Tessa van der Meiden
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We are very happy that on the 1st of February, Mariana joined our team. Here is a short introduction!
We always want to know: What made you apply at NewForesight?
It was actually three things that made me apply: 1) It was NewForesight’s way of thinking (Systems Thinking), experience and engagement with highly complex sustainability challenges, 2) It was joining a team of passionate and very professional people working towards driving change and marking positive impact. Plus, working in a very diverse and international environment. And finally, 3) it was my background. Coming from Peru, I am very sensitive to realities where vulnerable communities are subjected to poverty and environmental degradation. I applied to NewForesight to take an active role in changing these realities.
What is something that you can’t wait to work on?
I can’t wait to work on topics related to inclusive, competitive, and sustainable value chains in the agricultural sector, especially in Latin America. With NewForesight’s focus on my personal development and professional growth, I am sure I will be working on very exciting projects where I will be able to put into practice my knowledge and experience while developing and complementing my skillset.
Are there books that you can recommend?
I just started reading “Invisible women: Exposing data bias in a world designed for men” by Caroline Criado Perez. A friend recommended it to me. It is a shocking and eye opening book. It presents the huge gender data gap in almost every aspect of our lives. With multiple examples, the book highlights the fact that we live in a world built based on male data. It makes you aware that that data is one, if not the main, cause of gender inequality. This is a key issue that requires a systematic change, otherwise, it just reinforces and perpetuates itself. I am looking forward to continuing reading the book and becoming more critical of the way I use, interpret, and take action based on data.
Did you create any new hobbies during the pandemic?
Yes! I started to grow sourdough to make bread. It was a great learning experience, you become obsessed with it. I recommend doing it! No better feeling than eating your own, homemade bread. I also started surfing again which is something I enjoy a lot doing.
Are you interested to work at NewForesight too? We are always looking for people to join our team. Check out our vacancies and apply!