Introducing #TransatlanticLab 2018 | Participants

Mattijs is a city councillor for the Dutch social-liberal progressive party D66 in Arnhem and he works as an architect. He studied at the Eindhoven University of Technology and the ArtEZ University of the Arts. After his re-election in March 2018, he now concentrates mainly on Innovation and Economic Development, Employment, Education and Welfare. 

Birshen is the Executive Director of Liberal Integration Foundation and, in this capacity, is responsible for the financial planning and the development of the organisation. By providing professional assistance and analysis within a complex political environment from June 2001 to May 2016, Birshen held the post of assistant to the Chairman of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms and was at the same time member of the Board of Directors of “Hermes”- Foundation for encouragement talented children.


Mattijs, Birshen, why did you join #TransatlanticLab?

Mattijs: "After hearing about #TransatlanticLab, I thought it would be good to add a local perspective to transatlantic matters and a transatlantic perspective on our local political discussions. In today's world it is impossible to work on local economical or sustainability issues without considering the bigger picture. I hope #TransatlanticLab will give me a clearer view of these important, international matters."

Birshen: "I join #TransatlanticLab because it is an opportunity to evolve and develop an innovative program together with influential policy makers from Europe and the US. For me it is especially important to have the chance to exchange ideas with professionals."

What are you most excited about?

Mattijs: "I think it is highly interesting to be part of the international network of liberal politicians and policy-makers that #TransatlanticLab is. The combination in one programme of all different aspects of transatlantic relations - diplomacy, trade, security, sustainability - and their mutual interaction, makes it even more interesting. I am absolutely sure it will be an amazingly interesting time of learning from one another and of working on bright new ideas."

Birshen: "The most excited events from the hole program for me will be case study and hackathon, because the meaning of knowledge is to create working solutions to real problems and make life better. I believe that I will learn a lot from #TransatlanticLab and I will give my best to contribute the Balkans point of view on daily topics."


More on #TransatlanticLab 2018 - The Policy Network here.

04. Jul 2018 by Intern

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