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Past scholars



Experiences of current Boas Scholars

Clara von Thüngen-Reichenbach (1)

Clara von Thüngen-Reichenbach

Born to a Belgian diplomat and a German artist, I led a nomadic childhood in Brussels, New York, Moscow, and Rome. Along the way, I acquired proficiency in English, Flemish, German, Italian and French. After a year abroad on Erasmus…

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Bram Devolder

Bram Devolder

After obtaining my law degree at Ghent University in 2015, I became a teaching assistant at KU Leuven (Centre for Methodology of Law) and started my doctoral research on regulatory disruption by the sharing economy under the supervision of Dean Bernard Tilleman….

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Friso Bostoen

Friso Bostoen

I feel immensely privileged to be a part of Harvard’s LL.M. class of 2019 as a Boas scholar. I obtained my initial master’s degree at KU Leuven in 2016 and started working as a Ph.D. researcher at my alma mater immediately afterwards. My…

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Laurens de Poorter

Laurens De Poorter

I am part of the MBA Class of 2020 at Harvard Business School. I was born and raised close to Antwerp, Belgium. Even as a child, I was fascinated how technology had such a big positive impact in our world. After…

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Tom vos

Tom Vos

I am currently a PhD Candidate at the KU Leuven (Belgium). I also did the research master in law at the KU Leuven, where I specialized in business law and tax law. Currently, my research is in the field of corporate law, and more…

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Richard Steppe

A few weeks ago, I completed an LL.M. degree (Master of Laws) at Harvard Law School. The year has passed surprisingly quickly, yet it was memorable at each step of the way. With 65 countries represented in the LL.M. class (and…

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Karin Zarifi (Netherlands, 2002, Law)

“I am convinced that my experience at HLS gives me access to any career I may dream of. (…) Even though I am thrilled for now, I do anticipate wanting to change careers in the future and trying my luck…

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Kristiaan Versluys (Belgium, 1979, Literature)

“Harvard was truly a formative experience. The predominant intellectual atmosphere I found there was one of open-minded liberalism. There was a reverence for the great books tradition, a revelling in the delights of aesthetic experience. The training was rigorous –…

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Thierry Sluysmans (Belgium, 1991, Medicine)

“My family was with me in Boston. Our daughters were 5 and 7 years old at the time. They are fluent in English and have a real open mind to the world and to other cultures, probably as a result…

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Ingiridur Ludviksdottir (Iceland, 2003, Law)

“At Harvard, I learned to appreciate even more than before the level of student participation by writing papers every week and other practical exercises, as well as class presentations. During the first months I found these study methods rather overwhelming,…

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Paul Heinerscheid (Luxembourg, 1978, Business Administration)

“The overriding benefit I drew from my two years at HBS have more to do with leadership training and general management perspectives and analysis than with specific technical courses, and it has been very beneficial to me in my professional…

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Luc Frieden (Luxembourg, 1988, Law)

“Harvard Law School is where one learns to strive for excellence and perfection. I learned so many things which in my later professional life as a lawyer and politician were extremely useful: hard work, careful analysis of a given problem,…

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Petra Foubert
(Belgium, 1999, Law)

“My LLM-year at the Harvard Law School was a landmark in both my professional and personal life. Professionally, I profited enormously from the academic atmosphere on and around the law school campus. Never before or since have I been taught…

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Grégor Chapelle (Belgium, 2004, Public Policy)

“Harvard didn’t only provide me with excellent teaching. It taught me to enjoy the quest for excellence. Before coming to the Kennedy School, I was of course committed to “doing my best”… But being in such a competitive environment with…

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Veerle Baekelandt (Belgium, 1993, Biology):

“During my PhD studies, the Frank Boas Scholarship for Graduate Study offered me the possibility for a research stay in the laboratory of Dr. Larry Benowitz at Children’s Hospital at Harvard University. This has been an extraordinary year that I…

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