Please find speaker-submitted bios below.
Lalit Maganti is a graduate of the MEng Maths and Computing degree from Imperial College London. He is working as a Software Engineer at Google in London on the Chrome Media Team where he will be working on improvements in the audio and video functionality of the browser.
From a young age, he has been passionate about computers, programming and applying technological solutions to solve everyday problems. He is also very interested in debating and Model United Nations in particular. Given these two areas, it is natural that he has often thought about how secretariats can better use technology to improve their conference.
In the role of USG Technology of LIMUN 2018, he has begun the process of digitising the conference: firstly, he is working on building from scratch an in-house mobile app which can be used by delegates as a replacement for the delegate handbook at the conference. Secondly, he intends to develop tools to aid in the administration work in allocating positions and tracking of finances for the conference.
His talk will discuss the observations he has made in past conferences in this area as well the work to date on the two major areas described above with lessons and guidelines for those wishing to follow in LIMUN’s footsteps. He will finish by considering what work there is left to be done and the risks and rewards from undertaking these projects.
Michal is a postgraduate student reading International Economics at the University of Nottingham. He has dedicated the last three years servicing the Model United Nations communities in the United Kingdom and Poland.
He is the Secretary General of the two largest University level MUN conferences in Poland, Academic Polish Model United Nations 2017 (POLMUN) and Cracow Model United Nations 2017 (KrakMUN). He was formerly the President of the award-winning Model UN Society at the University of East Anglia (UEA) for the 2015/16 academic year, growing it from 40 to over 100 members in one year. The society has only grown since he left, becoming the largest paid-membership society at UEA.
Michal has gained an excellent reputation as a delegate and chair specialising in Economic/Development committees, where his expertise lies. He has chaired at some of the largest conferences in Europe including OxiMUN, HamMUN, CUIMUN, and LiMUN.
Pedra is currently a medical student at King’s College London. Born in London, she has spent majority of her youth living as an expatriate in Saudi Arabia and Oman, which was where her long and intimate relationship with Model United Nations began. Pedra has participated in numerous conferences around the world as a delegate, chair or secretariat member in three continents, making her very an extremely experienced member on the circuit. She has previously served in the LIMUN Secretariat for over two years, as USG Communications and USG Logistics.
She has worked in Uppsala World Health Monitoring Centre in Oman and during her free time within the academic year is volunteering at Médecins du Monde. She was a team manager for TEDxRoyal Holloway, and is now on the team for TEDxKCL Club. Pedra is also involved in King's MedTech society where she is organising KCL's first Global Surgical Hackathon.
Hamzah has directed six Crisis Committees, with a specific interest in innovating team management as well as committee procedure. With a preference for Joint Cabinet Crises in contemporary and futuristic settings, Hamzah will also co-direct the Fictional Crisis Committee at CUIMUN 2017 and direct a Historical Crisis for LIMUN 2018. His focus in innovation for crisis committees has been on re-introducing stronger diplomatic elements as well as improving crisis team performance.
Currently pursuing his Ph.D. and legal clerkship in Hamburg, Germany, Robin is also an avid MUN entrepreneur: he founded the well-known conference-hosting platform MyMUN in 2014, initially as a simple conference management platform tailored for MUNs. In recent years, the platform grew from conference management platform to becoming a payment provider, research platform, all-in-one-toolbox and social network for Model United Nations, with close to 100,000 users and exponential growth. During his MUN career, Robin saw MUN in action from all vantage points, from Delegate, Chair and Crisis Director to Secretary General. In all positions and aspects of MUN, he found things to improve and innovate. This is the driving force for his ongoing work on MyMUN.
Dijana Spasenoska is the 19th Secretary-General of the London International Model United Nations Conference organised by the LIMUN Foundation. Dijana has been an avid MUNer for 7 years, and has participated as a delegate or chair in numerous conferences in The Hague, Oxford, Cambridge, London, Rome, and Warsaw among others. Dijana currently is pursuing a Master’s degree in Global Population Health at the London School of Economics, and has a degree in Biochemistry from Imperial College London. Outside of MUN she is also interested in issues concerning the environment and social justice. She currently serves as a student trustee at People and Planet, the UK's largest student campaigning organisation campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment.
Maria Slobodina is a second year Neuroscience student at University College London and is also currently the Treasurer of her university’s Model United Nations Society. Since joining the Model UN club at her school in 2011, she has attended almost 40 conferences in the UK and abroad, including conferences in the Netherlands, France, Turkey, Ireland and Israel. Since starting university, Maria found a new passion for Crisis committees and has actively participated in a number of such committees. As Crisis Director of several upcoming conferences, Maria is always looking for ways to improve and diversify delegates’ crisis experiences and find new ways to make these simulations more efficient and realistic. Additionally, Maria is involved in organising STEM Champion, a MUN-inspired conference centred around subjects in science, technology, engineering and maths.
After having majored International business law for her first year of Master’s degree in Paris last year, Yuri is currently studying arbitration to finish her degree. As a Korean national, Yuri grew up in China and has been living in France for 5 years. As she fell in love with the United Nations ‘accidentally’ at the very ‘first sight’ when she as 11, and as she had a big love to the UN, Yuri joined the MUN society, MUNICE (Model United Nations of Nice) in 2013 where she served as the Secretary-General from 2015 to 2017. Yuri wishes to give her own opinions on international relations, the UN, and MUN societies during the summit and she will be glad to share her own experiences with you.
Luke is a student at the University of Edinburgh who is finishing his MA in International Relations, and has plans to study law as well as crop his friends out of his pictures upon the completion of his current degree. Not only has Luke lived 5 different locations, but his work experience also spans 5 different industries, thus allowing him to bring knowledge from a variety of sectors to Model UN.
Luke is currently completing his MA in International Relations at the University of Edinburgh and plans to further pursue a career in law and politics. Luke is also the co-founder of the HISHK Law Society, in addition to having helped establish the Mock Trial scene within high schools in Hong Kong.
Luke has lived 3 countries and has an extensive CV spanning multiple sectors, allowing him to provide a unique perspective on a range of current events among other matters. Most recently, Luke worked at the Budapest branch of Kinstellar, an emerging EU based law firm which is a spinoff of Linklaters.
Luke currently serves on the committee for the MUN society in addition to the HK EUPASS within his university and is an active member of the HK Chiu Chow Association’s volunteering program. A combination of traveling, MUN, skiing, cooking and theatre keeps Luke constantly occupied during off hours and on the move.
Marco is currently in the unenviable position of applying and finding the money for a PhD while keeping the graduate employment thing going. He is a graduate of the University of Stirling and the University of Edinburgh, and he has an MA in Politics & History and an MSc in Conflict Studies.
While at University he found Model UN and devoted inordinate amounts of time to this new hobby, to the point of quitting the University sailing team to join the Edinburgh University MUN Society (EdMUN) Committee. After 5 years on the Committee and Secretariat, he likes to think he left the society better than when he arrived. Amongst his proudest achievements are the creation of TeachMUN, the high school outreach programme now entering its 6th year, and the associated high school conference, now in its 5th year. Both underline his belief that MUN must do more to make itself accessible to effect change.
Born in Switzerland to German parents, he spent most of his living in the UK and USA before settling in the UK after University. In his spare time, he could usually be found reading or cooking in winter, and sailing every other season. These days his limited free time is spent helping his former MUN society and serving on the board of the Edinburgh Peace Initiative, a local charity dedicated to fostering inter-community dialogue.
He also does not usually refer to himself in the third person; he knows he is no Julius Caesar.
Daniel Gindis, also known as "Mr. Model UN Style," originally hails from the state of New York, and currently resides in Tel Aviv, Israel. Daniel has chaired, and directed crisis, at some of the world's top Model UN conferences, including but not limited to LIMUN, CUIMUN, OxiMUN, GIMUN and WorldMUN. Daniel also has a been on the secretariat of several notable conferences, has coached many Model UN teams and is one of the key founders of the Israeli Model UN circuit. Daniel is also one of the key contributors of the leading MUN resource HelpMyMUN.com. When not participating in Model UN, Daniel works as a marketing executive.
Kyle Lewis Jordan
Kyle Lewis Jordan is a student of University College London reading Ancient History and Egyptology. He participated in Model UN for three years, serving as Secretary of the UCL Model United Nations Society for two of those and as President for the final year. He has a wide range of chairing and directing experience, from the Historical General Assembly at CUIMUN to Crisis up and down the UK.
Currently, he dedicates most of his free time outside of his degree to working as a member of the Advisory Council at the British Museum - which he one day plans to direct - and working with NGOs and Public Policy bodies, predominantly in the areas of education and social support. He also actively campaigns on disability issues, having previously served as the Disabled Students Officer for the Students Union at UCL. While no longer doing MUN, he is keen to promote it to others, but also help improve it, especially from the perspective of including more disabled people.
Marguerite was born and raised in Paris, and she has a degree in law and geopolitics from the Catholic University and La Sorbonne. She is pursuing her second Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development at Dauphine. Apart from her interest in getting a degree from every single University in Paris, she fell in love with MUN 6 years ago, and followed her passion through all positions possible, as a Delegate, Training Officer, Chair, and Secretariat Member. She served as Deputy Secretary General for PIMUN 2017, where she discovered the concept of Interconnectivity and decided to implement it for the Conference. She is now the Secretary General for PIMUN 2018, and she has many new ideas for innovations in debate, and taking Interconnectivity a step further, which is what she will discuss at the summit.