Our Team

We started to provide local news in English through www.EindhovenNews in English in 2009 with a group of international people from Eindhoven who were lacking this information.
Since then we have been growing and expanding slowly but surely with the help of many volunteers who full-heartedly support(ed) our good cause.

OUR TEAM

About 25 dedicated and enthusiastic internationals living in or close to Eindhoven are keeping Eindhoven News operational throughout the year. They are working for Stichting International Platform Eindhoven to provide non-Dutch people with news, background, views and events via our website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and public screens at the High Tech Campus Eindhoven.

Everybody does their talented bit to keep Eindhoven News in the air. We have a great team!

Alphabetically:

Chae

My name is Chae. I was born and raised in South Korea, and moved to the Netherlands in 2015. Currently I am studying Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. Living in Holland challenges me in a positive way because I notice many cultural differences here and there, which is why I’m happy to work for Eindhoven News, as it is a platform for expats to voice out about life in Eindhoven.

 

Chaitali

I am Chaitali. Born and brought up in India. I have been living in the Netherlands for the past 16 years almost. A finance professional, but my first love is writing and some of my best moments are created when I am either reading or writing. I do have a degree in journalism and mass communication and am closely associated with many writing platforms both in the Netherlands and in India. Happy to be a part of Eindhoven news!

 

Diana

I am originally from Brazil where I was born and raised learning to love nature and all it offers to us. My passion has led me to do a MSc. in Environmental Sciences in Germany, collect experience in environmental footprints and currently I am a free-lance sustainability consultant in the Netherlands with focus on life cycle assessment.
Sustainability is more than my field of work, it is what keeps me going, thus I am happy to collaborate with Eindhoven news and bring expats more news about interesting sustainability initiatives happening in our surroundings.

 

Elif

I am a cross-cultural psychologist who specializes in parenting and child development in multicultural contexts. I received my PhD in the Netherlands in 2011 and built my multicultural family here in Eindhoven. Currently, I am setting up Roots & Wings Parent Academy that offers workshops and trainings for parents and families (rootsandwingsparent).

For Eindhoven News, I will be writing a column where the topics of child development and parenting as an expat will be covered. On a personal note, I have a 4yo son and I love travelling, cooking, singing, and hiking.

 

Evgenia

I moved to Eindhoven form Moscow (Russia), where I was working as a marketing manager. A couple of years ago I fell in love with photography, so I decided to learn more about this art and started my professional photography studies at one of Amsterdam institutions.

Why do you like to volunteer?
As I am studying photography it is interesting for me to try and practice different types of it.

 

Irene

I moved back to the Netherlands in 2008 after having lived abroad for 20 years. I did 5 intercontinental moves for myself and my family. I lived in Middle-East, Far-East and Europe.

My first port of call on returning to the Netherlands was the international community in Eindhoven. With a couple of enthusiasts, we started Eindhoven News, as throughout my expat life I experienced the importance of knowing what is happening in your vicinity.
To feel at home and to play an active role in your new habitat either for work, family, studies or leisure, being informed is key.

I have done business and management studies and I worked in tourism, events and as an entrepreneur. International Communication is my expertise.

I am doing the management for Eindhoven News with tremendous pleasure and it gives me a lot of energy to work together with this wonderful international team. It is great to develop Eindhoven News further and further.

 

Ivan

My name is Ivan van Praag, I am a corporate social communicator, journalist, master in management sciences and musician. I was born in Caracas-Venezuela 36 years ago and now I live in The Netherlands.

I specialize in the areas of marketing, sales, corporate social responsibility, social action and customer service. I like sports journalism, reading, writing, researching, cooking, traveling and everything related to technology. I have worked as a news writer and opinion articles.

I studied social communication because I like to know the reality of things; it allows me to have more contact with those people who need a voice that is sometimes not heard and what better than journalism to be that channel of information. Eindhoven News represents a great opportunity to be able to work together with a great team of professionals to take the news in The Brainport Region in a timely and truthful way and keep all our readers well informed.

 

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Jackie

I am a British American. Born in the UK, lived in the US for 12 years and moved to the Netherlands in 2012 with my husband. My two children are grown-up & living in England and Austria. Career wise I started off in nursing many years ago but in the US I found myself working as a teacher’s aide, specializing in Special Ed. I loved it.

Now I am volunteering at the ISE, the Hub, and I am writing for Eindhoven News. Life is full of new challenges.

Travel is my great love along with reading, photography, “dabbling” in watercolors and I am attempting to write children’s books.

 

Joey

My name is Joey, I’m 37 years of age. I was born and raised in Krimpen aan den IJssel, right next to Rotterdam, but I live in Zwolle since 2006. I have a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Social Work, been active as a booker of underground music at a local club for eight years and worked on-and-off for Stop The Traffik, an international organisation against human trafficking. Next to that, I like beers, movies, documentaries, all kinds of music and football, to name a few.

I became a PSV-fan at a young age. Feyenoord- and Ajax-fans hate each other so much, I enjoyed the Brabant-style of ‘act normal, show it on the pitch’ a lot better. Since 2008 I’m an admin of the Dutch PSV Eindhoven Facebook Community (over 15.000 members today) and I’m publishing interviews with supporters of PSV every month, online and in the magazine of the Supportersvereniging (fan club) PSV.

Through the EN-platform, I want to inform you and all internationals about PSV, one of the three classic top leaders in the Dutch Eredivisie. Twice a week I will write on what happens around the A selection, the Under 21 and Ladies team. I hope you will soon understand why it’s simply the best club to support in our country!

 

Joyce 

My name is Joyce, born and raised in Singapore. In 2014 I came to The Netherlands for my Masters’ study in Imagineering (Business Innovation) at Breda. Before that, I earned my bachelors degree in Computer Science in Singapore and had worked as an IT programmer and consultant back home for several years. In The Netherlands, I experienced my “second teenage years”, as living independently in a foreign land further nurtured me in ways I never imagined. I live in Eindhoven now with my Dutch boyfriend. My interests are varied from technology to culinary to yoga… and I am still discovering more what life can offer! I hope that through writing I can bring valuable insights about Eindhoven for all of you interested in this funky, brainy city.

 

Kate 

I have an expat ‘multi-culti’ family background. I obtained an MA in education and English, while pursuing careers in ICT, HRM, and teaching. Now I am working as a language coach (NT2, English) and as translator, blogger and culture journalist. My contributions are published by international magazines, newspapers and by online media.

Working for Eindhoven News is great fun. I learn about subjects outside my fields of interest. Usually, I translate and write about the arts and culture, while also being involved in organizing cultural activities for expats. When working for Eindhoven News, topics range from sports, science, technology, business –  and more. Have a look at my blog here. https://katevents.wordpress.com/

Kyoko

Hello, I’m Kyoko and I’m from Hiroshima, Japan. From where I am from, folding Origami is a very representative tradition and since I was a kid I learnt how to do it in the form of many things such as a crane, a person, a ship or a camera.
Like origami, I like sharing about my culture to other people and learning about others’ ways. In this cultural exchange, I enjoy taking part of language exchange practices. It is in this mind frame that I started a Japanese Conversation Club called “Sakura” (i.e., cherry blossom) in Eindhoven. I am a girl who loves challenges, learning new things, cooking, watching series and singing Japanese songs.

 

Manolis

Originally from the sunny island of Rhodes in Greece, I came to the Netherlands for studies in Electrical Engineering 6 years ago.
After spending 3 years in the Hague I returned to this city where I am currently working in the field of Intellectual Property.
I like learning about the small little stories and trivia of our everyday life, and I would like to spread those to the people around me.

 

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Melinda

I moved to Eindhoven three months with my family from South Africa. It had been my dream for many years to live in Europe. The Netherlands seemed like a good fit because my dad was born and raised here. I have two daughters, one husband and two dogs – all of whom I love dearly. I’m a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, I have a background in journalism but writing is my first love.

I am the news-editor-in-chief of Eindhoven news so if you have news to share, send it to eindhovennews@gmail.com.

 

Melissa

I am a mother of 2, originally from Texas but I have lived in Veldhoven for over 10 years and have no intention of ever leaving the Netherlands. I love it so much here! There are so many amazing places for families to explore and we are busy trying out them all. I’m also a bit of a gym rat, avid reader, knittaholic, and pinterest junkie. I am going to write a twice monthly feature about great places to get the family out and about in this area. Parks, play places, pools and zoos and other activities. Everything you need to have a great family day! Check out my blog at https://mommyonamissionsite.wordpress.com/.

 

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Mohsin

I am a PhD student at TU-Eindhoven. I am originally from Pakistan and I came to Eindhoven, the Netherlands in 2010 to acquire my MSc in  Systemsand control from TU-Eindhoven. I love travelling, reading, blogging. I am also into sports, specially I really enjoy playing squash.

Eindhoven News, being the first and so far only local English daily newspaper, really inspires me and I decided to be a part of it. Sometimes I write articles for Eindhoven News but my main contribution is being in the Board of Stichting International Platform Eindhoven.

 

Nicola

I am Nicola, originally from sunny England. I have lived in Eindhoven since 2012 and I work as a freelance translator, editor and English coach.

I really enjoy doing my part for the local expat community through translating and editing articles for Eindhoven News on a weekly basis.

 

 

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Peter

My family immigrated to Los Angeles, California when I was 8-years-old, and we lived there for 14 years before moving back to the Netherlands. Since we were also speaking English at home I had to re-learn my Dutch, and totally learn from square one to how to be Dutch!

Finishing my education in 1984 I moved to Eindhoven to work for Philips Consumer Electronics as software engineer. In the 90’s I moved to Germany and was an expat myself, so now speaking a bit of German as well.

I would like to help others find their way around design city Eindhoven, so volunteered in the past for the Dutch Design Week as host, and the Eindhoven Mini Maker Faire as video editor. Currently writing, translating and webmastering for Eindhoven News and the Hub, but my main passion remains creating consumer software which is social, fun and useful. See www.petermarijnissen.nl, and maybe I can help you with your next app or website.

 

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Rebeca

I am a 35-year-old psychologist and living in the Netherlands since 2013. I have been living in 4 other countries so far and I have always been focused on topics related to health, education and wellness. For Eindhoven News I am going to write about these subjects. Watch my column Life’s Turning Points.

 

 

Rachael

I’m Rachael and I’m from Manchester, UK. After living in the Netherlands as a student, I returned in 2018 to start my professional life and to embrace some new experiences and challenges. I have a Bachelor in Religion, which a lot of people find strange!

I like to open my mind by surrounding myself with people with different nationalities, cultures, languages and outlooks to mine. Besides this, I’ve been a dancer since I was old enough to walk, and I love good food, live music and travelling!

 

Remco 

After having lived in Geneva, Switzerland, for 18 years, I returned to my hometown Eindhoven. I was born and grew up in the vicinity, as a real ‘Philips child’. Having been an expat quite a while myself, and knowing Eindhoven and surroundings well, I hope to bring value to the expat community by writing about interesting events and provide some background to the happenings. So far I am very excited regarding my move back.

I’m a Supply Chain professional and will start my new job in July. Apart from that I have a big passion for PSV, exciting music, nice bars and cool & crazy events and festivals.

 

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Senne

I was born and raised in Eindhoven. Growing up I always thought of Eindhoven as boring but seeing the transformations happening in the last couple of years: “Wow, what a great time to live in this city!”

I have a Bachelor and Master in Cultural Science and, after having a string of jobs, I am now figuring out what I really want to do in life. Not an easy task. Putting the cultural agenda together for Eindhoven News seemed a good place to start because I love every cultural expression…even the really weird ones. 🙂

 

Sarah

Sarah Taguiam is an award-winning multimedia journalist and editor, social media strategist and digital content marketer with eight years of experience across four continents.

She has reported for some of the largest and most respected newsrooms in Canada and Southeast Asia — from international news wires, daily newspapers, community papers, magazines and news websites like Agence France-Presse’s Manila bureau, Toronto Star, Metro News, Vancouver’s The Province and The Phnom Penh Post as a Princeton in Asia media fellow. Specializing in health, tech, immigration, culture and travel, Sarah is a highly skilled writer, editor, photographer, videographer and digital producer.

Now based in the Netherlands, she is currently the Social Media Strategist and Coordinator for Fluke Corporation’s European, Middle Eastern and African markets — where she’s responsible of managing and building the regions’ full social media program from the ground up.

Sarah also works as a freelance multimedia journalist, editor and digital strategist in Europe and is happy to work with new clients in a writing, editing, multimedia or online capacity, specifically improving their digital and social media strategy.

When she’s not writing or creating, she’s losing sleep over travelogues and fantasy books or planning motorcycle trips around the Old Continent.

 

Yawar

I came from the remote Himalayan region of Pakistan, called Baltistan. I did my basic education in Pakistan and higher education in Germany. I then moved to the Netherlands in 2012. Before coming to Germany, I had no idea where ‘Nederland’ was. But, you never know, I found a Phd. Position at the University of Twente and that was the first time I visited Netherlands and discovered the beautiful Dutch weather. Before coming to the Netherlands, I could not imagine eating bread and cheese in lunch but now it’s the food of my living. Currently, I am working as a researcher in Venlo and I am living in Eindhoven. I am a social person with a profound interest in different cultures and perspectives of people. With the platform of Eindhoven News, I am hoping to broaden my social circle and to get more inside of this beautiful city and people living here.