Aldert Holwerda

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Aldert Holwerda


Financial Controller


Name: Aldert Natanaël Holwerda

Age: 25

Place of birth: Dronten, Netherlands

Language spoken: Dutch, English

Graduate University: Tilburg University

Graduate program: Mater’s in Finance




Name: Aldert Natanaël Holwerda

Age: 25

Place of birth: Dronten, Netherlands

Language spoken: Dutch, English

Graduate University: Tilburg University

Graduate program: Mater’s in Finance



Get to know Aldert

What is it that you do at Refugees Forward?

Head of finance. Responsible for the financial reporting of Refugees Forward.

What is the best thing about Refugees Forward?

Empowering the refugees. After my visit on Lesbos in spring 2017, I saw what talent we qualify as refugee, and hence find scary or see as a threat. When I came back in NL I wanted to contribute to an organisation whose goal it was to give refugees a different face; not the one of a refugee, but the one of a valuable human being. Therefore, I joined Refugees Forward’s initiative.

What are things that make you happy in life?

Sport, Education, Personal development discussions, Seeing other people succeed.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

In 10 years I want to have contributed to sustainability in the food-chain, and being able to further grow towards building my own company.

If you could give us one piece of wisdom, what would it be?

When you reach your goal, your goal wasn’t challenging enough.