top of page

What we do

A vibrant student life needs a good student journal – and that’s what we are doing. We put into words what Maastricht’s student body thinks of the world’s affairs.


The Maastricht Diplomat is the town's leading journal for student opinions. It is published by the journal committee of the United Nations Student Association (UNSA). The committee is comprised of around 25 students from various faculties and backgrounds. Next to the online blog, the MD publishes a regular podcast on Soundcloud and on Spotify. Our topics include everything from global to local debates in politics, science, society, and culture.


In our editorial process, every member receives extensive feedback and gets the opportunity to develop their individual journalistic style. The MD is a ground for experimenting and learning. This year, a particular focus of the MD will be on testing new media formats like video and on further developing our presence on social media.

Who we are

Jane Hilgert

Jane Hilgert

Head Editor

Growing up between Germany and the Philippines, as well as the stereotypical high school exchange year in the USA, I am now happily at home here in Maastricht. Currently, I am enrolled in my final year of European Law with a minor in Sustainability and wish to pursue a career in ocean governance. After two years of organising UNSA’s EuroMUN conference, I joined the Maastricht Diplomat as a writer and member of the audiovisual team (follow us on Spotify). As this year’s head editor, I look forward to finding and showcasing my writers’ voices just like I was guided last year.

Charelle Abdallah

Charelle Abdallah

Co-Head Audiovisual

I’m an aspiring filmmaker. I studied cinema in my bachelor and currently studying an MA in contemporary literature and arts.
I am interested in the intersection between art, culture, and politics and how human behavior is informed within this framework.
As I am committed to social justice, I joined the MD as a podcast member two years ago, to bring to the fore social topics that, I personally, think are important to speak up about. This year I will be the co-head of Audiovisual media in the MD; both an exciting
and terrifying experience that I look forward to!

Lee-Ann Lichtenberger

Lee-Ann Lichtenberger

Co-Head Writers

Hey there! I’m Lee-Ann, a second-year Global Studies student from Luxembourg. If you stroll around Maastricht, you will most often find me in a café or the park, immersed in a book while enjoying a nice cup of tea. Besides my love for literature, I hold particular interests in history, politics and environmental issues — topics which also often feature in my journalistic pieces. After being involved in my student paper in secondary school, I’ve joined the MD last year as a writer. Now I am looking forward to a great year as Co-Head and Head Editor!

Anthi Likitsakos

Anthi Likitsakos

Co-Head Social Media

I am 19 years old from the U.S. in my second year of Global Studies. I joined the Diplomat last year because I wanted to find a way to intersect my love of creative writing with my interest in politics, environmental science, and global affairs. In my free time, I love to read and write (no kidding), sing and play guitar, and take photographs. In Maastricht you can find me complaining about the weather, spending money on coffee, or at the kringloop.

Mercure Libbrecht Gourdet

Mercure Libbrecht Gourdet

Co-Head Social Media

I am interested in various topics, such as the climate, art, tech and science. I like to discover new art, nerd out about nature and take pictures of everything I see around me.
On holiday you can most often find me in the mountains, skiing down at breakneck speed or discovering a new city from within. While at home I like to watch films then scour the internet on where I’ve seen that actor before, who designed that costume or on what camera the specific shot was filmed on.

Ana Navarro

Ana Navarro

Co-Head Foreign Correspondence

Sensibility flourishes through word and image. With this in mind, I became a writer of a journal that restlessly works to keep quality journalism as accessible and fresh as it should be. Now, as the co-head of foreign correspondence, we’ll work to broaden our journal’s coverage and expand our understanding of the world from rather decentralised perspectives.

As for me, I was raised between Argentina and Spain, and moved to The Netherlands two years ago. From time to time, I take pictures, write poetry and wake up before my alarm. Now, I (temporarily) find myself in South America excited to reflect through the MD all social, political and cultural developments I’m getting to experience!

Greta Becker

Greta Becker

Writer

I am Greta, 19 years old and in my first year of studying at FASoS. Though I’m coming from a background of creative writing, I am now looking forward to the chance to learn about journalism at the Diplomat. Other than writing, I am interested in arts (over the past months especially photography), going to the museum, playing piano and meet my friends for a coffee or a picknick in the park.

Federica Broggi

Federica Broggi

Writer

Hey everyone! I am Federica, an enthusiastic Italian student currently attending the second year of Global Studies in my beloved Maastricht. What sparks my interest are issues related to human rights and social justice. Namely, I am passionate about gender equality, a topic I look forward to tackling through my creative writing. Besides this, I am fond of photography and tragic-romance novels, I am a huge overthinker and I love keeping myself busy with thousands of tasks. Hence, you’ll most probably see me running around Maastricht with my headphones on playing music out loud, or enjoying my usual cup of coffee … my favourite boost of energy!

Louise Chanut

Louise Chanut

Writer

After quitting my super dull double degree in Paris last year the choice of studying in Maastricht was a no-brainer. And since I am interested in writing about geopolitical and societal issues joining UNSA’s editorial was, again, an evidence. As a current first year student, I am slowly adapting to Dutch cuisine and hoping that I am soon going to feel at home in Maastricht ‘village’. Apart from having the very French cultural habit to grumble as a conversation starter, I am always up for endless and engaging discussions (preferably in a bar and a beer in hand). I am looking forward to working in a team and informing as best as possible the readers of Maastricht Diplomat.

Sofia Cancino Corral

Sofia Cancino Corral

Writer Foreign Correspondence

Hey there! I’m Sofia, a 22-year-old Dutch girl with Chilean and Spanish roots. I’m a third-year European Studies student, currently studying in the South of Spain - Granada to be exact. My main interests include politics, history, pop-culture, and media. I love to philosophize and have discussions on all types of topics, ranging from geo-politics to Keeping up with the Kardashians: I basically have an opinion on everything, and I love writing this opinion down. However, I also like exploring new topics and shine light on different opinions, which is the reason why I joined the Maastricht Diplomat this year in the Foreign Correspondence team.

Hadrian Di Ianni

Hadrian Di Ianni

Writer & Audiovisual Creator

My name is Hadrian, and above anything else I'd consider myself a storyteller. The worlds I create have always been my favorite stories to tell, but growing up and living in different countries (mainly Italy and America) I've come to find stories outside of my own art, and I found the same passion in shedding light on the social, cultural and global issues we might not always be aware of. Although I'm studying European law, my main aspiration is to stay creative (whether that's through film or writing). Most importantly though, my favorite movie is Call Me By Your Name and I love indie music, oatmeal breakfasts and the rain.

Sophie Draeger

Sophie Draeger

Writer Foreign Correspondence

Lisa-Marie Feldstein

Lisa-Marie Feldstein

Writer

Born and raised in Northern Germany, near the Baltic Sea, I am like many other northern people: not talkative at first, but always there to listen and quickly warming up to you, if you are nice. You can also always win me over with tea, book talks and Franzbrötchen to speed up the process. Studying psychology here in Maastricht in my first year, I joined this editorial team to improve my writing skills and explore my interest in journalism, and, furthermore, combine this with other interests of mine. Those (be aware this is only a small list!) include art, history, literature and, of course, psychology - humans are pretty fascinating - if I may say so as a human myself…So yeah, you may look forward to my articles and be a witness to my journalistic progress!

Alodia Heijmans

Alodia Heijmans

Writer Foreign Correspondence

Born and raised in the countryside of France, I moved in the Netherlands, my dad’s country to study European Studies. As I have always been into journalism, UNSA allows me to express my thoughts and my creativity. Now, I enjoy sharing my experiences about my Erasmus in Tallinn in Estonia through the Foreign Correspondance of the journal. Besides writing, I love travelling when my time and my budget allows it, solo or with friends or family, discovering the world is always on my to-do list. When I have to stay home, my pleasure lays in little things such as finding the real gem in a thrift store or planning my next trip.

Pauline Keller

Pauline Keller

Writer

I am a second year International Business student from Germany. Funny enough, I am interested in mostly everything besides economics. My passions range widely from painting, knitting, and cooking to sustainability and women’s rights. I joined the Maastricht Diplomat to improve her writing skills and explore new media of self-expression. In my free time, you can find me scrolling through Pinterest to find inspiration for an upcoming art piece whilst the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack is blasting in the background (from the 2005 movie version of course).

Emre Kupcuk

Emre Kupcuk

Writer & Editor

Chloé Leplatre

Chloé Leplatre

Writer

I am Chloé, a 17 year-old French girl, also a first year student in economics and new to Maastricht. I find peace while watching sunsets, thrifting and going on walks with some music on (recommendations are always welcomed :)). I enjoy talking about astrology (im a scorpio sun btw), literature, fashion and psychology. I also love listening from people’s background and childhood. I am always taking pictures, my favorites are those of people i care about. I want to travel as much as i can, especially in Alaska. I am obsessed with diet coke and the Daft Punk song "Giorgio by Moroder".

Ninetin Lu

Ninetin Lu

Writer

After leaving my home country of Taiwan at the age of 16, I spent many years traveling before
matriculating at Maastricht University as a mature student on the Arts and Culture program, of which I have just started my second year. I have visited over 60 countries in 5 continents. I have been chased by an orangutang, pounced on by a hyena, stalked by a stingray, I have trod on a crocodile, herded
goats, spooked a bear and been slapped by a colobus monkey (okay, one of these is not true...). Dr Johnson wrote that all judgements are comparative. Seeing different places and learning history has
given me a frame of reference against which I can make judgements about the subjects of my writings, judgements not made in comparison to an imagined ideal or future utopia, but rather to what is and has been extant.

Leen Mahayni

Leen Mahayni

Writer & Audiovisual Creator

Hey there, I’m Leen and I love expressing my ideas and emotions through words and other media. This may be through film, drawing and music, yet writing will be always be my favorite. Growing up and possessing roots in the Middle East and Germany is quite a contrast. However, this has fueled my interest in understanding the clash of different cultures and its origins. I consider myself the prime example that studying economics doesn’t eliminate the potential for creative expression, which is why I’m so excited about joining the Maastricht Diplomat. Other than writing, I love playing the piano, skipping the smalltalk, english lit, baking cakes, running, snow and hiking the mountains. In Maastricht you‘ll find me at the Dominican book store strolling through the aisles (usually 6pm), so come and say hi :)

Chiara Matschuk

Chiara Matschuk

Writer & Audiovisual Creator

My name is Chiara, I am 20 years old and come from Düsseldorf, Germany. I am in my first Bachelor's year of European Studies and just moved to Maastricht a few weeks ago. I love how international it is here as I am obsessed with learning new languages, travelling and getting to know people from all over the globe. Here in Maastricht you mainly find me in a bookstore, a nice café or somewhere in the nature. I joined the Maastricht Diplomat to get new journalistic challenges and am really looking forward to support the audiovisual team.

Dorian Müller

Dorian Müller

Writer & Audiovisual Creator

Hi I'm Dorian and this is my first year here in Maastricht. I like to cook and to do sports-although I should that more often. I tried finding a gym for the last three years but no luck. I almost always open for a beer, my smalltalk is mediocre at best and I'm mentally somewhere between a sunny beach and economic topics. I joined the UNSA Journal Committee because I lke meeting new people who different perspectives, spread awareness about certain topics and have a good time with interesting people.

Maya Müller-Perron

Maya Müller-Perron

Writer

My name is Maya and I am (half French, half German) a first-year student at the University College Maastricht. Quite like the typical UCM student, I like to look at the bigger picture of things. In Maastricht, you´re most likely to see me at the market or on a walk at Sint Pieter. Some of my interests are art (mostly photography), heated debates about politics, and amateur philosophical conversations! Oh and above all of that: Chocolate!

Leilani Radaideh

Leilani Radaideh

Writer

I am a third year European Law student, currently doing a minor in Sustainability. I finds interest in art, literature, listening to good music and...oh yeah, law stuff (specifically relating to private law or criminal law and psychopathology). In the future I hope to become a practicing lawyer and freelance writer.

Elena Theile

Elena Theile

Writer

I study Liberal Arts and Sciences in my second year, focusing on psychology, politics and development. I enjoy discussing controversial topics and love that as a writer we have the possibility to speak up about important issues.
In Maastricht I often take strolls outside of the city, discovering new beautiful places in the nature. But I also love doing sports of any kind. When I am not outside, I like to read a good book and try (or rather fail) to teach myself to play the guitar. I am really excited for my time as a writer of MD!

Chiara Wehlte

Chiara Wehlte

Writer & Audiovisual Creator

I am a chatty Italian and German girl doing her Erasmus at Maastricht University. I study international relations and I am interested in politics, European and international affairs in general. I have a passion for acting, being politically active, travelling and chips. And what better way to combine my interests and my chattiness than a podcast?

Jonathan Wijayaratne

Jonathan Wijayaratne

Writer & Audiovisual Creator

I am a Lankan-Sinhalese and a European-French, was born in the Parisian suburbs to two Negombians, and grew up in an ever more multicultural France before moving to Maastricht in 2019 to start a Bachelor's in European Studies. My uni life so far, spent between Maasje, Paname and Montréal, has been a period of (re)discovering myself: claiming back the culture of my roots that I had denied for so long, delving further into what being queer entails, and learning to express my non-binary gender. After two years of looking after the UNSA's marketing and communications, I joined the MD's podcast in 2022 to tell the stories that are dear to me, and I could not be more excited to keep doing so this year!

Simon Wirtz

Simon Wirtz

Writer & Audiovisual Creator

After completing a traineeship in journalism in Germany, Simon joined The Diplomat's audiovisual team in the last academic year. He co-hosted the podcast series 'Abducted Art and Cultural Theft', in which he together with his colleague interviewed several experts on art crime and colonial heritage, following the traces of stolen colonial art to South America. This year, beside volunteering as an editor, Simon will co-host a podcast series about the immensely difficult socio-economic situation in Sri Lanka, and attempt on making a step into the realm of videography. When he isn't recording podcasts, he most likely will either listen to one, play with his dog Luna, or do both at the same time. Simon furthermore enjoys playing tennis, going out for a drink with friends, reading crime novels by Jo Nesbo or any kind of non-fiction book about contemporary sociological topics, and listening to music, with his favourite artists being Bonobo and Christian Löffler.

bottom of page