The Society

The Oxford & Cambridge Society of the Netherlands is the official point of contact for alumni of both Universities who reside in The Netherlands. It organises a variety of social and cultural events, including a traditional black-tie dinner each year and also regular informal gatherings in pubs. It also supports and encourages applications to Oxbridge from students within the Dutch school system.

The Society is an autonomous group operating independently of the Universities. Responsibility for this website and any and all activities associated with it are the full responsibility of the group and its organising committee. This website is not maintained, monitored, or in any way under the control of the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge.

The Committee (2023)

Victoria Twist (Newnham, Cambridge, 1980, vj.twist {at} kpnplanet.nl). PRESIDENT. Victoria spent her early years on a Welsh mountain. In 1980 she went to Newnham College, where she read Archaeology and Anthropology. After University she embarked on a career in accountancy, joining the London office of Ernst & Whinney (now EY), and later fulfilled her ambition to travel by taking up posts in Switzerland and Germany before settling in the Netherlands. Victoria was treasurer of the Society for many years before taking on her current role as president.

Ipsa Bajaj (Green Templeton College, 2013, ipsabajaj {at} gmail.com). SECRETARY. Ipsa studied M.Sc. Financial Economics at Said Business School, Oxford in 2013-14 and began her career in Mergers & Acquisitions at Barclays, London. She moved to the Netherlands in 2015 to further pursue M&A at Rabobank and is currently Director, Market Analysis, Forecasting & Strategy at Philips. Ipsa enjoys travelling, food, painting, swimming & hiking (she was a member of the Oxford Walking Club).

Matthias Schmidt (Christ Church, Oxford, 2009, matthias.rene.schmidt {at} gmail.com). TREASURER and MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY. Matthias came to the Netherlands in 2013 after reading for a D.Phil. in Biochemistry in Oxford. He is the treasurer of the Society and his hobbies include running, rowing and languages.

Julian Lewis (Queens’, Cambridge, 1974, julian.lewisnl {at} gmail.com). Julian studied Maths before a career in computing. After a couple of years working in London he then worked for 37 years at the European Space Agency, mostly in Noordwijk. Now retired, he has more time to enjoy typical Dutch outdoor activities such as windsurfing, sailing, and biking. If indoors, he enjoys the Arts Society, wine & gastronomy clubs, and music. 

Nick Bowers (Pembroke College Oxford, 1981 nickbowers2 {at} icloud.com). Nick lives in The Hague with his Dutch wife Sophie-who studied at Newnham College Cambridge. During a thirty five year career in the City of London Nick held a variety of leadership positions in investment banking. He retired three years ago and moved to the Netherlands with Sophie for a new European adventure. Sophie and Nick have five children-all with dual British Dutch nationality and who are now distributed across the globe in Sweden, the USA, the U.K. and the Netherlands. Nick has chaired an African educational charity and a policy think tank-Radix. He remains on the Dutch board of Radix. Nick is interested in European politics and all sports particularly soccer-and still endeavours to run through the dunes. He hopes to use his network and experience to help the Society to continue to grow.

Ping Veldhuis-Shen (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, 2013, shenpingqian {at} gmail.com). Ping studied Engineering Science DPhil and came to the Netherlands in 2018 in the midst of the Brexit uncertainty. Before the Netherlands she worked as a management consultant in Dubai for one year and is now a value engineer, circular engineering at ASML. As a result, she will be the main social event correspondent in North Brabant. Ping was a committee member of Oxford University Walking Club and would like to carry on the field-walking tradition in the lowlands.

Ruth Eichinger (Exeter/Kellogg College, Oxford, 2015). Originally from Austria, Ruth spent several years in the US before coming to the UK to complete her MSc in Integrated Immunology at Oxford. After working in research and teaching, she moved to the Netherlands in 2018, in the midst of Brexit uncertainties, to pursue a medical degree within the European Union. She plans to specialize in Geriatrics and is involved in policy research to improve the care of older adults.

Ruth joined the committee in 2022 to take over responsibilities for website maintenance and event planning.

Xuan Wang (Wolfson College, Oxford, 2012; Exeter College, Oxford 2015; Magdalen College, Oxford 2017-2019). Xuan came to the Netherlands in 2020 and took up an Assistant Professor of Finance position at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and Lecturer at Tinbergen Institute, after reading for a D.Phil. in Financial Economics and an M.Phil. in Economics at Oxford. Xuan has previously worked as a full-time economist at the Bank of England, tutor for PPE students at Magdalen College, and MCR treasurer for Exeter College. Currently at the VU and Tinbergen Institute, Xuan teaches international finance and macroeconomics and supervises PhD and Master students. He works on macro-finance theory, particularly, inflation and bankruptcy risks of the macroeconomy. Xuan lives in Amsterdam. He enjoys yoga, meditation, calligraphy, and languages. Recently he has become a cello dabbler.

Xuan joined the committee in 2022 as treasurer.

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