Riki joined our team as a software developer in April 2018.
‘Ever since my childhood I have been fascinated by nature and animals, and even at a young age I was determined to play a part in nature conservation by supporting various charities. Although my childhood dream was to become a vet, it became clear to me that I would rather tackle the underlying environmental problems than help individual animals. Having always been a puzzler and fascinated by solving issues logically, I began studying Computer Science at Delft University of Technology in 2011. I was fascinated by coding, but the course was obviously not about environmental issues and coding without purpose proved unsatisfactory for me. So I switched to Environmental Science in Utrecht, where I could learn more about sustainable development. During my studies I stayed connected to computer science by taking various programming and modelling electives. It was clear to me that I wanted to combine environmental science with computer science, which is the combination Blonk Consultants offered me.
Currently I am doing an elaborate training on Python to gather the knowledge I need to maintain and improve our current tools and hopefully develop new ones. I want to learn more about sustainability through my work and in my own way help to make the world a somewhat greener place. Looking at greenhouse gases, I believe it is very important to have more information about how food production and nutrition can help people to become healthier, to decrease the food divide and to increase sustainability for current and future generations.
The bottom line is, I love programming and the environment! In my free time I love to go for a swim, watch movies, expand my knowledge through online courses and read English novels.’