Information about society events is circulated via an e-mail distribution list consisting of all members plus any other interested people. Any Oxford or Cambridge alumnus/alumna living in The Netherlands is welcome to be on this list.

To add your address to the mailing list, or to remove it, or to notify a change of your e-mail address, please send a short e-mail containing your wishes to the Secretary. Alternatively, click here to obtain a form that can be used to submit details. The names and e-mail addresses of current committee members are listed here. For emails addressed to the society in general, please use


Victoria Twist (Newnham, Cambridge, 1980, vj.twist {at} 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} 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, {at} 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.

Johannes Holbein (Oxford Physics Dept, 2009, j.hohlbein {at} WEBMASTER. Johannes came to the Netherlands in 2012 after working for 4 years at the University of Oxford as a postdoctoral research assistant. Since then he has been employed at Wageningen University and enjoys doing research and teaching students. For the Society, he is responsible for keeping the website up to date and for organising the monthly drinks in The Hague.

Julian Lewis (Queens’, Cambridge, 1974, julian.lewisnl {at} 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} 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 Shen (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, 2013, shenpingqian {at} Ping studied Engineering Science DPhil and came to the Netherlands in 2018 in the midst of the great 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.