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Results:
Date count run19 Mar 2021
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running11
Available positions3
Total ballots66
Valid votes66
Invalid votes0

Count

Round Zihan Xuan Tom Bonaert Nicolas Vogt Alina Dimitrova Helia Anoushiravani Abdulaziz Almarri Annita Petrides Lorenzo Tendron John Morgan Michelle Dolder RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 13.00 2.00 17.00 10.00 3.00 6.00 5.00 8.00 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.50 16.50
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 16.50. Candidate Nicolas Vogt has reached the threshold and is elected. Candidates have surplus votes, but since candidates can be safely eliminated, the transfer of surplus votes will be delayed and candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
2 13.00 2.00 17.00 10.00 3.00 6.00 5.00 8.00 2.00 0.00 0.50 16.50
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after eliminating Michelle Dolder and RON (Re-Open Nominations). No votes are transferred since all eliminated candidates have zero votes. Candidates have surplus votes so surplus votes will be transferred for the next round.
3 13.04 2.00 16.50 10.04 3.04 6.04 5.00 8.24 2.04 0.06 0.00 16.48
Count after transferring surplus votes from Nicolas Vogt. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
4 13.04 16.50 11.04 3.04 6.04 5.00 8.24 2.04 1.06 0.00 16.15
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Tom Bonaert. Transferred votes with value 1.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
5 13.04 16.50 13.04 3.04 6.04 5.00 8.24 0.04 1.06 0.00 16.15
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 2 of eliminating John Morgan. Transferred votes with value 1.00.
5 13.04 16.50 13.08 3.04 6.04 5.00 8.24 1.06 0.00 16.15
Count after substage 2 of 2 of eliminating John Morgan. Transferred votes with value 0.04. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
6 13.04 16.50 14.08 0.04 7.04 5.00 8.24 2.06 0.00 15.82
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 2 of eliminating Helia Anoushiravani. Transferred votes with value 1.00.
6 13.04 16.50 14.12 7.04 5.00 8.24 2.06 0.00 15.82
Count after substage 2 of 2 of eliminating Helia Anoushiravani. Transferred votes with value 0.04. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
7 13.04 16.50 15.12 7.04 10.24 4.06 0.00 15.15
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Annita Petrides. Transferred votes with value 1.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
8 13.04 16.50 17.12 0.04 13.24 6.06 0.62 13.47
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 2 of eliminating Abdulaziz Almarri. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Candidate Alina Dimitrova has reached the threshold and is elected.
8 13.04 16.50 17.12 13.24 6.10 0.62 13.45
Count after substage 2 of 2 of eliminating Abdulaziz Almarri. Transferred votes with value 0.04. Candidates have surplus votes so surplus votes will be transferred for the next round.
9 13.35 16.50 16.50 13.55 6.10 0.00 13.45
Count after transferring surplus votes from Alina Dimitrova. Candidate Lorenzo Tendron has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winners are Nicolas Vogt, Alina Dimitrova, and Lorenzo Tendron.

Number of vacancies: 3

Candidates

Abdulaziz Almarri
- Diversity: Organise events reflective of the multitudinous perspectives that inform our understanding of diplomacy.
- Interdisciplinary Approach: A focus on providing a greater interdisciplinary approach to events/event topics, engaging an audience across all departments at UCL and enabling greater networking opportunities.
- Participation/Member Involvement: Greater focus on providing opportunities for members to suggest/propose ideas for future events.
- Look for opportunities to collaborate with world-renowned think tanks and institutes.
- Organise monthly socials (online and offline).
- More of an emphasis on inter-university and inter-society events, allowing for greater networking opportunities.
- A focus on facilitating increased interaction with speakers, whether on an online or offline medium.
- Career option events: Organise events that showcase the vast career options available within the diplomatic field.
- Yield greater communication through strengthening member-committee communication channels, to ensure that events organised are reflective of members’ interests.
John Morgan
I'm standing to be Head of Events for the Diplomacy Society because I feel I could make a positive difference for our society. I already have experience organizing events in this area. For the past year, I have been an academic events officer for the International Relations Society. In this role, I've learned how to find and invite interesting speakers. I hope to use the skills I've picked up as an IRS committee member for this role. There are several areas I would like to focus on if elected to this committee. As an American citizen, I would try to organize a visit to the US Embassy in London. As Covid restrictions are gradually lifted I would try to prioritize more in-person events. I'm passionate about international politics and diplomacy. My degree at UCL is in politics and international relations. In my free time, I follow what's happening around the world on Twitter and other news sites. Finally, I am very good at organization and managing projects. I feel confident I would do well in this role. Thank you for your consideration.
Tom Bonaert
I am Tom Bonaert, and since the day I was born I have always lived outside and studied abroad from my beloved homeland, Belgium. From these experiences of constant travel, the role of Diplomacy has always played a hidden role in my ability to be where I am today. And as Head of Events I wish to bring speakers forward which not only come to shine a light upon the common understandings and areas of diplomacy, but also in domains which have have been overlooked in the past until the recent events of the past years.

Such areas include the recently talked about ‘Vaccine Diplomacy’, in trying to decide a fair and just allocation of life-saving medication. But additionally looking at the less visible role diplomacy plays in the prominent fields of climate change and water scarcity, and the ways peaceful solutions that it may bring.
I also wish as Head of Events to put forward speakers which observe and criticise about a wider variety of under appreciated forms of diplomacy such as Science and City Diplomacy, which don’t come under the same scrutiny and attention. And therefore I want to give a much broader and appreciated look at the sectors in which diplomacy, a life-saving tool, takes part in shaping the way challenges are approached.
Annita Petrides
I have decided to run for one of the events officer positions for the diplomacy society as I believe that I can organise some really interesting and exciting events! Some of my intentions if I am elected include conducting events examining the role of women in diplomacy and the challenges they may face. I also intend to collaborate with other societies both from UCL but also from other London Universities to organise events that will increase our members’ understanding of the practicalities of diplomacy, and make use of the online format in inviting speakers from different parts of the world!
Alina Dimitrova
My name is Alina Dimitrova and I am a second-year Philosophy and International Relations student. I would like to share that I am madly passionate about all things diplomacy, politics, and the socio-economic contexts of modern societies. I am standing for the position of Head of Events and as someone with more than a year of experience of being in this role, I would like to continue liaising with associates and fellow societies and reach out to high-profile speakers who not only share details about their outstanding careers and entertain the audience but also leave a mark. In the new academic year, I plan to discover undiscovered fields of diplomacy— I aim at offering rich, varying perspectives on current affairs. In addition to getting in touch with ambassadors and examples of excellence in fields such as policy, security and law enforcement, I plan to:
- be able to liaise with the FCO to list and feature open intern positions
- initiate negotiations with the Commonwealth office to try and join the Diplomacy Society to the student-led youth council. The Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) is a youth platform made up of representatives from the 53 members of the Commonwealth of Nations. If the society manages to get classified as a youth-led organisation, it might even be able to elect members of the committee for positions such as regional representative, or ambassador of the council.
As Head of Events, I hope to be able to achieve this and much more. Thank you.
Zihan Xuan
Hello! I am Zi Han, a first-year PPE student running to be one of your Head of Events.

I am running for the role as I have extensive involvement in a range of diplomacy-related opportunities, as a seasoned Model UN chair in Singapore and London, a political analyst at ex capsa, and an incoming intern at the Milken Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan American think tank.

As Head of Events, I hope to demystify the diplomatic field, bringing further clarity and insight for our members. If elected, I will strive for these priorities:

- Inviting more diverse and high-profile panel speakers, including past and current diplomats, academics, and experts from policy institutes

- Strengthening inter-university collaboration with diplomacy societies, such as LSE Grimshaw and KCL Diplomacy, for joint events, socials, and competitions

- Organising in-person trips to embassies and non-governmental organisations such as Chatham House and elsewhere, subject to Covid-19 restrictions

- Initiating an exclusive career hub that enables members to explore and delve into prospective career paths

If any of these ideas resonated with you, I will be grateful if you could lend me your support and cast your valuable vote.

Thank you!
Helia Anoushiravani
Having lived in several countries, I have grown to accept that everyone has a place on this planet. In today’s society where it is too common to focus on differences instead of similarities, I aim to break tradition and work towards fostering harmony between people through diplomacy. My interest in diplomacy has cultivated a passion within me for international relations on the basis of tearing down walls and building bridges of collaboration and trust.

My fascination with foreign policy inspired me to take part in several MUN societies. I established one in my school to share this opportunity with my peers and we qualified to attend the 2020 LSE MUN conference. This experience gave me a platform to share my previous insight of major international players who try more than ever to advance their goals through active dialogues rather than wars of words. It also enabled me to establish lasting connections with other participants and work in teams as a means of reaching collective aims. I believe that there is strength in numbers and will do my part to work with my fellow peers to ensure the collective success of every event.

Having been to many of the society’s events, I want to promote the events in a way that would benefit more people like I did from such unique opportunities. I will also move some of the talks to social media platforms like Instagram and use its IGTV feature as I believe it creates a more welcoming and accessible environment for Q&A sessions.
Nicolas Vogt
Hello everyone, my name is Nicolas Vogt, and I am running for re-election of Head of Events.

This year my events explored a wide variety of themes. They included political and societal developments in the Middle East; migration, terrorism and the impact of COVID-19 in Africa as well as the role of and career opportunities in NATO.

Besides continuing what I have been doing for the past year, I would further like to focus on the undermentioned points:

Since it is imperative that a society like ours organises events that are reflective of the interests of our members, I will send out a form at the beginning of the academic year to all our members where they can indicate which topics interest them. This promotes inclusivity as it ensures that my events respond to the interests of our members as opposed to vice versa.

Additionally, although there was a limited potential this year, I intend to place a greater emphasis on interactive, workshop-based events, and I have already made arrangements with one speaker for a ‘crisis management simulation session’ next year. Since many organisations (or NGOs) are eager to increase their publicity on university campuses, I plan to strengthen and establish constructive win-win relationships, which we can harness in the form of workshops or career-related events.

I would love to continue my work at this society alongside the committee and hope that I am allowed to implement my ideas.
Lorenzo Tendron
Hi guys !☺I’m Lorenzo, ESPS student! I strongly believe I fit this role, as I gained first-hand experience this year and am looking forward to invite even more speakers IN-PERSON!
If you appreciated counterterrorism consultant Mr. Bertin, and are looking forward to meet Mr. Le Roy, former UN under-secretary general and current covid-19 envoy to Africa, as well as fast streamers Ms. O' Brien and Ms. Davey, I'd be grateful if you voted for me☺
Planning those events from scratch boosted my ability to take early initiatives, convince busy guest speakers, whilst ensuring all agendas coincided between UCL's, our society's and the guest speakers'. Through a meticulous organisation, I aimed to give a fresh look to our speakers' events this year. Hence a first focus on counterterrorism, to explore different ways where strategic diplomacy was key, while pairing with zero-tolerance and deterrence.
A success I wish to take further next year is the meaningful speakers' diversity. I plan to better serve interested PhD & Ms students, by organising tailored speaker events once a month to help them on their theses. What about eager 1st & 2nd years? I aim to involve them concretely in society's decisions in 3 steps.
First: - call family meetings monthly to propose relevant events' themes while socialising
Second: - select most valuable career events' speakers through polls
Third: - set up formal partnerships with the best London unis for networking
Meet. Select. Partner. Together☺
Michelle Dolder