SOFIMUN.org ---> Organisers
Organizational and executive committees
Ivanova (Org-com and Ex-com)
Co-team manager, public relations supervisor,
Born in 1983, Paola graduated one of Bulgaria’s
top high-schools - the National High-school for
Ancient Languages and Cultures (NHALC). Now she is finishing
her Masters in Slav languages and literature,
Croatian and Serbian profile in Sofia University,
Bulgaria. As part of her university studies, she
was honored with scholarships from The University of
Zagreb, Croatia and The University of Sarajevo,
Bosnia and Herzegovina. Meanwhile, she
does dozens of different things, according to her
spontaneous and chaotic character. Well-experienced in
the medias sector as an international desk
journalist, currently she’s doing a PR management
job for living in
a young prosperous communication group company. Paola
also tries to be part of the
world’s problem solvers as member of Bulgaria’s UN
Association and member of The Atlantic Club of
Bulgaria. She is also eager to do something
positive and good for the Bulgarian
cultural heritage in National Union “Treasure the
Bulgarian Heritage” and continues to work in the media sector as
manager of the first Bulgarian youth media.
Paola is often trying hard to be a so-called Renaissance person, that’s why she is very fond
of foreign languages, world cultures and arts,
although she never had the patience to learn them
deep insight. While trying to progress, she loves to organize
events and civil campaigns, also adores
discussing, writing, arguing on topics, related
with the Balkans, UN, rhetoric, leadership skills and
...world peace of course :) . She fell in love
Model UN conferences while participating in
Security Council simulation at one of Bulgaria’s National
Model UN conferences. The absolute adoration came
at the Zagreb Model UN (ZAGIMUN) in October 2007, when
she had the ultimate opportunity to meet so many
inspired people and make lots of new lifelong friendships.
People who know her, would describe her as an amusing
person with friendly character, addicted to
traveling whenever it is possible; also she is a typical Leo -
loves to be on top, to be everybody’s boss, with a huge
smile and last but not least - she gets angry very easy. But the
last things are just
Paola’s spontaneous character and desire to
organize people came in a perfect match with
Dimiter’s bright mind, calmness and leadership
gift and they together decided to organize the
first Model UN in their hometown Sofia.
“It's funny. All you have to do is say something
nobody understands and they'll do practically
anything you want them to”, J.D. Salinger,
“Catcher in the rye”
Mandradjiev (Org-com and Ex-com)
Co-team manager, internal affairs supervisor,
fundraising and sponsorship specialist,
Dimiter Mandradjiev is born in Sofia city,
Bulgaria in 1986. His primary education was in the
Baghdad International School under UN guidance in
Baghdad, Iraq. He graduate the prestigious 35-th
language high-school "Dobri Voinikov" in Sofia,
He has a bachelor degree in International
relations program from New Bulgarian University in
Sofia. During his second and third years of
studies he was awarded with scholarships for excellent
Now he's studying for a Masters degree in
In 1999 Dimiter Mandradjiev started to work upon
youth activities. Most of the projects concern
patriotism, education, nature and humanity.
Meanwhile he founded a communication group company
SVETU Ltd. In 2005 he received a gratitude letter
from the President of the Republic of Bulgaria for
the efforts made in developing and accomplishing
initiatives and campaigns with patriotic meaning.
Also he received a support letter by the Bulgarian
prime-minister upon a new movement which he formed
also in the year 2005.
trying to work for a better future of the
Bulgarian citizens by dealing with time
constraints due to the fact that he is a member of
various organizations like
Bulgaria’s UN Association, The Atlantic Club of
Bulgaria, chairing the national union "Treasure
the Bulgarian Heritage".
Dimiter got addicted to the MUN idea in the late
fall of 2006 when he got an invitation to go to a
MUN in Vienna. Since then he has taken part in
both national and international MUN conferences.
The idea to make things better coincides with one
of his characteristics - a problem solver.
He together with Paola have worked for some years
now and after participating at the first Zagreb
International MUN, together realized the need to
organize the first Sofia International Model
United Nations in Bulgaria. In a matter of fact
Paola was the one who started poking him with the
idea to organize SOFIMUN not by November 2008, but
faster than you, I'm stronger than you, certainly
I'll last much longer than you. You may think I'm
the future, but you're wrong-you are! If I had a
wish, I'd wish to be human. To know how it feels,
to feel, to hope, to despair, to wonder, to love.
I can achieve immortality by not wearing out, you
can achieve immortality simply by doing one great
thing! Keep walking...", robot from Johnny Walker
Goranova (Org-com and Ex-com)
Co-team manager, international affairs
Born and raised in Bulgaria, she is currently
finishing her Master Degree in Entrepreneurship at
Amsterdam University. Her educational background
also includes economics and computer technology.
Polina got the "MUN virus" about 2 years ago when
she participated at UNISCA conference as a chair
person at the Security Council. GIMUN and TEIMUN
quickly followed the same year. She considers the
idea for organizing the first Model United Nations
conference in Bulgaria as one of the most exciting
initiatives she has ever undertaken. It did not
take long to Paola, Dimiter and her to start real
preparation for their common goal and thanks to
their entrepreneurial pro-activeness to create the
latest member of the MUN's family.
Polina's friends say they like working with her
because of the constant positive energy she has
and her open-minded personality that helps
innovation to prevail.
"You must be the change you wish to see in the
world." - Mahatma Gandhi
Stoimenov (Org-com and Ex-com)
Co-team manager and ex-com
Born in Sofia in 1980, Ivaylo is an alumnus of the
most prestigious humanitarian high-school
institution in Bulgaria – “St. Cyril Philosophus”
National High-school for Ancient Languages and
Cultures. Later on he obtained a B.A. degree of
Public Relations and a M.A. of Cultural
Anthropology of South-Eastern Europe at the
leading national university - "St. Kliment
Ohridski" Sofia University. Currently he is
pursuing there a Ph.D. degree in Public Relations.
He is involved in youth civil activities since XX
century. In 1999 he was elected a member of the
Students Council of Sofia University and until
2003 he was working voluntarily as a P.R. manager
of the Council.
In 2003 Ivaylo established the Youth Organization
of the United Nations Association of Bulgaria and
up to date is its President. In that capacity, he
has organized and chaired number of national MUN
simulations. Ivaylo has participated in MUNs in
Vienna (Balkan Case Challenge) and Belgrade (BIMUN).
He has also played in the international simulation
Balkan Parliament at the American University in
Bulgaria (AUBG) and has been selected best
delegate in 2004.
Ivaylo considers as his greatest achievement the
participation as a national Youth delegate at the
62nd session of the UN General Assembly in 2008
and the establishment of the Youth delegate
institution in Bulgaria.
He is a member of the Bulgarian Public Relations
Association (BPRA), International Association for
Southeast European Anthropology (InASEA) and the
European Network of Ph.D. students, researching
the civil society.
Ivaylo is actively involved in public campaigns
for protection of the environment and is a member
of the Initiative Committee establishing a new
Green party in Bulgaria. He also works as a
journalist and has publications in various
Bulgarian media. Currently he is working as an
editor of “Maxim”-Bulgaria magazine.
His hobbies include motorcycles (his classic
Yamaha), fitness and football (his team >> Levski
“Either you are enjoying the life or not, it is
mostly probable not to have another one. So, it is
better to enjoy it!” – Lyuben Dilov Jr.
Born on 13th of November 1985 in Sofia Mila is
trying now to finish her Bachelor degree in
International Relations at the University of
National and World Economy, having no idea of
economics. As a member of the UN Association of
Bulgaria she is also trying to change the world by
organizing conferences, international exchanges,
trainings etc. Mila is getting really excited when
somebody mentions words like culture, conflicts,
psychology, disc world.
She was 17 years old when represented Kuwait in
her first National School Model UN. Since then her
love for MUN has been growing day by day and MUN
by MUN. The true love for the East and Asia dates
back to her birth. In 2007 she first attend an
international MUN - C`MUN in Barcelona (Alliance
of Civilizations). Now SOFIMUN is coming…
Mila Begova is a true explorer of everything
different and interesting. She has the need of
affecting everyone with her energy and ideas for a
better tomorrow. That’s why she was one of the
most desirable people to be invited from the
organizers of SOFIMUN. Fortunately, she agreed
immediately and even took one of the hardest parts
of organization- registration and recruitment
manager. Although her attitude towards her work
and the causes she represents is serious that does
not stop her from being cheerful, easy-going and
smiling all the time. Of course she probably has
some bad moments when her anger bursts out but
unfortunately we can't show you an example of
someone who has lived through that.
life revolves around three things: politics,
private enterprising and the preservation of
Bulgaria’s cultural heritage.
2005 he is a campaign manager, well it’s plain to
see what it’s about, managing election campaigns.
Sometimes and especially after the fifth one
in a row he thinks that he is not managing it, but
it’s the other way around. As soon as the
elections are over, he and his colleagues from the
department of political sciences at the New
Bulgarian University, bang there heads at the
question “Why people keep making the wrong choices
time and time again?”. He and his friends are
convinced that there is a world conspiracy aimed
at rendering logic and reason worthless and to
turn the conscious choice, which the voting is,
into unconscious one.
December 2006 he has gained interest in another
area - the preservation and promotion of
Bulgaria’s culture and heritage. So he and some
friends started an NGO called “Treasure the
fare as private enterprising is concerned, in May
2007 he started his own business. Since then he
says: “Moneymaking is a wonderful thing!”
can say that his life has run at a very slow pace
in the last three years, didn’t it? ;-)
Plamena was born in 1983 in Bulgaria.
Unfortunately, no matter how much she loves her
home country she refuses to obey any form of
patriotic calls since it’s practically impossible
for her to stay in one place for too long.
Her first intercultural experience was in her high
school years, since she was the one person to
represent her country in the international
competition for young translators, which takes
place every year in Arpino, Italy.
After finishing High School, she attended a year
of Classical Studies in the University of Sofia,
while in the same time she took an intense course
in Arab language and Philosophy of the Middle
East. Plamena was granted with a scholarship from
the Greek Ministry of National Education and
Religious Affairs and is now in her last year of
undergraduate studies in Panteio University of
Athens, Greece. Her priority sector is
international law with emphasis on the human
rights’ protection. Just a few months ago Plamena
successfully completed her practice in the
structures of the Greek Representation of the
The most precious thing for Plamena is diversity,
which also appears to be a spring of fun and
knowledge. Like most young people today she values
one’s ability to stay open-minded and refuses to
accept any form of cultural, political, economic
or historical cliché.
She finds that SofiMUN is the perfect opportunity
to prove two things:
First, that no two minds think alike and this
gives the perfect opportunity for a positive
dialogue and second, that no matter which part of
the world you call home, there is always someone
on the other side of the globe that will give you
a hand if you need it.
Simple, romantic and full of good intentions (just
like the road to hell, somebody might add).
“Siamo angeli con un’ala soltanto e possiamo
volare solo restando abbracciati” (Luciano de
Accommodation and events manager
Born on Christmas in 1982. Ekaterina is finishing
Masters in Slav literatures and languages at The
Sofia University, Bulgaria. Her interest in
languages occurred while graduating high-school
and getting specialized in French and English.
This interest continues now, divided between
Croatian, Serbian and Slovenian (for easily
contacting with more and more people of course).
Part of those interests was her participation in
two months program in The University of Zagreb,
Croatia. Well experienced in marketing and
promoting, currently Ekaterina is a person who can
be seen on any significant concert or disco party
in Sofia, due to her party character and work in
Bulgaria’s first youth media. While not working or
graduating MA’s, she spends some time in the area
of world and youth organizations as member of the
UN Association in Bulgaria, where finds place to
develop her ideas for saving the world.
Ekaterina’s interests are highly multilateral,
extended from automobile engines through world
cultures and characters to Balkan postmodernism
literature. She adores theatre, opera, cinema and
music at all, but also never misses to discus or
writes about important issues around regional
problems, UN, Europe and Bulgaria, politics,
religions, cultures. Good organizer, Ekaterina is
very well acquainted with event management and
useful places to go and see.
People who know her would give a significant
meaning to the fact that she was born at the
Bulgaria’s seaside, which obviously defines her
friendly, cheerful character, be always ready to
meet new people, be inventive, and also finds the
right way to communicate with all types of people.
There are two things she’s most proud of- coming
from a very united family and still keeping close
relations with her friends from the childhood.
Ekaterina’s organizational and event skills and
addiction to meet new people was the reason to
join the ExCom of SOFIMUN just a few minutes after
hearing for it the first time, while spending
quiet coffee afternoon with Paola and Dimiter. Now
she’s a part of the organization to provide the
first MUN in Sofia as being responsible for
accommodation and events.
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”, Dale
Georgiev (Ex-com) (Secretariat)
Accommodation and events manager
Born in the emblematic 1984, Nikolay graduated one
of the most prestigious high schools in Bulgaria –
First English Language School in Sofia (FELS). Now
he is finishing his studies in Business
Administration at Sofia University, having
completed also a year in Cultural studies.
Being actively involved in the youth activities
since he was 16 as a cofounder of the Bulgarian
Youth Parliament, Nikolay is trying to make the
world a better place, starting from his own
community. Meeting different people and exploring
the world gives him an enormous pleasure and that
is why he is in the frontline in every
Since 2003 he is a member of the Youth section of
United Nations Association in Bulgaria and as such
had the honor to participate in several national
and international Model UN and special meetings.
And of course he liked it…a lot.
His favorite MUN role is the one of an Angolan
representative, with well-distinguished style of
making the atmosphere relaxed and easy-going. Of
course, when necessary, he can be the “bad cop”,
proven in his role of US representative.
Being a part of the team, organizing international
MUN in Sofia was one of his “things to do before I
get into the corporate life”, so now he is
impatiently waiting to meet the participants,
expecting to see some old friends and of course
meet many new ones.
" - The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and
never simple. "- Oscar Wilde
Genova (Ex-com) (Secretariat)
Accommodation and events manager
Petya was born in 1985 in the maritime capital of
Bulgaria – Varna, which is the most adorable city
in the country (as she claims). She finished her
secondary education in a French language high
school and simultaneous she conferred the same
status as a student in an English high school.
Now she is a last year student in the bachelor
program Political sciences in French and European
Integration in the New Bulgarian University.
Petya`s supplementary program is Public
Administration. At the end of her third year at
university she gained a scholar ship, provided of
the AUF (Agence universitaire de la Francophonie)
and spent two months in the Bulgarian Embassy in
Petya`s first meeting with the UN Models was in
2007 during a UN Model organized
in the New Bulgarian University. Then as a
delegate of the General Assembly she was awarded
“The Order of the House First Class for Best
Delegate”. In 2007 she became a member of The
United Nations Association of Bulgaria and a
coordinator of The UN Club at New Bulgarian
Petya describes herself as “realist-optimist”
(something that she has defined). Her open-minded
character facilities her to get close with people
very fast, but her objective way of thinking
allows her to recognize the reliable ones. She
admits that friendship is sacred.
“The chance to be part of SOFIMUN really
challenges me, but it also motivates me because
the problem of young Bulgarians social engagement
personally concerns me. The members of the
organizational team of SOFIMUN are active young
people. Such personalities are able to prove the
skeptics that young people can be true actors in
the public life if they really are determined”.
Yontcheva (Ex-com) (Secretariat)
Accommodation and events manager
Awaiting info to be published.
Prokopova (Ex-com) (Secretariat)
Accommodation and events manager
Daffi was born in 1984 in Sofia. She is currently
working for the Southeast Europe Economic Forum, a
non-governmental organization with the main
objectives to promote the business environment of
Southeast Europe to potential foreign investors
and to facilitate the dialogue between the
governments and the business. Daffi conducts media
partnerships negotiations and agreements with
similar non-governmental organizations and with
profit making companies in the SEE region. She
assists in maintaining media and PR relations on
behalf of SEEF for the preparation in various
events , related with the Europe and South- East
Daffi’s strong commitment to UN ideas makes her
participate in various Model UN simulation games,
such as UNIDO, UN Quiz for the UN Day; UNEP,
„Strengthening of the role of the UN - Reform of
the Security Council”, etc. Daffi is proud of her
active involvement of UN Association Youth
activities. In relation to her active civil
society participation she is a member of
JEF-Bulgaria and the Student Diplomatic Club.
Besides, Daffi manages the EU pages in the Region
Magazine – The Southeast Europe Magazine where she
discusses the EU integration problems in the
Western Balkans countries as well as the problems
in the newly accessed EU countries.
During elections in Bulgarian politics Daffi
proves her expertise in managing elections
campaign for losers only because she manages
campaigns well but the political time is not
favorable for their success unfortunately.
For the period 2003-2007 Daffi has made several
internships with state institutions in Bulgaria
namely the National Assembly, the Council of
Ministers, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the
Agency for Promotion of Small and Medium sized
Daffi holds a BA degree in Political Science from
the University of Sofia ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’.
She is currently studying her MA in Political
Science as well as BA in International Relations
in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sofia.
Besides her mother tongue - Bulgarian she is
fluent in English, German and Spanish.
Daffi is interested in Bulgarian nature and spends
her little free time with friends going to
different cities and villages with ancient history
and cultures and to the Bulgarian mountains. In
accordance with her serious style and character
she enjoys going to operas and operettas.
Petkova (Ex-com) (Secretariat)
Accommodation and events manager
Albena was born back in the year of 1983 in Yambol.
She graduated Yambol Math High School and then
started her way to diplomacy as a student in
International Relations at the University of
National and World Economy.
She is now a M.A candidate in International
Economic Relations with specialization in
Management of International Projects and is a 4th
year Law student at the same university.
Albena enjoys being part of MUN simulations
because of the genuine atmosphere in these events
and the feeling of being a voice of countries like
USA or Afghanistan.
Albena participated in UNISCA, BIMUN, VIMUN and
now is excited to be of the first Bulgarian
international MUN – SOIMUN.
She is waiting to see all of you in Sofia, may be
meet old friends and make new ones.
International delegates manager
Although she was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina in
1986., Ema has been living in Croatia all her
life. She is a third year student at Faculty of
Law in Zagreb.
Her regular life is a strong harmony of opposites:
in the same time strict jurist and politician - a
student-assistant at criminal law department on
her Faculty and a representative in Council of the
Faculty, and a crazy musician - within her hard
Her friends find her both - a hard worker with
strong leadership skills but also a very good and
devoted person with a lot of positive energy that
she is not afraid to show in all occasions – from
the most formal ones, to the ones during drunk
dancing moves on the table.
Ema is a world traveler – she travels a lot, she
enjoys it, and she's got a huge, almost mafia net
of her friends all around the world, which is one
of the most precious things to her.
This friendship with her dear, crazy, loved Paola
and Dimiter came to be the most important reason
she accepted to be a devoted part of SOFIMUN.
She believes importance of MUN is not just
understanding and fitting in the way world
functions today, but doing this with purpose of
using it for necessary changes when they come to
be necessary (and we can all agree those times are
knocking on our doors). Her MUN experience
includes Zagreb International Model United Nations
(ZAGIMUN) and Geneva International Model United
Future delegates, ambassadors, world-leaders can
practice their skills in MUNs having in mind for
all the time one thing – status quo is no excuse
for not making it better. Together, we can do it!
Doing the best we can during conferences,
improving our delegate skills and shaping our
idealism in something that can be exercised, is
one of the best and most interesting ways of a
persons growing process.
Those are the words Ema wishes to spread among all
present or future MUNers - young, smart, strong
idealists can turn a world around, and maybe
really make it a place we all want to live in!
"You can stop me. but you can't stop us all!"
International delegates manager
Boban was born in Kumanovo, Republic of Macedonia,
one quiet, rainy Saturday in 1985. Eighteen years
later, finishing high-school top of his class, he
got a scholarship for the first British university
in Macedonia - Euro College. During his time at
the university, because of his grades, his essays
and the influence on academic life at the
university, he was mistaken for a profound, young
talent. This interesting twist in the early life,
provided him with unexpected opportunities. Soon
he got grants for other courses such as
"Contemporary Philosophy and Art" at Kensington
College, and "Cultural Studies" at London City
College... Graduated from Euro College 2007, with
a Bachelor of Business Administration, top of his
Met Dimiter and Paola at Zagreb for the 2007
ZAGIMUN. Being in the same hotel during the
conference they had to tolerate him, and soon a
friendship developed. When he heard their idea for
SOFIMUN he was overwhelmed and decided to do
everything he can to help them promote it in his
environment. He also participated at THESSISMUN
2008 and SIMUN 2008 where he was awarded "The Best
Procedural Delegate" and "The Party Animal" which
further demoralized his loving parents about
creating a decent man out of him... Participated
at the Balkan Case Challenge 2007 in Vienna, the
DMP at Bled School of Management 2007, Belgrade
International Games 2007, Together Towards Europe
- Skopje, etc...
Eagerly anticipating to see all of you for an
unforgettable MUN experience this summer in Sofia,
"Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering
- and it's all over much too soon." - Woody Allen
van der Stroom (Secretariat)
Marcel was born and raised in the Netherlands
where he is currently finishing his MA in Public
International Law. He specializes in Humanitarian
Law and State Responsibility, a comprehensible
choice after quitting his fighter pilot training
at the Royal Netherlands Military Academy.
Four years ago Marcel caught the MUN virus,
resulting in him representing a myriad of states
and chairing the Security Council, the General
Assembly and the International Court of Justice.
His conference experience includes UNISCA, GIMUN,
OxIMUN, MILMUN, WorldMUN and the European
Parliament for Students. He was the
Secretary-General for the first edition of ZAGIMUN
and is Co-SG for MILMUN ‘08. Next to this he is on
the organizing team of several MUN projects and is
involved in the Dutch UN Association MUN
In “real life” Marcel is an elected member of two
City Council Committees, teaches social studies to
high school seniors and owns a small computer
company. Earlier this year he has also worked as a
Personal Assistant to a member of the Dutch
"I've got an idea… an idea so smart that my head
would explode if I even began to know what I'm
talking about", Peter Griffin
person of Security Council
Long ago: Studying (physics) and working
(IT) in Armenia. Dubbed a geek (AIESEC), a rebel.
Could speak English (in addition to the rest).
Not so long ago: Studying (physics and
business administration) in Switzerland, reading
(sci-fi, politics, history), writing (TakingITGlobal),
participating (Perspective Europe, Balkan
Parliament, MUNs). Could speak German and French
(in addition to the rest).
Now: Working (business development) in
Egypt, reading (ideas, biographies), writing (Blogger,
TakingITGlobal), online activism (Netvibes,
Twitter, Del.icio.us, Stumbleupon). Can speak
(fair) Arabic (in addition to the rest).
Soon: Trying to move to some filthy rich
GCC corner such as Qatar or lamentably poor
setting such as Sudan – in both cases for sake of
local culture, language and opportunities to
benefit from and contribute to!
Co-chair person of Security Council
Iskren was born on December 2nd 1983 in Varna,
Bulgaria. He finished the First Language High
School in Varna with the core subjects German,
English and History. Later he studied
International Relations at the University of
National and World Economy in Sofia. At the moment
he is graduating in International Business
Administration at the Business Faculty of the
Germany. His specialty: Strategic Management and
Iskren’s passion is sports and more precisely -
volleyball. Currently he is playing for the TUSPO
1881 Nuernberg, with which he has just won the cup
of the Bavarian District Mittelfranken. Volleyball
has made out of his leadership-shaped character a
great team player. Bridge is the other code word
that makes his heart tremble.
Enthusiastic traveller Iskren is keen on getting
to know new people, other cultures, and new
languages (for now he speaks only German, English,
Spanish and Russian).
His interest in MUN is relatively new. His first
MUN was in May 2007 in Vienna at the Balkan Case
Challenge, where he represented the United States.
After that only the lack of time prevented him
from participating in other MUNs. That is why he
is so looking forward to the SOFIMUN…
"Don’t compete, CREATE. Find out what the others
are doing and DO NOT do it, or do it differently"
- his last strategic management book.
person of Conference of Disarmament
Andrea was proudly born and raised in Winnipeg,
Canada. Leaving her prairie hometown behind, she
is now pursuing a Bachelor degree in Political
Science and International Relations at Carleton
University in the nation’s capital, Ottawa. This
coming fall she is thrilled to be journeying to
Europe to continue her studies on international
exchange at the Universität Salzburg in Austria.
Aside from her studies, Andrea is currently
employed with the Government of Canada and is a
member of her university’s United Nations Society.
Since high school, Andrea has participated in a
number of Model United Nations conferences, from
Montreal and Ottawa to Geneva and Zagreb.
This past year she was awarded distinctions at the
McGill Model United Nations conference as well as
at the Zagreb International Model United Nations,
where she fell in love with the Balkans. She looks
forward to returning to the region to oversee the
Conference on Disarmament alongside her
“If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you
are going to do is make the rubble bounce” -
Winston Churchill, 1954
Co-chair person of Conference of Disarmament
George was born in the distant 1984 somewhere in
Bulgaria.:) In December 2007 he obtained his
Master's degree in International Relations from
the prestigious Sofia University Law School. For
more than two years, George has been working for
the Sofia-based Centre for South-East European
Studies, where he is in charge of a number of
security-related projects. Also, George has the
opportunity to train himself in topics, related
with one of his biggest interests - the EU - in
the Bulgaria Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During a
Young Leaders workshop, held in the town of Veliko
Tarnovo, George had the opportunity to meet Paola
and Dimiter. Later they were all involved in
another project - “Young leaders Promoting
Bulgaria's New Security Policy” and had to travel
all over the country to brief students on
defense-related matters. It was a very exciting
trip and full of both expected and unexpected
thrills, where he first heard about the
preparation of SOFIMUN and very much liked the
idea to be part of it.
George is interested in international relations
and EU affairs in particular. He got interested in
the UN and its functions from the very first class
at the university and even more so after his first
visit to the UN's headquarters in New York.
George adores traveling and never misses a chance
to visit new countries and interesting places.
Meeting new people is another passion...
Can't wait to see you all in July!
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world;
the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt
the world to himself. Therefore all progress
depends on the unreasonable man.” - George Bernard
person of Economic and Social Council
Ellie is a 24 year old Australian studying for a
combined double degree in Arts and Law at the
Australian National University in Canberra. After
completing her Arts Major in Gender and Cultural
studies, Ellie decided to indulge her passion for
travelling by disguising an eight-month
backpacking adventure as an international law
exchange to the University of Utrecht in the
During her exchange, Ellie discovered the wonder
of MUNs when she participated as the Delegate for
China on the Security Council at the United
Nations International Students Conference of
Amsterdam in 2007. At UNISCA, Ellie was able to
utilise her obstinate personality to debate
challenging and topical international issues,
while also making lasting friendships, and
developing a lasting zeal for MUNs.
Ellie is thrilled to be able to combine her two
passions for travel and MUNs again at SOFIMUN this
July, and is looking forward to meeting all the
delegates, as well as catching up with some former
co-delegates and chairs.
"He wondered, as he had many times wondered
before, whether he himself was a lunatic. Perhaps
a lunatic was simply a minority of one." - Orwell.
Co-chair person of Economic and Social Council
Albena Geleva was born in 1984 in Sofia. She
pursued her secondary education at the National
College of Finance and Economics, Sofia. She holds
a Bachelor degree in Business administration from
Sofia University "St.Kliment Ohridski".
During her university studies Albena was an active
NGO member at the student-run organization
‘Business Club – Sofia University’. She has been
coordinating numerous international events and
youth exchanges and managed the International
Relations team at Business Club.
Albena was awarded with an Erasmus mobility grant
and spent a study-abroad semester as an intern in
Brussels, Belgium. She has also participated in
several multicultural seminars and UN simulations
abroad, such as Balkan Case Challenge, Vienna,
Zagreb International Model UN, Bucharest Model UN,
The Milan International Week, “Clash of
civilizations” in Berlin, Germany, etc. Despite of
her cheerful and very amusing personality and
desire for fun, she never misses a chance to
develop her professional and educational level
with number of training courses - Channel
Management, Human Recourses Management, Master
Class in PR and Advertisement.
Her passions are languages and foreign cultures.
She spends any free minute traveling and visiting
friends around the world. She speaks fluent
German, English and French.
Her professional background is in economics,
project management and business development.
Currently she works for a software company in
Albena is really excited about being part of the
SOFIMUN crew and will strain all her energy and
efforts to make the best of it.
person of United Nations Environment Program
Born and raised in Santiago Chile, "Jun" is
finishing his Master’s in International
Cooperation at Seoul National University. He plans
on pursuing a career in Sustainable Development.
After 2004, Jun moved from Santiago and went to
Alfred University, New York, awarded with a
leadership scholarship. Jun rapidly realized that
he wanted to develop ties with the European
continent and moved to Barcelona in 2005 where he
finished B.A. in Business Communications and
After attending GIMUN 2007, his first MUN, he had
a unique experience and felt he found his calling.
At MILMUN 2007 he received an Honorary Mention and
great preparation. Finally his MUN career peaked
when he chaired the Conference on Disarmament at
Jun has been told that he is a Jack-of-all-trades
and likes to consider that impossible is nothing,
as well as that there is no problem without
"Usually when people are sad, they don't do
anything. They just cry over their condition. But
when they get angry, they bring about a change." -
Co-chair person of United Nations Environment
Born and raised in Bulgaria, Lidiya has been
living and studying in Amsterdam for the last six
years. She graduated with her Bachelor in Business
and Economics in 2007 and is currently finishing
her Master in Finance and following a Minor in Law
(a combination, she believes, no one in his right
mind would follow, which makes it fun), at the
University of Amsterdam.
Even though pursuing a career in finance, Lidiya
is interested in international relations and the
world issues, and believes that a United Nations
student conference is the first step a young
student can take towards learning how to deal with
those issues and maybe later even participate in
the attempts to solve them.
Just like many of her friends, Lidiya also got the
so called "MUN-virus" (highly contagious by the
way) about a year ago after participating in
MILMUN and UNISCA as a delegate. She is really
excited about taking part in the very first model
UN in Sofia and is sure that it will be everything
we hoped for and more.
Besides loving her studies and MUNs of course,
Lidiya occasionally enjoys traveling, drawing,
skiing and her great passion-languages (currently
attempting to conquer the Finnish language).
Her friends would say that Lidiya is very
passionate about what she does and sets her goals
high. She is a people person who knows the
importance of her duties, but still loves to enjoy
"Having once decided to achieve a certain task,
achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste.
The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished
a tiresome labor is immense"- Arnold Bennett
person of Human rights council
Starting with high school MUN conferences back in
1996, Agnes has extensive experience with
participating in as well as organizing MUN
conferences. After enrolling the International
Honours College of the University of Utrecht, the
Netherlands, her MUN-participation started
featuring conferences abroad more often.
Agnes completed her Bachelor degree in Liberal
Arts majoring in International Law and
International Relations with honours. During her
studies she also opted for studying a semester
abroad, which took her to Brno, Czech Republic.
In recent years, Agnes held a number of positions,
ranging from the position of treasurer at the 2005
UNISUN conference to first chair of ECOSOC at
UNISCA 2006, after which she was appointed Deputy
Secretary-General the subsequent year. Recently
she participated in the first edition of ZAGIMUN
2007 as chair of the Human Rights Council, was one
of the chairs of the Economic and Social Council
at GIMUN 2008, and has chaired the Security
Council at MILMUN 2008.
Agnes is currently working for UNPO –
Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization –
as Programme Coordinator UN, which has provided
her with the opportunity to participate and lobby
at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on behalf of
the members of the UNPO. In her spare time, Agnes
enjoys watching movies and is a keen photographer.
“I know, and this is the big problem, that Somalia
is just not such a sexy issue” Mr.Ghanim Alnajjar
– Independent Expert appointed by the
Secretary-General on the situation of human rights
in Somalia at the 7th session of the UN Human
Co-chair person of Human rights council
Dessislava holds a M.A. (cum laude) in
International Relations from Sofia University “St.
Kliment Ohridski” and is currently pursuing her
LL.M. at the Faculty of Law. During her study, she
was President of the Students’ Diplomatic Club and
received a number of scholarships, allowing her to
gain considerable experience while studying
Having developed a strong interest in
international security and conflict studies, she
started her professional carrier as a project
coordinator at the respected Centre for South-East
European Studies, where she was involved in
research on and analysis of security and
defense-related matters. She is now working at the
Bulgarian Council of Ministers as a member of the
team that is responsible for the overall
coordination of EU affairs.
Her main research interests include (but are not
limited to:) ESDP, EU enlargement, SSR and SSG,
regional security, conflict analysis and
international public law.
She adores travelling and uses every free minute
(when she is not reading books about the WWII:) to
explore new places.
Her passion for MUN competitions ignited in 2004,
when she took part in Sabanci University Model
United Nations and her delegation got the first
honourable award. Since then, she has participated
in several international MUN simulations and can’t
wait for SOFIMUN to take place in Bulgaria.
“Today’s human rights violations are the causes of
tomorrow’s conflicts” - Mary Robinson
Youth media "SvetU"
Internet youth media "SvetU" is the most popular
youth internet media among Bulgarian young people.
It has organized various national initiatives and
campaigns and has put the foundations of a number
of movements and ideas together with other
organizations. The organization initiated SOFIMUN
and started the process of preparing the event.
go to the official website...
UNA of Bulgaria
Nations Association of Bulgaria is a national NGO,
established in 1948, dedicated to the promotion of
the UN ideas, principles and decisions, part of
the global family of the World Federation of the
UN Associations (WFUNA). Members of UNA-BG are
mainly diplomats, university professors and
students. UNA organizes Model UN simulations with
high-school and university students since 1999 in
the framework of its program “Civic education in
the spirit of the United Nations”.
go to the official
UN & UNDP in Bulgaria
The official representatives of The United Nations
Organization in Bulgaria. They have given a strong
international support to the SOFIMUN event
together with help on administrative and logistic
go to the official website...
The student council of the faculty of "Journalism
and mass communication" of Sofia University "St.
Kliment Ohridski" have given a big support for the
first SOFIMUN event with hosting the committee
go to the official website...