M.A. Candidate – Class of 2020
Having grown up in the Netherlands, a small yet highly interconnected country, I have been exposed to social and sustainable themes and how they take shape in my society. My broad international experience has elevated my interest in these topics to a more global scale, opening my eyes to the necessity of tackling the more wide-ranging societal issues which face an increasingly globalized world.
For this reason, I chose to enroll in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program as supplemental education. The IB program served as my introduction to working in cross-cultural settings, and proved very beneficial during my voluntary work teaching English to children from impoverished areas in Mumbai. I completed a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration, which included a semester-long exchange in Paris. Following my experience in Paris, I grew even more inspired to advance my international education, a wish I was able to fulfill at New York University’s Stern School of Business. During this semester, I took the course “Sustainable business and the new economy,” which was instrumental in growing my knowledge of sustainability and sparking a deeper interest in the subject. It resulted in an undergraduate internship at Unilever, one of the most sustainability-conscious companies in the world, so I could see how sustainable business models are applied and practiced in the global corporate arena. For my bachelor’s thesis, I conducted research on the influence of the inclusion of the UN sustainability goals in investment decisions for pension funds.
Since June 2018, I have been working in a full-time position on the board of the Amsterdam office of AIESEC International, a non-profit organization which operates in more than 126 countries with the mission of developing leadership skills among youth across the globe. Our purpose is to promote peace and help enable the fulfillment of humankind’s potential through cross-cultural exchanges aimed at achieving cultural understanding between nations.
My ultimate goal is to eventually work for the United Nations or a global sustainable company, and to be employed in various parts of the world where I can commit myself to the resolution of global issues.
- Vrije University, B.S.c. International Business Administration, 2018