Our team




Diederick van der Wijk

Diederick van der Wijk

Co-founder & Managing Director
Contact: diederick@refugeesforward.org Diederick has studied International Relations at the University of Amsterdam and International Management at the Erasmus University. He has spent a considerable amount
David Hwan

David Hwan

Co-founder, Finance Director & Student Relations
Contact: david@refugeesforward.org David has a background in Philosophy and Tax Economics. He has worked at the University of Amsterdam at the Economics and Business faculty, teaching
Laura Di Santolo

Laura Di Santolo

Business Developer & Relationship Manager
Laura has finished her Masters in International Management at the Erasmus University, and has also studied at the University of Taiwan. She worked as a
Sunny Byun

Sunny Byun

PR, Media & Marketing
Sunny is the youngest member of the team, and only recently started with her bacherlors in International Busisness and Management studies. Don't let her age
Tim Leijten

Tim Leijten

Business Developer
Tim is currently doing his Masters in Financial Economics, after he finished his MSc in Fiscal Economics. Having plenty of corporate experience, both at PricewaterhouseCoopers
Raquel Lorenz

Raquel Lorenz

Co-founder
Contact: raquel@refugeesforward.org Raquel has studied Political Science at the University of Amsterdam and is currently finishing her major in Philosophy. Raquel is also the co-founder
Marloes Bistervels

Marloes Bistervels

Head of Operations
Contact: marloes@refugeesforward.org Marloes has a background in Chemistry, with a current specialization in Molecular Simulations and Photonics. She has worked as a Project Manager at
Martijn Gaasbeek

Martijn Gaasbeek

Business Developer Refugees Forward Groningen
contact: martijn@refugeesforward.org Martijn finished his Master degrees in Small Businesses & Entrepreneurship. He started his own IT-company GEAP, and is currently developing Refugees Forward Groningen.