Governing Board 2018-2019
From left to right: Xander Creed (Marketing), Leo Woessner (Delegations), Bartosz Roman (Secretary), Nicolas Gaté (President), Talha Gunay (Events), Susanna Boettger (Development), Alexander Wennerstrom (Treasurer), Max Schwaiger (Secretary General), Simon Pompé (Journal)
Nicolas' function, as the President, consists in steering the direction of the association: chairing the board meetings, bearing responsibility for UNSA's decisions and having the final say in case of disagreement amongst the board. By keeping a general overview of all our activities, Nicolas scrutinises the horizon line. The President also has a role of representation: he takes the ontological decisions (signing partnerships, restructuring the association), plays an active role in EuroMUN and CBB, and is in charge of pursuing the feeling of togetherness that unites the members. Together with the Secretary and the Treasurer, he is part of the Executive Board.
Bartosz serves are the the Secretary, as well as the Vice-President of UNSA. In these roles, he has to manage both the administrative and executive functions within the association. He is responsible for communication with the University, as well as other associations and businesses. On top of that, he facilitates the internal communication within the team, like recording the minutes of each board meeting. Bartosz also serves as the main point of contact for questions from both prospective and current members, so don't be afraid to reach out!
Alexander serves as the treasurer for UNSA. As the money-man, he is responsible for all financial aspects of the association – including financial statements, transactions and payments of invoices. He works closely with all committees of UNSA by means of budgeting in order to ensure the continued operations for the association. Aside from keeping the association afloat, Alexander also serves as the Head of the External Affairs committee. This committee is tasked with searching for sponsors and cooperative partners for UNSA, and keep current sponsors and partners on good terms. As for his personal goals, he hopes to promote transparency regarding UNSA financials, and forming strategic partnerships with other associations.
As Secretary General of the European Model United Nations conference 2019 (EuroMUN), Max's job is that of the Conference Manager. Together with his Secretariat, which consists of 6 Under-Secretary-Generals (USG’s), he collaborates with them to decide about the course of the conference management. Similar to the president, but on the EuroMUN-scale, he is the final decision-maker and responsible for the coordination of the different committees and needs to have an overview of what is going on at all times. For more information about the USG's, or EuroMUN please do not hesitate to contact Max.
As the Head of Development, Susanna oversees all humanitarian efforts pursued by UNSA. She does this through the Development Committee. The UNSA Development Committee was founded in order to address the humanitarian and developmental aspects of the United Nations’ activities. It is divided into two sub-committees: The Volunteering Network Team and the Fundraising & Local Volunteering Team. The Volunteering Network Team establishes and maintains contact with NGOs in developing countries all over the world and gives students the opportunity to conduct volunteer work in these NGOs during their summer break. The Fundraising & Local Volunteering Team organizes fundraising activities to support UNSA's partner NGOs throughout the academic year. Additionally, it focuses on creating local volunteering opportunities and establishing collaborations with other associations. The cooperation between the two sub-committees is ensured by the Head of Development.
As the Head of Delegations, Leo is responsible for the recruitment and training of the Permanent Delegation committee of UNSA, organizing mock simulations, as well as sending delegations to Model United Nations conferences all over the world. The Permanent Delegation consists of the best delegates Maastricht has to offer, providing them with training in weekly meetings through workshops, guest speakers and mock simulations, and competing in conference in Europe and elsewhere. Leo also scans for suitable conferences to send delegations to, while cooperating with these and organizing the logistics of sending the delegation, managed in cooperation with his two Co-Heads, Karen Sturm and Piotrek Sanejko. Leo is a fond believer that anyone can enjoy MUN conferences, and encourages everyone interested in current events and public speaking to give it a shot, and join UNSA to attend MUN conferences and meet people all over the world! For more information on conferences, MUNs in general, or perhaps joining the PD, please do not hesitate to contact Leo.
As the Head of Marketing & Communications, Xander is responsible for ensuring that UNSA’s goals, values, and opportunities are accessible, coherent, and effectively distributed both inside and outside of the association. His goal is to make sure that all UNSA content is recognizable as belonging to the association through dependable branding. Additionally, Xander strives for letting all students within Maastricht know about the opportunities that UNSA provides. He aims for consistency in all communication by creating both digital and print media which clearly links back to UNSA. The Marketing & Communications committee is the perfect environment for all creative individuals who have a passion for innovative and effective communication methods.
As the Head of the Journal Committee, Simon coordinates the team’s efforts to maintain UNSA’s Journal, ‘Maastricht Diplomat’ blog, and publish three printed a year. Together with his co-head Michael, he leads the team throughout the year and organises workshops, trips and socials. His goals are to always further the Journal’s quality and create a fun atmosphere for his team. His team writes about global and European politics, local culture and university matters. They also cover EuroMUN every year and present it to the uni. Personally, he’s most interested in Europe’s political shenanigans, security and defense matters as well as Maastricht’s student life.
Talha, the Head of the Events Committee, is responsible for distributing tasks for the projects in the committee’s agenda and ensuring that they are successfully concluded. He chairs the weekly meetings of the committee, during which academic and social events including lectures, workshops, social gatherings and study trips are organized. He also provides the communication between the committee members and the governing board and makes sure that there is no clash with other tasks or events. The biggest academic event organized by the committee is the Career Beyond Borders(CBB), in the context of which speakers are invited by UNSA from international and European organisations and NGOs (such as the European commission, NATO, and Amnesty International) to share their first-hand working experiences with students.