DEAN Alumni event Geneva

28 September 2023 17:30 till 21:00 - Location: CERN Espl. des Particules 1, 1211 Meyrin, Switzerland - By: Alumni Relations | Add to my calendar

Get a glimpse into the inner workings of international organizations and their impact on our world from the perspective of 4TU alumni who will talk about their jobs at CERN, ICAN & The WEF during a special gathering in Geneva on Thursday 28 September.

The DEAN* event will be hosted at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research with both two great keynote speakers as well as panelists! Learn from Maria Alonso (alumna TU Delft) about her work at the World Economic Forum (WEF) as well as the lastest in the area of connected and autonomous mobility. Hear from Lucero Oyarzun (alumna WUR) about what it means to be the digital campaign coordinator at ICAN - The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, an organization that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. The programme also includes updates from both the Embassy as well as your 'TU's', and concludes with a networking 'borrel'. 

Afterwards explore what it's like to work for CERN during a panel discussion with a group of alumni staffmembers. The programme also includes a brief outline by Anita Conijn, National Coordinator International Functions at the Dutch Foreign Ministry about career opportunities for alumni expats within international organizations, updates from both the Embassy as well as our TUs, and ends with a networking 'borrel'. Prior registration is necessary to attend so please sign up using the link below.

Participants are also offered the chance to join an earlier pre-event guided tour of CERN’s first accelerator, the Synchrocyclotron (SC), which came into operation in 1957. This walking activity starts at 17:00 and lasts approximately 45 minutes with limited capacity. 

Participants will have an opportunity to meet fellow alumni not only from Twente but also TU Delft, TU Eindhoven & Wageningen University. With over 700 TU graduates living in the greater Geneva/Lausanne region there will be a great cross selection of participants from different companies, sectors and roles – the closing reception/borrel will be organized to maximize networking opportunities.

This event is free for alumni from the Dutch Technical Universities but for logistical and security reasons, prior registration is required


05:30 - 06:00 PM

Arrival with light refreshments


06:00 - 06:05 PM

Opening words on behalf of the Dutch Embassy


06:05 - 06:10 PM

Updates from your TU's


06:10 - 06:35 PM

Talk by Maria Alonso, Autonomous Systems Lead at the WEF


06:35 - 07:00 PM

Talk by Lucero Oyarzun, Digital Campaign Coordinator at ICAN


07:00 - 07:25 PM

Working at CERN - Panel discussion with alumni staffmembers


07:25 - 07:35 PM

Career opportunities for NL expats within international organizations


07:35 - 07:40 PM



07:40 - 09:00 PM

Networking borrel



Please register to secure your spot. Spaces are limited, so make sure to reserve your place early!

If you cannot attend but still wish to be informed about future events, please complete the registration form with your current contact information. 

Please note that registrations are processed by the alumni office of TU Delft.



Espl. des Particules 1
1211 Meyrin, Switzerland


Lucero Oyarzun

Lucero is the Digital Campaign Coordinator at ICAN. After her studies in Forest and Nature Conservation at Wageningen University, she discovered her real passion lies in discovering and applying the most effective ways to move people into action for the planet and for each other. Lucero worked with international organisations like Greenpeace and Child Helpline International before coming to ICAN in April of 2018 to help this people-powered campaign to make even better use of our interconnected world and leverage its Nobel Peace Prize and huge network to address an even larger task: eliminating nuclear weapons for good. At ICAN, she has become a digital jack-of-all-trades, ranging from design and content creation, website development, email marketing, IT and cybersecurity and more.

ABOUT ICAN: The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a global civil society coalition working to promote adherence to and full implementation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. In 2022, it counted 661 partner organizations in 110 countries. The campaign received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize "for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons."

Maria Alonso

Maria is Autonomous Systems Lead at the World Economic Forum. In her job, she focuses on advancing the future of connected and autonomous mobility. Prior to joining the Forum, Maria worked for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, where she brought research and policymaking closer together and engaged with some of its key international stakeholders. She has also worked for the World Bank, for an international construction company and for a transport consultancy boutique. Maria obtained her PhD in new mobility services from TU Delft in 2020. She also holds an MBA from Quantic School of Business and Technology, and Masters in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Munich and the Technical University of Madrid.

About the World Economic Forum (WEF): The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business, cultural and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. It was established by Prof. Klaus Schwab in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The Forum holds four major annual meetings with the most well-known being the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, held in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland at the beginning of the calendar year.

About DEAN

The Dutch Engineers Alumni Network (DEAN) of TU Delft, University of Twente, Wageningen University and TU Eindhoven launched its activities in 2014 and currently has communities in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Nordics, Spain and Switzerland. By bringing together the engineers that studied in the Netherlands, we hope to create valuable communities for our alumni. We encourage members to use these communities for sharing both achievements and information as well as tapping into the expertise of each other. 

Dutch engineers work across a wide range of sectors, and are affiliated not only with the most prestigious organisations of their fields but in many cases also self-funded start-ups. Some of them may have only recently completed their studies in the Netherlands while others have already lived in one of these countries for a decade or more. This network, therefore, represents a significant source of skills, contacts, and advice.