The XXVth board of AEclipse consists of six board members and is tasked with all kinds of strategic and operational responsibilities. Today, we interview our Commissioner of External Affairs Dascha, who will tell us a bit about who she is, her story and her responsibilities at AEclipse!
Who are you? Tell us a bit about you!
Hi! My name is Dascha, I am half Spanish and half Dutch, I am 22 years old and am studying for a master's degree in International Economics.
Why did you apply for the board?
I applied for the position of Commissioner of External Activities because I felt very uninspired about my future and wanted to make a lot of contacts to see what is out there as an economics grad. Besides that, I saw becoming part of a board as a great opportunity to meet fellow students, which is quite the challenging task during a pandemic.
What is your position within the board? What are your responsibilities?
I am the Commissioner of External Activities, which basically means that I am in charge of all external contacts, for instance companies from small to big, or governmental institutions, NGO’s, professors from other universities, etc.. I am in contact with all these people to get funding for our events but also to organize (mainly career related) events. For instance this year we have made events with Bofeb, Frontier Economics, and one of the Dutch ministries. In normal circumstances I would also organize the yearly Brussels trip.
Besides that I am also in charge of organizing one of our flagship events, Economist Day/Week. Which is an event where we pick an economic theme and organize lectures, discussions, open days and more surrounding it. This year we chose “The Economics of Happiness and Wellbeing”.
Finally, I am also in charge of the External Committee, who help me out in all the tasks that I need to do.
What was your favourite AEclipse event so far?
I love all my events because they were all quite diverse but I found the Alumni event very special as it was the first time that the alumni event was available to students as well.
What do you like the most about being a board member?
The people that I’m working with :)
But also the ability to organize things that are interesting to me, for instance the Alumni event.
What did you learn this year?
The power of working together as a team.
What would you tell someone who is considering applying for a board position?
Don’t hesitate to apply if your biggest fear is that you won't have time for anything else. A board year at AEclipse is very easily done next to your studies, and yes, you do still have time for a social life too.
If you have any questions about the position of Commissioner of External Affairs, don't hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org!