Welcome to this week’s Humans of the Hub post! This weeks’ post is on Leianne Wijnhoud!
Leianne is one of our café staff and events team members and has been with the Humanity Hub since September last year!

Leianne is currently a second-year student at Leiden University studying International Relations and Organisations, choosing to study the course for its international exposure and focus.

“I grew up as an international child and have lived across the world, it really gave me an international perspective and it was that focus on internationality which attracted me to The Hague to study”

Alongside her studies, Leianne works as a café staff member, helping to support event catering and logistics. We asked her what attracted her to the Humanity Hub.

“I’ve always been interested in the work NGO’s and International Organisations do, I couldn’t imagine a career where I wasn’t given something back. So I wanted to work in a space where I could directly interact with some of the organisations that inspire me and that I may want to get involved with in the future”

“I do enjoy my job; every day is different, and I get to meet different people from a really diverse community. One day they’ll be lecturers from a university, and the next they’ll be a group of ambassadors. Generally speaking, people enjoy a chat, so I have real opportunities to interact with some interesting people”


Welcome to this week’s Humans of the Hub post! This weeks’ innovator is Árpád Rózsás!

Árpád is a founding member of PNGK, a member organisation of The Hague Humanity Hub, as well as working for TNO, a Dutch organisation focusing on sustainable innovations.

Árpád is a civil engineer by background, but many of his projects are far from civil engineering. PNGK is a tech start-up currently testing how a machine translation engine, which was developed together with Translators without Borders and Prompsit, can help human translators to aid migration services.

Árpád co-founded PNGK last year, intent on utilising his skillset for good, and make an impact in humanitarian action and sustainable development.

“The main factor is the feeling of responsibility to devote my time and effort to problems which I consider urgent and pressing.”

PNGK was launched last year, and Árpád was even present for the grand opening of the Humanity Hub! Through initiatives such as The Humanitarian Action Challenge, co-organised by the Hub, PNGK not only won in all three challenges, but were also able to form valuable connections.

“The challenge taught us how to work on project in the humanitarian sector and provided us all the help to work on real issues; without doubt it gave a boost to PNGK”

“I can confidently say that if it was not for The Hague and the Humanity Hub, then PNGK wouldn’t be where it is today.”

Welcome to this week’s Humans of the Hub post! This weeks’ innovator is Katie Davis! Katie works in Communications for HiiL and spoke to us about her experience at the Innovating Justice Forum last week! HiiL drives change in justice systems to be more user-friendly through evidence-based and people-centred work processes.

Katie is hugely passionate about justice and spoke of her enjoyment of the Innovating Justice Forum earlier this month;

“The Innovating Justice Forum is the most important justice event of the year. Justice systems around the world are excluding many people, and not helping them find solutions to their problems. The Forum is so important to help justice innovators globally come together to solve inefficiencies in the system itself”

“For me personally, it’s really inspiring to see some of the people challenging the power dynamics that disempower ordinary citizens on the quest for justice. The bravery and leadership shown by so many of the innovators at the event is amazing, and it was a privilege to be a part of it”

To learn more about HiiL and their innovative justice solutions check out their website

Every week we’ll be giving you insight into the passionate and dedicated people at the Humanity Hub working on innovative solutions in the fields of justice, peace and humanitarian action.

Murray Ackman, a Research Fellow for the Institute for Economics & Peace! Murray has been a part of our community since Summer 2018 and said of the Humanity Hub:

“It’s a positive and rewarding environment with great sense of community! It’s been great for my professional growth, because of the networking opportunities in particular”

Murray’s research focuses on the cross-section of data and peace, with the aim of quantifying and measuring peace to show that it is a positive, tangible and achievable measure of human well-being and development.

To learn more about how his organisation helps create a world that is more peaceful and fulfilling for the majority of the people on the planet, check out: http://economicsandpeace.org/

Here at the Humanity Hub we’re passionate about innovation and championing the innovators in our community. We’re letting you go behind the scenes of the Hub so you can meet some of the amazing members we have in our community.

We are kicking off our blog series on the Humans of the Hub with Rutger Hofste from the World Resources Institute! He agreed to tell us what he’s been up to in some of his recent endeavours and what it’s like being part of the Humanity Hub community…

What’s your name?

Rutger Hofste

Who do you work for?

World Resources Institute. WRI is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being.

What do you do?

I work as a data scientist in the Water Team. We help companies, governments and international organisations understanding water risks including droughts, floods and help them set better targets. Water is often a local issue and works quite differently than CO2 emissions. Climate change will affect humankind predominantly through the water cycle.

What’s your current table football ranking? 

Haha, this is a good one. Together with excellent teammates I won both tournaments so far [The Hub hosts table football tournaments with its members]. Probably more due to the teammates than myself. However, I will be abroad during the next event, so no competition from me! Grab your chance!


Rutger and his teammates from PWC2 at the Hackathon


Rutger was part of the Hackathon for Peace, Security and Justice event last month! Rutger’s team came in the first round of challenges and third overall in the competition. Here’s what he had to say about the day…

What was the event, and what was it like?

It was the Hackathon for Peace justice and Security. A hackathon is basically where people spend a significant amount of time coding. It was great, there were many interesting challenges and the challenges really matter to the world.  The event also had a really good vibe! It was extremely well organized too.

My group participated in the Red Cross challenge. It was about trying to identify and classify damage using data sets, such a satellite imagery, to analyse the extent of damage caused by disasters in remote areas. We ended first in our challenge and third overall. We won €2500. More importantly, the data team at the Red Cross 510 will implement the approach. It was great that we were able to make such an impactful difference straight away.


“The data team at the Red Cross 510 will implement the approach. It was great that we were able to make such an impactful difference straight away.”


What are you hoping to/did you achieve from it?

It was great to use my skills to help people in need, I got to know other talented people in different fields, update my Machine Learning Skills and gain experience working with UAV (drone) data.

Back to everyday life, what’s it like being a member of the Humanity Hub?

The Humanity Hub has a great mix of people, I like being able to mingle with start-ups and existing organisations. The nexus of technical, social and entrepreneurial skills is something that is important to me and works extremely well if you ask me. It might sound cheesy, but the sum is more than its parts. I just wish there was a little tech corner with lots of monitors, so I could be a complete nerd!


If you want to read more about the Red Cross challenge and read Rutger’s teams post on the day click the links here