UTAlumni CommunityCalendarTwente/4TU Alumni Event Geneva, 28th September 2023

Twente/4TU Alumni Event Geneva, 28th September 2023


The DEAN* event will be hosted at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research with both two great keynote speakers as well as panelists! Learn from Maria Alonso (alumna TU Delft) about her work at the World Economic Forum (WEF) as well as the latest in the area of connected and autonomous mobility. Hear from Lucero Oyarzun (alumna WUR) about what it means to be the digital campaign coordinator at ICAN - The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, an organization that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. 

Afterwards explore what it's like to work for CERN during a panel discussion with a group of alumni staffmembers. The programme also includes a brief outline by Anita Conijn, National Coordinator International Functions at the Dutch Foreign Ministry about career opportunities for alumni expats within international organizations, updates from both the NL Embassy as well as our TUs, and ends with a networking 'borrel'. Prior registration is necessary to attend so please sign up using the link below.

Participants are also offered the chance to join an earlier pre-event guided tour of CERN’s first accelerator, the Synchrocyclotron (SC), which came into operation in 1957. This walking activity starts at 17:00 and lasts approximately 45 minutes with limited capacity. 


Maria Alonso is Autonomous Systems Lead at the World Economic Forum. In her job, she focuses on advancing the future of connected and autonomous mobility. Prior to joining the Forum, Maria worked for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, where she brought research and policymaking closer together and engaged with some of its key international stakeholders. She has also worked for the World Bank, for an international construction company and for a transport consultancy boutique. Maria obtained her PhD in new mobility services from TU Delft in 2020. She also holds an MBA from Quantic School of Business and Technology, and Masters in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Munich and the Technical University of Madrid.

About the World Economic Forum (WEF): The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business, cultural and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. It was established by Prof. Klaus Schwab in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The Forum holds four major annual meetings with the most well-known being the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, held in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland at the beginning of the calendar year.

Lucero Oyarzun is the Digital Campaign Coordinator at ICAN. After her studies in Forest and Nature Conservation at Wageningen University, she discovered her real passion lies in discovering and applying the most effective ways to move people into action for the planet and for each other. Lucero worked with international organisations like Greenpeace and Child Helpline International before coming to ICAN in April of 2018 to help this people-powered campaign to make even better use of our interconnected world and leverage its Nobel Peace Prize and huge network to address an even larger task: eliminating nuclear weapons for good. At ICAN, she has become a digital jack-of-all-trades, ranging from design and content creation, website development, email marketing, IT and cybersecurity and more.

About ICAN: The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a global civil society coalition working to promote adherence to and full implementation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. In 2022, it counted 661 partner organizations in 110 countries. The campaign received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize "for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons."

Participants will have an opportunity to meet fellow alumni not only from Twente but also TU Delft, TU Eindhoven & Wageningen University. With over 700 TU graduates living in the greater Geneva/Lausanne region there will be a great cross selection of participants from different companies, sectors and roles – the closing reception/borrel will be organized to maximize networking opportunities.

This event is free for alumni from the Dutch Technical Universities but for logistical and security reasons, prior registration is required via this online form (Registration is being handled by the TU Delft Alumni Office)

Date: Thursday September 28th 2023

Time: 5:30PM to 9:00PM (EDT)

Location: CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, Espl. des Particules 1, 1211 Meyrin, Switzerland


5:30PM – 6:00PM, Arrival with light refreshments

6:00PM – 6:05PM Opening words by Karin Mössenlechner, Ambassador of the Netherlands in Switzerland

6:05PM - 6:10PM Updates from your TU's

6:10PM – 6:35PM Talk by Maria Alonso, Autonomous Systems Lead at the WEF

6:35PM – 7:00PM Talk by Lucero Oyarzun, Digital Campaign Coordinator at ICAN

7:00PM – 7:25PM Working at CERN - Panel discussion with alumni staffmembers

7:25PM – 7:35PM Career opportunities for NL expats within international organizations

7:35PM-7:40PM Summary

7:40PM – 9:00PM Networking Borrel

Alumni from the area who are unable to join this gathering but wish to be notified of our future DEAN activities can submit/update their contact details using the event's registration form. A special DEAN Switzerland Linkedin group also exists to faciliate sharing information and networking between nearly 3000 graduates living in the country - to request to become a member click here.    

An additional DEAN event will also take place in Zurich on Wednesday September 27th 2023 - for more details click here.

* ABOUT DEANThe Dutch Engineers Alumni Network (DEAN) is the cooperation of the four universities of technology of the Netherlands in the field of alumni relations, and launched its activities in 2014. Together, they represent over 300,000 alumni all over the world. Today DEAN encompasses over 30 alumni communities in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Nordics, Spain, Switzerland and the USA with activities aimed at connecting local alumni both with each other as well as with students and the universities. Read more: https://www.4tu.nl/en/about_4tu/alumni/

Twente/4TU Alumni Event Geneva, 28th September 2023