Dear members of Itiwana and other interested visitors,

A new study year has begun! This means a new board of Itiwana, board XXVII! This year we, Amber, Loes, Simone, Wouter, Jet, Simone and Mandy, will make sure with lots of enthusiasm that it will be an amazing year with fun activities, adventurous trips and inspiring magazines. In the text down below we will introduce ourselves shortly!


Hi! My name is Amber Tolboom and I am the Chairwoman of the board of Itiwana this year. I’m 21 years old and a third year bachelor student who will extend her student life at least one year because there is so much I want to do here in the beautiful city of Leiden. I’m always finding other ways to keep busy and to get to know more people: I was very active within Itiwana in my first year, joined a student association in my second year and this year I’m in the Board of Itiwana! I’m very fond of making videos, going to the beach, meeting new people, parties and ofcourse (like many other anthropology students) travelling. I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of people who have connections with Itiwana and getting to know all the beautiful members of Itiwana. I’m always available for a chat, answering questions or any other business!

So don’t be shy to come to me with a question or if you need a tip, you can email me at


Hi everyone! I will be the secretary of the board of Itiwana this year! I am Loes and I'm 21 years old. I'm in the third year of my bachelor and I'm currently taking classes in journalism. I live in an anti-squat apartment in Leiderdorp, but my hometown will always be the most beautiful city of the Netherlands: Rotterdam. I really like to sing karaoke, discover nature, make music and create videos. This year I will keep track of the mail, take minutes during meetings and make sure the beautiful archive of Itiwana will be neat and tidy. And together with my amazing committee we will be creating two ICA magazines. Besides that, I will be a member of the activities committee: be prepared for some epic parties!

You can contact me by sending an e-mail to


I am Simone van der Hoek, 20 years old and a second years Cultural Anthropology and Developmentsociology student. This year I am the treasurer of Itiwana in Board XXVII. My job this year is to manage the money and I am responsible for the accountancy of the association. This means that I keep track of the income and the expenses, make payments and execute collections. Also together with the travel committee I will be planning a great study trip this year, wich I am really excited about. If you have any questions, problems or anything else just come to me or mail to I am very much looking forward to making this a fantastic year together with my board and get to know all the Itiwana members!

Education officer

Hellooooooooooo my name's Wouter and I'm this year's education officer. I'm chair of the educom, in charge of the coming two Studystore-booksales, and also member of the institute's programme committee. So if any of you have any comments about certain courses or lecturers, please let me know! Some info about me: I'm 21 years old and three years into the bachelor programme. I'm also not very good at describing myself. The thing I hope about this year, is that Itiwana be a nice addition to yours, in terms of having fun and helping out whenever you could use some help. Also, the Hok is always open from 10 to 17 if you need someone to talk to for whatever reason, or if you have some time to kill. There's always at least someone from the board and plenty space to sit :) I love getting to meet and know new people, so don't hesitate to come around! 


You can contact me by sending an e-mail to

Activities officer

Hi everyone, my name is Simone Luca and this year I’m Itiwana’s Activities Officer. I’m 20 years old and grew up in a small farming village near Rotterdam. In my spare time I love to play tennis, going out in the nature, making road trips and meet up with friends. I’m a second-year bachelor student and I hope I can finish my bachelor in three years. It’s going to be a challenge to combine everything I’m busy with but I’m really looking forward to it.

If you have questions about any activities or have some refreshing ideas, don't hesitate to send an e-mail to

External Affairs officer

My name is Jet Huugen, I am 20 years old and this year I will be the External Affairs Officer and the Vice Chair of Itiwana. I am a third year student in Anthropology and I am from the area of  Arnhem, but I am happy to say that I am currently living in Leiden. In addition I am the chair of the alumni and acquisition committee and the survival committee. Furthermore I enjoy spending time with my friends and visiting museums. If you have got any questions of want to have a chat, feel free to come by the hok of send me an email! I am looking forward to make the most out this year together with my board and the members of Itiwana.

You can contact me by sending an e-mail to

Communications officer

My name is Mandy Huibregtsen, I'm 19 years old and I'm a second year Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology student. I was born in Rotterdam, but have been living in Capelle aan den IJssel my whole life. This year I'll be the Communications Officer of Itiwana! I will be busy with all the promotion, including the Itiweek, monthly flyers, social media, the website, and more. Furthermore I am the chair of the Photocommittee and the Bulletin committee. Together with the Photo committee I will take pictures during every activity to make sure that all of the beautiful memories are immortalized! Together with the Bulletin committee I will publish four beautiful magazines for Itiwana's members. 

Besides Itiwana I'm an active member of my local korfballclub. If you can't find me at university or on the field, you can probably find me at a concert somewhere. 

You can always send me an e-mail through New ideas, tips, etc. are always welcome!

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