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The Executive Board concerns itself with the organizational aspects of United Netherlands and its activities. In 2014 - 2015 it consists of three positions, with the following members:
President: Lotte Frissen
Lotte has obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Bèta-Gamma with a major in Political Sciences - Governance and Policy - at the University of Amsterdam. This program prepared her to work in complex environments by focusing on transdisciplinary research skills. It furthermore taught her that contemporary problems often transgress disciplinary boundaries and that people hold different realities to be true; the combined effect often being conflict.
Throughout her studies, this concept of conflict has evoked a strong interest in the fields of interpersonal communication, conflict mediation and negotiation. That same interest also lead her to dedicate herself to the United Netherlands organisation. She has been an award winning delegate in the United Netherlands 11th delegation.
Aside from her studies, Lotte has successfully participated in consultations for a Dutch Think-Tank and gets a lot of energy and inspiration from music and people who have put their view on social responsibility into practice.
Vice President & Treasurer: Ron Stoop
Ron studies Political Science at the Radboud University Nijmegen, with a minor in Conflict Analysis and Management.
Ron’s interests lie in the field of International Relations; Eastern Europe in particular. Furthermore, he is interested in intercultural communication and eager to learn languages. Added to that, he has been an active member in various student organizations, where he organized and lead several committees and projects. What drives Ron is self-improvement, curiosity and ambition.
In 2014 he participated in the Public Speaking Program of United Netherlands and so became known with the organization.
Director External Relations: Johnny Kerkhof
Johnny is currently finishing his Master in Economic Geography at the Radboud University. He also obtained his propaedeutics in his education as History teacher and has graduated from the Bachelor History at the Radboud.
Johnny is intriged by the inherent slowness of processes of change. He is interested in the cross-sections of the public and private sector and in line with his broad interests investigates the complex interplay between the economy, society and politics.
Over the years he has developed a passion for enabling other people to fully deploy their talent. Teaching, training and enabling people to grow are key drivers in this endeavor. Furthermore, Johnny believes that people can make a difference. Arising from that interest is the fascination with leadership in its many forms. In 2010 – 2011 he was proud to be a delegate of the UNMD track of United Netherlands.
Aside from his studies and board position at United Netherlands, Johnny is active as a student assistant at the Management faculty. Added to that, he gets a lot of energy from music and people who follow their passions - especially in the fields of social entrepreneurship, impact investment and locally produced food.
Junior Board of Studies
The Junior Board of Studies concerns itself with teaching the accredited course of United Netherlands. The Head Delegates are in charge of the course United Nations and Multilateral Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (UNMD). Added to that, the Model United Netherlands Trainer provides training in Model United Nations (MUN), preparing the United Netherlands Delegation for OxiMUN and HNMUN.
In 2014 - 2015 the Junior Board of Studies consists of the following members:
Head Delegate: Shimen Chang
Shimen is a Bachelor Student in Political Science at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. Next to her studies, she can be found managing the front office of Orient Plaza and assisting in its sales activities. Furthermore, she is involved in the Ruby and Rose foundation which organizes fundraising events for scientific research in the field of women's cancers.
In 2013, she was part of the 11th United Netherlands Delegation with which she successfully participated in the Oxford and Harvard Model United Nations conferences. Upon graduating from the program, she was eager to give the next Delegation the same enriching experience as she has had herself.
Thus, she applied for the position of Head Delegate. Shimen is very much looking forward to co-lead the Delegation this year.
Head Delegate: Niels van Rosmalen
Niels is a Bachelor of Science student in Business Economics at the Radboud University. As native Dutchman, he was born and raised in the area surrounding Den Bosch, after which he moved to Nijmegen.
Alongside his studies, Niels has always been an active member of multiple student associations, boards and advisory organs. Amongst other things, he has been president of B.O.S. - an overarching organization for student associations - and was a member of the University Student Council.
Niels presently gives advice to the University Subsidy Fund; works at hotel Mercure and is busy finishing his Bachelor. His main task this year will consist of guiding and preparing the twelfth United Netherlands Delegation for Harvard.
MUN Trainer: Karsten Kip
Karsten studies International Relations and American Studies at the University of Groningen. He recently moved to Nijmegen.
During his time in Groningen, he served as a board member for the Dutch United Nations Student Association, and was responsible for organizing lectures and drinks on a weekly basis. He has furthermore had the pleasure to have lived in the US state of Michigan for half a year. Having been an avid MUN enthusiast since he first participated in one in 2010, he is very much looking forward to taking on the reins of the MUN part of the UNMD program."
United Netherlands Academy
The United Netherlands Academy is responsible for developing and organizing workshops and training programs tailored to teach motivated students invaluable professional skills. In 2014-2015 it consists of the following members:
Director General: Anne Willemsen
Anne is a BSc. Psychology student specialized in Social Psychology. Added to that she is enrolled in the Master Business Law. One of the most rewarding experiences for her has been her participation in the 11th United Netherlands delegation.
Anne her motto is ‘success occurs when opportunity meets preparation’. During her student years Anne has always looked for new opportunities to keep challenging herself. This resulted in 2013 in the establishment of her own company Motivation Monday.
Anne believes that people should develop to their full potential and she loves to facilitate that by establishing a safe and inspiring learning environment. As a Public Speaking trainer, Anne has the opportunity to help students grow in self-confidence and develop their skills in public speaking.
Secretary General: Gigi Xia
Gigi is currently pursuing a Master in International Finance at the University of Amsterdam.
Since she moved from China to the Netherlands, she has had a variety of jobs. She has worked for IDFA, Radio Nederland Worldwide and Chinese Nederland College. During all these jobs she functioned as a mediator. Gigi is a person who easily blends in and adapts.
Furthermore, she is fascinated by the differences between Chinese and Western work ethic and corporate management. She thus strives to have a better understanding of both philosophies.
Gigi wanted to become part of United Netherlands because she wants to learn more about different cultures in a friendly and professional environment that encourages growth.
High School Program Secretariat
The High School Program Secretariat is responsible for organizing the High School Program. In 2014-2015 it is led by Eef van den Berg:
Senior Board of Studies
In the United Netherlands organization, the Senior Board of Studies helps safeguard the academic quality of the UNMD course, by working together with the Junior Board of Studies. This board consists of the following professors of Radboud University Nijmegen:
Prof. dr. H. Bak - American Studies (Chairman)
Dr. B. Bomert (Course coordinator) - Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management
Prof. dr. E. de Jong - Economics
Drs. J. van den Broek - Natural Sciences
Ms. R. Möhrlein LL.M.- Public International Law
Tom van Assendelft de Conigh (President)
Wouter Kruithof (President)
René van den Bosch