Willem den Ouden (62), general manager
,, I dare to call myself a real "Zeebra". Because officially I live in Goirle in Brabant, but I often and happily stay in Koudekerke in Zeeland. And not only because of my work ... As general manager, I am responsible - together with my colleague Louise van der Heijden - for the strategy, policy and implementation of Delta Platform. This mainly means that we optimally connect all parties we work with. And then with resilient strength, knowledge and expertise to deal with the major social challenges surrounding climate change and sea level rise. We can use the insights we gain in the various national regions with different landscape types globally. At the same time, we train new skilled professionals who can deal with these challenges after their studies. I am happy when a seemingly accidental meeting, directed by Delta Platform, creates a knowledge pool. Especially if it yields more than could have ever come from the sum of its parts. What appeals to me is that the topics we tackle are socially relevant. We are working on the future with this. I look forward to the coming years in which our team will take on these challenges with pleasure and enthusiasm. "
Sophie van de Voorde (21), executive secretary
,, The village of Koudekerke in Zeeland is the ideal place for me to live. I've lived there all my life and I like it there. It is quiet and yet fully equipped. If I want, I'll be in Middelburg in no time, in the busier city life. Or on the boulevard in Vlissingen, where I like to meet with my friends on a terrace. Especially after a nice day of work. As executive secretary, I unburden my Delta Platform colleagues by making schedules, preparing and organizing meetings. My day is successful if I have made every effort to ensure that the others' day runs smoothly and smoothly. I get to know a lot of new people through the many contacts, mainly via mail and telephone, I like that. Delta Platform has a dynamic field of work with many different organizations and people. No two days are the same. I look forward to future new challenges that I can tackle. "
Marcia de Nooijer (23), project assistant
“I really like the freedom and responsibility I get at Delta Platform. I am a process manager and am allowed to make budgets, set up procedures and give advice. Our entire team works on various projects. For me, the emphasis is on the Water Lecturers’ Platform and the Flanders-Netherlands Cooperation Platform, a unique collaboration in which the social challenges and social innovation form the basis for the issues. Such a project is like a puzzle: finance, legal affairs, staffing. When all those puzzle pieces come together, the work goes smoothly. My day is successful when I have sorted out all kinds of things and made the picture right. Then I feel energetic at night to start training with my horse. I find it interesting that Delta Platform makes the connection between education and the market. I hope for a stronger position of hbo education in research projects in order to prepare students well for the future in a time of rapid development. "
Ivonne Heinen (30), communication manager
,, I am originally German. I have been living in the Netherlands for a long time, in Vlissingen on the "wood coast", a neighborhood with wooden houses. That is near the sea. I couldn't live without it. The Netherlands has always attracted me with all that ingenuity, the openness, but also the vulnerability due to its location close to water. That is why I am in the right place at Delta Platform. Always on the move, working with themes related to water and of interest to everyone. And that can ultimately change something through collaboration. As a communication manager I coordinate communication. With that I try to increase our network and reach. Intensive days in which I get many things done give me energy! I am not satisfied until everything finally falls into place with "puzzling", asking questions and looking for connections. In this way I hope to contribute to a firmer and even broader network of great minds. From professionals who reinforce each other and jointly support the social, water-related issues of tomorrow. "
Denise van Eekeren, Project assistant
“I live in Bergen op Zoom, the city where Brabant kisses Zeeland. From there I have been organizing workshops and business events for years. It's a passion of mine. I like to support people with my organizational talent in executing ideas. In such processes I think both strategically and conceptually. I've always done this work as a freelance entrepreneur, but I wanted to be part of a team. I have known Delta Platform for a long time because I regularly spoke with Willem den Ouden and other team members at events I was involved in. The world is small. I find the topics Delta Platform focuses on very interesting. It's really about something. In terms of content, I am a bit further away from that than some of my colleagues. I think that's a good thing, because then I can look at it with fresh eyes. As a project employee I am involved in, among other things, the Freshwater Academy Schouwen-Duiveland. I am also involved in the Southwest Delta Knowledge Community and the Delta Expert training."