Head & Coheads
The Editorial Board
Honestly a part of the furniture at this point. Michael is in his fourth year with the MD and loves it more than ever. He enjoys talking about best opening tracks to albums, the finer points of Led Zeppelin, and why vegetarianism isn’t actually that bad. Came for the beers and stayed for the beers.
Peter is a student of European law and has been an editor for the Maastricht Diplomat since 2019. He grew up in Berlin and has obtained a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Bonn University before moving to the Netherlands. His diverse interests include European and global politics, science and technology, jazz, and classical music. Peter will head this year's student politics section of the Maastricht Diplomat.
Valentina is Argentinean but she grew up in France. She lives her life at her own pace and indeed she speaks slowly in every language she is able to speak. She dreams a lot. In fact, she mostly lives in her own world. Sometimes, people think she is weird but she doesn’t care too much because her friends usually like her for these same reasons. She loves cycling, singing, listening to Natalia Lafourcade’s songs and reading the Little Prince. She joined the journal in 2019 to improve her writing and now she is in charge of the social media of the MD. She hopes to become a journalist one day.
Brendan is a proud European who has reared Belgium and Ethiopia and let loose in the Netherlands. He has been serving his time at Maastricht University attempting to get a BA in European Studies (whatever that means). His interests include but are not limited to: games, politics and sci-fi. Also perusing some solid post-apocalyptic fiction from time to time, as it gives him hope for the future. He currently is a Co-head of the Maastricht Diplomat and is running the podcast (follow us on Spotify, Soundcloud, or Apple podcasts). And, almost forgot to mention, greatly enjoys a good cup of tea.
Simon has been with the MD for four years, and was head editor 2018-2019. He is currently doing his master's at UNU-Merit and works also as a research assistant in trade issues. He likes all things international relations, economics and European politics. He values open debate and thinks all students should participate in how the uni is run!
Hey everyone. My name is Stella, I’m Greek/Turk, and I grew up somewhere where it’s summer most of the year. I am a winter person. I can count until 10 in many languages and I plan on moving to counting to 20 maybe. We’ll see. I joined the UNSA initially with my CV in mind but I fell in love with it and the friends I made on the way, which is why I came back. Third time’s the charm? When I’m not writing about sex robots, you will find me watching anime and feminist sci-fi movies and TV shows, cooking or baking, listening to murder podcasts, reading 20th century Scottish poetry or Neil Gaiman. I thoroughly enjoy metal music, Grimes and Pulp too. Also, I may have a slight fascination with plants.
Dan is very British, hailing from nearly all parts of the UK. Whilst he is not good in the sun, it has not deterred him from being a member of the Maastricht Diplomat for 3 years. Dan does not judge on race, gender or sexual orientation but does judge on music taste. Whatever people may say about him, he does not drink too much. *beer can opening*
Cam joined the Maastricht Diplomat because, despite his love for international politics, economics, and social justice, three years of doing Model UN is frankly quite too much for him. Also because he enjoys writing! You can easily find Cam trying to study so many languages at the same time, listening to Ariana Grande hitting high notes, and struggling to cook authentic Vietnamese food in Europe.
Alara is a 22 years old BA European Studies student from Turkey. Born and raised in Istanbul, she currently lives in Maastricht. She has been a part of the Maastricht Diplomat since 2019. When she is not busy with school work, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, cooking, reading, writing, doing yoga, and exercising. She enjoys her life in Europe and looks forward to traveling again once the pandemic ends.
Paula is a Colombian-Canadian thrilled to be studying in Maastricht. She holds a BSc in Biochemistry, and an MA in Gender and Justice, from the University of Alberta. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking arepas (a Colombian gastronomy must), playing board games, learning salsa (which she’s secretly embarrassed about not having learned when she was younger), and getting to know the city. Paula’s interests lie in the area of politics, gender and racial justice, philosophy, environmental and animal ethics, and science and technology studies.
Jan is human. Jan is Earthling. Jan is European and Dutch. Jan is also a second year European Studies student. At least, that’s what he tells everyone. For the most part he follows first year classes, sometimes even for a second time. Jan joined the Maastricht Diplomat a few months ago to improve his writing, meet new people and become part of the Maastricht international community. Jan’s wide variety of interests include European and international politics, Great Britain, britpop, blues, modern art and Love Island UK. He looks forward to writing articles for the MD.
Ethan is a European Studies student, with a keen interest in international politics, and has joined the Maastricht Diplomat in the 2020-2021 academic year. Having been born and and raised in Antwerp (Belgium) for the majority of his life, he has not forgotten his Jewish heritage and Israeli descent which form important aspects of his identity. Ethan enjoys writing investigative & political papers with an explanatory outlook for clarity. Ethan has been writing for numerous years and is also a writer for StandWithUs and the European Jewish Press. Ethan's diverse interests include language-learning, cultural music, technology, working out and bouldering, culinary experiences and horrendous movies. He is also associated with the MD's podcast.
In a nutshell, Charelle is a 24-year-old from Lebanon, holding a bachelor degree in Film Studies and an aspiring scriptwriter/filmmaker. She came to the Netherlands to study Art, Literature and Society at Maastricht University. Joining the MD was not part of her plan, but she did it anyway, and currently she couldn't be happier.
Natasha is a happy African feminist. Born and raised in Zambia she came to The Netherlands to study European Law. She joined the Maastricht Diplomat in 2019 to continue her love for writing. Some of her interests are exploring different cultures, looking at societal norms and how they came to be, tea, cooking and African music. She is enthusiastic about writing for the Maastricht Diplomat this year.
Suzon grew up in France and in Germany. She is a European Studies student and joined the Maastricht Diplomat this year to explore her passion for writing and take part in interesting conversations. She likes to write about social issues and is particularly interested in environmentalism and social movements. In her free time, she enjoys reading and exploring nearby nature.
Parthabi is in her third year of European Law in Maastricht. She joined MD last year, as a way of reconnecting with her passion for content writing. As an Indian studying in Europe, she brings a comparative standpoint to every issue. Her other areas of interest include Model UNs, mooting and academic research.
Teresa is a second-year student at UCM. She comes from Italy, but she decided to leave her home country to come and study in Maastricht. She is really interested in psychology, especially the forensic and developmental field. Teresa recently joined the Maastricht Diplomat, as she always enjoyed writing, and she was curious to explore the world of journalism. Other passions of her include singing and listening to R & B, jazz rap music (especially when it comes to British artists) and travelling. She hopes to achieve as much as possible from this experience with the Diplomat and to have a great time developing her interests.
As an enthusiastic third year European Law student, Marence is always in for interesting conversations. Her love for reading and writing finds its roots in Maastricht, where she grew up in a small village. Besides playing tennis and going for the occasional run, she’s interested in international and European politics, science and culture.