UMP is the brainchild of Director and Photographer Michael William-Paul. After a brief stint working at the European Union in Belgium in mid 2001, Michael was recruited as a senior media consultant, official photographer and press liaison within the United Nations. He has since then devoted the past ten years consulting on, producing, and developing media related information with an emphasis on South -South Cooperation, North-South Cooperation and support for sustainable development and capacity building in underdeveloped regions. In addition to the recording of world leaders he also has hotographed many of the most recognizable women political and celebrity figures of our time including: President Sirleaf, Jane Fonda, Isabella Rossellini, Shirley MacLaine to mention a few. At he moment he is peoducing a coffee table book called “Women” where he will donate some of the proceeds from sales into UMP’s projects.
In 2009, while on assignment in West Africa he produced the first moving picture installment combining his two areas of work; Fashion and Politics. See article in current edition of MAP Magazine
Sara Co-founded UMP alongside Michael William-Paul and she has been the president for the last two periods assisting several International humanitarian projects and managing securing the pending 501(c)3 status. Her career in modeling has had her modeling for International brands such as STADIUM, TIGI, Sophie Theallet, Make-Up Store etc. In her 20s she became a published author with the successful distribution of To Be or Not To Be the Right Hiring Material? That is the Question. The monograph is a language study regarding the acceptance of the Romany in Swedish society.
Under her management models have not only received assistance with their humanitarian project but have also been placed with principal agencies via A Mother Agency resulting in models working with many internationally recognized clients such as Vogue, Missoni, Project Runway, Arise, Town & Country, E! Entertainment Television, Jimmy Kimmel show, Jones New York, Barneys to name a few
Courtney Hejl entered into the world of modeling and branding upon graduating and receiving a Communication degree from the University of Maryland, her natural and delightful on-camera presence has resulted in commercials or instructional videos for Burlington Coat Factory, Tribeca Film Festival, Dior, Chanel, Pantene, and Burts Bees among others. An active participants in both local and global efforts Courtney is the PR and Media Liaison of UMP and acts as spokesperson on-air in broadcasts showcasing UMP’s involvement and strategic partnerships with individuals, organizations, NGO’s and Governments. A short list of this involvement includes: American Red Cross, Children’s Hospital in Washington D.C., NIH Children’s Inn of Bethesda, MD, USO, Susan G. Komen, Diabetic Research Institute, Habitat for Humanity, WWF, Sphatika Spa and the PRASAD Project®, ECOSOC, Peace & Sport, Word of Hope International, Newark Peace Summit & PNND.
Lisa arrived in New York in May 2010 to undertake a work placement at the United Nations Department of Public Information and joined Universal Models for Peace a year later; bringing her expertise from Masters Degree in International Relations and Political Science at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Melbourne and hands on dedication to community work in her various roles with the Asylum Seeker Resource Center, the Australian Red Cross and the United Nations Association of Australia.
Lisa contributes from a past including working as an executive at an independent, non-profit organization where she was instrumental in obtaining consultancy status with the United Nations. Her main responsibilities with said organization included the management of a development project building safe houses for women and children exposed to violence in northeastern Kenya. She currently is the Manager of Communications Manager at the Swedish Consulate in New York. Lisa works with marketing of the Consulate’s activities as well as other Swedish events in the New York area, handles all matters relating to communications, press and public affairs. Lisa also serves as editor-in-chief of the Consulate website and manages the Consulate’s social media presence.
Lisa is the Director of Communications at Universal Models for Peace; assuring that all communication and outreach strategies reflect the mission and goals of the organization as well as the values and principles of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals for development and sustainability.
Alyn Ware is a peace educator and nuclear abolition campaigner originally from New Zealand – but who now calls the whole world his home. He has established a number of peace education programs taught in New Zealand schools, and was on the advisory board that developed the Peace Studies Guidelines adopted by the Department of Education. Alyn established and directs Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, and is a co-founder of the Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons, a member of the World Future Council and a Consultant for the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.
Alyn has served as a member of government delegations to the 2000 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference and the UNESCO Ministers of Education Conference in Geneva 2001 at which he was Head of Delegation. He has been awarded the 1996 UN International Year of Peace ( New Zealand) prize and the 2009 Right Livelihood Award in honor of his peace education and disarmament work.
David Mladvenovic has worked with the United Nations since 2010 on matters relating to the Millennium Development Goals. He is involved with various non-governmental organizations and has facilitated many expert panels focused on Public-Private partnership. In 2012, Mladjenovic was appointed as Special Advisor to the World Association of Former United Nations Interns and Fellows, an Official United Nations Messenger of Peace.
Michael Jacobson Is President of reelcause.com, a fundraising site for humanitarian causes, and Chairman of the Montessori Model United Nations program, the largest Model UN program serving students 9-15 years of age. For more than 20 years as a humanitarian investor and consultant he has been helping bridge the gap between the for profit and nonprofit worlds. This year MMUN are expanding our Teacher Workshops and Student Leadership programs to the UAE and Oman and adding a unique High School Global Summit. Michael Jacobson is advising UMP in the direction of their Private-Public partnerships with a special emphasis on introducing resources and opportunities that serve a humanitarian purpose while ensuring the project is funded and has a high level of integrity.
Monica Westin founded World of Hope (WOHI) in 1997 by building a preschool and clinic in a rural village called Samsam Odumase, Ghana. Today, her operations in Ghana span a library (open to all), a preschool recognized by the Ghana Education Service, a clean potable water supply program, a female empowerment project, HIV/AIDS awareness education, and sports peer-to-peer education program. Monica supports and advises UMP’s sister program MAP on development work in the field ensuring intentions are met with collaboration with local agents.
Successful plus-size model Tonya Pittman started her career as a hairstylist in Boston. She quickly rose to manager of City Salon Boston, which Boston Magazine named Boston’s Best Salon. Then at only 22, her career took off after she was awarded “Best Men’s Haircut”. Tonya’s success in Boston led her to New YorkCity where she became Soho’s Dop Dop Salon’s senior stylist for seven years. Also during that time, Tonya travelled for L’oreal Professional as a speaker and educator at large hair shows.In New York, her modeling career began when a well-known photographer for Saks Fifth Avenue insisted Tonya participate in a shoot. Within days, Ford Model Management offered her a contract. Tonya rose and soon joined Ford’s top 10 earning internationally recognized plus-size models. Tonya has worked for everyone from Tommy Hilfiger and Hanes to Macy’s, Land’s End, Lane Bryant, Addition Elle and Avenue. Her body of work, in addition to catalog shooting includesprint campaigns, commercials and runway shows at Fashion Week for Marina Rinaldi, Playtex, One Stop Plus, Evans, Hanes, INC, Alfani, and Style in Co. Tonya maintains her success by working for many of the clients whom she started with 12 years ago. Her professionalism, drive and easy demeanor have allowed her to build lasting relationships with clients unlike many other models. Currently, at JAG Models, a spin-off agency after Ford was sold and closed its division, Tonya continues to advance her career and build brand name recognition in the expanding world of fashion. In addition, she is focusing her efforts on matters relating to children and women in 2015 traveling as a Model Ambassador within the MAP program.
Tonya’s past charity work includes cutting wigs for children at the Shrines Burn Center in Boston, giving make-overs to women at a Homeless Shelter with the Dress For Success organization (which aired on an episode of The Real World Boston), and styling hair for the Hair Cares hair show supporting hairstylists living with AIDS. Tonya is married and has a two year old son.
Elin Ledskog combines her expertise from a degree in Masters of Industrial Engineering with a focus on sustainable development and the worlds of Fashion and Media Programs focused on local and global partnership alliances for sustainability. She has a commercially successful background in fashion working for brands such as Elle, Cosmopolitan, Amazon, Target, Louis Vuitton, Glamour, she combines this experience with numerous associations on the sustainable development realm focusing on youth and education. Examples of this involvement includes association with: LSU Swedish Youth Organizations, CISV Youth Exchange in Sao Paulo, Advisory Board member of Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise Alumni network, etc. She is currently the Owner & President of StudentBox, a service delivering wholesome meals to students incorporating program management, youth and sustainability. Elin manages the Northern European chapter and runs UMP’s Sustainable Fashion and Societal Development Program in association with national and local government bodies.
Julia Dunstall is a fashion model from Alberta, Canada, currently with Marilyn Agency in NYC, shes worked for brands such as Balenciaga, Chanel, Dries Van Noten, Yves Saint Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana, United Colors of Benetton, and Bottega Veneta and has been been featured in various publications including Italian, British, and Japanese Vogue, and became the face of See by Chloé and Yves Saint Laurent cosmetics.
Additionally, she has worked as a runway model, walking in shows for a variety of fashion houses, among them Balenciaga, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chloé, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Gucci, Karl Lagerfeld, Prada, and Chanel. In 2010. This past year Julia has been involved in fundraising effort for the English in Mind Institute, a non-profit based in Haiti which works to teach adults the English language in order to qualify them for the workforce and other opportunities. Currently, she is continuing her modeling career and plans travels to help support the making of Patagonia into a protected area safe from development.
Larissa Simpson attended an alternative high school where she designed her own curriculum, focusing on art and community organizing. Larissa has modeled in Italy, Holland, Berlin and Switzerland and has been featured in Glamour, Sportswear International, Vanity Fair, WU Magazine and PIG Magazine.
Larissa lives in Brooklyn, NY and studies film, gender and illustration at Art Students League and through a number of apprenticeships. She’s currently working on graphic design pieces to help further UMP projects’ causes.