DanMUN was founded 10 years ago by an energetic, eager and close group of friends. After attending an MUN abroad, they came back inspired since they knew that Denmark was lacking a university MUN, and so DanMUN was born. Today, 80% of DanMUN’s founders work for the UN.
The journey towards where DanMUN is today has been far from straight, however the shared belief in, passion for and commitment to the idea of institutionalizing the MUN concept in Denmark, has led to DanMUN currently being an NGO that inspires people.
DanMUN members, from the beginning, have been volunteer students, yearly passing on their knowledge to new students to make DanMUN continuously vibrant and lasting. But what happens to those who graduate and leave the organization?
To find out, we contacted some of the DanMUN founders to see what skills from the association they have brought with them and where they are now.
Who are they?
We had the pleasure to speak with Katrine Sørensen, Julie Høy-Carrasco and Jakob Øster. They are three of the DanMUN founders and, most importantly, they are part of the 80%
Katrine is an Associate Program Officer for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in the Conflict and Disaster Program in Geneva. She manages their sustainable energy program portfolio in Haiti, which mainly focuses on increasing access to energy since less than 12% have access to electricity and it’s one of largest obstacles for development.
Julie Høy-Carrasco started her United Nations carreer in 2011 when she started as a Junior Professional Officer (JPO) for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Nairobi, Kenya. She is now embarking on a new position as Associate Programme Officer supporting maritime law enforcement authorities in Somalia.
Jakob Øster, after leaving DanMUN, was selected for a Junior Professional Officer (JPO) position by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Today, he is an Associate Livelihoods Officer in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Jakob works daily to improve the lives of 50 million forcibly displaced people.