UUMUN is managed by five board members: the President, Secretary-Treasurer, Head Public Affairs, Head Corporate Relations and Head Content. Together they are responsible for governing the foundation. They therefore do not merely engage with daily issues, but also focus on long term policymaking, the financial wellbeing of the foundation and preserving the reputation of UUMUN. What is unique about UUMUN’s structure is that the board members also form part of the delegation and therefore fulfil a double function. They manage UUMUN, but will also attend the MUNs at Oxford and Harvard as a delegate.
Being the president of UUMUN means you manage the board and have final responsibility for the delegation and the foundation. Within the board, it is your job to help your board members fulfil their board positions in a manner that is consistent with the strategy you made for UUMUN together. You have a lot of contact with your board members to align everyone and to maintain oversight: you consult, think with your board members and help them decide what is to happen. Likewise, you maintain oversight within the delegation: you must be aware of everything that is happening and monitor whether everyone is feeling comfortable. Further, you must ensure that everyone fulfils his or her responsibilities towards UUMUN in an optimal way. Within the foundation, your task consist mainly out of checking all contracts and supervising compliance with the GDPR. Moreover, together with the Secretary/Treasurer you are responsible for the promotion: you can decide on the implementation. You do not only learn a lot from this executive position, but also from your board members and the members of the delegation: everything thinks together in a critical, creative and solution-oriented way and that is the most insightful part.
As the Secretary/Treasurer of UUMUN, it means I carry out a multitude of different roles. Foremost, I am responsible for the financial policy of the foundation and I carry out the secretarial tasks. Additionally, I was given the job to organize the trips to the United Kingdom and the United States of America, where we will take part in the Model United Nations of Oxford and Harvard. Prior to the Harvard MUN, the delegation will also go to New York for a week, and I will also do the organizational aspect of this trip. The financial health of UUMUN will be a central aspect of this year. It is my job to keep an overview of all expenses and income and I will keep an eye on the financial state of the foundation. The combination of having a critical view as the Secretary/Treasurer and the freedom of making a program as the organizer of the trip together with the delegation make a nice combination. To be able to perform my tasks well, it will require good coordination with my fellow board members and that is how I become more involved with their tasks. That diversity makes my position even more fun!
Head public affairs
This year I have the honour to fulfill the dynamic role of Head Public Affairs. This means that I am responsible for maintaining a good relationship with Utrecht University and raising funds and subsidies from the public sector, with the help of Team Public Affairs. As Head Public Affairs, I lead the team meetings every week and it is my responsibility to keep the overview. My goal is to put UUMUN on the map within the city of Utrecht even better this year and, when possible, outside of it as well. We do this partly by organizing two major events and the UUMUN Academy. Through these events, students are actively encouraged to think about global issues and, at the same time, are trained in diplomatic skills. In addition to organizing these events, we also sell the UUMUN Masterclasses. These are public speaking, lobbying and negotiation training courses given by the delegation members and our alumni. The best thing about my function is that there is a lot of room for creativity. This year, I will be able to come up with new initiatives and ideas to form the public side of UUMUN together with my team. Therefore, I am very excited to take on the challenge this year with the whole board
Head Corporate relations
Emma Freya van Rotterdam
This year, as Head Corporate Relations, I, together with Team Corporate Relations, will be busy making new and maintaining old partnerships with partners in the private sector. It is both my honour and privilege to work together with large (international) firms, varying from top law firms to energy providers and consultancy groups to sustainable initiatives. In the beginning stages of the new UUMUN year, my team and I start brainstorming on ways to promote UUMUN’s standing. Acquiring a list of interesting potential partners, making contact with them and eventually organizing inhouse-days where our delegation and other students can improve their soft skills via training by professionals. This is a highly exciting and interesting process. Furthermore, my function entails chairing my team’s weekly meetings and making sure that I keep an overview of our connections and events. Moreover, I am responsible for keeping our extensive alumni network up to date. Over 250 UUMUN alumni make up an elaborate network of ambitious, driven and successful people. Via monthly newsletters and by organising alumni-borrels, both the delegation and I get the privilege of meeting them – it is truly inspiring to see the variety of places they end up. The fact that being Head Corporate Relations allows me to meet so many interesting people working at various firms is just one of the most enjoyable things about the function. The most satisfying of all is the room for creativity that comes with heading Team CR: together with my team, I am able to organise events on topics and with firms of my own choosing – whether this is because of actuality, international standing or personal interest.
Boaz van Tol
This year I have the honour of fulfilling the amazing function of Head Content. The Head Content is responsible for training and preparing the delegation for the MUN conferences, together with Team Content. This means preparing and executing a training-schedule containing all relevant skills in a way which is both challenging and interesting. We teach the delegation about lobbying, speeches, negotiation and the strategic aspect of MUN and provide knowledge of international relations. Further developing such a motivated and talented group of people requires creativity and a natural interest in the personal and collective development of the delegation. Additionally, the Head and Team Content are responsible for external affairs regarding trainings. This includes facilitates and contact with alumni and external trainers, as well as giving trainings and Masterclasses to external parties. As aforementioned, I believe Head Content to be an amazing function in which you are truly in service of the delegation, in order to enable them to be successful at MUN conferences. A Head Content is the ambassador of MUN; within the board, the delegation and externally. I hope to achieve this with my team driven by our enthusiasm and love for MUN.