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Alumni Event | LUC Annual Alumni Event

LUC Annual Alumni Event

Saturday 30 May 2020

On Saturday May 30, the annual Alumni Event will return at LUC The Hague. This time in the form of a symposium of post-LUC experiences. In TedX style, we will have several alumni telling their own professional experiences, academic adventures or personal stories about what’s happened to them since leaving Leiden University College. While some may have directly gone for Masters degrees, others have taken very different roads. If you’re curious about what everyone else has been up to or want to share your ventures, this is your event!


15:00 – 15:10 Welcome and Introduction

15:10 – 15:30 Christine Nikander

15:35 – 15:55 Georgina Kuijpers

16:00 – 16:20 Eline Severijnen

16:25 – 16:45 Jake van Baarsel

16:50 - 17:00 Round- off

If you would like to attend this event, please register here. Keep an eye on the website to stay informed about the speakers

We hope to see you on Saturday May 30th!


Christine Nikander was an International Justice (IJ) major at LUC from 2014 to 2016. In 2016 to 2017, she completed an LL.M. in Global Environment and Climate Change Law at Edinburgh Law School. Since August 2017, she has been an associate at the law firm, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in Amsterdam. Christine has been granted a Fulbright Scholarship and she is enrolled as an LL.M. candidate at Columbia Law School for the academic year 2020-2021. She is in the process of becoming a member of Finnish Bar Association and she also plans to become a member of the New York Bar, after completing her studies at Columbia. During her talk at the Alumni Event, Christine will speak about corporate social responsibility and share her experiences of being a corporate lawyer on the Zuidas for the past three years.

Georgina Kuipers, LUC Class of 2013 majored in World Politics and minored in Political Arts. She went on to do the Research Master’s in Political Science and Public Administration at Leiden University, working part-time at the university's Honours Academy. After graduation, Georgina continued that job by working on higher education policy for a year, and then transitioned into a PhD position at Leiden Law School. Since then, she’s been working on her interdisciplinary dissertation that focuses on compensation policies and trust in government after damages occur from megaprojects such as the gas drilling-induced earthquakes in Groningen or the noise nuisance around airport Schiphol. She says she’s come to view PhD positions as four-year (mostly self-taught) project-management courses and during her short presentation she’d like to tell you about her views on the pros and cons of doing a PhD, and of a career in academia in general.


Eline Severijnen is a member of the LUC Class of 2013. After graduating with a major in Global Justice, she completed a Master’s in Public International Law at Leiden University and a Master’s in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Approximately 4 years ago, Eline joined Save the Children. She first worked at the Asia Regional Office, where she became the Regional Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator in June 2017. She joined Save the Children’s Humanitarian Surge Team in November 2018, where she currently holds the position of MEAL Technical Advisor. During her time with Save the Children, Eline has deployed to emergency responses in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Mozambique, and worked in Haiti for three months. From mid-March to the end of April of this year, she was the technical lead for MEAL and COVID-19, supporting the organisation’s global response to the pandemic.


Jake is a Graduate of the LUC Class of 2014, and former Treasurer of Fortuna Student Association. After graduating LUC, he participated in the Netherlands Asia Honours Summer School program, followed by a year of traveling and a short stint of commercial work as an account manager. In 2015 he moved to Shanghai to pursue an MA in Globalisation and Chinese Economics, finishing the program in 2017.

In 2018 He joined ABN AMRO Clearing Bank (AACB) as a member of their year-long Global Graduate Programme. During this program, he was responsible for the operational support of Interest Rate Swaps desk in Amsterdam, Sent to Tokyo for 4 months to conduct a market analysis on derivative trading activity on the Osaka Stock Exchange, and finally move to London to join the team responsible setting up a Synthetic derivatives trading desk. Currently he’s taken up a long-term position as a business developer for Synthetics derivatives focusing on streamlines operational processes, and help commercial expansion to grow the revenue of the product. 


For questions you can contact us at alumni@luc.leidenuniv.nl 

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