Key Member Profiles

Key Member Profiles

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Judith Cunningham

Judith Cunningham is the Founder and Executive Director of Montessori Model UN. Judith founded MMUN to help students find their voices, take action and build peace as a way of honoring Maria Montessori’s legacy and implementing her dream of world peace.

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Michael Jacobson

Michael serves as Chair of the MMUN Board of Directors and Business Manager. He worked in collaboration with Judith Cunningham to help craft the operational structure supporting the founding of the MMUN program in her vision. In addition to serving as Board Chair, Michael acts as the liaison with the Ambassadors and UN leadership that support MMUN during the course of the year between conference dates.

Gabriel Forestieri

Gabriel Forestieri, MMUN Director of Training, holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Carnegie Mellon University, MFA from New York University and the AMI Adolescent Credential.

Gabriel began working with the MMUN at the first conference in 2006 in NYC and has worked in a cross section of capacities in support of the organization. Gabriel shares, ”As I became more and more inspired by the amazing work of all the delegates I wanted to become more involved. I started to work on the Bureau and then eventually moved into teacher training. Coming from a Montessori background and having been inspired by the work of Montessori, I decided to attend the NAMTA Adolescent Orientation. From this research I developed a deeper understanding and appreciation for how special MMUN is and how perfectly it fits with Montessori’s vision for peace through education. I am honored to continue sharing this work of helping to give voice to the next generation of MMUN participants.”

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Giacomo Forte

As MMUN’s Regional Director in East Asia, Giacomo supervises and coordinates the activities of MMUN participating schools throughout East Asia. He collaborates with schools in their development of MMUN Summer and After School Programs designed to prepare their students for MMUN conferences.

As Montessori Education at the Elementary and Middle School levels is new to Asia, Giacomo also acts as liaison with the various Ministries of Education to assist them in their support of MMUN and MMUN’s Global Peace Curriculum.

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Xinping Li

Xinping Li is the Regional Manager for Montessori Model United Nations in China. She is also a producer for an Educational TV Station. She has distinguished herself as a pioneer in the field of education documentaries. She has made a significant and unique contribution within television production and education in her country, where she is the only one to have filmed so extensively western education. She won three First Place National Chinese Awards for her documentaries on Montessori Education.

Xinping has played a major role in promoting and developing the Montessori Model United Nations program in China that has provided Chinese students with a remarkable opportunity to enrich their lives and the lives of others.

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David Drouin

David holds a Bachelor of Education from York University in addition to a Master of Arts from the University of Windsor. After teaching in the Toronto District School Board for several years he attended the AMI Montessori Orientation Program to Adolescent Studies at the Hershey Montessori School and became an advocate of Montessori’s philosophy. With over ten years of teaching experience in MYP, IB, Montessori and Canadian public schools, he has a breadth of knowledge that helps him understand the needs of teachers. He has worked as an educator internationally in Mexico and Peru and has experience working with students in primary and secondary schools. David is responsible for curriculum development and partnering with other team members to create educational support systems for both teachers and students.

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Cintia Veneza

Ms.Veneza is a graduate in Accounting from the University of the State of Bahia – UNEB. In April 2010, she served as Senior Registrar for the United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice held in Bahia, Brazil. Cintia’s first experience at MMUN was in 2012 serving as a volunteer for the conference services team and translator for Spanish speaking delegates. She has been a member of the MMUN team ever since.

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