AUC's professional staff
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Services & Communications
Marcus Smit is team leader of the Services & Communications support staff, and AUC's internationalisation officer. Marcus was employed as a Student Exchange Adviser at the central international office of the UvA before coming to work full-time at AUC in 2014. Originally trained as a sociologist, Marcus has always had great interest in themes surrounding diversity, education, global migration and integration.
Benjamin Garstka is one of AUC's Communications Officers. Originally from the US, Ben moved to the Netherlands for his Master’s degree at Utrecht University, interned for the Prince Claus Fund, worked as an editor and learned Dutch. Ben joined AUC's communications team in January 2015.
Nora McLeese is one of AUC's Communications Assistants. Half-Dutch and Half-American, she holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from London College of Communications and a Master’s degree in New Media and Digital Culture from the University of Amsterdam. Prior to moving to Amsterdam, she worked for several tech startups in London, focusing on content management and social media. Nora joined AUC’s communications team in February 2016.
Robin de Rijk
Robin de Rijk is one of AUC’s Communications Assistants, focused on supporting Community Projects and Internships, and acting as interim College Secretary. She graduated from AUC in July 2017 with a major in the Social Sciences. During her time at AUC she focused mainly on international law and relations, and wrote her Bachelor's thesis on the topic of a state’s right to self-defense against non-state actors. She joined AUC's professional staff in August 2017, working with the communications team as well as aiding in developing new projects and maintaining contact with the wider community, alumni and a variety of AUC’s stakeholders.
André O. Daab
André, more commonly known as Andy, is one of AUC’s Graduate Assistants. Following the economics and international relations tracks, he wrote his Bachelor's thesis on tolerant public policy and its relevance in intractable conflicts. He graduated in July 2017. During his time at AUC, he served as Vice-President and Treasurer of the student association, as well as secretary of the Alumni Association. While he continues to serve as the latter, during his time at AUC he also established the Diversity Commission. Starting as part of the AUC team in August 2017, Andy continues to work in both diversity outreach and alumni affairs.
Student Life Officer
Vinika Porwal is AUC's Student Life Officer. Originally from the US, Vinika earned a BSc in Journalism from Northwestern University and a MEd from Penn State University. Prior to joining AUC's staff in October 2015, Vinika worked in student life at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and as an Interim Exchange Officer at Erasmus University College. Her interests include diversity education, leadership development and magazine writing.
Admissions & Registrar
Renée Joosse is team leader of the Admissions and Registrar support staff. She joined AUC after having worked for three years as Head of Student Services at UvA Economics and Business. Renée is a graduate from UvA’s Research Master Art Studies, specialising in late medieval book illumination of the Northern and Southern Netherlands.
Bob Kardolus is AUC's Management Assistant, working in admissions and student administration. With a varied professional background in human resources, immigration and relocation, administration, translating and interpreting (Japanese-English-Dutch), language training and clog dancing, Bob has always worked with a combination of languages, legislation, procedures, communication and practical matters. Previously, he has worked at the Japanese School of Amsterdam and Kyocera Mita Europe, among others. He joined AUC in January 2010.
Cheryl joined AUC as the secretary of the Board of Examiners in February 2018. Cheryl has a varied international background having worked in Ireland, Australia and the US working for banks, shops, restaurants and with (wild) dolphins. She started working at the UvA in 2012 at the FNWI Board secretariat, and then went on to work as an Appeals Officer as part of the Central Student Administration team.
Marlies van Daalen
Marlies is AUC's Admissions Assistant, supporting the admissions department since April 2016. Marlies joined AUC from the UvA/HvA Administration Centre within the team responsible for tuition payments.
Nadia de Vries
Nadia de Vries joined AUC as College Secretary in July 2016. She holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Amsterdam, and is currently an external PhD-student at ASCA. Her research project, tentatively titled From Data to Dust, focuses on the aestheticisation of death in web-based cultures. Besides academia, Nadia also writes poetry, and enjoys curating literary events in Amsterdam and beyond.
HRM, AUC Scholarship Fund and Finance
Archana Ramdihal is AUC's Human Resources (HR) Assistant. Until 2015, Archana worked at AUC in the Registrar's Office, was the Secretary for the Board of Examiners and the SIS local coordinator. She obtained her BA in Educational Studies (PABO) at the Hogeschool Rotterdam in 2008. After completing her BA, she studied at the University of Leiden where she completed her BA and MA in Educational Studies, with a concentration in Learning in Professional Contexts. After working as a teacher at a primary school, Archana joined AUC in 2011.
Wiebe Stuive is the Financial Officer for AUC and the ASF Scholarship Fund. Prior to AUC, he worked at the UvA/HvA Administration Centre, where he was a part of the project administration team. His experience includes years of working in a financial role for various companies in the Netherlands and Spain, playing guitar in a rock band and clowning. He joined AUC’s support staff in March 2017.
Ernst Jonker is AUC's Financial Controller, and works at the UvA's Administrative Centre.
Jaap Boertje and Rina Sommer-Rekers are AUC’s Facilities Housemasters. They are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Academic Building.