Portrait | Hana Van Voorst takes part in the highly selective GoTrade Fellowship Program in partnership with GBSN
Hana is studying in the MSc in International Business at MBS and has been selected to take part in the GoTrade Fellowship Program in partnership with GBSN. This very selective opportunity connects students with SMEs located in developing countries.
What made you decide to take part in this program ?
“The biggest reason I decided to participate in GoTrade was its mission. GoTrade is working to reduce barriers in international trade and foster economic development in developing countries. The opportunity to take part in a program that is not only supporting my career goals but carrying out incredible missions is such an honor. Another exciting aspect is the international environment. Everyone participating is from around the world, so our breakout room discussions and collaborations are very unique and productive. As a MSc IB student, networking and collaborating with so many cultures and people is a very exciting aspect. I have also learned a lot about business procedures in Africa and the challenges that emerge when working with developing markets. “
What was your goal during this program ?
“Two challenges that I have identified through this program include confidence and flexibility. At first it was a challenge for me to lead the meeting with the SME. I felt under qualified and unsure of my recommendations. As time has passed though, I have learned more through the GoTrade trainings, fostered my relationship with my SME, and worked with my mentor. This has helped me to gain more confidence and assurance in my role.”
What is your current project now ?
“Currently I am working with a small clothing company in Cameroon, and my mission is to help them expand internationally. I work alongside my mentor and the entrepreneur at the company to create effective strategies regarding logistics solutions and customs compliance. Another integral part of my projects now are trainings with DHL. A couple times a month, leaders from DHL lead comprehensive sessions about logistics procedures, trade compliance, customer service, and eCommerce. As the program wraps up in a couple of months, I will be completing my company and market analysis, as well as giving my final strategic recommendations. “
If you want to take part in the 2023 GoTrade Fellowship Program, you can directly apply here.