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  • 20
    May

    Science and engineering aren’t boring - boring programs are

    Nikolaas Baeckelmans, Vice President EU Affairs, ExxonMobil

    Recently appointed as member of JA Europe’s Board of Directors, I am proud to represent ExxonMobil in its quest to foster a diverse workforce of highly talented individuals. ExxonMobil is a global company with more than 70,000 employees, most of them scientists and engineers as the energy sector is extremely high-tech.

  • 19
    May

    Financial Education and the Digital Future

    Nicolas Huss, CEO Visa Europe

    Amsterdam was recently the focal point for the world of financial literacy. Two major events took place there. These attracted royalty, politicians, academics and business people, like myself. All joined the debate on how to teach young people to be financially resilient.

    I joined the board of Junior Achievement Europe at one of those events, the organisation’s annual general meeting. My motivation is simple. I've participated in its programmes before. I've seen the benefits to students and volunteers. And, I want to help it tackle the digital future. More on that below.

  • 09
    Mar

    Fostering entrepreneurship and building skills – An important pillar of Europe’s future prosperity

    Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer, Hyundai Motor Europe

    Europe has been experiencing turbulent times, both politically as well as economically. At the same time, we have seen the region living up to the challenges. Just look at the countries that were struggling most with the Euro crisis: their economies are mostly on the upswing again. That’s an important trend for all Europeans – and in particular for the young who, despite their good education, have found it hard to secure work.

  • 10
    Sep

    Teaching Entrepreneurship, Changing Lives

    April Hawkins, Assistant Vice President, MetLife Foundation

    At the most basic level, the JA Company Programme aims to teach young people how to start and operate a real business. Anyone who has had the privilege of volunteering with the programme or speaking with participants knows that it accomplishes so much more. It changes students’ lives.

  • 15
    Mar

    6 Tips for Mastering the Art of Presentation Skills

    Ajay Kapur, Senior Project Manager at UBS

    I recently had the opportunity to lead a webinar on the importance of presentation skills, part of a UBS and JA Europe programme running in France, Spain, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. The workshop was an overall success, engaging over 80 students and teachers.

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