The Founders


tomTom Versteege (25yo) is best described as an impatient optimist. During his first few adult years he used his (scarce) spare time for organizing events, making music and travelling. When he entered the study track of SUMMA in 2013, Tom got the idea of combining his talents with his passion for medicare, in order to contribute something meaningful to the world. During the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal, Tom experienced how relatively small efforts can make big differences when existing networks are efficiently used. He then decided to implement this principle in a more structural way, and Medpacker was born. Accompanied by two of his close friends Tom handled logistics, marketing and recruitment for Medpacker with such enthusiasm and aptness that optimism seemed the only logical response.

valerieValerie Buijs (26yo) is the inspiring lady that every team needs. She is passionate about many things, of which during the last years especially travelling became apparent. Besides finishing her master’s degree in Molecular Biology, a logical follow-up on her life-long interest in this topic, she finds time to work on what might be her greatest devotion: people. Whether she works (voluntarily) with the elderly or organizes charity diners for philanthropic organizations all around the world; her joy is always contagious. Therefore, the role of social broker within Medpacker, focussing mainly on social media and fundraising, fit Valerie like a glove. And by the way: you should try her crème brûlée.

“Discovering the unknown” is one of the many mottos Kevin van den Berg (25yo) lives up to. His ongoing curiosity is reflected not only in his fervour for travelling, his amuck kevinreading and discussing of an abounding variety of science-related topics and his impressive study track (being board member of the Interdisciplinary Honours Programme at the University of Utrecht, Kevin finished the UU Business Course before he started SUMMA in 2014), but also in his remarkable set of extracurricular activities. He petted his soft side as a doll doctor in different hospitals, got hard on Big Pharma as a volunteer for UAEM, expanded his scientific experience as a toxicological researcher and somehow still found time to co-develop an online pharmacy. His tasks with Medpacker included marketing, acquisition and building and maintaining the website. His hands on attitude, sleeves rolled up, served as a motivation for all people involved with Medpacker.

Jan Smout (25yo) is an ambitious idealist with many interests, many of which encompass helping others. Although he is interested in astrophysics, philosophy and playing drums, he dedicates his professional life to the development of tools that improve the diagnosis of cancer. These diagnostic tools are traded to developing countries without an objective for profit, which means Jan combats unfair distributions across the world both at work and in his spare time. Jan is a man who turns his visions into action; as is exemplified by his immediate help to the Medpacker team from the moment it was formed. After handling member acquisition and analysing surveys, Jan was recognized as the jack of all trades that the Medpacker team needed. Befitting his social character, he handled the newsletter and assisted social media.

Many people would describe Wouter Schaake (24yo) as a colourful enthusiast, inventive and with wild ideas; this is well-put but far from all-embracing. In his countless activities, which include music, design, cooking and surfing, as well as in his studies in Cognitive Biology, Wouter has proven to be hands-on and passionate. Even though his ideas may be plentiful and wild, they tend to precipitate into useful new Medpacker campaigns, making him perfect for the role of creative promotor. He was able to spark the imagination of the Medpacker team, contributing to its inventive and dynamic character.

Medpacker was also being supported by Marco Dijkstra (24yo), a student in Economics of Development, activist and writer, who helped us with all forms of communication.