The board of ESN VU Amsterdam is composed of six enthusiastic and internationally-minded voluntary students. They run ESN VU Amsterdam on a part-time basis and are responsible for the assocation with more than 1100 members from over 45 countries.


Nathalie Pijnaker - President

Welcome everyone! Finally, you have arrived in the capital of the Netherlands; Amsterdam. This is the beginning of a time which will definitely have an impact on the way you perceive the world around you. Another country, new customs, a different university and new people all around you. My name is Nathalie and I will be the president of ESN VU Amsterdam for the upcoming academic year. I have been to several countries around the world and it is a great experience to be part of an international network of students. ESN VU Amsterdam will offer you this great opportunity to get to know Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe, and last but not least; the amazing people around you. We are looking forward to meeting you guys and I am sure that upcoming semester will be awesome!

Dominique Oudhuis - Secretary

Hi everyone! My name is Dominique and I'm going to be the secretary this year. During my own exchange to Sweden I found out what a great experience some time abroad can be. But mostly, I've come to realise how important a good welcome and pleasent stay is. Therefore I will try my best to make your time here the best you could ever think of. With loads of new friends, experiences and just a lot of fun! I'm looking forward to meeting all of you! Welcome to Amsterdam!

Vera Vroegop - Treasurer

Hello everyone! My name is Vera and I will be the treasurer of the ESN VU Amsterdam board this year. I will take care for the financial part of ESN but besides that I will try my best to make your exchange in Amsterdam great and unforgettable! Looking forward to meet all of you!

Ben Wessels - Social Events Manager

Hi, my name is Benny. This year I completed my bachelor’s degree of Public Administration and Organization at the Vrije Universiteit. I will be the Social Activities Manager this year. As the name of my role suggests, I will focus mainly on the organization of fun, social activities aimed at having a great time together. Together with the rest of the board the committees I hope to present you with a varied selection of activities to enjoy. I look forward to meeting all of you!

Lisanne Jong - Cultural Events Manager

Hey everyone, my name is Lisanne and I will be this year’s Cultural Activities Manager. I am an economics and business student at the VU and I just came back from my own exchange to China. This year I will organize activities and trips that will give you the chance to experience the Netherlands and the rest of Europe and to make a lot of international friends. Going on exchange was an incredible experience for me and I’m sure you will also have an unforgettable time here in Amsterdam!

Dan Chneider - PR & Marketing Manager

Hi guys! I'm Dan and I will be PR and Marketing manager this upcoming year at ESN VU Amsterdam. I have lived most of my life in Amsterdam and know the city really well. Over the years I met a lot of amazing and interesting people here, both locals and internationals. The experience of meeting all those people from all over the world was awesome. So I decided to join ESN VU Amsterdam to have an amazing and crazy year with all of you. So let’s make your stay unforgettable!