Introducing the Alumni Team

Anne Maire Begg - Scotland

Alumni Coordinator

I’m Annie Begg from Scotland. I am Secretary of the CEI International Board and Alumni Coordinator.  My role is to support all Alumni, to help them work  with all the delegates at the annual conference, to make sure everyone gets the most they can out of the Conference experience, and to help everyone become better Caretakers of their environment , on behalf of the Board.

Jana Cox - Ireland/The Netherlands


My job is to lead the senior alumni committee , help them accomplish their tasks and coordinate all our meetings

Nowadays I am doing a PhD at Utrecht University (The Netherlands) researching the changing sediment of deltas. My focus is the Dutch Delta and how climate change and sea level rise will affect deltas and estuaries which are heavily influenced by people and engineering.

As part of my job I work on climate change and sustainability. My favourite part is doing multi disciplinary work with people outside my field. I also began and am part of the Young Women of Geosciences a group of peers who are working towards a more diverse and inclusive environment at my University. 

I am living in Utrecht together with Julien for the past 3 years now and I spend my spare time painting, cooking, playing Animal Crossing and reading fantasy books (when I can go outside I also still like to orienteer). I am still very much obsessed with hedgehogs. 

Julien Beuken - The Netherlands

Senior Alumni Liaison:

I represent the alumni in discussions with the CEI International Board and act as a mediator of discussions

Since the start of 2018 I work for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, where I advise our Director-General responsible for international development cooperation on policy and management topics. Sounds fancy, but means I hear a lot about what my country and the international community is doing about topics like the Sustainable Development Goals, combating climate change and the fight against poverty and inequality. I also try to contribute to making our ministry more inclusive and for everyone to feel fit and vital in their working place. Happy people get lots more done!

When I’m not working I like to be outside and explore my surroundings, go for walks through nature and catch some sunlight. Equally I enjoy relaxing with a good book, movie or playing games online. I love having plants around me to take care of and find the sound of singing birds very relaxing. Actually… nature in general has that effect on me :)

Laura Kelly (née Cox) - Ireland


As the most organised member of our team, I write the emails, the lists and try and keep everyone on track. I am also the Alumni Website Administrator

Currently working in Dublin as an FIT Operations Coordinator,  which is basically a fancy way of saying that I work for a tour operator which organises holidays in Ireland and Scotland for American tourists. I chose this job because I love to travel (part of the reason I have attended so many CEI conferences) but I chose my company because they are very involved in promoting sustainable tourism. We want people to make travel matter, to make tourism sustainable in the long term.

During my downtime, I love to go orienteering locally and internationally. I’m also a huge gamer thanks to my husband so I’m often on the Xbox or playing League of Legends online. Apart from this I love to read (a mix of genres but my favourites are historical fiction and fantasy) and partake in my newest hobby, colouring by numbers.

Nadia Young - USA

Social Media Director:

I am responsible for updating, maintaining  and moderating the alumni social media channels and providing media support before and during the conference

I spend most of my time studying at the University of Illinois in Chicago. I live five minutes away from Lake Michigan which is in the hub of City sustainability. I research basic issues of quantitative reasoning in Urban planning.I examine marginalized communities enduring the harsh realities of climate change. Once I graduate I aim to promote comprehensive growth and sustainability of the City and its surrounding neighborhoods. 

Alongside my studies at the university, I research the most cost-effective and environmentally-friendly habits humans can adapt when taking care of their body. I create lotions that alleviate pain, scalp masks that promote hair growth, and even facial scrubs that can boost energy. I hope to create my own cosmetics and hygiene line that can take care of humans AND the environment at a low cost. 

During my off time I enjoy recycling fabrics, discovering new recipes, and collecting indoor plants. Living so close to downtown has given me the ability to access fresh and local produce but also taught me how to become a responsible consumer. Being a caretaker has been my responsibility since the moment I was born. I will fight and advocate for my planet and my people until environmental equity is established. 

Samuel Thelaus - Sweden/Australia

Junior Alumni Coordinator:

I work closely with the junior alumni in their day-to-day tasks ahead of the conference and work in a mentoring and supporting role. If junior alumni have any questions, whether it be personal or work related, they can turn to me for guidance.

I work as a research assistant at UNSW and the University of Sydney in Australia. My job is to run statistical models to better understand and develop treatments for gambling and drug addiction. This means sitting in front of a computer 8-12 hours a day, which can make my back very sore. Therefore, I spend my free time taking walks with my flat mates dog Lola and going hiking in the Blue Mountains, a mountain range covered by rainforest only 1.5 hours from my house.

When I’m not a professional computer nerd or dog walker, I enjoy playing the drums in a metal band and watching professional esports, mostly Dota 2. I’m gluten and lactose intolerant and my favorite food is Korean BBQ.

Junior and National Alumni

Junior Alumni Selection is in Progress and the 2021 Alumni will be announced in February

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