Evolucio Board

The current Evolucio Board consist of six 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 alumni with each other)

If you have any input on any of these themes or feel that there is something else that Evolucio should get involved with, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Board members

Maxime Boumans – Chair

After graduating LUC in 2016 with a major in Global Public Health, Maxime did two Master’s, one in Infectious Disesases, and one in Disaster Management. Since 2019, she’s started working for Doctors Without Borders at their Amsterdam HQ. During the Pandemic, she’s been creative, painting, punch needling and baking her way through the lockdowns. Her favorite memory from LUC was from her first year, when they all attended a lecture by Jaap de Hoop-Scheffer in their PJ’s.

Edward van der Hout — Funding

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. 

Lone Mokkenstorm – Communications

Lone graduated LUC in 2017 with a major in Earth, Energy and Sustainability. She spent one year working in copywriting and journalism, after which she set off to Sweden for a MSc in Physical Geography. Since mid-2020, she has been working with the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute as a maritime meteorologist. The lockdown has led her to reconnect with her love for videogames, but she has also picked up bouldering and cooking. Her favourite memories from LUC include dancing with LUC Swing, hosting a radio show with 22F(M), and visiting all the great events organized by Fortuna’s committees.

Athéna Vassilopoulos – Communications

Athéna graduated from LUC in 2018 with a major in Governance, Economics & Development. After LUC, she developed her interest in tech by joining a Luxembourgish NGO, Women in Digital Empowerment (WIDE) and then followed a coding bootcamp at le Wagon in Montreal, where she decided to stay and do her master’s at HEC in Management of Digital Transformation. She has been working since as a teaching assistant and research assistant. After few months of pandemic and in-between few banana breads, she finally decided to overcome her impostor syndrome and started her podcast “Teching Time with Athéna” Her favourite memory from LUC was co-writing and organising the pantomime 2018. 

Laura Ombelet – Events

After graduating LUC in 2017 with a major in Governance, Economics and Development, Laura worked at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism. In September 2019, she moved back to the UK For a masters in Development Administration and Planning at UCL, and has recently started as a programme coordinator at the World Resources Institute, focusing on the Circular Economy. Her pandemic-hobby has been sewing, which is a skill she uses to upcycle old materials, bringing the philosophy from her job home. Her favorite LUC memory is the pub crawl in her first year.

Christine Nikander – Hubs

After graduating LUC in 2016 with a major in International Justice, Christine completed a Master’s degree in environmental law in Edinburgh. She worked for a large law firm in Amsterdam for a few years and then for a social enterprise, before returning to university to complete a second Master’s degree at Columbia Law School. During the pandemic, Christine picked up on making linocut prints and children’s illustrations. Her favorite LUC memory is joining her next-door neighbor for a weekend in Brussels and realizing just how much “family” you can find in friends.