Rani Temmink


My name is Rani Temmink, and I joined the SDD programme in the academic year sa2015/2016. I am currently a master’s student in International Development Studies, with a specialization in sociology. I have a bachelor in Rural Development and Innovation (RDI). Having a very social science academic background, I recently became interested in nature (conservation) as well. I am fascinated by the human-nature relationships. After all, we, humans, need nature to survive. That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to do SDD.

I grew up in an expat family. I lived in Belgium, India, and Egypt before coming to The Netherlands to study. I have traveled the world and seen many issues which I would like to support to create a better quality of life. I believe this is the reason why I am interested in diplomacy.  My whole life I have been surrounded by diplomats and have been involved in diplomacy. I find it a very interesting world to be in. The dynamics between the different actors is something I find very interesting and challenging. Although I am happy how the diplomacy world has shaped itself today, I also believe that we need a paradigm shift. The world changes every day and systems need to change with it. We have already seen some, but I hope that many more of the new young generation will take action for change (or at least improvements).

As of September 2016 until end of December 2016, you will find me doing my internship at Wetlands International. I am mainly involved in monitoring & evaluation, as this is an important step in the project management cycle – the main question being: Are the projects effective and how do we monitor them? After that I will do my thesis, hopefully on the topic of water, somewhere far far away.

During my free time, I love to do sports, play music, travel, explore, photograph, film, play (board) games and socialize.