Distinguished delegates,

For those who know me, it is a pleasure seeing you in this year’s Thessis MUN, Ι wish you all a fruitful debate. For those who don’t, my name is Dionisis Menagias, Ι am a law student at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and I also pursue a minor International Business degree at Deree – The American College of Greece. Born in 1997 and based in Athens, Ι will be serving as the Secretary General of this year’s NATO.

From the very beginning of my law studies Ι entered the debate world, attending several conferences. These experiences have broaden my horizons, enriched my experience and enforced my principles, taught me discipline, improved my fluency, built up my self – confidence and gave me the necessary equipment to become a citizen of tomorrow. I will never forget the way I defended my views, the passion and enthusiasm I used to feel when I supported the fundamental human rights, the hours of tough debate on several flaming issues, the bombings Ι provoked as Russia (yes, Ι did) and the skills Ι gained. Muhammad Ali once said: “what keeps me going is goals”. There is nothing more important for me than setting goals in your life and strive to achieve them. I have always believed that “the enemy of good is better” so, as a classic type of perfectionist, my everyday life consists of intense efforts to improve myself, achieve my goals and prove that once you believe you can, you are halfway there. This moto took shape for me during these conferences and it entirely changed my perspectives.

Dear delegates, I urge you all to strive for the best, believe in yourself and think out of the box. If you do so, I guarantee you that not only this but every conference you will be attending from now on will be life-changing.

Looking forward to seeing you, wish you all the best of luck.