African Union (AU) – Intermediate Committee

Established in 2002 to replace the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the AU is a continental union comprising 55 countries on the African continent. The AU seeks to spearhead Africa’s development and integration, through achieving greater unity and solidarity between African countries, promoting peace and security on the continent and advancing democratic principles and institutions, among others. Current discussions centre around Agenda 2063, which is the AU’s strategic framework for the socioeconomic development of the continent for the next 50 years. In OxIMUN, this committee will convene as the annual AU summit.

Topic 1: Economic Integration of the AU

Topic 2: Combatting the Threat of Piracy in East Africa

Your AU Chairs

Lise Theunissen - Headshot

Lise Theunissen

Lise is a law student at the KU Leuven in Belgium. Her focus is on European and international public law. Next to MUNs, she is active in the board of the Royal Olivaint Conference of Belgium, an independent leadership organisation on governance issues. In her free time, Lise loves to sail, travel and engage in public speaking.

For her master’s thesis on the legal aspects of economic integration in the African Union, Lise will visit the seat of the AU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She looks forward to challenging every delegate equally and to ensuring a high quality of debate.

Katharina Wodenitscharow

My name is Katharina Wodenitscharow and I will be your chair for the AU!  I am half Austrian and half Bulgarian and I will be doing my Masters in International Health Policy at the LSE. I enjoy going to MUN conferences because you get the opportunity to discuss important political issues and meet like minded individuals from all over the world. Outside of MUN I love travelling and getting to know people from different backgrounds and cultures. I am extremely passionate about the politics of emerging market and developing countries. I hope that in our committee you will have the opportunity to come together with delegates and come up with innovative solutions whilst making new friends!

I am looking forward to meet you all at OxiMUN 2018!

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