organizing the
conference. Most of them are experienced MUN
addicts that are now helping other MUN events
around the globe to be prepared and initiated.
you can find information about the main
organizations that are contributing Sofia
International Model United Nations event happen.
The organizations mentioned are the main
supporters of the Sofia International Model United
Nations idea in Bulgaria. They have been
supporting it for a long time.
Born and raised in Santiago Chile, Jun is
finishing his Master’s in International
Cooperation at Seoul National University. He plans
on pursuing a career in Sustainable Development.
After 2004, Jun moved from Santiago and went to
Alfred University, New York, awarded with a
leadership scholarship. Jun rapidly realized that
he wanted to develop ties with the European
continent and moved to Barcelona in 2005 where he
finished B.A. in Business Communications and
After attending GIMUN 2007, his first MUN, he had
a unique experience and felt he found his calling.
At MILMUN 2007 he received an Honorary Mention and
great preparation. Finally his MUN career peaked
when he chaired the Conference on Disarmament at
Leaving Europe and Barcelona to pursue his
Master’s in South Korea was not enough to keep him
away from MUNs. Jun was most recently the chair
for the United Nations Environment Program in the
first edition of SOFIMUN 2008. Now he’s looking
forward on being a Secretary General on the second
SOFIMUN edition in July 2009. Even this challenge
won’t keep him away from MUNs - right after
SOFIMUN, he’ll chair the Security Council on
Jun has been told that he is a Jack-of-all-trades
and likes to consider that impossible is nothing,
as well as that there is no problem without
David Meijer (Secretariat)
Chairperson of Security Council
is a European Citizen with Dutch passport born and
raised in Austria. Having realized that studying
law is boring, he switched to Political Sciences
and is currently finishing his Master Degree at
the University of Vienna.
is an active member of the Academic Forum for
Foreign Affairs-United Nations Youth and Student
Association and was thus in the staff of all 8
VIMUNs and 2 HISTOMUNs since 2001. For some years
it seemed enough, but later he expanded his
reach to Oxford, London, Zagreb, Sofia, Moscow.
Apart from two Crisis Committees and a Human
Rights Council the Security Council became his
second home. The fun crowd at Zagreb and then
Sofia was one of the most lasting
experiences, and laid ground to him accepting the
offer to chair at SOFIMUN II.
is interested in politics, especially concerning
the Middle East and the Russian Federation,
history, arts and thousands of other things you
will find out.
Co-chairperson of Security Council
Adelina Andreeva was born in October, 1986 in
Silistra, Bulgaria. She is now graduating her
Bachelor in Economics and Business at the
University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Back in her high school years, she was chosen to
be a Bulgarian representative on the United World
Youth Council, Radley, Oxford, 2003. In 2005, she
participated in the 48th and 49th European Youth
Parliament sessions in Stavanger, Norway and
Basel, Switzerland respectively. In October, the
same year she was a chair and an organizer of the
First National Session of the European Youth
Parliament, Sofia, Bulgaria. Adelina was also
actively involved in the Bulgarian Youth
Parliament in her home city where she took a
position of a vice-president.
Having eagerly waited to get her 90 credits and
apply for UNISCA, Adelina finally participated in
the conference in January, 2009 as a chair of the
Second committee. That is how her MUN experience
started. Captured by the great MUN spirit and
ready to “serve her patriotic duties “, Adelina is
looking forward to meeting you all at the SOFIMUN
Chairperson of Human rights council
Although of German origin, Lena was born and
raised in a beautiful but neutral country,
primarily known for its banks, chocolate, cheese
Hearing early “The Call of the Wild”, she left
home when she was sixteen and went to explore the
United Kingdom for a year.
After coming back she was then dragged to her
first Model UN which she didn’t particularly like.
However, the second MUN opened her eyes and soon,
she organized such a MUN herself, together with a
good friend of hers.
After finishing school, a 5-months stay in Russia
followed. Sadly, despite her being such an
endearing, socializing and friendly girl, the
decision to become a law student was made and Lena
settled for two years in a very small town called
Frankfurt Oder at the German/Polish border.
Still she kept MUNing and attended various MUNs,
such as GIMUN and MediolaMUN.
Currently the humble Chairperson is on an
Erasmus-exchange in Ghent, Belgium, where she can
pursue her interests, namely studying Human Rights
and Human Rights related topics and subjects.
Lena is now very much looking forward to becoming
a chair again, especially in her favorite
Co-chairperson of Human rights council
Born in 1983, graduated Math’s High School and now
is finishing a Master Degree in International
Project Management at University of National and
World Economy in Sofia. Currently Albena works in
a bank as a project expert and is a member of
Rotaract Club Sofia International.
Albena caught the MUN virus back in the year of
2005 when she was a delegate at UNISCA, Amsterdam.
Since then she is googling for international MUN’s
everytime she feels like refreshing her MUN
Albena participated in various international MUN’s
– BIMUN (Belgrad), VIMUN, C'MUN (Barcelona), but
always as a delegate, plus she was part of the
team of the 1-st edition of SOFIMUN back in 2008.
She was just thinking she needed a new challenge
and right on time, Poly and Mitko (AKA Dimiter)
called and offered her to be part of the SOFIMUN
2009 team as chair of the Human Rights Council.
Chairperson of United Nations Development Program
Born and raised in beautiful Romania, Georgiana is
currently finishing her degree in law, after
having graduated from European Studies in July
During her studies, she was also an Erasmus
exchange student at Utrecht University in the
Netherlands, the turning point in what was to
become a very international life, but also the
moment when Georgiana became passionate about
Her MUN adventure started in 2007 at WorldMUN in
Geneva, followed by a frantic participation in
several conferences across Europe, both as a chair
and as a delegate, being awarded distinctions in
two occasions (Best Delegate at IIMUN 2007 and
Honorary Mention at ZAGIMUN 2007). Soon after, she
was chair of the ZAGIMUN HRC in 2008 and is now
looking forward to two new challenges - the
WorldMUN in 2009 and after that, the chairperson
position at SOFIMUN 2009 in July.
Apart from enjoying being a student and a MUNer,
Georgiana is also crazy about chocolate,
traveling, languages (for the time being, she’s
highly determined to learn Russian), the sea and
Co-chairperson of United Nations Development
Born in Svishtov, Bulgaria, Kristina left her
hometown in 1999 and moved to the Netherlands
where she finished high school with ancient
languages and specialized in economics. Currently
she’s completing her bachelor in Law at the
University of Amsterdam. Kristina plans to pursue
a career in international law after the full
enjoyment of her bachelor years and a masters
degree somewhere else around the globe.
Kristina caught the MUN virus in the summer of
2008 during the 1-st edition of SOFIMUN, made
friends for life there, went on a small summer
vacation with some of them to the Bulgarian coast
and didn’t realise when it was all over. To deal
with the MUN depression afterwards, she
spontaneously applied for ZAGIMUN and BIMUN in
2008. Her chairing experience followed in 2009 at
UNISCA, MOSTIMUN 2009 and WORLDMUN. The MUN
experience opened new opportunities for Kristina
to travel, visit different cities and meet
intelligent party people and she’s not planning to
quit her MUN activities any time soon.
Kristina loves to feel and act like she’s
important in the decision making process and get
on everyone’s nerves during MUNs and for this
reason you will probably notice her representing
one of the bad guys at any future conferences.
Looking forward to meet everyone at SOFIMUN 2009!
Chairperson of Disarmament and International
Hans was born in the Netherlands in 1984. He
graduated last January with a Master´s degree in
Environmental Policy from Wageningen University in
the Netherlands. Currently he is orientating on
his future career but determined to make a
contribution to the pressing issues of our time.
Hans is passionate about MUN´s as a way to meet
interesting new people, discuss international
politics, take a different perspective and above
all, have a genuine good time. It was a small
business card given to him on an MUN like
conference in May 2007 that opened up the world of
MUNing. Having been to BIMUN in 2007 he went to
MILMUN, SOFIMUN, ZAGIMUN and again to BIMUN as a
delegate in various committees representing among
others the UK, Russian Federation, Iran and Peru.
He was rewarded a best delegate award being the UK
in the HRC at SOFIMUN 2008, followed by another
best delegate award at ZAGIMUN 2008 for being,
once again, the UK in the Security Council. In
January 2009 he chaired the Security Council at
UNISCA (The University of Amsterdam MUN). After
SOFIMUN Hans will be a chair of the Security
Council in ZAGIMUN 2009.
Living by the phrase ´C´est la vie´ he is often
perceived as a rather serious person with a good
sense of humor. Hans enjoys a good conversation as
well as a proper party. He has passion for
traveling and enjoys the good things in life to
the fullest. Having the privilege to be a chair of
the SOFIMUN Disarmament and International Security
Committee together with Melina he is looking
forward to make this an outstanding committee and
have an unforgettable time together!
"To know when to be generous and when firm —
that is wisdom." (Elbert Hubbard)
Co-chairperson of Disarmament and International
Melina was born in Sofia and started talking and
fidgeting nearly from this very day – her mother
cannot remember the days she was just a quiet
baby. Energetic and curious, she decided that
foreign languages and multiculturalism could
become her “hobbies” and so chose the innovative
and demanding “Balkan” high school, with emphasis
on languages, literature, history and culture of
South-East Europe. Through these crazy years took
part and organized the seminars of the Balkan
Network of Secondary Schools (BNSS) and was chosen
as a representative in the cultural pre-Olympic
program of the Athens 2004 Olympics. Following a
one year program in Journalism and Mass Media in
2003, opened her eyes for the challenges and
charms of communication and since it is always in
her sphere of interests.
As an impassionate Sagittarius, she finished high
school quicker than expected and followed the call
for change. Fled away from cloudy winter
depression and chose for her studies the
Department of International Relations and European
Studies of Panteion Univeristy in Athens, Greece,
both due to sunlight, and to her love for Greek
language. Focused on European integration and
policies and international law, currently she is
gaining experience and inspiration as a junior
researcher in the RELEX project of the Institute
of International Relations in Athens. Just
graduated, she is exploring the infinite
opportunities of this brave new world and looking
for the perfect masters program to follow...
Described by her friends as “sunny”, sociable,
impulsive, passionate and usually optimistic,
still she is ambitious and hard worker with a
constant desire for learning. Absolute fan of sun
and sea, craving for adventure, she is keen on
exploring new places and meeting new people.
A newbie in the MUN societies, with just one
seminar in her biography, she was more than
tempted by SOFIMUN 2008. After becoming Best
Delegate of UNEP as Kenya, the next challenge was
chairing - a unique opportunity to see the debate
“from the other side”, to play a responsible and
dynamic role and an unforgettable experience. And
she is soooo looking forward to it...
Chairperson of United Nations Peacebuilding
Coming from Sibenik in Dalmatia, and now studying
law in Zagreb, Matija is a second-generation
SOFIMUN-er, having participated as a delegate in
ECOSOC last year.
He started MUN-ing in 2007 at ZAGIMUN, been to
GIMUN and SOFIMUN, and then made a full circle
chairing DISEC at ZAGIMUN 2008. He also chaired a
Model European Union as a President of the
European Parliament in Krakow 2008.
He’s also active in parliamentary debate, winning
a Croatian national debate league season 2007/2008
and representing Croatia (and also Serbia!) at
various international tournaments, highlights
being two finals at IDAS 2008 and FUTUR 2008, also
winning a number of best speaker awards.
Loving MUNs through and through, and enjoying
discussing issues of international security, he
gladly took up the challenge of chairing again...
this time at SOFIMUN. It’s the MUN with most fun
to be had around, while debating hard on the
pressing topics in the world. Bridging nations and
continents, working together in resolving today’s
and tomorrow’s issues, SOFIMUN is an experience
everybody should have at least once in their
Co-chairperson of United Nations Peacebuilding
Plamena was born in 1983 in Bulgaria.
Unfortunately, no matter how much she loves her
home country she refuses to obey any form of
patriotic calls since it’s practically impossible
for her to stay in one place for too long.
Her first intercultural experience was in her high
school years, since she was the one person to
represent her country in the international
competition for young translators, which takes
place every year in Arpino, Italy.
After finishing High School, she attended a year
of Classical Studies in the University of Sofia,
while in the same time she took an intense course
in Arab language and Philosophy of the Middle
East. Plamena was granted with a scholarship from
the Greek Ministry of National Education and
Religious Affairs and is now in her last year of
undergraduate studies in Panteio University of
Athens, Greece. Her priority sector is
international law with emphasis on the human
rights’ protection. Just a few months ago Plamena
successfully completed her practice in the
structures of the Greek Representation of the
The most precious thing for Plamena is diversity,
which also appears to be a spring of fun and
knowledge. Like most young people today she values
one’s ability to stay open-minded and refuses to
accept any form of cultural, political, economic
or historical cliché.
She finds that SOFIMUN is the perfect opportunity
to prove two things - firstly, that no two minds
think alike and this gives the perfect opportunity
for a positive dialogue and secondly, that no
matter which part of the world you call home,
there is always someone on the other side of the
globe that will give you a hand if you need it.
Simple, romantic and full of good intentions (just
like the road to hell, somebody might add).
“Guta cavet lapidem non vi sed saepe cadendo!”
in Chief of SNN
Born in London but Scottish at heart, Simon has
just finished his final year of a history degree
at the University of Edinburgh.
He became involved in the MUN programme whilst
studying on an Erasmus Exchange Year at the
University of Salamanca in Spain. He participated
in the first edition of MUNUSAL before being
invited back the following year to Chair the
Security Council. Most recently Simon was the
Secretary General in the first ever edition of
MOSTIMUN, held in the city of Mostar, Bosnia and
Herzegovina. He will also be involved in LEBIMUN,
taking place straight after this years’ SOFIMUN.
Simon is now very excited about this new
challenge, ready to run the first version of Sofia
News Network – SNN.
Outside of the world of MUNs, Simon has worked as
an English teacher, which included spending a year
teaching in a Vietnamese high school, and was also
the presenter of a request show for a Hospital
Radio station. In 2008, Simon coached the Mexican
team for the World Schools’ Debating Competition.
Simon has also been involved in both acting and
directing a number of amateur theatre productions,
and secretly dreams of becoming professional, but
as he said, this is a secret!
Directing SNN, Simon intends to bring you a news
service which will be reporting on all aspects of
the conference. From the committee sessions
themselves, sensational speeches made by delegates
and groundbreaking resolutions formed or rejected,
SNN will also be there at the parties and social
events, and no doubt be bringing you a selection
of photos to provide you with great memories of
your best (and perhaps worst) moments.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change the world. Indeed,
it’s the only thing that ever has” (Margaret Mead)