“For me, The Hague, is the place to start. It is where the politics are vested, it is where the NGO’s held office, it is where people believe that a better world is possible through justice and law.”
“For me, The Hague, is the place to start. It is where the politics are vested, it is where the NGO’s held office, it is where people believe that a better world is possible through justice and law.”

The Twelve Ambassadors

Lisa van der Heijden

General Information

Name: Lisa van der Heijden
Nickname: Lies
Age: 23
Interests: Debating, Crossfit, Running
Favourite Quote: A man has no ears for that to which experience has given him no access.
Favourite place in The Hague: Dudok- it is in front of the Buitenhof. A lot of people come together at Dudok to talk about important societal issues and politics. It is where the important topics are combined with delicious sweets.
Works/studies/lives in The Hague: I work in The Hague for the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

My Story

For me, the refugee crisis was a huge tipping point for the need to create a better world. It was a perfect example that showed the world, more specifically Europe, that the European Union was unable to handle border-crossing issues. In my point of view, every EU Member State had the same challenge: ensuring that all refugees had a reasonable shelter and a sense of security. But developed countries, as we believed we are, were unable to manage this situation. I thought: I should come up with a new way to organise boundary-crossing issues which would be applicable in every country. The fact that the EU, or even the world, is still not able to tackle bigger problems than one country alone is what drives me. This has to change!

My goals regarding the future, and regarding OYW The Hague, are first hand really small. I want to see how the world operates, how people are handling societal problems. I want to see why current development projects are unsuccessful. With enough experience, I hope to come up with a solution and to be able to implement it in different border-crossing trajectories that are globally applicable.

For me, The Hague, is the right place to start. It is where the politics are vested, it is where the NGO’s held office, it is where people believe that a better world is possible through justice and law. But above all, I believe in something more: I believe that being human and showing humanity in every border-crossing situation is most paramount to all.

Three Must Things

1. Dudok Restaurant: For chocolate pie and a good talk about politics.
2. Going to the ‘Haagse Markt’ on Saturday
3. Eating the nacho’s platter at Luden Restaurant