Meet The Team

“Individuals can and do make a difference, but it takes a board
to really mess things up.”

Josca Schoonejans, Secretary

Josca Schoonejans


Hi! I’m Josca, 1st year PhD student in Cardiovascular Research. I’m new to Cambridge but not to the UK – I previously lived in London for 4 years, and was very involved in the Dutch community there. Sometimes you just need a bit of old-fashioned Dutch gezelligheid, even when abroad 🙂 This year promises to be really exciting for Dutch enthusiasts around Cambridge with all the fun events we have planned!

Katarzyna Krzywicka, Junior Treasurer

Katarzyna Krzywicka

Junior Treasurer

My name is Kat and I am studying MPhil in Clinical Sciences, Experimental Medicine at Girton College.  I have lived and studied Medicine in the Netherlands for the past few years and I wish to come back there at some point. I am not Dutch, but I was very excited to stay in touch with Dutch culture and language and therefore I am part of the committee. I am excited to meet everyone interested in what we do and I encourage you to join us for our swaps and borrels.

Leonard van Thiel, Vice-President

Leonard van Thiel


Hi, my name is Leonard van Thiel, 2nd year PhD Student in Chemical Engineering at Corpus Christi College, and I am the Vice-President this year. My role is to help the President and other committee members to make sure everything is run smoothly and I am very much looking forward to all the activities we will organise this year for you.

Niels van Fraassen

Clubs Representative NWS

Niels did his undergrad at Cambridge, moved to London for his Masters and has now returned to Cambridge for his PhD. He represents the National Committee of NWS and helps organise events with Dutch Society Cambridge.

Wicher Malten, President

Wicher Malten


I am a PhD student in pure mathematics, focusing on geometric representation theory. Previously, I studied at UC Berkeley and at the University of Amsterdam.