MeetUp A.03 | Halle 1 / hall 1
Thema/Themenreihe: Gesellschaft | Steuer, Recht & Politik
Network of European Engineers in Politics (NEEP): why and how we bring policy-makers and STEM professionals together.
The social relevance of engineering and science is crucial to the public. This means, STEM experts are not only expected to solve actual problems, but they are also responsible for wisely deciding when to focus on what challenge, as well as how to interact with a larger audience. This same audience in Europe democratically chooses national and EU representatives that could benefit from a closer collaboration with STEM professionals. It’s therefore crucial to enable an environment that links STEM, society and politics. That’s the core idea behind NEEP and what we want to discuss in this meetup.
Details zum/r Referent/in MBA, M.Sc. Yasmine Kechaou
Vita: I was born where the sun shines and olive oil and spices are a must, studied engineering where cars and pretzels are the best made, got inspired by balancing hard work with siesta and tapas, embraced the Fika life-style and enjoyed a bistro and espresso between marketing and finance seminars. Mastering five languages fluently helped me navigate in the international environment I am in. But the most relevant characteristic to do so is my intrinsic curiosity and interest in people and new ways of thinking and my relentless pursuit of ways to achieve common well-being.
I am currently a productivity manager at Infineon Technologies in Germany and lead of the Network of European Engineers in Politics (NEEP), an initiative that I founded with Gerardo Arroyo within the organisation European Young Engineers (EYE). The main motivation behind building NEEP lays on addressing the need for a better collaboration between politicians and STEM students and professionals. The ceremony held in June 2021 in Madrid with the Spanish engineers congress-members marked the official launch of the pilot phase of the network.
After studying Materials and Industrial engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, working on my thesis at the Research Institutes of Sweden, and gaining experience at BMW and Siemens, I wanted to acquire knowledge in business administration, thus completed my MBA at the Collège des Ingénieurs (CDI) while working in the digitalisation department at Linde Engineering.
Since high-school I’ve been volunteering in several organisations with different focuses. Being socially active is a way for me to transform gratitude into action, make an impact and create meaningful connections. Be it while volunteering or working in university institutes or restaurants or big corporates, I learned hands-on how to cope with uncertainties, deal with intercultural differences, be bold and never shy away from creating something from scratch.
You’ll probably find me working out, trekking or experimenting with sourdough if I am not managing projects or trying to solve existentialist questions with my artist friends around a margarita.