DCLead Track: POLINN
BA: Media and Communications
Worked as: Previously worked in marketing, currently working in AI policy

I have chosen DCLead because: I have chosen DClead because I developed an interest in how todays technological advancements affect our society. The combination of exploring this while being around policy makers in Brussels seemed like the perfect combination. Moreover, DClead offers a unique chance to meet and engage with individuals who possess diverse perspectives and learn from their experiences.

Ida VelthovenNorway

DCLead Track: POLINN
BA: Communication Science
Worked as: Communication and marketing industry for 3+ years, also contributing to political research in the Institute for Political Science

I have chosen DCLead because: I choose this program to learn more about digital communication and the impacts it has. I’m specializing in POLINN because I believe in the power on communication and I would like to contribute to the communication towards the people about the issues related to democracy and politics. I especially want to help Hungarian people to have independent information again. This programme so far has been exciting and made me grow, I met many new, interesting, smart people who thought me about the world.

Orsolya KostyálHungary

DCLead Track: POLINN
BA: Communication Studies
Worked as: Digital Copywriter, Social Media Specialist, and Business Owner of bvb.films

I have chosen DCLead because: As someone who comes from an area in the United States with one of the most prominent digital divides across the country, I am passionate about the digital communication dilemma that encompasses our lives. DCLead has offered me the experience of exploring and finding innovative ways to solve the digital divide, the digital sphere we are growing to understand deeper. DCLead has helped me step outside my comfort zone and challenged me academically and personally. I hope to use the knowledge I will gain in this program to lead initiatives that lessen the digital divide gap and help aid the creation of policies that provide internet access to citizens.

Brooke Valerie BiasellaUnited States

DCLead Track: POLINN
BA: Digital Communication
MA: MA in Communication & Culture
Worked as: Inbound Marketing Specialist, Content Creator & Social Media Manager

I have chosen DCLead because: The idea of studying a Master’s degree in several countries abroad, with classmates from all over the world and doing it entirely in English had always appealed to me. When I found DCLead, whose syllabus was strongly aligned with my previous studies, but with the added bonus of a strong ethical and human centered approach to technology, I knew I wanted to be part of it. Moreover, I chose POLINN track due to my interest in AI regulation, and the role the EU is playing in regulating it.

Pilar RocaSpain

DCLead Track: ICT4D
Ba: International Relations
Worked as: Communication and PR manager

I have chosen DCLead because: The field of digital communication disrupts the way we produce and consume the information. This program disrupts the way of being a strategic leader in this volatile world of digital communication. This is a great power, so you need to learn from the best. It works well in developed countries and Europe is a great example. As I worked in the project funded by the European Union, I admired the professional approach of my former colleagues. Studying in DCLead advances my existing skills and knowledge, and pushes me beyond my limits to explore creative ways of thinking and be open to different cultures.

Madina IskazinaKazakhstan

DCLead Track: TECMAN
Bsc: Computer Science
Worked as: Software Developer, Commodity Manager, Educator

I have chosen DCLead because: It is one of the few programs that invest so much in the people and that is so international (18 nationalities in our intake). This is no anonymous master, where you are one student of many. It is personal, involved, intense, challenging and will change you. Not only are the professors professionally great, but many are also great personalities and really inspiring people, who deeply care about this program and their students. Everyone here wants to do something meaningful.

Nickels WitteGermany

DCLead Track: POLINN
Ba: Communication and Media Studies
Worked as: Senior Content Strategist for Rappler ; Instructor for the University of the Philippines

I have chosen DCLead because: Coming from the Philippines, one of the petri dishes in weaponizing social media to serve political agenda, I feel strongly about understanding digital communication issues and looking for ethical solutions. I find DCLead key in helping me achieve this goal as it provides a critical lens for examining the political, developmental, and technical aspects that surround digital communication. The diverse community of DCLead also places the program in the perfect position to analyze various perspectives that equip us to become ethical and inclusive leaders needed in this era.

Michelle Gay NidoyPhilippines

DCLead Track: TECMAN
Bsc: Computer Science and Engineering
Worked as: Software Developer

I have chosen DCLead because: “It’s not only important for you to participate in this technological future, but think about an alternative future where your imagination gets to shape what kind of technology we’re building.”
We tend to overlook the engineer’s responsibility to understand the societal implications of code. This multidisciplinary program compels me to think critically while taking a glimpse into social sciences and understanding its interrelation and dependence on technology. The program enabled me to comprehend the convergence of the digital and analog world through the lens of human impact, which teased my intrusiveness about developing ethical software. As I aspire to incorporate responsible dimensions into the products I build to ensure fairness and accessibility, I can proudly say that DcLead is the best fit for me.

Astha UpadhyayIndia

DCLead Track: ICT4D
Ba: Science of Communications
Msc/Ma: Msc in NeuroLearning. Ma in Cultural and Creative Industries.
Worked as: Co-Founder and Director of Mielenaria. Creative Director. Intern at the Office of the Mayor in Compton, California. Next Generation Leader. Multimedia Journalist. Organizational Strategist. Communications for Development. Freelance Audiovisual Producer.

I have chosen DCLead because: Being a multidisciplinary professional has allowed me to solve and analyze problems in unique ways. Most of my work focuses on closing the gap between healthcare, human rights, education and technology. I believe that everyone has a role and a purpose to fulfill and be valued for it, that is why my goal is to develop sustainable solutions and empower vulnerable communities. I want to lead the change in which community, development, and justice are the primary values.

Ximena LainfiestaGuatemala

DCLead Track: POLINN
Ba: Communication Science
Diploma: Internet Governance (DiGI)
Worked as: Academic Researcher & Assistant (CETyS & MESO – Universidad de San Andrés)

I have chosen DCLead because: It provides the practical and theoretical tools to understand our hyperconnected and data driven societies from an interdisciplinary and ethical perspective, while also considering the profound inequalities that exist in our world. DCLead is a life-changing experience which allows you to build a strong and inspiring international network.
As a future DCLeader I aim to grow as a professional that is not only able to develop human-centered and innovative digital policies, but can also lead and cooperate within different multistakeholder groups.

Delfina FerracuttiArgentina