In 2018, the CorrelAid Netherlands chapter of CorrelAid started with a small number of people excited to use their data skills to advance the social good. In 2020 Andrew, Fabian, and Yiran officially founded the Stichting CorrelAid Nederland.
Together with a dedicated and hard working core team, they are busy building a network of data scientists and data enthusiasts across the Netherlands that are eager to help organizations to advance the social good.
After several Meetups and a Hackathon, we are proud to announce that CorrelAid Nederland is up and running! A number of exciting projects are already ongoing, so head over to Projects if you want to know more.
During his masters in Neuroscience, Andrew started up an NGO and tried to build an orphanage in Kenya. Two years in, he failed and vowed to build up his skillset and network to try to do good again once he had more experience. He has since then worked as a data scientist at Capgemini, United Wardrobe, and Utelly, specializing in NLP, Search, and Recommendation Systems. After seeing how much more impact we can have with data, he’s switched from building orphanages to building models for good. You can hear Andrew's story and learn about the type of work we do at CorrelAid Nederland here.
Fabian received his Masters degree in Cognitive Science from the University of Tübingen, Germany, and is currently doing his PhD at Department of Psychological Methods at the University of Amsterdam. He works on topics related to Bayesian inference and testing, causal inference, and dynamical systems modeling. Besides academic things, he is excited about initiatives that use data for the social good. You can find him on Twitter and on his website. You can hear Fabian's story and how CorrelAid Nederland got started here.
Trevina joined CorrelAidxNL to put her newly learned skills in data science and AI to the test while working towards the social good. However, she took another route and decided to help build the CorrelAid Nederland community. Trevina knows that while data science can help solve many problems, nothing can beat the power of social connection. You can hear Trevina's story and learn about our community here.
Head of Operations
Jacob obtained an undergrad in International Business Administration and is currently studying Computer Science and Engineering at the TU Delft, where he is focussing on data science and engineering. Through the combination of both business and technical skills, he hopes to contribute to making the Dutch chapter of CorrelAid a great success. You can hear Jacob's story and how to get involved yourself here.
Maya joined CorrelAid to do more of what she likes and believes in: using data and quantitative analysis to make better decisions in social development and sustainability. Her favorite part is finding new ways to make fuzzy concepts measurable - of course this doesn't always work out! Maya is currently pursuing a PhD in global sustainability governance at Utrecht University. Her research focuses on the steering effects of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on international organizations. Before that she worked abroad and in The Hague on international development, after getting a Masters in Innovation Science. In her spare time Maya enjoys being outdoors swimming, bird watching or kitesurfing. Or just doing absolutely nothing, boredom can be great too.
Mehrzad received his Masters in Artificial Intelligence back in the time when AI was not that common in The Netherlands. As part of the first groups of students who did a full AI study in the Netherlands, he joined the early adopters of AI and took the challenge of bringing practical AI to the endeavors of everyday life. He has currently taken the challenge of bringing the power of collaboration to the scientific world by building digital solutions based on AI and Data Science. Mehrzad joined CorrelAid with the goal of making this blue planet a better place for everyone, helping NGOs harness the power of Data and Data Science. With a strong passion for collaboration and people, Mehrzad's everyday reminder is: Live, Love, Explore, and challenge your excuses everyday!
Victoria joined CorrelAid to combine her passions of international development and data. She currently works as an account manager in data management at Oracle. With a masters in International Development from the London School of Economics as well as corporate tech experience, she wants to help NGOs realize the potential of data science and scope projects for social good.
Mandy received her double degree in Commerce and Arts from the University of New South Wales, Australia. With previous work experience in Sydney (and now Amsterdam), she has an extensive background in data, analytics, project and client management. Passionate about making a positive difference, she is excited to work with CorrelAid and the various organizations that take an interest in social aid.