Meet the Alumni Relations team
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Director Alumni Relations
Before moving into in Higher Education, Sue worked for the UK government for many years in the UK Border Force and as a diplomat with postings to Nigeria and Cyprus. From 2008, she held a variety of roles at the universities of Southampton and Reading, overseeing student recruitment, faculty management, business change, alumni relations and leading volunteering and fundraising campaigns. Sue believes in the virtuous circle of alumni engagement: students choose a particular institution because they are inspired by its graduates, and go on to become engaged and inspiring alumni themselves. In 2018, Sue joined RSM as Director of Corporate and Alumni Relations, taking on the additional role as Director of Alumni Relations for the whole of Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2020. Sue has three daughters, a fondness for classic rock music and once beat one of our vice deans in a (friendly) boxing match.
Karen de Man
Alumni Relations Officer
Karen holds a BSc International Business and Languages from Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. She also studied and interned in the USA for one and a half years. Much of her professional career was spent in international education, and prior to this role she worked as Communications Advisor Alumni & Career at Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education. In the team, Karen is responsible for relations with ESSB, ISS, IHS, Erasmus MC and EGSH, as well as our international alumni communities and the Erasmus Alumni Club. Every other week Karen volunteers at AAP Animal Advocacy & Protection as a translator and behind-the-scenes tour guide at their shelter in Almere.
Alumni Relations Officer
Prior to her role in the Erasmus Alumni Relations Team, Bonita worked for the scale-up HousingAnywhere where she was a Promotion Coordinator and Relations Manager. She has an MA in International Relations from Utrecht University, has experience working with volunteers and as a communication specialist in an NGO and brings her passion for people to the team. Bonita is responsible for the collaboration with ESHCC, ESL and EUC and is project lead on Student Engagement, which includes a mentoring initiative. Bonita absolutely loves nature and animals and has recently adopted a dog from the shelter!
Alumni Relations Officer
With a vocational degree in hotel-management and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Hyam has 10+ years of experience in both the hotel industry and Dutch higher education. In the Erasmus Alumni Relations Team, Hyam coordinates the relations with ESE, ESPhil, ESHPM and ERIM. Moreover, he focuses on the benefits for alumni, including lifelong learning opportunities. Born in The Netherlands but raised in the Dutch Caribbean with ‘roots’ from the Dutch East Indies, he believes that good food is essential. "Food is good for the soul, makes you happy and makes the world a better place."
Monique van der Wielen
Monique van der Wielen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leisure & Events Management. Prior to the role of Alumni Events Officer, she worked as an event manager for a number of Dutch event agencies - where she met princess Beatrix, worked for Google and organised the MH17 National Remembrance Ceremony, among others. In her role, Monique manages the events programme and will be responsible for the development and delivery of key events for the alumni community of Erasmus University Rotterdam. She also has a thing for trams: Monique met her husband in a tram in Rotterdam, and got married in the RET Tram Depot at the Oostzeedijk, in a fairy-tale setting among in- and outgoing trams.
Alumni Database & Research Officer
Who can we rely on to keep our systems running? Govind Remesh, our Database & Research Officer, is the Erasmus Alumni Relations Team's whizzkid. He is qualified as an electronics engineer, has a background in software development and is a full-time MBA alumnus from RSM. Motivated by using technology to solve challenges in work and life, Govind moved from software development into the digital transformation space. Working for Canon and KPMG before returning to his Alma Mater, he acquired elaborate experience with challenging digital transformation projects. Both personally and professionally Govind has a keen interest in automobiles, aviation and consumer electronics. He can give you purchase advise on anything from a mobile phone to an aeroplane!
Alumni Communications Officer
Who can better understand the needs of the alumni audience than an EUR alumnus? In 2016, David graduated from the International Bachelor Communication and Media at ESHCC. With a strong interest in digital media and entrepreneurship he joined a digital marketing start-up that quickly scaled across the Netherlands. His ambition to contribute to positive societal impact made him return to the EUR campus in 2020. In the team, it is David's responsibility to create and streamline communication between the university, faculties and alumni. Few people know that David has a secret recipe for mussels that's more delicious than any other recipe you know. You can ask him about it, but he probably won't tell.