ECHO Award

General information

Each year, professionals from higher learning institutions are able to nominate talented students for the ECHO Award. The ECHO Award is an initiative of ECHO, Expertise Centre for Diversity Policy that honors students of color in higher education and young professionals for their outstanding efforts and work that contribute to the advancement of Diversity and Inclusion. The prize creates opportunities for students to achieve an equal starting position and contributes to a dialogue that recognizes societal challenges and illustrates the power of diversity.

When the ECHO Award was first presented more than 20 years ago, diversity was still a new theme. Stories of students with a non-western background* were hardly visible and the social debate was mainly focused on problems of diversity. Meanwhile, Diversity & Inclusion has become mainstream and the current generation of students is creating more and more space to discuss topics such as institutional racism. For the ECHO Award 2023, the jury is therefore looking for candidates who can make the next step in the social debate and will actively take their role as ECHO Ambassador.

The winners will be rewarded with a fully catered Summercourse at UCLA in the United States in 2024. They are chosen by an independent jury chaired by Kathleen Ferrier, Chair of the Dutch UNESCO Commission.

*ECHO is aware of the changing context regarding the term ‘non-western’. Click here for additional information on ECHO’s definition of non-western.

ECHO Award 2023

Find out who this year’s finalists are and to apply for the ECHO Award on December 7.

ECHO Award juryleden

The Award winners will be picked by an independent jury headed by Kathleen Ferrier, Chairman of the UNESCO Commission. The independent jury consists of partners from Loyens & Loeff, Boston Consulting Group, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and Dutch Railways.

Kathleen Ferrier

Chairperson of the UNESCO Commission

Els van Doorn

Boardmember ECHO/Chair CvB Eduvier Onderwijsgroep

Ehsan Shirzadi

Attorney at Law and Partner at Loyens & Loeff

Amina Saydali

Head of special education supervision at the Education Inspectorate

Aico Troeman

Managing Director & Partner at Boston Consulting Group

Mascha van der Heijden

Director of Learning, Recruitment, Mobility & Leadership at Nederlandse Spoorwegen

Enko Dijkstra

ECHO Ambassadeur en Business Analist bij ABN Amro