ECHO Award 2018 ceremony

6 September 2018

On September 20th the ECHO Awards 2018 will take place, a prize for excellent students with a non-western background in higher education. The award ceremony will be hosted by Loyens & Loeff in Amsterdam, which will present a Loyens & Loeff Law & Tax Award for the first time in addition to the regular Awards. The winners will be announced by the Minister of Education, Science and Culture. Gyzlene Zeroual-Kramer is the master of ceremonies.

During the presentation, the audience will be introduced to the 13 finalists selected from 34 nominated candidates. They are successful students with a non-western background who stand out because of their excellent study performance, pioneering attitude, bridge-builder qualities, active social engagement and leadership skills. With their inspiring life stories and stimulating vision on issues related to diversity and inclusion, the candidates show the added value of diversity. Click here for an overview of the finalists.

Practical information

Location: Loyens & Loeff

Address: Fred. Roeskestraat 100, 1076 ED Amsterdam

Reception & Dinner: 18.00-19.30

Ceremony: 19:45-21.30

Directions & Parking: Due to limited parking we encourage you to travel by public transport. If you are travelling by car, we advise you to park at the Olympic Stadium. Click here for more parking information (in Dutch).


19:45 Opening ECHO Award by Rubaina Bhikhie
19:50 Master of Ceremonies Gyzlene Kramer-Zeroural
19:55 Welcome Loyens & Loeff by Bram Linnartz
20:00 ECHO Ambassador Rachid el Morabiti
20:05 Musical performance by 22XLOUD
20:10 Member of the jury Jolanda van Schaik
20:15 Power Profiles by Luis Lingstyling
20:20 Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven
20:25 Finalists STEM Award
20:35 Finalists ECHO Award HBO (University of Applied Sciences)
20:45 Musical performance by 22XLOUD
20:50 Finalists ECHO Award WO (Research University)
21:10 Finalists Loyens & Loeff Law & Tax Award
21:20 ECHO Ambassador Wasima Khan
21:25 Word of thanks by Mary Tupan
21:30 Wrap-up & Informal get together