We are a group of data science enthusiasts from all over the Netherlands, who have started Stichting CorrelAid Nederland, an organisation that has the goal of connecting data scientists with organisations and foundations that advance the Social Good. These data scientists could either be students in a quantitative field that want to apply their skills on real world problems, or professionals who want to do something meaningful outside of their day job. All this happens on a volunteer basis.
Stichting CorrelAid Nederland is inspired by, and in contact with, CorrelAid which was originally founded in Germany.
During his masters in Neuroscience, Andrew started up an NGO and tried to build an orphanage in Kenya. Two years in, he failed and vowed to build up his skillset and network to try to do good again once he had more experience. He has since then worked as a data scientist at Capgemini, United Wardrobe, and Utelly specializing in NLP, Search, and Recommendation Systems. After seeing how much more impact we can have with data, he’s switched from building orphanages to building models for good.
Fabian received his Masters degree in Cognitive Science from the University of Tübingen, Germany, and is currently doing his PhD at Department of Psychological Methods at the University of Amsterdam. He works on topics related to Bayesian inference and testing, causal inference, and time-series analysis. Besides academic things, he is excited about initiatives that use data for the social good. You can find him on Twitter, GitHub, and on his website.
Joel graduated from his master program in political science at University of Gothenburg in summer 2018. Afterwards, he moved to Utrecht and started with several other passionate data scientists a local CorrelAid chapter in the Netherlands. Currently, he is living in Berlin. We are curious if we can transfer the concept of "data for good" on another cultural context and are excited for the first local chapter beyond Germany.
Mandy received her double degree in Commerce and Arts from the University of New South Wales, Australia. With previous work experience in Sydney (and now Amsterdam), she has an extensive background in data, analytics, project and client management. Passionate about making a positive difference, she is excited to work with CorrelAid and the various organizations that take an interest in social aid.
Daphne is currently specializing in labor law and in mediation. She wants to help fight the injustice in the world any way she can. She’s currently doing so by providing legal assistance to CorrelAid Nederland.
After a bachelor’s degree in cognitive neuroscience, Florian’s interest shifted to organizational psychology in which he completed a research master. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the same field at the University of Amsterdam, where he also teaches statistics. He loves statistics, data visualization, and working with passionate teammates and is excited to combine all this at CorrelAid. You can find him on twitter @florianwanders and at florianwanders.github.io .
Jacob obtained an undergrad in International Business Administration and is currently studying Computer Science and Engineering at the TU Delft, where he is focussing on data science and engineering. Through the combination of both business and technical skills, he hopes to contribute to making the Dutch chapter of CorrelAid a great success.