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The organiser team: The CAMELS

Here's a presentation of the organisers, the people who are responsible for all the practicalities of the session. We call ourselves the CAMELS. Why camels, isn't this the High North? Yes, but our name serves as a warning that in not so many decades, camels might be roaming the streets of Tromsø if nothing is done soon to curbe global warming.

CAMELS is actually an acronym for the different teams of organisers: Communication, Accommodation, Merriment, Events, Logistics and Security. Camels have one or two humps, we have six, plus two heads.

We're all looking very much forward to meet you in Tromsø and we promise to do our best to make this session an unforgettable experience for you. Welcome to the High North!

 

  Bent Bakken

  Age: 27

  Role at the session: Head organiser/CAMEL in chief
 
Activities outside EYP:
I'm currently finishing a master's degree in European and American Studies at the University of Oslo. More precisely, I'm specialising in French history and writing my thesis about the Algeria War.

What does this session mean to you?
This session to me is about showing people a new place where probably few of you have ever been. I want to make you all experience what global warming does to the top of the world, and what possibilities this area offers for work, leisure, business and education. I love cold and snowy winters, so I hope we'll be able to stop global warming soon. Or I will move to the High North!

 

  Kristine Ekeberg

  Age: 27
  Role at the session: Head organiser/CAMEL in chief

 

 


Activities outside EYP:
Studying theology at the University of Oslo. Working as manager in Grefsen parish in Oslo. I love cars and spend most of whatever free time I have at a go-kart track close to where I live.

What does this session mean to you?
The High North is important, and more people than those who live there should be aware of the challenges we as Europeans and citizens of the world are facing in this region. I hope that the experience we're preparing for you in Tromsø can be an eye-opener, I hope that some of you will come back to study or work in this region, and I hope you all remember your mittens, because I haven't got any to lend you!

 

  Erik Burton

  Age: 18
  Hump: Logistics

 

 

Activities outside EYP:
I'm currently in my last couple of month of the International Baccalaureate Program, so you won't see me around much during the leisure hours. Personally I love snow (and skiing!!), and I'm distressed as to the lack of snow in Tromsø at the moment (hopefully we will get another meter or two before you all arrive).

What does this session mean to you?
To me the session is important as it properly illustrates the breadth of Europe and the wide variety of geographical areas we are all stakeholders in as the future generation. I believe it to be a wonderful opportunity for all delegates to experience somewhere truly unique and spectacular. My only regret is that the conference is a few weeks to early for us all to enjoy the midnight sun (still, the sun will be up quite long, so bring a watch).
Don't forget to dress warmly!

 

  Alice Jeanette Vatnehol

  Age: 24
  Hump: Accomodation (coordinator)

 

 

Activites outside EYP:
At the moment, I am doing a master's degree in Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen. Currently, I am writing my Master Thesis, on the topic on Minority Rights in the Baltic countries, where I elaborate on how the the relationship between the EU and the domestic scene influences the minority rights' policies.

What does this session mean to you?
EYP has given me a lot, and I hope that Tromsø 2010 can contribute to give you the same wonderful memories and life-changing experiences as EYP has given me. I hope you all will make the most out of the session and take the opportunity to meet new friends, learn something new, widen your horizons, have fun. I hope you will travel home enriched and thinking that you are happy that you are a part of the EYP community and want to continue with EYP. I really do look forward to meet you all!

 

  Anja Stensrud Elverum
  Age: 19
  Hump: Events

 

 


Activities outside EYP:
I'm living and studying in the south of France.

What does this session mean to you?
First of all I want to give the delegates a great EYP experience, but I also want to show Norway and the High North to everyone involved in the session.

 

 

  Inger B. Thommessen

  Age: 19

  Hump: Events (Coordinator and responsible for Euroconcert)

Activities outside EYP:
Attending Sund Folkcollege, studying the UN Major.
Enjoying life, singing and playing guitar at every chance I get.

What does this session mean to you?
Wanting to make an awesome session for all participants, as well a showing everyone what a great country Norway is, despite sky-rocketing prices, and freezing temperatures. Bringing everyone together and experience the true EYP-spirit. Can't wait :)



  Ingrid Sårheim

  Age: 21

  Hump: Communications (PR)

 

 

Activities outside EYP:
I am currently studying International Business at Copenhagen Business School and I am working on resurrecting the National Committee of EYP Denmark. I like teapots and harp music and fresh air, and living in a pancake country I have eventually come to be fond of the mountains.

What does this session mean to you
?
This session is about getting people out of their comfort zone to discuss and see current issues with their own eyes, to experience how their opinions matter and why their inputs are valuable. Additionally, it is about meeting a lot of inspiring people that will probably end up becoming some of your closest friends for many years to come.



  Maria Kristine Göthner

  Age: 19
  Hump: Events, responsible for Euroconcert
 
 
 
 
 
Activities outside EYP:
I'm currently studying at University of Oslo, where I'm taking a bachelor degree in International Relations.
When I'm not doing EYP - I play volleyball and I'm a member of a political youth organisation. 


What does this session mean to you?
To me, this session is about showing how important the High North area is for whole of Europe. And of course, I want the events during the session to be as good as possible!

  

 

  Maria Veske
 
  Age: 21
  Hump: Communications (Pressroom organiser)
 
 
Activities outside EYP:
I'm studying psychology at Lillehammer University College. I like photography and enjoy meeting new people and cultures. I love smiling and I always try to keep my cup half full.
 
What does this session mean to you?
This session is about meeting new cheerful EYP'ers and together with all the old and new friends make Tromsø an unforgettable experience for all of us.



  Mary Hud

  Age: 20
  Hump: Events

 

 

Activities outside EYP:
Since this lady majors in International Relations, she speaks 5 foreign languages. One would tell you she's crazy 'bout dancing and that's totally true as long as her heart beats to the music :)
She can write you a haiku at dawn or treat you with a blueberry pie at dusk. No matter what she does, it better be perfect!

What does this session mean to you?

The decision to come was very spontaneous and as all least expected occurrences usually turn out to be the most exciting ones, that's what I expect from this session.

 
 
 
  Veronika Osmikhovska
 
  Age: 20
  Hump: International organiser
 
 
 
 
 
 
Activities outside EYP:
Studying international economy at the National Economic University of Kyiv. Hobbies: long tennis, books, music, coffee, trips and adventures =) Smile - it is my secret=) Hope to infect everyone with it=) And make this session unforgettable!
 
What does this session mean to you?
I'm waiting for 13 days of trip to EYP world of Tromsø session, full of work and diligences, fun, friends and happiness!



  Maximilian (Max) Karpf

  Age: 19
  Hump: International organiser
 


Activities outside EYP:
Travelling has proved to be my favorite activity. Over the last 12 months I hardly stayed at one place for more than 2 weeks. So whenever I get some rest from my compulsory community service I visit my friends all over Europe.

What does this session mean to you?
High North – High Temperatures – High Energy – High Quality – High flying – High performance – High Output – Highly motivated people – Highly interesting discussions – Highly innovative ideas – High-boiling fun – Simply High-class!!!

 

  Hedvig Ølmheim

  Age:19
  Hump: Logistics
 


Activities outside EYP:
I'm one of the strange norwegians who don't think its cold and dark enough in the south, and therefore moved further north. I now live in Tromsø where I am studying history and Russian, and have spent the past year in this snowy and windy town, looking for northern lights and waiting for the sun to come back.  

What does this session mean to you?
I'm looking forward to show you my town, and I'm sure you'll love it as much as I do. Look around you as you run from one location to another, so you'll get to see as much of the fantastic scenery as possible. And if the winds get too cold, the best way to keep warm is to get close with your fellow EYP'ers

 

  Ingrid Wester Amundsen

  Age: 21
  Hump: Merriment


Activities outside EYP:
Studying political science at uni of Oslo, working part-time as a teacher, making coffee, cutting onions, running on mountaintops, peeling oranges, admiring morning-people.

What does this session mean to you?
This session will hopefully leave all of us lucky contestants feeling more aware and more capable of beeing able to make a personal difference in the biggest challenge of our time; human-created climate change. I hope that seeing with our own eyes the new challenges creatures and people of the high north is facing will make each and every one of us more determined to work for solutions towards a greener, or in this case, whiter planet! I am also determined to make you love my home town as much as I do, and will of course feel a personal reponsibility of leaving each and every one of you feeling merrrrrried.


 

Maria Molvær Nesseth

Age: 18 (but will be 19 by the time of the session!)
Hump: Events


Activities outside EYP:
When not doing EYP, I spend my time working hard to finish my last year of secondary school, pondering upon what I'll do for the rest of my life, working at my part-time job, and at times I play the piano. I find it relaxing. Also, I am the president of the Model UN (sort of like EYP, but with the UN) in my school, so that takes up quite a bit of time as well.

What does this session mean to you?
This session to me is about representing the High North. Once I heard the whisper that there was going to be an IS in Norway, I knew I had to take part in it. I cannot wait for EYP'ers from everywhere to experience the beautiful country we live in, and also for them to see what a toll global warming is taking on our wonderful landscape.

 

Jorg Körner

  Age: Probably
  Hump: Accommodation (International organizer)


 

 


Activities outside EYP:

Atypically for an EYP’er I am a scientist and have a Bachelor degree in Biomedicine and a Master degree in Neuroscience. Currently I am looking for a place to do my PhD. If I am not busy with this or doing EYP, I love doing sports, reading a good book or watching a good movie.

What does this session mean to you?
The session makes it possible to help others grow as a person and grow yourself. First of all I want to be part of the organizer´s team to help set the framework for participants to gain amazing and challenging experiences up in the very north of Europe. And for me personally I want to learn as much as possible to take home and employ for making a great session in Frankfurt in summer 2010. Finally the session means crossing the polar circle, hooray!

 

Sandra Márjá West

  Age: 19
  Hump: Logistics (coordinator)


 

 

Activities outside EYP:
I am currently studying Russian language and history at the University of Tromsø. Other things I like to do is rock climbing, photography and playing the piano.

What does this session mean to you?
Whenever I go to EYP sessions, people ask how it´s possible to live so far north. «Do you even have roads there?» For me this session will be a chance to show fellow EYPers my home town and I hope the setting of the session will give inpiration to a lot of interesting debates!

 

Victoria B. Wilkinson

  Age: 20
  Hump: Merriment (Coordinator)


 

 

 

Activities outside EYP:
I am currently studying at the university of Oslo, where I am in my first year of a law degree. When I am not doing EYP I am enjoying life, skiing, playing volleyball, drinking tea, laughing, sleeping and getting settled in life as a student.

What does this session mean to you?
This session is for me an opportunity, take it and to something with it. :-D

 

Lars Kristian Selbekk

Age: 21
Hump: Merriment


Activities outside EYP:
I'm a 21 year old biology student, soon to become (in four years) a high school teacher, which is the plan. Biology is the study of life, and life is great, so there you have it.

What does this session mean to you?
I will be an organiser in the merriment section, with jolly good mood and a spectacular grin. Each session makes the biology of med (my life) a bit better each time. Im looking forward to grow.

 

  Magnus Skjelmo Kristiansen

  Age: 23
  Hump: Logistics


Activities outside EYP:
At the moment I’m finishing my bachelor degree in Political Science at the University of Oslo. I also play football, and I’m “playing” the violin.

What does this session mean to you?
Since I’ve been more or less involved in this crazy idea since it was born in my lovely hometown Tromsø in 2007 it means a lot. More precisely I would like to show young Europeans that the European boarders don’t stop at Trondheim. I think this session will be an eye opener for many of you, where you will learn to see the value of the Barents area, and the challenges this region and Europe as a whole faces with the current climate changes. Even though this is important issues.

 

Audun Rommetveit Celius

Age: 22
Hump: Accommodation


Activities outside EYP:
I study economics at the University of Oslo, and enjoy sports and music.

What does this session mean to you?
I hope this will be a great session for everyone, and be an experience we will remember for a long time.

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