Maria Kinast

Job summary/responsibilities    

Maria supports the Business Unit teams in client communication. Using her experience from working at university, she brings Studyportals closer to universities and their strategic recruitment goals. Being in advisory role, Maria helps smoothen internal processes in Studyportals, linking different departments together. She also runs Global Access Initiative, helping bring accessible education to developing countries.

General introduction/background

Maria comes from Riga, Latvia. She got her BSc in Business form Latvian University, and her MSc in Business Administration from Radboud University in Nijmegen. After her studies she stayed in The Netherlands, and lives there for the last 13 years with her husband and two sons.

Key challenge

Maria believes that (international) education is the most effective way to improve our society and the lives of everyone. Therefore making sure all universities Studyportals work with find the students that are right for them and who will benefit from their particular education is the ultimate goal.

Favourite Studyportals element/experience

Maria works mostly from home, since she lives on the other side of the country, but every time she comes to the office, she feels belonging, motivated, and proud to be the part of this big, young, international and fun groups of people sharing a common goal in one of the most noble fields: education!

Favourite activities

Meeting friends, family and colleagues over nice food and drinks. Arranging all sorts of activities, like parties, games, celebrations and so on. And reading fantasy books.