My closest friends inspire me the most!
1. If you had to eat one thing for every meal going forward, what would you eat?
Papaya! You either love it or hate it. But I love it!
2. Where do you most hope to visit?
I have traveled a lot already in my life but I have never been to India yet. I am really intrigued by their unique culture and different lifestyle. I am not quite sure if I can handle the extreme differences, but I would still love to give it a try!
3. What’s your dream job?
I would like to find a job in which I can apply fundamental science in an artsy, cultural, and social way.
4. What is your most-used emoji?
The little red heart stands above all of them. But I am also a big fan of the gymnastic girl emoji for expressing positive energy , the good life hand emoji for agreement and being content, the fire emoji to spice things up and the pink flower to ease the tense of conversation sometimes.
5. If you were a fairy and could give one talent to a child, what would it be?
I would like to have them be able to fly like a bird! Or I would let them travel through time. Although the latter option sounds more suitable for when giving one talent to adults, haha.
1. Could you tell us a bit about your background and what you are working on at Refugees Forward?
I did a Bachelor’s study in Chemistry and started a Master’s in Theoretical Chemistry afterwards. This field has slowly changed into Experimental Physics since I went to Lisbon for an Erasmus Exchange last year. At the moment, I am doing my final research project at AMOLF, a research institute in Fundamental Science of atomic and molecular physics. In this research, I examine the interaction of oil with water by a method using a special laser.
Beside science, I have always been quite interested in business as it approaches life on a total different level. So I joined De Kleine Consultant, a consultancy organized by students which gives small enterprises, startups and NGO’s strategic advice. And, I experienced a bit of corporate life during my internship at KPMG Plexus, a department of KPMG that gives advice in healthcare.
Since September 2016, I have been involved with Refugees Forward. In the beginning, I mainly helped starting up the organization. I organized our first Start Up Weekend, guided a team in our 2 month long launch program and helped with designing the Incubators Program we are running now. At the moment, I am quite busy with successfully finishing my Masters. Hence, I am a bit less involved in the program these days, unfortunately. However, I can say that my role within RF at the moment is more like a facilitator.
2. What motivates you in life?
Seeing people following their hearts and striving for the better and best version of themselves motivate me. I think these are very important, but also very difficult. To be in contact with yourself and to really listen to what the pure inner you wants always requires lots of effort. But when I see people achieving that and see that they are fully passionate about what they are doing, it gives me such a crazy energy boost!
3. What did you learn from the people involved in this program?
Through all people I met at RF, I have become to be aware of the fact that a lot of things are possible if you just believe in it and do it. And I am not only talking about business; I think you can apply such thought on everything in life in general.
4. Do you have any key figures in life that inspired or deeply influenced you?
I am not really a person who looks up towards famous people or celebrities. I tend to think, “I do not know their true personality, so why should I look up to them?”. Nonetheless, I do look up to people that manage their lives according to my values: being kind to people, trying to help others, being humble, being open and curious for everything around you, taking advantage of your environment and most importantly, being the purest version of yourself. I think these are also the criteria for me to become friends with someone. And because of that, I can say that my closest friends inspire me the most. Each of them has something really different from me and that is the reason why I like them so much. They show me how to think from a different perspective or what kind of cool things you can do in life. Through this way, they inspire me every day by just being themselves and having their own interests and opinions!
5. Why did you join RF?
When Diederick told he was going to start RF, I was immediately interested. RF really has what I want to do in life: strive for equal chances while using my knowledge with strategic thinking to get the most out of people. Besides the philosophy of the organization, I felt as if there was an instant click between me and the other members of the team.
6. If you picture your perfect future in 5 years from now, what does it look like?
I think this is a really difficult question for me and I personally prefer not to answer it. I do not believe that I can already picture my future in the next 5 years with concrete terms, as I do not know who I will meet, what kind of cool things that life will offer me, and what are the other things out there. I believe that the more I learn, the more I find out the things that I did not know 🙂