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The BBB Series: Bristolians in Brussels

Updated: Jun 10

This week for our BBB Series we had the pleasure of interviewing two fellow former Bristolians, Ivana and Stefanie, who both attended the University of Bristol.



Name:

Ivana Markovic

Connection to Bristol:

M.Sc., PhD, Post doc


Why and when did you first move to Brussels:

1992 – Transfer by ICI plc


Current job & role:

Retired. Last job: Senior Director of European Affairs


Best life lesson in Brussels:

With a Bristol degree you can do any job!


Recommendation for someone that would like to come to work in Brussels:

Do it! It’s a place that grows on you.


A thing from Brussels that you would like to export to Bristol:

The restaurants


A thing from Bristol that you would like to import to Brussels:

The harbourside


Favourite place in Bristol:

Clifton


Favourite place in Brussels:

Place Brugmann



 


Name:

Stefanie Van der Auwera


Connection to Bristol:

Alumni (MSc International Relations)


Why and when did you first move to Brussels:

I am from Brussels


Current job & role:

EMEIA Financial Services Public Policy Associate


Best life lesson in Brussels:

It’s not the best city to visit as a tourist but it’s a great city to live in!


Recommendation for someone that would like to come to work in Brussels:

Learn Dutch


A thing from Brussels that you would like to export to Bristol:

Belgian chocolates


A thing from Bristol that you would like to import to Brussels:

The great live music in bars


Favourite place in Bristol:

The Harbourside


Favourite place in Brussels:

Abbaye de la Cambre





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