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Meet the board: Interview - Idann, Commissioner of Development Economics

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 Development Economics Idann, who will tell us a bit about who he is, his story and his responsibilities at AEclipse!

Who are you? Tell us a bit about you!

Hello, my name is Idann Gidron. I am 22 years old and enjoy both Belgian and Israeli nationalities. I am currently studying the Pre-Master program in Economics and Business at the ESE.

Why did you apply for the board?

I have a keen interest in inequality and poverty, and my scope of interest goes beyond the European borders. The position of Commissioner of Development Economics offers an opportunity for one to immensely improve her/his skills in economic research and in leadership. Improving these skills while applying them to my field of interest provided a unique opportunity for me.

What is your position within the board? What are your responsibilities?

As Commissioner of Development Economics my sole responsibility is to coordinate the International Research Project, one of AEclipse’s flagship events. The IRP lasts for the entirety of the second semester and ensures that I am kept busy with a diverse portfolio of responsibilities. As Commissioner, I also coordinate other activities of the Development Economics committee, like the organisation of two symposia in the field of Development. My link with the board is important in these tasks as the board constitutes a point of reference to me and it makes sure that I am supported with the resources I need.

What was your favourite AEclipse event so far?

The External Committee managed to combine a workshop with an Economic consultancy group and a beer tasting session. It’s arguably difficult to do better.

What do you like the most about being a board member?

Well there are lots of perks that cannot be ignored. We have an office at the 15th floor of the Tinbergen building on campus. It is not uncommon to have a beer at the office. And, last but not least, board members at AEclipse get a (top-class) tailored suit at the beginning of the year.

What did you learn this year?

Responsibilities are better dealt with one day at a time.

What would you tell someone who is considering applying for a board position?

Despite the big responsibilities, this position is a lot of fun. If you are an impact-driven individual who likes research and is willing to learn, then you should definitely apply.

If you have any questions about the position of Commissioner of Development Economics, don't hesitate to reach out to!

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