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.
Pieter Hopperus Buma
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
Jan Wieger Posthumus
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: the interview trilogy 2020: Global Reset? 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
This year it is my honor and privilege to take upon me the position of Head Corporate Relations. This means that, together with my Team Corporate Relations, I will be responsible for the contact with the private sector. Early on in our UUMUN-year, Team Corporate Relations starts with brainstorming on upcoming events and future collaborations with our partners. As Head Corporate Relations, I am responsible for chairing the weekly meetings with my team and keeping oversight of what needs to be done. Together with our partners, we will organise two great events where students are able to become acquainted with renowned companies and can develop their soft skills in doing so. Each year the participating students and companies are very enthusiastic about our events. Besides, I am also responsible for maintaining contact and relationships with our extensive alumni-network. It is extremely motivating to see where every UUMUN-alumnus ends up and how our alumni-network is home to a group of motivated, ambitious and successful people. The most enjoyable of being Head Corporate Relations to me, is that it is incredibly dynamic. I enjoy a lot of freedom in organising the events, which leads to inspiring brainstorm sessions with my team. Besides this, owing to my function I get to meet a lot of new, interesting people.
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.