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UCF Ambassadors

As UCF staff we are of course very proud of our Global Responsibility & Leadership programme. However, we don’t stand alone in this! We’ve gathered a number of impressive UCF ambassadors who feel the same way. Get to know them:

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

Prof. de Hoop Scheffer was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Secretary General of NATO, has a long career in international relations. De Hoop Scheffer is an expert in the field of law, international relations and peacekeeping and is committed to the promotion of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. He has personally contributed to good Education (goal 4), Peace, Security and Justice (goal 16) and Partnerships for the Goals (goal 17) to create peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.

Prof. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer warmly supports University College Fryslân. "I believe in the concept of a University College. It is a broad education programme that stimulates young people's own responsibility and connects to many master's programmes. The bar is high and attracts good students", says De Hoop Scheffer.

Somaye Dehban
Somaye Dehban

Somaye Dehban

Ms Somaye Dehban is the founder of Your Funding Network and CEO of Lattice Consultancy. She has concentrated her interest on issues related to her core values: equality, inclusion and diversity with a special attention to programs where transparency and sustainability are cross-cutting matters. Ms Dehban’s philosophy and life motto is “Sharing is Power”.

As a University College graduate herself, Ms Dehban was asked as representative from the "professional field" during the accreditation of the GRL programme and shared her views on the opportunities as well as challenges of entering the labour market after completing a University College education. “University College Fryslân has already envisioned various interventions to prepare UCF alumni for life after their bachelor programme. It is an impressive programme to be a part of!”

Jan Bles
Jan Bles

Jan Bles

Mr Jan Bles, born and raised in Fryslân in a family with an international dairy background, works at Royal FrieslandCampina since 1985 of which around 20 years in Asia and Africa for one of the affiliates. During his time working in the Global Dairy-Food Industry, Bles gained in-depth knowledge and experience addressing global food challenges related to health, sustainability and global distribution. Also Royal FrieslandCampina is specifically involved in addressing these global food challenges.

Jan Bles is very interested in the potential involvement of GRL students in Living Labs, where students can contribute to current leadership challenges. He has an obvious connection to the Frisian region, and has international business experience that uniquely works with various stakeholders According to Bles: “being a global citizen means connecting the global to the local businesses and stimulate the idea of working according to an inclusive business model. I am excited to work with GRL students and I am happy that I can share my expertise in this."

Laatst gewijzigd:09 mei 2018 11:30