Geerte Paradies – Role Model Campaign

Photographer: Gina Tamer Saad ©
Make-up artist: Olena Tvorcha


What would the world be like without the innovations of Marie Curie? Or without the advancements of Margaret Hamilton? TNO believes in the strength of women, and that everyone, however different, should have the same opportunities to take part and to grow. In society in general, and also as an employee and colleague. By combining our unique strengths we can successfully innovate and have an impact on society. We love the opportunity to showcase some of our talented TNO women by collaborating with Equals for this year’s International Women’s Day. By highlighting our women in tech and leadership, we hope to show girls and women that they are welcome in these roles. Let’s continue to inspire and innovate, and thereby create a place where diversity and inclusion are the most normal thing in the world.

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Geerte Paradies
Senior Researcher at TNO


”I am Geerte, a policy advisor, social psychologist, and researcher. I am passionate about sustainability and finding out how to secure a livable world for ourselves and the next generations. This challenge requires insight into the psyche of humans and the bigger system around humans, in which we function. And the real challenge is the implement this knowledge into effective and acceptable policies and legislation. I love to dive deep into problems and apply the outcomes of research.”

What or Who inspired you to pursue your chosen career?

“I have been wanting to contribute to societal problems from a young age. Making the world a better place. I was inspired by book on climate change and economics to focus my time and energy on the greatest challenge of this time.”

Interview with TNO

We interviewed two company representatives of TNO: the largest independent research, development and consultancy organisation in the Netherlands, focusing on applied science. Their mission? “To connect people and knowledge to create innovations.” Helma van den Berg, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and Frieda Agema, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, make it their job to improve diversity and inclusion within TNO, and are here to tell us everything about the company’s equality initiatives.

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