I am Joris Baars,, 25, from the Netherlands, and currently in my final phase of my Bachelor. During my time at the Oxfam Novib Academy I will focus on the triangulation of natural resource governance, private sector and conflicts. My main interest is to further explore potential models in which agribusiness can play a positive role in the nexus between resource governance and conflict mitigation

1.What has been your biggest success until now?
One of my biggest successes so far has been when I found out that my line of thinking that I have been developing during my study time, corresponds with some parts of the work that Oxfam Novib is doing. My success is therefore that I got the opportunity to come here and further develop my thoughts in relation to Oxfam’s work.

2.What is your best memory?
My best memory at this moment is from a few weeks ago when I bought my first ever, 40 year old motorcycle. Now I can finally skip the long train rides to the Oxfam Novib office in The Hague and drive my bike to work.

3.If you could do anything you’d want right now, what would it be?
I would time travel to see how the development sector in relation to the private sector would look like in 20 years from now. Especially to see how the private sector has become an influential, responsible player in sustainability issues.

4.As a kid, what did you want to be when you’d grow up?
My dream as a kid was to become an inventor of new technological innovations. Unfortunately so far I did not invent the internet or WhatsApp but I do realise now that innovations do not need to be technical but can also be social. By thinking about new models for collaborations with actors from a variety of sectors on global in my current work, I can still become some sort of inventor.