Global Shapers 2012 made me feel motivated and engaged to make a difference!

JonasMedeirosThe Global Shapers Program Generation 2012 was undoubtedly a fantastic experience! The opportunity to share experiences with people from different places of the world is very enriching. I realized through this exchange that despite cultural differences, our doubts, professional expectations and challenges are very similar.



Global Shapers Generation 2015: Are you ready to shape our future? Apply in June!

The Global Shapers: Generation 2015 application period will take place from June 1 until June 15So if you are ready to shape our future, be prepared and apply for Global Shapers! 


Rebranding the Global Share Plan: Using the strengths of the young generation

Global Share plan

On January 13 the Global Share Plan challenge was announced on the ARCADIS Global Shapers Yammer community. The Lovinklaan Foundation offered a great opportunity for all Global Shapers (whether they attended a program or not) to use their generation’s strengths to rebrand the Global Share Plan (GSP). How can the GSP be rebranded to create more awareness about the possibilities and encourage young Arcadians to join?

44 Shapers teamed up, joined the challenge, shared knowledge, worked together virtually and shared their ideas with the Lovinklaan. On April 13 the winning team 2 presented their ideas to the Lovinklaan board. Thijs Homan, team member of the winning team shares his experiences in joining this challenge:

Somewhere in the beginning of 2015 a message appeared on the Global Shapers Yammer network: “The Lovinklaan needs your help: How to rebrand the Global Share Plan?”. The Lovinklaan foundation wanted to rebrand the Global Share Plan and challenged all Global Shapers to come up with their best ideas on how to do this. The team with the best proposal could win a budget to develop their ideas further and help the Lovinklaan with their rebranding strategy.


My Shelter mission to the Philippines

11061178_781547441914664_2325868374628509833_nIn March 2015, a Shelter mission was organized to the cities Iloilo, Silay and Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines. ARCADIS colleagues Francesca Miranda (ARCADIS Chile), Raldi Formantes (Calisson US), Chris Davies (Hyder Philippines/Australia) Josh Pauw (Hyder Melbourne) and Shelter program manager Bert Smolders assessed and developed recommendations on the drainage systems of these cities. Moreover Langdon Seah staff members Gilbert Ricafrente joined the mission in Iloilo, Jason Pablo in Silay and Mark Ogot in Cagayan de Oro.

Josh Pauw shared his experiences during this mission.


Taking your career abroad

EC Harris assistant project manager Shyam Visavadia opens up on why he believes his move to the Middle East has accelerated his career.

With less than two years of experience in project management, I  decided to take my career into my own hands by taking up an  opportunity to relocate from the UK to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). My decision to relocate came up partially through my Arcadis’ Quest journey to Shanghai and Hong Kong which I undertook in January 2014.

It was from this experience which allowed me to realise the value of international experience, and motivated me to gain further exposure in a dynamic and competitive market outside the UK. For young Generation Y professionals, this is the time to take these chances as we are less bound to long-term commitments. The business was very supportive, and I approached a number of leaders within the business to gain some useful advice on my long term aspirations.