The RUW Team
RUW has 3 coordinators, board members, and volunteers. The board consists of six persons: Chair, Treasurer, Commissary Internal Affairs, Commissary External Affairs and a Secretary. The board works on the vision and policy of RUW, supporting the coordinators, promotion, (financial) administration and networking.
Also there are three coordinators employed. There is one senior coordinator and there are two junior coordinators. The coordinators organise the awesome events of RUW.
Furthermore RUW has volunteers that like to facilitate a variety of activities. These activities include organisation of single events, putting up posters, designing posters or flyers and assisting during events. Volunteers are also most welcome to help us host the yearly foreign excursion in the beginning of July (Dutch: ‘Buitex’
Mark van der Poel (Chair)
Hi there! I’m Mark, the chair of RUW Foundation. I am a polyglot who loves to unravel the many layers of the planet’s biosphere and explore the three pillars of sustainability: environment, economy and society. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in International Land and Water Management and am currently doing a Master’s in Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University. I focus on water systems dynamics and global change issues that have wide-spread effects on the earth’s natural resources. Together with the team at RUW I aim to facilitate discussion and spark the minds of students, teachers and the broader interested public through organising workshops, lectures, fascinating debates and other activities related to the themes of RUW Foundation. I hope to see you at our next event! One love, Mark
Maria-Franca Dekkers (Secretary)
Erik-Jan van Oosten (Senior coordinator)
My ambition is to collaborate with other the green organisations, especially by strengthening the Green Active Network. There are just so many interesting aspects of sustainability that deserve an event (degrowth, resilience and ecological economics to name just a few) that I see many possibilities to keep the increasingly overhyped concept of sustainability interesting and fresh. Please contact me if you are interested in collaborating or follow me on twitter to join the debate!
David de Winter (Junior Coordinator)
Hello People. Meet me: David. And realize that you have just found your hermano for exciting and engaging educational activities. Since my start at RUW as a junior coordinator I’ve helped host multiple events on multiple themes; tiny houses, presentation and storytelling skills, alternative education, sustainability, climate etc. This has helped me grow a lot as facilitator of educational activities; an area in which I want to grow in even more, but I’m also starting to get a little too comfortable in. Therefore, I’m actively looking to expand my comfort zone by exploring the possibility of transformative education (and how it relates to sustainability). This ambition is central to both my thesis project, internship and work for RUW, and consequently I hope to encourage anyone with transformative ideas or transformative ambitions to contact me. Another long term ambition of mine is to host a series on the ‘state of science’ at the WUR by engaging with the intricate philosophy behind scientific practice, and delicate societal relations of scientific institutions.