2020 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Francisco Rios Viñuela
Listen, in order to maintain air-speed velocity, a swallow needs to beat its wings forty-three times every second, right?
– Guard #1, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Fran spent the first years of his life in a small mountainous village and moved to Salamanca, where his family is from, when he was 8 years old. Even though for most of his teenage years he kept saying he wanted to be a doctor, spending one day in a hospital made him change his mind and left him lacking a sense of direction in life. Out of sheer luck he ended up studying Translation and Interpreting (his second choice was Physics) and it turned out to be the best decision he ever made. With another turning point in life approaching, he hopes to follow the correct path once again, and his experiences in Munusal will surely help him take the right decision.
Following a long personal tradition of having too much to do and then complaining about it, he first participated in Munusal as a journalist, and after seeing the nice environment in the ExCom decided to join the team for the following edition. He has since been part of Munusal and has participated in different conferences here and there.
Other than an obvious interest in law and politics, he is a geek that loves learning random facts about languages, playing music (although he doesn’t practice as much as he would like) and enjoying a good book, preferably one of the many Spanish-language books he studied in high school and never had the time to actually read and enjoy.
He is looking forward to welcoming all participants, veterans and newbies, old friends and new acquaintances alike this next April and to provide them with the best MUN conference they’ve ever seen.
Elena Velar Rojo
Mistakes" is the word you're too embarrassed to use. You ought not to be. You're a product of a trillion of them. Evolution forged the entirety of sentient life on this planet using only one tool: the mistake.
– Robert Ford
Still figuring out how MUNs work, Elena is willing to make sure every participant enjoys Salamanca as much as she does. Born and raised in a small village far up in the north, she left for the depths of Castile to pursue a career in Translation and Law (while reminding herself that participating also counts).
Other than studying and complaining about how much she has to study, she enjoys dancing to folk music as a fellow member of The Shire, hating on romcoms and doodling (drawing sounds too professional when looking at the output).
Only one edition of MUNUSAL was enough to draw her attention into this fascinating community of students that are busy enough but still have the time (or the guts) to engage in extracurricular shenanigans. Learning, meeting new people, working hard and partying are the four main attractions of this wonderful experience.
Helped by the best ExCom team somebody could wish for, she hopes (and knows for a fact) that this edition of MUNUSAL will be as compelling and edifying as the last one (but less than the next).
Pablo Moro Valbuena
TREASURER & INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS
Principles are like prayers, noble, of course, but awkward at a party.
– The Dowager Countess of Grantham, Downton Abbey
Pablo was born in 1996 in a small town in the north of Spain, but in 2014, just after having graduated from secondary school, he decided to move to Salamanca in order to study Translation and Interpreting. One year later he would be living in southwestern Germany, where he enjoyed the old wonderful city of Heidelberg: one of the best experiences of his life. But after eleven months of (intense) Erasmus experience it came the time to return to reality.
Back in Salamanca, he also started studying Law and —thanks to MUNUSAL 2017— discovered the MUN world, where he immediately felt at home. In MUNUSAL 2017 he participated as member of the Press committee, and he enjoyed it so much that he resolved to apply for Editor-in-Chief one year later. As member of the Secretariat, he got more involved in the MUNUSAL world, so he decided to become part of the ExCom.
Other than loving taking part in MUNs, he enjoys reading random information about everything that is happening in the world or that happened at some point in the last centuries, travelling as much as he can and meeting friends. Well, and food. This is also very important. Participating in a MUN is a good opportunity to do all that at the same time, so the only thing he regrets is not having discovered it before.
Lía Castillo Suárez
Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.
– Sophia Loren
Lía was born in León, a small city with -according to her- the most beautiful cathedral and the best tapas in the world, from where she run away as soon as she could. No hard feelings.
She first discovered MUNs while attending to ESADE’s Law Summer School, but they made little impact on her. This changed last year, when she moved to Salamanca to pursue a degree on Law and discovered MUNUSAL.
Participating in 2018’s conference as a journalist, Lía fell in love with Model United Nations, especially with the Press Committee, which she strongly recommends.
Now a Technological Business Management and Computer Engineering student in the Pontifical University of Salamanca, this enthusiastic girl is ready to make MUNUSAL 2019 the best MUN ever!
Andrea Chamorro González
Chaos is not an abyss, is a ladder. Many who try to it and fall to never try again. Some have the opppotunity to climb and hold on.The ascent is the only thing there is.
– Petyr Baelish
Andrea was born in 1998 coinciding with the day of the French Revolution.
She began the career of Political Science at the University of Salamanca and there he found his vocation: international relations. Her major speciality is Africa and over time he is expanding her knowledge to other themes and regions. She has the ambition to constantly know what is happening in the world. Last year she participated in MUNUSAL representing the Republic of Malta. This year she has joined our EXCOM as a mistress of social networks.
His favorite hobbies are reading, playing video games and talking using references. In short, she drinks coffee and knows things.
Estibaliz Delgado Olivera
Knowledge is power
– Unknown person
Estibaliz, is a cheerful young adult who was raised on a humble city located in the north of Spain, Leon. She decided to move from the North to Salamanca and nowadays she is attending the second year in both degrees Law and Politics in the University of Salamanca.
As she loves meeting new people and wanted to debate about the most controversial worldwide issues she moved to this historical city inquiring into being part of a team and surprisingly founded MUNUSAL!
Estibaliz participated in BIMUN 2018, considering it as an incredible first experience as a member in the trilingual committee in the G20. As a second contact with MUN she was part of the European Council in MUNUSAL 2019.
Out in spare time, She loves making sure she always has time to sport! As she considers that mind and body should be fusion on wealth to be glad. Furthermore she is passionate for travelling- nor without adventure time- to explore, meet and go through new enriching cultures, as a reward on her own daily life.
Being part of the MUNUSAL ExCom she is looking forward to have fun, wishing to attain an interesting knowledge about the worlds’ quandary and, of course, an amazing group of unforgettable people whose fanaticism for debating truss up them forever.
TREASURER & INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS
All life is a series of problems which we must try and solve
– Lady Violet
Carmen was born in 2000 in a little and beautiful town near Madrid from where she run away as soon as she could to began her degree in Global Studies. She was aware that was a wonderful opportunity and immersed herself in Salamanca by taking part in a lot of things and meeting a lot of fascinating people.
In her free time, you could find Her reading, watching period dramas,listening to any Spotify recommendation, travelling and learning German.She discovered MUNUSAL during her first week at university and after her first Mini-mun she became completely fascinated with Muns. The idea of defending a position that is against her own and tries to understand it was fascinating to her She wants everyone to enjoy MUNUSALand Salamanca.
Lucía Gómez de la Dehesa
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
Lucía was used to spend 2/3 parts of the day in a saddle, but this changed when she decided to study Law in Salamanca and she got to know MUNUSAL. It seems nothing will be the same again!
She never gets angry, well, hardly ever, and she enjoys talking about almost everything, as long as you're the one starting the conversation.
It is her second year in the ExCom, and if this next edition is anything like the past one, she will cry, laugh but overall have the time of her life: and she will try her best so that everyone does too.
Get ready for MUNUSAL 2019 because she is the one in charge of waking up the party animal that exists buried deep within all of you!
Rocío Hernández Domínguez
A thing named is a thing tamed.
– Joanne Harris
Rocío was born in 1999, in a cold winter day when fresh snow covered Salamanca’s golden streets. She deeply loves her city where she’s lived, learned and made friends from all over the world.
On the one hand she’s not overly fond of sports, animals or music, but on the other hand she makes up for it with an everlasting love for languages, different (and not always distant) cultures, books, videogames (and everything that allows her to shoot virtual arrows at things), sewing (strangely enough) and art and all things that are pretty. This is her second year studying politics while trying to start studying law (without too much success in the later endeavour, admittedly).
Working as a delegate in an international organisation has been Rocío’s dream-job since she can remember, so obviously she was quite over the moon when she discovered the existence of MUN’s the year before starting university and couldn’t wait to participate in her first mini-MUNs and MUNUSAL's 2018 edition. She absolutely adores debating, especially when the goal is not to win but to understand a different point of view and to reach a common conclusion –or not. Her first MUN was an intense -albeit short- experience after which she decided to join the ExCom to make sure other people are able to enjoy MUNUSAL and her home city Salamanca as much as humanly possible (or more!).
Ángela Hernández González
You have great ideas, your ideas.
Ángela was born in Salamanca in 1999. Currently, she is a third-year law student who has no clue about what she wants to do after she is done with her degree. She hopes to make up her mind doing an Erasmus next year.
She is the middle child of a family of three sisters. Ángela got to know MUNUSAL thanks to her older sister, who is a MUN lover. Her first MUN experience was a MiniMUN about prostitution. After that, she participated two consecutive years as a delegate in MUNUSAL. Representing Cuba in the Human Rights Council was especially fun.
Apart from MUNUSAL, another life-changing experience was a trip she took around Europe last year with her friends. Ángela holds special memories of Munich and Zagreb. Some other facts about her are that she likes listening to podcasts, her favorite color is yellow, and she drinks tons of water a day. In her free time, she also loves going out with her friends and taking cozy naps.
This year she decided last minute to join the Ex-Com and she is more that excited to see MUNUSAL behind the scenes. She hopes to make MUNUSAL an enjoyable and memorable experience for everyone.
Víctor Hernández Hernández
You can sit on the throne , that doesnt make you a ruler , only means you have an arse.
– Jericho Swain
Víctor was born in Salamanca in 1994. Currently, he's a student of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Salamanca but he also studied Graphic Design and Building Projects (like Architecture). He first heard about MUNUSAL when a friend spoke about their experience there. He liked the idea and he didn't hesitate to join in. His first experience of MUNUSAL (it was a Mini-Mun about the "Junta de Valladolid") corroborated his decision to take part in the association.
His intentions in MUNUSAL are: improving his public speaking, meeting new people, learning to organise an association or group... all this things in pursuit of developing his Magnum Opus (life project): a new worldview or political philosophy. He thinks that the MUNUSAL experience and its contributions can help him in his project.
Apart from the MUN world and political aspirations, he loves music (discovering new music and some day, he would like to learn to play the drums). He also loves graphic design, art , philoshophy ... He's willing to talk about any topic to satisfy his curiosity. He is looking foward to welcoming you in Salamanca next April.
Rodrigo Matías Martín Martín
Justice will prevail, you say? But of course it will! Whoever wins this war becomes justice!
– Donquixote Doflamingo
Born in Salamanca in 1999, he is at 4th year of Political Science degree, and deeply interested in geopolitical conflicts, especially at the eastern Asia ones. After this last year at Salamanca he doesn’t know exactly what he is going to do, but he wants to go to Barcelona or Japan. But the things that he really loves to do are play videogames and the Netflix marathon days.
Introduced in MUN by his friends, and after participate in his first MiniMUN he doesn’t think twice before participating at MUNUSAL 2019 in the Europe Council, an amazing, but short, experience that make he wants to join the ExCom to make another people to feel the amazing experience that he enjoyed.
Paula Notivoli Cabezas
Walking in a straight line one can not get very far.
– The Little Prince
Paula was born in a small village in the Pyrenees, called Benasque. When she was only 15 years old, she decided to go abroad and study in Dublin for a year. After completing International Baccalaureate, in 2016, she moved to Salamanca to study Law but after two years she realised it was not made for her. Fortunately, last year started a new degree at the university: Global Studies. Paula, who loves everything related to international issues, did not think twice and applied for it. Now, she is thinking of doing Erasmus next year, for the moment she will enjoy being part of the MUNUSAL ExCom.
She discovered the world of MUNs in her first year of university, but it was not until last year when she decided to participate in every miniMUN. Of course she loved them and took part in MUNUSAL 2019 as a delegate in the UNESCO committee
Apart from her studies and MUN experiences, Paula is a cheerful girl, you will always find her with a smile on her face. In Salamanca, she likes spending her free time with her friends having a beer but, if the weather does not allow it, she likes cooking delicious dishes or reading a book with a cup of tea. At her hometown, she enjoys skiing in the beautiful landscapes of the Pyrenees.
Cristina Palacios Garrote
Think, believe, dream and dare.
Cristina was born in 2000 in the cold and cute little town of Burgos. She is a second-year bachelor’s student of Global Studies. Within her field of education, she is particularly interested in how migration can be managed, education and history.
Cristina got sucked into the MUN world in February 2019, after taking part in her first mini-MUN. She did not give a second thought when applying for MUNUSAL 2019, though her participation was higher in the socials than in the caucus, she would not change the experience.
Cristina is a sweet lover, when she is not tagging her friends in the sweetest instagram and twitter giveaways, she is in the kitchen baking delicious desserts. Besides finding her in the kitchen baking, you can easily find her at any party, especially at the most local ones drinking Calimocho, her favorite drink, a very Spanish and simple one: Coca-Cola + Wine.
María Lagares Romay
“There’s always a bigger fish.”
— Qui-Gon Jinn
María was born in Galicia in the year 2000, she lived in a really small village next to the city until her last year of high school when she decided to spend a year in the US. After her experience in the States her life plans changed completely and she went from wanting to study arts in her old city to starting Global Studies in Salamanca. In a future she hopes to also study Law.
María’s experience with Munusal is really short, being 2019’s edition her first one as a representative In the security council, that’s when she fell in love with Munusal and decided to join the Executive Committee.
During her free time she enjoys reality shows, Star Wars movies and playing tennis. You can always find her at the socials asking for some tequila.
Celia Rodríguez Romero
Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself
Born in 2000 in Madrid. Moved from the big city and fell in love with the small town of Salamanca. Where she currently studies law and politics. Yet, she’s still looking up to move out of Spain at a time. Passionate about international law and institutions, MUN’s seem to fit right in with her pursuits.
Going for her second year of college, and more than motivated to continue with her MUN track. Which started a year ago when she decided to jump in, going to her first conference, BIMUN/SINUB eV. Overall, MUN’s so far have been nothing but rewarding. Not only because of the learning process that comes along with it, but also because of the amazing people that she’s gotten to meet throughout her short but intense MUN experience.
For this upcoming year 2019/2020, she’s getting even more involved in this MUN world by entering the Executive Committee of MUNUsal. As a new member of it, she’ll be working with the rest of the ExCom to make MUNUsal 2020 one for the books.