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Having worked in Brussels and Beijing and having studied in Los Angeles, Utrecht and Hong Kong, I have witnessed a whole new era unfold; that of globalization and interconnectivity between people from different cultures and backgrounds. It is my firm belief that mutual understanding can only follow interaction and dialogue. Through interaction and dialogue, people from different backgrounds often find out they are more alike than that they are different. Through my NGO - Beyond West - I organize trips for young leaders to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and allow four North Korean students per year to study for a semester in The Netherlands. Next to this, I am founder of the Netherlands-Asia Cooperation Platform, which promotes educational cooperation between the Netherlands and Asia by making available all the different information regarding studying in Asia and by sending a group of students to Asia each year. Growing from 30 in 2012 to 75 in 2013, we now have a scholarship pool for 150 students in 2014. We're supported by five ministries, twenty-five Dutch multinationals and all thirteen Dutch universities. [+]