SAM CROOKS

Director of Conferences

Samuel has a longstanding passion for international affairs. While still at school, Samuel developed a strong interest in the European Union, and as a winner of the 2016 Rotary Ireland Youth Leadership Development Competition was selected as of twenty-four young delegates to represent Ireland at Euroscola 2017 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

At university, this enthusiasm for international cooperation encouraged Samuel to join Cambridge University United Nations Association (CUUNA) in October 2019, where he has served as Speakers Officer since November 2019 and Welfare Officer since February 2020. In March 2020, Samuel was a founding member of CUUNA’s External Relations Committee and currently serves as its Sponsorship Officer.

Having attended UNA-YP meetings as a delegate since June 2020, Samuel was elected to the position of Director of Conferences in September 2020. In addition to organising online events throughout the year, Samuel also intends to organise and deliver the inaugural summit of UNA-YP, the UK UN Youth Summit. His aim for this inaugural summit is to help consolidate UNA-YP and its work, providing delegates with as varied and inspiring an experience as possible to set a valuable precedent.

Samuel intends to raise the profile of a dynamic UNA-YP and successful UK student engagement with the UN not only at national but also European level. To this end, he leads an ambitious project to organise and host at least one of either a WFUNA Youth Meeting or WFUNA Youth Seminar in the UK for the academic year 2021/2022. Leading members of youth UNAs from the UK and across Europe will be invited to attend. If realised, this project presents students with the opportunity to exchange ideas and best working practices with their European peers and form lasting connections.

Background

Samuel studies Modern and Medieval Languages (French and German) at the University of Cambridge. His preferred subject area is the history of German-speaking Europe since 1750, an area in which he hopes to specialise in future years. For the academic year 2020/2021, he is studying Germanistik, Vergleichende Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft as an Erasmus student at the University of Bonn in Germany, taking modules on topics ranging from medieval German literature to Scandinavian Studies. Samuel is also a keen musician, singing in recent years as a member of his school’s Chamber Choir which won BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year 2017 and as a Choral Scholar in the chapel choir at his Cambridge college. He also plays piano and violin.

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