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Read the stories of our alumni specialized in Africa here.

Angela Gutierrez Moreno

Alumni dreams #14

After BAIS Angela Gutierrez Moreno went off to New York for four months to do a Marketing course at NYU and learn the American work style in situ.

She then worked for Microsoft customer experience, focusing on the German speaking market and was promoted to Service Delivery Manager with a focus on social media.

In the coming weeks she will move to Dublin, to be a Team Leader at Smartbox Group! She says the intercultural communication skills acquired primarily at International Studies played a crucial role in her professional career.

Enjoy your new adventure Angela!

Veerle van Hooijdonk

Alumni dreams #66

Veerle van Hooijdonk did a marketing  consultancy internship for a local horse riding and outdoor center in Kigali, Rwanda to improve local communities' small businesses through social media marketing and enhancing brand identity and customer relations. 

She was then hired as Online Store Merchandiser at Microsoft in Ireland! Her job is best described as a IT project management coordinator, working together with several teams all over the world, to ensure optimal Online Store customer experience. 

She can apply a great deal of what she has learnt during the intercultural communication course to her work. Veerle enjoys bridging business and IT worlds (webproducers, designers, people responsible for creating the online Microsoft journey) and liaising with several parties. Last year she got to work on a global project and learnt a lot about project planning. Her next step will be an education in webdesign/UX design.

Amazing! Keep building your path Veerle! 

Jonathan van Dijke

Alumni dreams #109

Based on the knowledge Jonathan van Dijke acquired during the BA and his specialisation in Africa, he became very interested in development cooperation. Especially his internship in Kenya was a major driver behind his interests in development work. 

Hence, he chose to pursue the MSc International Development Studies (MID) at Wageningen University & Research where he was also a student-assistant to the Language Policy project.

Jonathan did a 5-month internship with Prisma, a network of Dutch Christian Development organisations. He completed his master thesis on the role of farmers' norms and customs in the programmes of Dutch NGOs. 

He is currently working as a Junior PMEL expert at the Foundation Woord en Daad. PMEL means Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning. In his work he is applying his knowledge and skills acquired in both the BA and MID.

What a perfect mix Jonathan! Looks like you are enjoying adding value in practice!

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