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WINNER 2021 » Speakers » Mervin Bakker
Mervin Bakker
Director International Strategy & Relations


Mervin Bakker (1973) has been Director International Strategy & Relations at the University of Groningen (UG) since April 2020. He is responsible for policy development, representation, strategic engagement with partners of the UG worldwide, and detecting and converting international opportunities for the university.

Before joining UG, Mervin was Director at Nuffic’s Netherlands Education Support Offices (NESO) in South Africa (2017-2020) and Indonesia (2011-2017). NESOs operate in locations of strategic importance for the Dutch education and research sector, and support Dutch universities in the regions where they are located. Earlier in his career, Mervin was employed by the University of Amsterdam as Manager International Programmes and Head of Marketing & Communications, both at the Faculty of Economics & Business. Next to that, he worked for an education agent in Thailand and ran a student related business in the Netherlands.

Mervin holds an MSc in International Economics & Economic Geography (1998) from Utrecht University and an MBA in Higher Education Management (2007) from the Institute of Education at University College London.