The Evolucio Board consist of five graduates of Leiden University College The Hague.
As an independent organisation for and by LUC alumni, the Evolucio board is in the unique position to pursue specific goals for the alumni community, LUC students and the future of the college. As this is an important aspect of the nomination procedure, each new board member has a specific role and goal in mind, to work on during their time in the baord.
Central themes that the Evolucio board has been including, are:
- Getting Evolucio started (role of alumni in LUC community)
- Promoting socio-economic diversity at LUC (role of alumni with scholarships)
- Connecting Evolucio (how to best connect the expertise of alumni with each other)
Edward van der Hout — Board member (Chair)
After helping Felipe van de Kerkhof revive Evolucio in 2019, Edward has taken over the position of chair in the expanded board of 2020. Back at LUC often enough that Lieke Schreel once asked whether he “had a life”, Edward is filled with passion for the college and its graduates. His goal as chair is to make Evolucio something that every LUC graduate will be proud of and will be able to turn to when needed. Currently a MSc student in Industrial Ecology at Leiden & Delft, Edward has stuck close to his EES roots. He currently enjoys reading in the sun, playing with data, and can often be found in the kitchen.
Reinout Huizer – Board member (Lustrum)
After graduating LUC in 2016 with a major in International Development, Reinout pursued a master degree in Urban and Economic Geography at Utrecht University. Reinout currently works at the Dutch Ministery of the Interior and Kingdom Relations as a Rijkstrainee. He joined Evolucio in 2020 as Lustrum Coordinator and is in charge of the involvement of alumni in the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of LUC.
Līza Leimane – Board member (Events)
Līza first joined the board in 2019, helping Felipe van de Kerkhof and Edward van der Hout in establishing Evolucio once again, after a few years of silence. Having graduated from LUC in 2015 with a BSc in Sustainability, Līza went on to study more on environmental law and currently works on climate change policy. She currently enjoys reading and shorter hikes, given the travel restrictions.
Tessel van der Putte – Board member (Editor & Communications)
After graduating from LUC in 2016 with a major in World Politics, Tessel worked in Amsterdam for two years as the Cultural Policy Director of the Jimmy Nelson Foundation, where she led international projects about Indigenous culture and knowledge. She holds a master degree in International Law and Human Rights from the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica and is currently working for the ICRC in Geneva. After joining the board at the beginning of 2020, Tessel has been in charge of the monthly alumni highlight stories.
Jonas Le Thierry – Board member (International Hubs)
After graduating from LUC in 2017, Jonas worked as a Communications Consultant in Germany, where he developed and managed national media campaigns for a diverse set of clients. His interest in urban communications, motivated a transition to a participatory urban consultancy, working as a tangent between people and public authorities – local German municipalities, the EU and beyond. After his MSc Urban Development Planning at UCL, he seeks to focus on infrastructures of communication and participation in sub-Saharan African cities. Jonas joined Evolucio in 2020 to develop a structure of International Hubs while managing the London alumni hub himself.
A varying selection committee will nominate a board member based on their motivation, previous experiences (in- and outside of LUC), and envisioned theme of their Presidency.
The Evolucio board aims to be diverse and representative for the people that make up the college and its graduates. To ensure this, representatives of different groups of the LUC Community will be part of the selection committee each year. If you are interested in joining the board, please contact us!