THE SECRETARIAT 2022

The Departments

Chairperson

Luena Ricardo

Chairperson
M.A International Economics, Business and Cultural Diplomacy

Since autumn 2021 Luena Ricardo is the 1st President of Model African Union Bayreuth e.V. She has been a member of the association since 2019, when she attended the annual conference and became acquainted with MAU Bayreuth’s values and goals. During the online event in 2021 she served as the Technical Workshops Commissioner. She holds a Master’s degree in International Economics, Business, and Cultural Diplomacy from Furtwangen University in Germany, as well as a Bachelor of Laws from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. As a Community Engagement Specialist, she is always looking for new ways to connect with people and promote meaningful projects that contribute to social development. She is thrilled to be able to contribute to the organization’s growth and to promote African-related discussions in the academic setting. That’s why she just initiated a MAU Academics series, which started with an event on the 30th of June 2022 regarding Afropean Diaspora.

Admissions

Fatimah Mohammad Ali

Commissioner for Admissions
Bachelor Student in Biology

Fatimah is studying Biology at Bachelor level at the University of Bayreuth. She is the admissions team leader for our 2022 MAU conference and is also part of the finance and culture team. She originally came to MAU with no prior experience and out of sheer boredom, but she soon realized that it was something she grew to love and is now even more passionate about the organization. Besides her passion for traveling and weightlifting, she also loves trying different cuisines and learning more about other cultures. In conclusion, I would like to mention that my goal at MAU is to learn more about the organization and be an important part of it, especially in spreading awareness about the different aspects of African nations.

Sabry Abdelhamid

Member
Bachelor Student in Economics

Sabry is an empathic guy, who studies Economics in his 4th semester. He is half Egyptian and former delegate at the digital Change the World Model United Nations Conference in 2021. He especially values that we uphold the mindset, not only to tolerate other cultures, but to be honestly interested in each others perspectives and needs to contribute to a peaceful future in a globalized world.

Vania Grover

Member
Bachelor Student in Biochemistry

Vania sees Model African Union as an opportunity to learn more about the African culture and its systems from the most authentic source ie. the people of Africa. She thinks of MAU as a space for people with different backgrounds and experiences to tell their stories and as a team knit them into ideas which could perhaps help in changing peoples lives.

Antonia Gustafsson

Member
Bachelor Student in African Studies and Languages

My name is Antonia and I study the BA African Studies. I have never participated in an African Union Model before but it sounds like something really cool! I will support the Admissions team this year and I am looking forward to meeting a lot of people from (hopefully) many different countries.

Alassane Ba

Member
Studies at the Foreign Languages Applied Departement (B.A. level)

Alassane is a Panafrican activist from Senegal West Africa. He organised several times the Great March for the United States of Africa and for one currency (elimination of the West African currency Franc CFA). He did his bachelor studies in order to become an interpreter in English, Spanish and French at the Foreign Languages applied department of the University of Zinguichor (Senegal). The studies also contain substantial cultural background information about the respective languages. Now he does studies in international relations autodidactly at the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar.

Culture

Vania Grover

Commissioner for Culture
Bachelor Student in Biochemistry

Vania sees Model African Union as an opportunity to learn more about the African culture and its systems from the most authentic source ie. the people of Africa. She thinks of MAU as a space for people with different backgrounds and experiences to tell their stories and as a team knit them into ideas which could perhaps help in changing peoples lives.

Chinazam Luke

Member
Bachelor Student in Biology

Chinazam studies Biology like Fatimah in her 2nd semester and completes the trio of natural sciences women power in our association! She’s born in Nigeria and grew up in the harbor city Hamburg. For Chinazam it’s the first beeing engaged in an honorary initiative and she loves to experience the team spirit of a volontary organisation like MAU.

Zenash Keller

Member
Bachelor Student in Culture and Society of Africa with Law in Africa

Zenash, more well known as Cici (pronounced like the Austrian Queen Sissi), was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Germany. Next to her studies, she enjoys traveling and learning about foreign cultures. In this regard she’s especially interested in discussing about the African continent and it´s future.

Fatimah Mohammad Ali

Member
Bachelor Student in Biology

Fatimah is studying Biology at Bachelor level at the University of Bayreuth. She is the admissions team leader for our 2022 MAU conference and is also part of the finance and culture team. She originally came to MAU with no prior experience and out of sheer boredom, but she soon realized that it was something she grew to love and is now even more passionate about the organization. Besides her passion for traveling and weightlifting, she also loves trying different cuisines and learning more about other cultures. In conclusion, I would like to mention that my goal at MAU is to learn more about the organization and be an important part of it, especially in spreading awareness about the different aspects of African nations.

Finance

Viktoria Beerling

Commissioner for Finance
Bachelor in Social and Cultural Anthropology

As a Student majoring in Social and Cultural Anthropology she likes to face different situations on a global perspective. Through her work with MAU she is excited to learn more about the African continent and it’s politics and hopes to spread more togetherness and to break down barriers between people.

Fatimah Mohammad Ali

Member
Master Student in Biology

Fatimah is studying Biology at Bachelor level at the University of Bayreuth. She is the admissions team leader for our 2022 MAU conference and is also part of the finance and culture team. She originally came to MAU with no prior experience and out of sheer boredom, but she soon realized that it was something she grew to love and is now even more passionate about the organization. Besides her passion for traveling and weightlifting, she also loves trying different cuisines and learning more about other cultures. In conclusion, I would like to mention that my goal at MAU is to learn more about the organization and be an important part of it, especially in spreading awareness about the different aspects of African nation.

IT & Logistics

Jan Strohmeier

Commissioner for IT & Logistics
Bachelor Student in Media Studies & Media Practice

Jan initially joined the association in the end of 2016 to try something new and laid the groundwork for the structure and design the website still has today. Being very passionate about music esp. singing, he also organised cooperations with the Swahili Choir Bayreuth for several conferences. This year is the first time Jan is responsible for organising the logistic foundation of the conference and he is well aware of the considerable responsibility. Lightsome he’s facing that challenge in order to contribute a bit to reflected minds and peace in our galaxy. His most respected idol? Master Yoda! “Do or do not. There is no try.” 😉

Kibouni Koné

Kibouni Koné

Co-Commissioner for Logistics
PhD candidate in Intercultural German Studies

Joining the BAYMAU team was an opportunity for him as well as it’s a challenge. It’s an opportunity to diversify his experiences and to practice prior skills. It is also a challenge because it is all about taking on responsibilities and starting to bring about the changes we want to see accomplished in our societies together with other engaged people.

Dagmar Kohlmeier

Member
Master Student in Geography of Global Change

Dagmar became a part of the MAU organization team in 2018. Motivated by the great experiences of the department work over the last four years, once again Dagmar is a member of the PR department in 2022. She is now looking forward to this year’s BAYMAU22 Conference.

PR

Dagmar Kohlmeier

Commissioner for PR
Master Student in Geography of Global Change

Dagmar became a part of the MAU organization team in 2018. Motivated by the great experiences of the department work over the last four years, once again Dagmar is a member of the PR department in 2022. She is now looking forward to this year’s BAYMAU22 Conference.

Anja Kessler

Member
Bachelor Student in International Economics & Development

Anja is studying International Economics & Development (B.A.) at the University of Bayreuth. She joined MAU because she is interested in the growth and work of the African Union. Additionally, Anja is part of Fairtrade Germany’s youth ambassador program ‘Fairactivists’.

Kibouni Koné

Kibouni Koné

Member
PhD candidate in Intercultural German Studies

Joining the BAYMAU team was an opportunity for him as well as it’s a challenge. It’s an opportunity to diversify his experiences and to practice prior skills. It is also a challenge because it is all about taking on responsibilities and starting to bring about the changes we want to see accomplished in our societies together with other engaged people.

Numaira Khan

Member
Masters Student in Intercultural Anglophone Studies

As a Pakistani student of Intercultural Anglophone Studies @ University of Bayreuth, she has been fortunate to get to know Africa through literature. She appreciates their people and a rich culture of art, writing and music. She is also linked with a project on “African Re Source of and African Knowledge in Shakespeare Drama”. Being a Secretary of MAU, I am keen to work along with my team for this remarkable platform to learn and participate, to speak, to write and to come forward to get connected with “Africa”.

TWC

Luena Ricardo

Commissioner for TWC
M.A International Economics, Business and Cultural Diplomacy

Since autumn 2021 Luena Ricardo is the 1st President of Model African Union Bayreuth e.V. She has been a member of the association since 2019, when she attended the annual conference and became acquainted with MAU Bayreuth’s values and goals. During the online event in 2021 she served as the Technical Workshops Commissioner. She holds a Master’s degree in International Economics, Business, and Cultural Diplomacy from Furtwangen University in Germany, as well as a Bachelor of Laws from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. As a Community Engagement Specialist, she is always looking for new ways to connect with people and promote meaningful projects that contribute to social development. She is thrilled to be able to contribute to the organization’s growth and to promote African-related discussions in the academic setting.

Anja Kessler

Co-Commissioner for TWC
Bachelor Student in International Economics & Development

Anja is studying International Economics & Development (B.A.) at the University of Bayreuth. She joined MAU because she is interested in the growth and work of the African Union. Additionally, Anja is part of Fairtrade Germany’s youth ambassador program ‘Fairactivists’.

Ibrahim Bachir Abdoulaye

Member
Master student in International Relations

Ibrahim is a political analyst with a particular interest in Turkey’s Africa policy. He previously worked as a journalist in international media and as a researcher in think tanks before pursuing his Ph.D. at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies. Ibrahim is passionate about academic debates and issues related to Africa.

Edidiong Ibanga

Member
European Interdisciplinary Master African Studies (EIMAS)

“Africa is home for me.” Edidiong feels obligated to represent Africas concerns and loves to share the beauties of the continent with the world. Her main interests are in gender and women’s issues. She hopes that she can shine some light on the possibilities that exist for women in/from Africa, and why they should not be hindered (in any way) from attaining these. MAU is one way to do so.

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