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Oumou van Rijen


Oumou was born in Djenné (Mali). Part Fulani and part Songhai, Oumou lived in Guinea-Bissau, Dordrecht, Aruba, Bergen op Zoom and Voorhout and Sassenheim before starting University. Her passion for debating has led her to pursue a B.A. in Dutch law, during which she did an exchange program at Science Po in Paris. She commenced a master program in Public International Law at Leiden Law School, while still occasionally holding debate workshops and serving as a judge at debate panels. She is also passionate about aerial acrobatics by training 4-5 times per week and performing sometimes. She interned at Gender Concerns International, an NGO in The Hague that aims at improving female leadership in countries of the MENA region, North Africa, and Myanmar. She recently begun studying Russian. Oumou is a 2016 Humanity in Action Senior Fellow.


Updated January 2017