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New addition: Joséphine Blaazer

September 17, 2021

Interview with Joséphine Blaazer

Joséphine has been working as a researcher at JBR since June 2021. She holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics.

How did you get to JBR?

After completing my PhD at the University of Amsterdam, I was looking for a position that was not limited to a service or sector. Since I had been focusing on a subject for four years, I was ready for a new world. JBR offered this: six wonderful sectors at the forefront of opportunities for innovation. Although I actually ended up at JBR completely by chance: through LinkedIn. On both sides we had a very good click, and I really like the fact that I can apply my own background in life science and agriculture as well as my family's background in maritime affairs to various assignments.


What are your expectations?

What I like about working in consultancy is that you can really have an influence and that you can see that influence being implemented in the short term. I hope to contribute to this - the Netherlands has the perfect landscape for entrepreneurs, but also on an international level. For many entrepreneurs it's more than just work, it's also a passion. In addition, I expect that working in teams with the people here will lead to many insights and an incredibly good atmosphere.

What makes you happy in your work?

No matter how fun your work is, colleagues are a big part of the fun you actually have. In that respect, I think it's all right here at JBR - I've received an incredibly warm welcome and I'm very happy with that. In addition, an intellectual challenge is important to me - as a researcher, I am trained to get the most out of data (of a textual or numerical nature) and arrive at a meaningful synthesis. It is essential to get the most out of myself and the most out of the environment.


What is your motto and why?

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity"- Seneca.

Speaks for itself, right?


What do you do in your spare time?

My family comes from the coastal region (Zuid-Kennemerland) and since childhood I have loved to go there for cycling and walking. Both in the dunes of Santpoort-Bloemendaal and over the locks of IJmuiden to eat fish in the harbour. I also used to climb (top-rope) for a while, but unfortunately Corona threw a spanner in the works. The confidence you build up during this sport (in yourself and in your partner) is incredible. I have also always been an avid reader and no book is too thick for me. At the moment I am reading a lot of David Sedaris, but also the books of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende and Amos Oz are among my favorites. Finally, I try to brush up on my French language skills in the evenings.


Josephine Blaazer
Josèphine Blaazer

Finally, we ask Margo Blikman and Marten Giersch for an addition.

Margo and Marten are Joséphine's mentors.


Does Joséphine work on projects immediately?

Joséphine works immediately on projects in our sectors: maritime & offshore, healthcare, food & agri and industrial markets.

In doing so, she immediately acquires various skills: she works on a market request for the maritime sector. In doing so, she is assessing the documents prepared by SG Analytics, the Indian agency. She is working with Lisan on the merger year review for the Healthcare sector, a publication that will be released soon.


What do we learn from Joséphine?

We learn a lot from Josephine. She asks a lot of questions and that is important for us. We start thinking again about subjects we take for granted. For example, she has a strong vision on a sustainable world.

She has extensive knowledge of data, data collection, data use and data interpretation. In her studies, Josephine gained research experience, independent and proactive. All competencies that we, at JBR, benefit from.


How does her study connect to her work at JBR?

Joséphine has extensive knowledge of data, data collection, data use and data interpretation. In her studies, Josephine gained research experience, independent and proactive. All competencies that we, at JBR, benefit from.

Together with Marten she can form a fantastic data team.

In addition, she has built up a relationship file that is also of interest to us. We even have a common relationship. Josephine has worked a lot with this company during her PhD research.


How does the onboarding program work at JBR?

The onboarding program consists of both internal and external courses given. Besides Joséphine, we have welcomed more new colleagues. As a result, we have put together an intensive training program for the coming weeks, consisting of technical, professional courses, combined with practical workshops given by JBR colleagues. In addition, each new colleague will be assigned a 'mentor' as a sparring partner for the first period within JBR. Together with your mentor, new employees draw up a 100-day plan; in this plan, in addition to the various training courses to be followed, the objectives in terms of development are included.


New addition: Joséphine Blaazer
Margo Blikman en Marten Giersch