“Good habit formed at youth makes the difference.” [Aristotle]. I have, from a very young age, developed an immense passion for youth development and gender equality. This passion championed my desire to become actively involved with Rotaract and Global MUN. Over the years, I have helped in developing programs and strategies, directed towards youth empowerment.
There are many unexploited avenues through which young people can express themselves, find their identity and belonging. However, there are also many communication barriers that prevent this. I enlisted in the UK Armed Forces and served for almost 6 years. It was through this medium that I sought to harness the requisite training and skill(s) to understand young adults across cultural barriers. Such experience instilled within me a greater appreciation of both differences and commonalities, in addition to the challenges presented by promoting a culture of peace and mutual understanding.
My educational background includes an MSc. in Security Studies from London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, and undergraduate studies at the University of the West Indies and also at Westminster University. There I pursued studies in Politics, International Relations, Journalism, and Linguistics respectively.
Like many others, I would like to see the world humanized. Active involvement in combating gender inequality, marginalization, and radicalisation amongst our youth is needed, as well as urgent action to correct education disparity. The International Decision Making Body, under the guidance of Rotaract Global MUN, provides a platform through which young people can engage in erudite discussions on these important issues, as well as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This, therefore, places 21st-century youth in a unique position to capitalize on whatever limited resources are at their disposal, to engineer change. I am extremely proud to be part of this process.
Mina is a graduate of the University of Belgrade Medical School and currently employed as a medical doctor – with ongoing specialization in Radiology at The National Cancer Center in Belgrade. Currently, a certified International Soft Skill Trainer, Mina intensely supports nonformal education. Being a member of Rotaract club Beograd since 2009 affords her the opportunity to constantly interact with Rotaractors throughout the Balkans. She has also served as Club President in 2014, and a year later, District Rotaract Representative, RID 2483.
Mina possesses exemplary leadership skills and was hugely instrumental in the success of the 3rd Edition of Rotaract Global Model United Nations Youth Conference, held in Belgrade Serbia; August 2015. Mina served as the Project Manager of the conference, that saw Rotaractors from across the globe descending on the city of Belgrade, to simulate the UN councils.
Mina strongly believes that young people should have a voice that is loud enough to be heard by the highest body. Her sincere opinion is that the Rotaract Global Model United Nations is the right place and a great powerful platform for encouraging youth diplomacy and decision making. Mina is the representative of the Balkans and Eastern European region, on the International Youth Decision Making Body. Mina hopes to continue to use her influence across the region, to foster closer relations amongst every young individual, with whom she come in contact.
Adrian Dan Pop
Rotary Club of Baia Mare 2005
Rotaract Chair Rotary District 2241, Romania and Republic of Moldova
Paula Sopoian (25 years old), Past President 2015-2016 of Rotaract Club Baia Mare Team in Romania, has been part of the Rotary family since 2010. Believing in the Rotary motto – Service above Self – Paula is trying to bring a change around her by volunteering in Rotaract Clubs from Romania and other countries.
Graduating from the Babes- Bolyai University in Cluj -Napoca, Romania, from the Faculty of European Studies, she is current a final year student at the Faculty of Law at the same university. Paula is aiming for a career in diplomacy and international relations, being passionate about the field of international relations and global politics. In 2014, Paula together with 3 students from the Faculty of Law were the first team to take part in an international law moot court competition on behalf of their University, since then her appetite for international competitions and Model United Nations conferences opened.
With cheerful and sociable personality, eager for adventure, Paula likes to travel, to meet people who are open to discussions, to experience new cultures and situations that would help her to grow personally and intellectually. Rotaract combines all these elements, being an organization that offers the opportunity to visit different countries, to build relationships with beautiful people and that feeds her passion for volunteering.
Paula is currently involved in promoting the project initiated by her club in 2013, Rotaract Global Model United Nations, which unites young people from around the world at a conference for 5 days. In the debate, participants try to propose solutions to the main problems facing the world today.