My name is Elena Krylova and I was born on the 16th of December, 1989 in the city of Dubna, Moscow Region, Russia. Upon graduating high school in Dubna in 2007, I decided to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (aka MGIMO-University). In August 2007 I got matriculated at the School of Political Science and obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Politics and Political Expertise with the command of foreign languages: English and German (B.A.) cum laude in 2012. My research interests spanned the field of conflict studies, globalization, and urban governance. The topic of my Bachelor thesis was “The Role of Urbanization in Internal Armed Conflicts in Contemporary Developing States”. Moreover, during my studies at the MGIMO, in the academic year 2010-2011 I was doing an exchange year at the University of Tuebingen in Germany. Upon obtaining my Bachelor’s degree, I set my mind on furthering my studies to a Master’s degree in the field of Human and Urban Geography, and I was happy to be admitted to the Faculty of Chemistry and Geography Sciences at Heidelberg University. I began my M. Sc. program in October 2012 and it is currently in progress. Besides a major in Geography, I am currently pursuing a minor in Transcultural Studies. My research interests span urban geography, e.g. sustainable urban development and right to the city movement, and geo-informatics. Besides my academic career, I have been involved with the Model United Nations movement since 2009. In 2009-2012, I was a member of the Secretariat of the “Moscow International Model United Nations (MIMUN)” and was involved in organizing three MIMUN conferences. I was very pleased to receive an invitation to participate in the first Model United Nations Security Council conference in Baku this October and I am looking forward to it as an exceptionally enriching experience, where one can learn from other participants as well as share his/her knowledge with others.
Natalia Motorina Born in 1991, I graduated from the lyceum 143 in 2009. I am in my fifth year of studies at F.M. Dostoevskiy Omsk State University. My future major will be “Regional Studies” with specialization in Western Europe and languages. Two years ago I started to participate in Model UN conferences and felt so attracted to MUNs that last year I became a part of organizational team of Omsk Model UN 2013. During that MUN I had an honour to combine the roles of the HRC Chair and Secretary General. Apart from MUNs my current interests include reading (both books and articles), participation in educational events other than Models UN (Forums, Student Weeks, conferences, Summer Schools), travelling, ballet and baking. Among the latest educational events I attended were lectures on Japanese History of Theatre and Culture given by professors from Tokyo (September, 2013), The St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (July-August, 2013), and International Week in Ilmenau (June, 2013). This year I hope to take part in more MUNs, to get to know new people and countries, and to expand my knowledge of the world!
I was born in Russia in 1989 and lived there for 14 years. My family was travelling a lot and I changed quite a big number of schools and classes. It taught me to be flexible, interactive, easy-going and social. So the basic principles of my life were established there. Then in 2004 we moved to Azerbaijan. Here I got my bachelor degree in Public Administration at the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (2006-2010) and master degree in IT Management at Qafqaz University in cooperation with Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden (2010-2012). In Azerbaijan I have taken an active part in various projects and activities held by such organizations as IRELI Public Union, Azerbaijan Young Scientists, Post-graduates and Masters Union, National Budget Group, Future Studies Society and Millennium Project, OSCE Academy in Kyrgyzstan, Lithuanian Society of Young Researchers, and so on. Moreover, I have been a participant of the intellectual games What?Where?When? and Brain Ring, different simulation projects, summer and winter schools, Azerbaijan Business Case Competition, Human Rights School, Azerbaijan Foresight Futures Studies Course, etc. Since 2008 I have been working for different local and international companies. It gave me a chance to get a great experience in different business spheres such as education, entertainment, IT and telecom services, oil and gas, public administration. Currently I am a Chief Accountant Assistant at National Oilwell Varco Pte Ltd Azerbaijan Branch and lecturer at Department of IT and Systems Engineering at Qafqaz University. Finally, I just would like to say that I am very communicative, independent, creative and take charge person with excellent team building skills, who is able to easily get along with people of different backgrounds.