As Director of the international AESIS Network Anika brings together stakeholders in academia, government, industry and civil society to exchange experiences and best practices on demonstrating and optimising the impact of world-class science on economy, culture and well-being. Besides developing conferences, courses and expert-meetings on several aspects within this spectrum, such as impact assessment, research strategy, science policy and many more, she also frequently performs as speaker on mapping stakeholders in the science impact eco-system and teaching skills for project management and engagement with non-academic players.
Anika received her Research Master’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Leiden University, the Netherlands, where she continued working on research projects and teaching programmes for two years. Her project management skills were gained through her work at Médecins du Monde, TEDx and the film industry. With a Musical Theatre degree from AMDA - New York in her back pocket Anika still manages to write and perform whenever she is not busy trying to help increase the utilisation of scientific knowledge and data for the wellbeing of people and the world they live in.
Her motto: “Tomorrow is too late, yesterday is over. Now is exactly the right time!”