THE SECRETARIAT 2020

Chairpersons

Chengetai Choto

Chairperson
Bachelor Student in Sport Economics

Chengetai Choto studies Sport Economics at the University of Bayreuth and is currently in her first semester. In addition to being Chairperson, she is also a member of the cultural department. Next to her studies she enjoys watching sports, going to intimate concerts, going to music festivals and traveling. She was previously a member of MUN when she was in High School where she was Head of Administration. She is looking forward to organizing the MAU 2020 Conference and hopes to have fruitful discussions about the African continent at the event.

Dyoniz Kindata

Chairperson
Master Student in African Verbal and Visual Arts

Dyoniz Kindata is 24 years old and a Master student of African Verbal and Visual Arts with the focus on Swahili Studies at the University of Bayreuth. He is also a Tanzanian poet and writes extensively in Kiswahili, his mother tongue and one among the official language of the African Union. It has to be mentioned that, Mr. Kindata is well versed and versatile in leadership positions. While being at the University of Dar Es Salaam where he pursued his Bachelor in French and Swahili Studies, he occupied a number of positions such as General Secretary of Gender Club 2016-2017, International Relation Officer (PRO) of Rotaract Club of Mlimani in 2017 and General Secretary of Swahili Club in 2018. Apart from being a leader, he was also an active member of different clubs at the University of Dar Es Salaam, to mention a few, active member of Youth of United Nations (YUNA), French students Association of Tanzania and Chinese Club.
In his few words he says that “I have a strong passion, keen interests and profound experiences in organizing conferences, conducting and participating in critical debates about Africa and Leadership”.

Finance

Orhero Ansel Omamuyovwi

Commissioner for Finance
Master Student in History and Economics

Orhero Ansel Omamuyovwi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics & Statistics from the University of Benin in Nigeria. He is currently a Master of Arts candidate in History and Economics at the University of Bayreuth. Prior to commencing graduate studies, he worked as a Research Assistant with the Directorate of Research and Statistics of the Economic  Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Abuja, Nigeria. Whilst at ECOWAS, he was a part of the ECOWAS-UNECA team that developed the ECOWAS Statbase and participated in the ECOWAS-ILO workshop for the development of a sub-regional decent work programme for the ECOWAS region. Mr. Orhero has a keen interest in African issues and actively seeks to participate in activities that are pivotal to the development of the continent. The foregoing explains why he joined MAU. He hopes that this year’s conference will further expand the knowledge of non-Africans and Africans alike, about the African continent.

Michelle Epps

Member
Master Student in Sociology

Michelle was one of the first Members of Model African Union Bayreuth and is still a committed member. The idea to give african people and those who are linked to african countrys the possibilty to discuss on continent related issues, inspired her from the beginning. In MAU Meetings one could see people that want to create a change, that are also committed and are broadly interested. For her MAU is a small piece of the change we need for a better future. To get together, start the discussion and overthink past developmentes and create common ideas for the future, to have a vision. The Model African Union Bayreuth Conference is the frame that makes this possible.

PR and IT

Dagmar Kohlmeier

Member
Bachelor Student in African Development Studies in Geography

Dagmar became a part of the MAU organization team in 2018. Motivated by the great experiences of the department work of the last two years, once again Dagmar is as a member of the PR department in 2020. Next to this position, she was voted as the Secretary of the Model African Union Bayreuth e.V. association team. Dagmar is looking forward to this years BAYMAU20 Conference with the theme “Made in Africa” hoping to frame new narratives about the African Continent by looking at solutions and innovation from Africa for a globalized world.

Ole Esseln

Member
Bachelor Student in African Development Studies in Geography

Ole was chairperson of las year’s BAYMAU conference. He began participating in the association in 2018 when he started his studies in Bayreuth. Before his engagement in the association he took part in the conference of 2018 as a delegate. He wants to keep up the inspiring and connecting spirit of the Model African Union Conferences in Bayreuth. His special interest is the African continent and its rising. Further, he has been a one-year volunteer in Tanzania.

Admissions

Jakob Trappe

Commissioner for Admissions
Bachelor Student in African Development Studies in Geography

Jakob is 20 years old and studies African Development Studies in Geography in his first semester. He absolved a voluntary service in Agona Swedru (Ghana) for eight months in 2018 and is interested in current issues regarding the African continent. Therefore he joined MAU in 2019, because of a general fascination about the idea behind MAU, the international character of the conference and the way how it is organized as a students project. That is why he is excited to start his work in the admissions department and expects to get new inputs in the discussions during the organization process and the conference and to make new international contacts.

Henrike Haggeney

Member
Bachelor Student in African Development Studies in Geography

Henrike is in her first semester of African Development Studies at the University of Bayreuth. She has always had a great interest in the African continent and gained some impressions of the challenges, but also huge chances there, are while spending some months in South Africa and Uganda.

This year’s theme of MAU is especially exciting for her, as she is interested in sustainable development when looking at the challenges of our time. To her, the exchange of different perspectives and discussions about global issues are a great opportunity to broaden everyone’s´ horizon.

Franz Stiegler

Member
Bachelor Student in African Development Studies in Geography

Franz Stiegler is 21 years old and studies GEFA in Bayreuth in his first semester. He is member of the admissions department of MAU. His interest for MAU comes from his one year stay in Uganda and the focus on Africa in his GEFA curriculum. He is very motivated to be part of the organization of a big conference and is particularly looking forward to meeting many interesting people at the MAU conference in 2020.

Culture

Maxwell Sango

Commissioner for Culture
Master Student in Development Studies

Maxwell Sango studies Development Studies at the University of Bayreuth in his third semester. He is from Cameroon and interested in showcasing the very diverse African culture(s) to the world in aspects of music, film, language, arts, dressing and lifestyle. He is also interested in how cultures influence each other. Maxwell joined MAU because it is a good platform to showcase Africa and promote African Development.

Jeannot Ekobe

Member
PhD Candidate in postcolonial Literatur

Jeannot is interested in everything about Africa. Not only in its so-called facticity but also, and particularly, in its dynamic. MAU is for him a platform where he can meet motivated people engaged with issues about Africa. People bring their experiences and ideas together in order to participate in the great journey of imaging Africa.

Seyi Tiamiyu

Member
Master Student in History and Economics

Seyi Tiamiyu is a Master’s student studying History and Economics at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. He is passionate about telling an authentic African story through various multimedia platforms and techniques. He is a also a part of IDEA AFRICA, an organisation poised to tell a unique African story. He will be working at the Culture Department for the upcoming MAU.

Hannah Pentz

Member
Bachelor Student in International Economics and Development

Hannah Pentz is 20 years old and studies international economics and development at the university of Bayreuth in her first semester. Her one year stay in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia has sparked her interest for the African continent and it`s political challenges. She is very excited to be part of the culture department for this year’s conference as she’s looking forward to meeting people from different backgrounds and having vivid discussions.

Logistics

Xhona Hysa

Member
Master Student in Development Studies

Xhona is currently pursuing her Master in Development studies. She is particularly interested in the African region due to her involvement and experiences in the continent. For instance, her last experience in Zambia further increases her motivation to participate in MAU to better understand and encourage the development of African societies. Xhona believes that MAU is a great opportunity to get in touch with different cultures and a way to perceive important issues from an African perspective.

Nelly Hölter

Member
Bachelor Student in African Development Studies in Geography

Nelly already participated in the finance department of last years MAU Conference. During the Conference she supported the members of the logistics department and by this experience she is motivated to officially be part of this years logistics department and contribute to a successful conference.

Sophia Hoch

Member
Bachelor Student in African Development Studies in Geography

After being part of the Logistics department at last year’s conference, Sophia is full of new optimism and enthusiasm of organizing the upcoming conference. Even though planing and organizing the entire event is very stressful, to see what the whole secretariat has been working on together and what important topics have been discussed with different people from all over the world is worth all the efforts.

Friederike Weyhing

Member
Trainee in occupational therapy

Friederike studied at the University of Bayreuth for one year. Before, she was volunteering 15 months in Tanzania and was travelling four more months in South-Eastern Africa. During this time, she realized how important it is to talk about political and social issues to different people, to open your mind and to reconsider your way of thinking. She is happy to be a part of MAU for another time because in her opinion MAU is offering her exactly that opportunity. This is why she is excited about this year’s conference and is looking forward to interesting discussions and cultural exchange.

Workshops

Ngozi Edeagu

Member
PhD candidate in African History

Ngozi is a PhD candidate in African History and a Junior Fellow at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies. As a university lecturer in Nigeria, she has a strong interest in impacting and improving educational opportunities for young people on the continent. Ngozi also brings her previous work experience and contacts in corporate society and the global community to bear in her work for the Model African Union. Her current research which explores literacy and communications in colonial Africa aims to have present policy implications on the continent. Therefore, it will provide useful historical contexts for African governments to understand socio-economic environments that have led people to debate and act on issues that affect them as Africa marches towards its Vision 2063.

Clemens Gürtler

Member
Bachelor Student in Philosophy and Economics

Clemens is currently studying Philosophy and Economics at the University of Bayreuth. Having previously gathered conference experience at various MUN’s he’s looking to translate his experience into the making of MAU. He gathered international experience during his studies abroad. He’s interested in the developmental approaches of African nations and MAU is an outstanding forum to get to know all kinds of inspiring personalities. As part of the Technical Workshop Committee he looks to bring in speakers that can transfer the excitement and inspiration for international change and leadership to the participants.

Paula Bünger

Member
Bachelor Student in Philosophy and Economics

Paula is studying Philosophy and Economics in her Bachelor’s degree in Bayreuth and a member of MAU since 2017. She experienced the conference as a delegate, as the conference’s chairperson in 2018 and as a chair of the ECOSOCC committee last year. What she especially likes about MAU are interesting and inspiring discussions with a focus on Africa and meeting new people.

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