Prof. Dr. Volker Rittberger (64) is responsible for the NMUN Project. More than 20 book publications and numerous essays reflect the international reputation of the expert in peace- and conflict resolution, who has been a professor since 1973 at the Institute of Political Science. Besides teaching and researching in, among others, Oxford, New York, Potsdam, Washington, Paris and Florence, for more than 20 years Volker Rittberger has been "Senior Special Fellow" at the Educational and Research Institute of the UN (UNITAR) and coordinated projects at the University of the United Nations (UNU). Since 1988 he is a member of the United Nations political advisory council of the Department for Foreign Affairs (AA). From 2000 until 2005 he was involved in the committee on peace and conflict resolution. Ever since Tuebingen started to send delegations to the NMUN he has prepared the participants for the conference through seminars. Prof. Rittberger was awarded the "Landeslehrpreis Baden-Württemberg" for his directing and managing of the NMUN projects (More information).
Reiner Gold (30) is Teaching Associate at the Institute of Political Science and co-organizer of the seminar "The United Nations System". He will support the students from Tuebingen in New York. The former NMUN participant has studied in Tuebingen and St. Louis (USA). During and after his studies, he was involved in the field of advanced training. He organized and taught courses in German, regional- and cultural studies and intercultural communication. In addition, he worked in the field of development cooperation, focusing on Good Governance, promotion of democracy, conflict analysis and results-orientated project control.
Deborah Rice (25) is a student of political science, economics, sociology and American studies. After a voluntary social year on the Philippines and a semester abroad at Trinity College in Dublin (Ireland), she extended her intercultural experience as a delegate of the Tuebingen Delegation 2005. As a member of the committee on trade and development (UNCTAD), she represented the United States of America. Holding a scholarship of the Friedrich-Naumann Foundation and being head delegate of the present delegation, Deborah Rice is looking forward to pass on her abilities and experiences to this year’s delegation.
Patrick Theiner (26) studies political science and sociology. Since 2002 he is student assistant at the Institute of Political Science and already gained teaching experience as a tutor for freshmen. Following internships at the German Centre for Aerospace (DLR) in Cologne and the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, he represented the USA in the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. Patrick Theiner is head delegate and tutor for the NMUN delegation in 2006.