Meet the team

January 25, 2016

Executive


Rune Kvist

RUNE KVIST

Co-Founder & CEO

Rune studies Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University. He only began to dream of studying abroad when he met an Oxford student while climbing Mt. Kenya – after being rejected from a Danish university. It doesn’t have to be that complicated. While drinking beer in a pub in Oxford, Rune, Marcus and Anders (advisors to Project Access) decided to do something to change that, and make sure that information about these types of universities is accessible to everyone. Rune was previously the Managing Director of the Oxford Strategy Group, is currently a member of the executive board at Danish Students Abroad and was working with McKinsey & Co. in London this summer.

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Anna

Anna Gross

Co-Founder & Co-Managing Director

Since finishing school Anna has deliberately sought out international education opportunities, spending two years at Peking University studying Chinese and then going on to do a degree in History at the University of Oxford. During her time at Oxford she did a range of different internships only to find that her passion lay in dynamic nonprofits and social entrepreneurship. Aware of how important the encouragement and help of former Oxford students was for her own application process, she hopes to extend the access to this kind of mentorship through Project Access. Anna was previously the Founding President of Swedish International Students & Alumni, has worked for the China Program of the Carter Center and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community.

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Nicholas

Nicholas Butts

Co-Founder & Co-Managing Director

Nicholas has studied at some of the world’s best universities in Asia, Europe and the US, where he is currently a Crown Prince Frederik Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. He graduated from Peking University, the LSE, and previously studied at Sciences Po, Paris. Nicholas worked for the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the former special advisor of the Danish PM. He is passionate about relations between China and the West and the role education plays in this – he was the Danish Youth Ambassador to China, has been named a Young Leader by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and he writes regularly for the National Interest on Chinese foreign policy. Nicholas is a partner in a Beijing-based start-up, which currently works with LGBT-rights in China.

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jakub

Jakub Labun

Director of Global Expansion

Jakub studies Economics and Management at the University of Oxford. He would never have had considered studying abroad had it not been for the excellent mentoring he received in high school. He feels passionate about providing this chance to others and is committed to reach out to the students who may not yet realise how far their talent can take then. He has held roles in various Oxford societies and has experience with Goldman Sachs in London. At present, he is also a director at the Oxford Strategy Group.

Hannah Niese

Hannah Niese

Director of Content

Hannah studies European Studies and Spanish at King’s College London. She only applied to UK universities because she was wondering what she could do with a good score in the CAE English exam. Studying in London has opened doors to study at ITESM in Mexico, the University of Hong Kong and Complutense University in Madrid and she is passionate about helping others to get similar opportunities. Hannah was born and raised in Salzburg, Austria, a place full of classical music and tourism, so she loves learning languages and sings in a choir. Hannah has worked at Aberdeen Asset Management and in trading at J.P. Morgan.

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Kwok Li Chen

Kwok Li Chen

Director of Engagement

Li Chen applied to Oxford on a whim after reading a novel in which a character applies to Oxford and bombs his interview but still gets an offer. Thankfully, his own interview experience was more encouraging and he now studies Archaeology and Anthropology there. He believes that broadening university access is important for two reasons. Firstly, all students should be given a shot at pursuing their dream courses at the best universities in their field. Secondly, university access is intimately tied to the self-imagining of potential applicants and it would be cruel to deny them the knowledge necessary to realistically evaluate their strategies and options. He is also fond of cinema and his short films have toured on the international film festival circuit.


Advisory Board


Anders Krohn

Anders Krohn

Advisor

Anders has studied at five universities on three continents and is Co-founder and Managing Director of Ublend, a tech startup helping students make the most out of their time at university. He is a member of the Youth Advisory Board of the non-profit Young Global Pioneers and was member of the executive board at Danish Students Abroad. Anders is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community.

Marcus Henglein

Marcus Henglein

Advisor

Marcus graduated with first-class honours in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford, St Edmund Hall where he also in the first boat for the Oxford University Lightweight rowing team. He also holds a MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. Previously, he has worked at Dansk Bank, Saxo Bank, and CapitalAID, a financial technology start-up. He recently joined Boston Consulting Group.

Joshua Powell

Joshua Powell

Advisor

Josh is currently in his second year of the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. He teaches Mathematics at a secondary school in Manchester, where he is also studying for an MA in Education. He graduated with a First Class degree in PPE from the University of Oxford, winning several university prizes, during which time he was also President of the Oxford Hub. Josh is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community.


Technology


Elson Tan

Elson Tan

Chief Tech

Elson’s an aspiring web developer from Malaysia, he co-founded a web development team, Nedex.io and has a portfolio of successful projects ranging from web designs to full scale content management systems. He is currently pursuing Bachelor Degree in Computer Science @ University of Wollongong Australia. Personally, he likes to take on new challenges and learn new things. PHP is his language of choice over English.

Soham Saha

Soham Saha

Head of Product

Soham studies Informatics MSc at the prestigious Technical University of Munich. He has worked as a Technical Consultant at Cognizant for more than two years and currently works as a Working Student Consultant at Academic Work Germany. He volunteered as a mentor at Project Access before taking up the role of Head of Product. He is a technologist, with a zeal to impact the lives of people for the better by help building better products and help drive smoother businesses. He loves to travel and is passionate about Real Madrid.

Terry Khor

Terry Khor

Web Designer

Terry is the partner-in-crime of Elson Tan. He co-founded, Nedex.io and also a production team, Oneshot Productions which is fueled by his passion for photography and videography. He is well-versed in web programming languages too. Alike Elson, he is also pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science @ UOW Australia.


Adela Locsin

Adela Locsin

Head of Design

Adela is working towards a degree in Architectural Studies at Northeastern University, with minors in Urban Studies and Graphic Design. She is a member of the studio team at Scout, a student-run design studio, which works to bring awareness about the importance of design to Northeastern’s community. She graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 2013.

Steven Yew

Steven Yew

Web Developer

Steven Yew is a web developer and designer working along side Elson & Terry. Besides web development, he likes landscape photography and various kind of sports. Alike Elson and Terry, he is also pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science @ UOW Australia.

Content


Kasia

Kasia Buzanska

Content Team Member

Kasia is reading Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge. Before coming to Cambridge she completed her Bachelors in Social Anthropology at London School of Economics and subsequently lived in Bolivia. Kasia’s broad interests include languages, the Andes and education. She is currently focusing her research on Quechua language instruction in Bolivia. Kasia has extensive experience helping students across the globe find appropriate programs and gain admission to them. She joined Project Access’s content team to continue making more accessible the information needed to find out more about the opportunities out there and succeed in applications.

Duy Le

Duy Le

Content Creator

I am studying Human, Social, and Political Sciences at Cambridge. Prior to that, I earned my A level in Singapore. After going through the admission process, I realise I could have done a lot of things better had I known better. Project Access is a great opportunity for me and many to share their experience and make admission fairer for everyone

rebecca wood

Rebecca Wood

Content Team Member

I’m a 2nd year at Oxford studying French and Italian. Having gone to a school that doesn’t traditionally send students to Oxford, and now finding how much I love Oxford, I am passionate about encouraging others to give it a go. I am involved in several outreach programmes, and am a Student Ambassador for my college. I believe that educational equality is at the heart of injustice in this country, and want to do all I can to help combat this.

I am creating content (particularly about Modern Foreign Language degrees), as well as doing some research into access statistics in the UK.

Tony Liu

Tony Liu

Content Team Member

I’m a second year Engineering Student at Oxford University. I joined Project Access because I think they are doing great work and I hope that I can contribute a little to that.

I will be helping write content. Right now we are focussing on what life is like at University, in the summer we will be writing about Personal Statements and interview prep.

 elisa grigiante

Elisa Grigiante

Content Team Member

I am currently studying Economics at London School of Economics. Before coming to London I attended an International Baccalaureate School in Treviso, Italy. I joined Project Access because I wanted to challenge myself with something different. Moreover, I believe it helps high school students reach their goals in a new, original and interesting way.

Troels Chr. Nielsen Boesen

Troels Chr. Nielsen Boesen

Content Team Member

From October 2017 I’ll be studying PPE at St. John’s College at Oxford. I am very interested in politics, and have a background in a Danish, conservative youth party.


Heads of Country


Frederik Arnholdt

Frederik Arnholdt

Head of Denmark

Frederik started studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Princeton University in 2016 – thanks, in part, to a little help from Project Access. In his spare time, he is involved in the start-up scene and in politics. Frederik has also been a long-standing national board member of the largest political youth party in Denmark.


Paul de Font-Reaulx

Paul de Font-Reaulx

Head of Sweden

Paul studies Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University. He is at Oxford because after a year of studying Engineering he realized he would be an extraordinarily poor engineer, and then had a lunch where someone mentioned that they had applied to Cambridge. After having overcome his idea that this was a tourist attraction, he dropped out of engineering studies, applied to Oxford and got in. When he is not contemplating the fabrics of reality he is involved in different projects. Having been president of the Oxford Scandinavian Society for a year he is now working with taking Project Access to Sweden.

Jon Arwed Buchholtz

Jon Arwed Buchholtz

Head of Germany

Arwed studies Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University. He is at Oxford after a tutor briefly mentioned the course and the opportunities that come with studying abroad a few years ago. After experiencing the difficulties and barriers that many applicants from untypical and especially international backgrounds face, he decided to get involved with Project Access. He believes that opening the opportunity to develop intellectually at the best universities to the most talented students independent of backgrounds has large potential for positive change in society.

Aqsa Tahir

Aqsa Tahir

Head of Pakistan

Aqsa is a second year undergraduate studying Human Sciences at Oxford. She is currently Vice President of the Oxford University Pakistan Society and on the executive committee for the Oxford University Islamic Society. Alongside this, she’s working on a research project for Polygeia and volunteers with various student-led organisations in Oxford. One of the reasons she joined Project Access was because she acknowledges the importance of improving access for students in developing parts of the world, such as Pakistan. Here there many schools, which do not have an established careers service or advisory board to help students who may be interested in applying to top Universities in the US and UK. Through Project Access she hopes we can increase the opportunities available to students from these various countries and ultimately ensure that their chances of a successful application matches that of other students, through the building of networks and support from our mentors.

Peter Wimmer

Peter Wimmer

Head of Austria

Peter is a second year Economics and Management student at Oxford University. He only applied, because an acquaintance told him about the possibility of studying there and decided to give it a shot. Due to the limited availability of information about the application process and interviews, he had to buy (rather expensive) application support from a company specializing in providing guidance to prospective students. After this incident, passing on that mentoring free of charge to others in the same situation became a priority. Apart from this, Peter is on the Oxford Guild Committee and enjoys Rugby and Ski-racing.

Maria Hohaus

Maria Hohaus

Head of Italy

It had been my dream to study in Oxford since I went to a language course there when I was 15. Since then I’ve worked hard to improve my language, find opportunities for funding and to get the grades I needed. Now I want to help people to be inspired and encouraged to apply to their dream university without having to worry about the complex application process making their efforts invalid.

Roope Keloharju

Roope Keloharju

Head of Finland

Roope studies Economics and Management at the University of Oxford. During the application process he was frustrated by the lack of information and available resources that were needed to make these life defining decisions. Luckily, he is now able to share any insight he might have, and frequently visits his old high school and other events to encourage curious Finnish students to apply abroad. Project Access was a great opportunity to scale that effort and reach out to students all around Finland. If he is not found in the library, he is likely outdoors doing parkour and climbing buildings.

Aren Karapetyan

Aren Karapetyan

Head of Armenia

Hi my name is Aren and I will be reading Electrical Engineering at Oxford this year. I am originally from Armenia and studying at a top university like Oxford always seemed as something unreachable but very exciting. So, knowing the feelings of scare and uncertainty while applying to such top universities I decided to join the Project Access team and make it available for my home country Armenia.

Natalia Pérez-Campanero Antolín

Natalia Pérez-Campanero Antolín

Head of Spain

Natalia graduated in Biology from the University of Oxford with first class honours, and is currently a first year DPhil there. For her, the experience of participating in access programs run by Oxbridge was key in her decision to apply to Oxford. Realising that she only received such opportunities after moving from Spain to the UK to complete the IB Diploma made her recognise the importance of broadening university access. As a result, she has been involved in several access and science outreach schemes to help talented students, who might not have had the same chances, to achieve their full potential. With the admissions knowledge acquired over the past few years, she now hopes to carry on this mission with Project Access in Spain.

Jai Vipra

Jai Vipra

Co-Head of India

Jai is studying public policy at Oxford because she wants to make the quantitative and qualitative case for human rights. She cares immensely about increasing the gamut of rights and choices available to all people, and Project Access allows her to work towards that goal, while drawing from her own experience in applying to Oxford without any formal mentorship. She wants to pass on that privilege to everyone she can in India!

Christy Davis

Christy Davis

Regional Lead of Northern Ireland

Christy graduated from Oxford in 2014 having studied Psychology with Philosophy, and has been working in Digital Business Strategy in London since. He is passionate about education, and believes that there are many exciting changes to come in the way that it is delivered across our lifetimes. He is also interested in politics, and travel.

Michele Dell'Aquila

Michele Dell’Aquila

Head of Italy in the United States

My education has been a thrilling journey. At the age of sixteen, I participated in an exchange year in the United States. This experience permitted me to expand my world’s view. After achieving an American diploma, I returned to Italy where I began to contemplate the idea of attending an American university. Once completed my Italian diploma, I applied to Saint Louis University – Madrid Campus. The university accepted my candidature. In Madrid, I spent two marvelous years, before transferring to Cornell University. At the moment, I am a senior at Cornell, completing my degree in Human Biology, Health and Society, following a pre-medical path. I worked and volunteered in hospitals all around the world, gaining clinical experience. Furthermore, I am conducting scientific research at Cornell University. I decided to join Project Access in order to support talented and determined students and encourage them to fulfill their dreams and exploit their extraordinary potential.

Khalil Mair

Khalil Mair

Head of Canada

Khalil studies Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford (St Hugh’s College). He grew up in Toronto, and keeps a Canadian flag on the wall at university. He applied to universities in the UK and the US, so he knows just how tough both application processes can be. He’s excited to help Canadian students realise their passions at top universities, and benefit from helpful mentorships.

Sim Jing En

Sim Jing En

Head of Singapore

Jing En is reading Law at Wolfson College Cambridge. He initially pursued a Diploma of Tourism & Resort Management instead of taking the A levels and applied to read Law at Cambridge on a whim after graduation, almost certain that he would be rejected. He always thought that Cambridge was a mythical and distant dream; one that surprisingly became a reality. Jing En believes that there are many more deserving candidates who have the potential to gain admission into top universities so long as they break the mental barriers unconsciously imposed by society as to where students of certain under-represented schools should strive to belong to. Jing En strongly believes that Project Access is one of the many ways to provide guidance and help to those who are eager to do so. Jing En served two years as an officer in the Republic of Singapore Air Force and is currently the Publicity Secretary of the Cambridge University Malaysia and Singapore Association.

Team Singapore


Gerald Tien Pan Loo
Gerald Tien Pan LooExpansion Team Member
Gerald reads Economics and Management at the University of Oxford. He is passionate about leveling the playing field for students from under-represented schools and communities. Having started out as a mentor for Project Access, he joined the Expansion team in the hope of doing more to expand access to higher education. In his spare time, Gerald enjoys learning languages and is a classical music aficionado. He interned most recently with ABN AMRO Bank in Singapore.


Thet Thiri Ko
Thet Thiri KoTeam Member
Thiri is a 1st year at St Peter’s College, Oxford, reading Economics and Management. She was born in Myanmar but completed her formal education in Singapore. Having volunteered actively to help children from less privileged families, she firmly believes in increasing access to higher education for students from all backgrounds. She is excited to work with the team to empower students and enable them to gain admission to their dream schools.


Nicole Lim
Nicole LimTeam Member
I am a first year student reading International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I spent a large part of my education in Singapore, completing my A Levels before embarking on my studies at LSE. Currently, I am an incoming Local Committee President in AIESEC LSE, a local chapter of AIESEC UK. Being able to pursue my studies in the UK has always been a dream and it was only made possible with the support and resources I had access to. I believe in the value of education in leveling the playing field, and through Project Access I hope to play a part in guiding others to pursue their passions in life and maximise their potential.

Team Poland


Aleksander Napieraj
Jakub BieganskiRight Hand of Poland
Jakub graduated from IB School in Warsaw. He currently studies Law at University of Oxford. Apart from his studies, he is passionate about politics, international relations and debating about it. He was the 2nd speaker at Polish Debating Championship 2014. In Project Access, he is responsible for co-organizing Polish branch. He is always ready to answer any of your questions about application or talk about his passions.


Kacper Majewski
Kacper MajewskiTeam Member
Kacper studies Law at St Anne’s College, Oxford. He is interested in everything that’s old enough, and is keen to help others (so far as he can, of course) develop intellectually. That’s why he is involved in Project Access – but another reason is that it plainly is right to remove the financial, psychological, and many other barriers high school students are faced with.


Michal Tarnowski
Michal TarnowskiTeam Member
Michal is an incoming student of Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford. He decided to take a gap year and spent three months doing an internship in the Polish Embassy in Beijing, exploring the insights of diplomacy. He became a member of the Project Access team thanks to an invitation from a primary school friend from his small city in Poland.


Aleksandra Majak
Aleksandra MajakTeam Member
Aleksandra is reading Comparative Literature at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests focus on twentieth-century English and Polish poetry. Before coming to Cambridge she graduated (BA) from Jagiellonian University (with one year as an affiliate student at SSEES department, UCL). She feels passionate about helping others and activating student’s potential by taking part in tutorial programmes and encouraging young, talented people from all the background to apply to their dream university. She strongly believes in equality in learning and already worked for international foundations aiming to promote and help others with the application process. She is also the member of Collegium Invisible Academic Association and an Alumna of Witkowski’s High School in Krakow.


Dorota Kolarska
Dorota KolarskaTeam Member
Dorota is a first year Philosophy, Politics and Economics student at the University of Oxford. She was among first female undergraduates admitted to St. Benet’s Hall, last single-sex college at Oxford. Her primary interests, Public Economics and International Relations, helped her discover a love for competitive debating. As a firm believer in the mission of Project Access she seeks to provide equal opportunities for polish students.


Jan Białas
Jan BiałasTeam Member
Janek studies Computer Science at Magdalen yet spends most time reading American Election coverage and debating. When he finally opens his laptop its usually to do some graphic design. In free time he plays football on the pith or PS4, skies ,swims or sails.


Michael Ratynski
Michał RatyńskiTeam Member
Michał is currently reading MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge and graduated in 2016 in BA in Politics and East European Studies at UCL. His major academic interest is educational reforms and how they are linked to the dynamics of labour markets. Michał’s other passions are travels (so far to over 50 countries), foreign languages, and photography. Originally from Wrocław, he would like to see more students applying and getting to the most competitive universities from this region of Poland.


Antonina Kielkowska
Antonina KielkowskaTeam Member
Antonia studies Natural Sciences at Pembroke College, Cambridge. While most of her day is taken by Biology essays and Physics questions, she spends her free time getting involved in charity work and improving her language skills. She would never be able to get in has it not been for the support and advice she received from both her teachers and older friends. This kind of help is not available to many students in Poland and Project Access can change it, contributing to equal opportunities and access to the world’s top universities.

Team Sweden


Erik Hammar
Erik HammarTeam Member
After doing the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Katedralskolan, Skara, Sweden, Erik read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Christ Church, Oxford. His interests were primarily in philosophy and politics, including International Relations, political theory, ethics and metaethics, the philosophy of language, and ancient philosophy. Since September 2015 he has been working in management consulting in London. He joined Project Access because he likes the idea of more people getting a fair shot at the kind of education from which he has benefitted so much myself.

Carl Ohman
Carl OhmanTeam Member
Carl is a Swedish Master student reading for a MSc in Social Science of the Internet at Oxford. He joined Project Access because he feels that he has a lot to contribute with in terms of his contacts within the Swedish civil society.

Sara Lindgren
Sara LindgrenTeam Member
When I was offered a place at Cambridge I felt like if I had received the ‘delayed Hogwarts letter’ I had always continued to hope for. Unfortunately, however, because of a lack of information and encouragement top university education remains fantasy for many. I was lucky and I am now doing an MPhil in IR and Politics. I joined Project Access because too often people who are not stuying at institutions like the University of Cambridge missed the opportunity — not because they did not get in but because they never applied.

Team Pakistan


Abdulla Zaman
Abdulla ZamanTeam Member
Abdulla is a History student at King’s College, University of Cambridge, with a particular interest in Middle-Eastern and South Asian History. He is currently the Vice-President of the Cambridge University Pakistan Society, Co-Director of Communications for King’s Politics and a frequent volunteer of the Patchwork Foundation. Although never having going through the process himself, he is aware of the struggles and barriers international applicants can face. He is very enthusiastic about Project Access’s core aims as he wishes to improve access for Pakistanis everywhere.

Shaista Madad
Shaista MadadTeam Member
Hi. My name is Shaista Madad and I am a third year Natural Sciences student at Jesus College, Cambridge. I have joined Project Access because I want to encourage more Pakistani students to apply to universities such as Cambridge. A significant number of students never apply because they don’t know about the scholarships that are available or because they don’t get any guidance during the application process. I hope Project Access will help such students in making informed decisions while choosing their degree and university.

Team Denmark


Joshua Teperowski Monrad
Joshua Teperowski MonradRight Hand of Denmark
Joshua is a prospective undergraduate at Yale University, with plans to major in social psychology. As he devoted a gap year to applying to universities in both the UK and US, and received offers from both, he has a great deal of insight into both application systems. He’s a firm believer in Project Access’ non-profit goal of leveling the playing field for applicants across the globe, and enjoys passing on knowledge to whomever that cares to listen. Besides working with Project Access, Joshua is the Director of University Relations at the Nordic Study Abroad Conference, Scandinavia’s most awesome non-profit conference for international studies.


Emil Friedman
Emil FriedmanTeam Member
Emil is a freshman at Yale University, focusing his studies in political science, economics, and philosophy. He is from Denmark but grew up in New York, and he is intimately familiar with the admissions process at highly-selective colleges and universities in the United States. Emil has worked for US Senator Chuck Schumer and crafted policy for public school boards. He is excited about the mission of Project Access and, backed by his American experience, looks forward to seeing Project Access become a global force for change.

Team Austria


Martin Lausegger
Martin LauseggerTeam Member
Martin studied European Politics at Oxford University. He grew up in a 300-people village in the middle of the Alps. Getting out of there seemed impossible. It was conversations during Model United Nations Events that inspired him and equipped him with the believe to be able to go abroad. As Team Leader at AIESEC Warwick he learned that people have endless potential that waits to be unfolded. Martin was Director at the Oxford Strategy Group and interned with PwC, Impetus Automotive and Oliver Wyman.


Anna Strumpel
Anna StrumpelTeam Member
Anna is a second year Human, Social and Political Sciences student at the University of Cambridge. She was the first student from her high school in Vienna to make it into Oxbridge and jumped at the opportunity to give some of her privilege back to students who have the capacity but not the access to attend their dream universities. Her primary interests are Sociology and International Relations and she started debating in Cambridge. During the summer she joined StoYo, a tech start-up in Berlin and was in charge of their Business Development. She is involved with the Cambridge Austrian Society, the Cambridge Union and Varsity.


Michael Adamer
Michael AdamerTeam Member
Michael came to Oxford to study Physics after school in 2011. Being the first of his school to study in Oxbridge he knows the difficulties one faces as an Austrian applicant.
He graduated with first class honours in 2015 in is now staying on for a DPhil, that is an Oxford PhD.
Michael is also the president of the Oxford Austrian Society and he has interned at the Universities of Vienna and Innsbruck across fields as diverse as Glaciology and Computational Physics.
When not studying Michael enjoys rock climbing and cycling.

Team Spain


Helena Rodriguez Caro
Helena Rodriguez CaroTeam Member
Helena is a second year DPhil student in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The University of Oxford. Previously she completed the MSc in Clinical Embryology (Oxon) just after obtaining a BSc in Biochemistry from The University of Navarra. During her undergraduate she spent her final year abroad at the University of Hong Kong. She finds studying abroad a very fulfilling experience that positively impacts her career. Consequently, she has joined Project Access to contribute to the society so more people can have the same opportunity as her.


Gonzalo Linares Matás
Gonzalo Linares MatásTeam Member
Gonzalo studies the BA Archaeology & Anthropology at the University of Oxford (St. Hugh’s College). What motivated him to join Project Access is the realisation that the possibility of applying to top Universities is almost non-existent among the bright Spanish students, nor is there any information or institutional encouragement readily available: “I had almost no clue about what the application process entailed, particularly the interview; an initiative like Project Access would have helped me demystify Oxford and its particularities”. He is interested in contributing to start changing this situation in Spain. He is the Founder and Executive Editor of the International Journal of Student Research in Archaeology, an open-access, independent platform to showcase the meritorious work of students worldwide in this academic field.


Luis Solabre Valois
Luis Solabre ValoisTeam Member
Luis is a Biochemistry PhD student at the University of Bristol. Before this step, he studied in the University of Navarre (BSc in Biochemistry), located in his hometown, for then moving into the United Kingdom to complete his MSc in Translational Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield. Moving abroad can be a scaring idea at both the personal and academic level in the early stages of any career, so he joined Project Access to make sure that everyone has all the chances to succeed in their future.


Alba Menéndez Pereda
Alba Menéndez PeredaTeam Member
Alba is an MPhil Archaeology student at the University of Cambridge. Previously she graduated with a BA in Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations at Durham University. Originally from Madrid, where she pursued the International Baccalaureate and the Spanish Bachillerato simultaneously, Alba’s choice to take the opportunity to study abroad has been the best decision she has ever made. However, Alba is aware of the lack of information and support available at Spanish schools to help students apply to foreign universities. Therefore, after having gone through the university application processes in the UK twice, she has joined Project Access to make the application process, if not “easy”, then at least less stressful and daunting for other students in the same situation as she was.

Team Italy


Karin Eger
Karin EgerCo-Head of Italian Team in the USA
My name is Karin Eger and I am currently a senior at Cornell University studying Genetics and Molecular Biology. When I was seventeen I was certain I wanted to be involved in scientific research in my near future. It was through completing the IB Diploma and conducting experiments with E. coli for my extended essay that I found the motivation to go through the American college application process. Near the start of 2013, Cornell accepted me to the Class of 2017. Three years later, the Sondermann lab at Cornell took me in as part of their research team, with whom I am now working towards uncovering the molecular mechanisms responsible for biofilm formation. As my time in America comes to an end, I could not be more grateful for the experiences I have been given and want to help other promising students fulfill their academic dreams. With guidance and sincere advice, I truly believe the application process becomes more accessible and less stressful.


Sara Pripitu
Sara PripituTeam Member
Like so many students from around the world, I used to think that universities such as Oxford and Cambridge would never offer a place to someone like me, an international student from an Italian state school. And I was wrong. Despite the fact that I had nobody to guide me and help me through the application process, I was offered a place to read French and Arabic at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford. Thus far I can say that being here has enabled me to develop new interests and take part in great projects, such as Project Access and the Child Protection Hub. Through my work I advocate for equal opportunities for everyone and I am interested in children’s rights and women’s rights, especially in the Middle East.

Team Finland


Klaus Ashorn
Klaus AshornTeam Member
Klaus is a prospective economics concentrator at Harvard College. Applying to top universities in the USA and UK showed Klaus just how important advice from a current student can be, and he wants make such connections available to all. In addition to studying economics, Klaus plans to make full use of the liberal arts curriculum by taking courses ranging from life scienes to philosophy to literature. When Klaus isn’t studying, he can often be found debating, skiing, or paragliding.


Huan Chen
Huan ChenTeam Member
Like every other Chinese guy, I play the piano and love maths. I studied in SYK IB, and now I’m going to study Economics and Management at Oxford. I got to know about Project Access from Roope, and thought it was an incredible opportunity to meet and help new people from Finland, so I took his offer to join the team.

Team India


Mansi Sood
Mansi SoodCo-Head of India
Mansi is a post-graduate reading for the M.Sc. in Education (Higher Education) at the University of Oxford. A lawyer by education, she completed her undergraduate degree in law at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2015 with first-class honours. Subsequently, she was elected a Rhodes Scholar from India and went on to finish her Masters in Law (BCL) from Oxford in 2015-16. Aside from her primary interest in the law, Mansi has a deep passion for issues pertaining to education, particularly legal education policy in India. Having been fortunate enough to have a network of seniors and alumni to mentor her, she is keen to set-up a similar resource base for as many people in India as possible. Project Access is a small step towards the larger mission of improving access to higher education and she hopes to contribute to the vast student community in India by utilising and nurturing this platform.


Sankaranarayanan
Sankara NarayananEngagement Manager
“I have always liked and followed the vision statement- “The more you learn, the more you owe”.
I am currently a PhD student at Cambridge and I feel proud to be part of such a vibrant academic community. But life doesn’t stop here. I was fortunate enough to have known some people who were already here and that had a positive and strong impact to my admission. I genuinely feel that luck or any other factor should not determine whether or not you get to engage the fulfilling experience any university has to offer you.
I joined Project Access because I want to reach out to the society in developing countries like India, so that every aspiring individual has all the chances to succeed in his/her career by getting into top institutes.
Every individual is capable of achieving great things if opportunities are given and sought!”


Akshay Agarwal
Akshay AgarwalEngagement Manager
“Akshay is currently associated with the International Innovation Corps at the University of Chicago. As a person who went through a part of the application process for universities outside India and witnessed countless others who completed the process, he has first hand experience of how important guidance can be at that stage for an individual. Project Access does exactly what he did not have which is the prime reason for his association with (and excitement to work at) Project Access.”


Sohini PawarEngagement Manager
“Hey guys. I’m a third year medic at Cambridge. I’ve had a few friends from India apply to the UK and so I can appreciate just how much a shot in the dark it can feel! Hopefully we can change that.”

Team Germany


Sarah Jessl
Sarah JesslTeam Member
Sarah is a Polymer chemist, currently doing her PhD at the University of Cambridge. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Bayreuth in Germany before moving to the UK. She found the application process for her PhD confusing and hard to figure out what exactly was expected and required. Thus, she decided to support other applicants. She firmly believes that insecurity about the application process should never be what keeps students from applying to Cambridge or getting in and that everyone should be able to achieve their dreams without unnecessary barriers – and she is happy to be contributing to that. Sarah is very grateful to have the chance to do research at an amazing university and to be part of a great community at St. John’s College, Cambridge. Sarah is also part of the Graduate Committee, the St. John’s Women Society and the Nanotechnology society to contribute towards values important to her such as equality, community and accessibility of knowledge.


Adrian Doerr
Adrian DoerrTeam Member
I am 23-year old PhD student with a Masters degree from the University of Oxford. Studying at Oxford has opened up so many new opportunities for which I am so grateful that I would like to help others experience the same.


Annika Esch
Annika EschTeam Member
Second year Undergrad at the University of Cambridge, Natural Sciences; chose Project Access because I found the application process very difficult and UCAS didn’t match the German school system whatsoever; in addition, my entire school didn’t know what to do either so I had to sort out my part as well as the school and reference part. I want to prevent other students from the struggle and doubts that I faced because of that!

Team Netherlands


Tycho Onnasch
Tycho OnnaschAdvisor
Tycho studied History and Politics at Oxford University. He grew up in Amsterdam and went to Oxford after receiving his Gymnasium diploma. Next to his academic commitments he served on the Governing Body of the Oxford Union, the largest and most prestigious student debating society. Here he invited, interviewed and debated with the world’s foremost politicians and decision-makers. Additionally, he has worked in the House of Commons, the Oxford Strategy Group and has become involved in social entrepreneurship by starting DeedMob, a start-up aiming to maximise the impact of volunteering. He advises Team Netherlands strategically and offers help through his network in Dutch politics, business and the start-up scene.


Adriaan Dirven
Adriaan DirvenTeam Member
Adriaan studies Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the London School of Economics. He is currently in his second year.
Adriaan runs his own tutoring company in the Netherlands. He believes that there is gap in knowledge and preparedness between domestic and international applicants for UK universities. He wishes to develop Project Access in the Netherlands to help students with their application and to bridge this gap.


Midas Kwant
Midas KwantTeam Member
Studying Symbolic Systems at Stanford University in California, he will help applicants to US universities.


Vani Asawa
Vani AsawaTeam Member
Vani is a first year Mathematician at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford. Having applied to universities in both the States and the UK, she understands how daunting the application process can really be, and hence wants to help Dutch high school students apply to universities abroad.