Marieke Van Buchem – Role Model Campaign

Photographer: Carly Wollaert ©
Make-up artist: Sharmila Vooren


Women in AI is a community-driven initiative bringing empowerment, knowledge and active collaboration via education, research, events, and blogging.
Women in AI started because we believe in the power of community to reduce the gender gap in the AI industry. We wanted to create a safe and inspiring place where role models and young women will meet and build together the foundations of a fair and inclusive use of AI. We joined this campaign because the reality is that there are a lot of women that are experts in AI and Tech, but they are not as visible as their male peers. For us this campaign helps us put the light on those women who are experts and excelling in the AI sector. The women in our campaign have been nominated by our community for the amazing work they do and selected by a jury of AI experts. We feel this campaign helps create an environment where women own the stage and our candidates can present their inspiring ideas.

Marieke van Buchem
AI Young Professional


”I am finishing my PhD in natural language applications in healthcare whilst just starting a new position as innovation manager in the AI team of the LUMC. In this new role, I am responsible for finding new opportunities within and outside of the hospital. In my free time, I try to spend as much time outside as possible. Preferably hiking in the mountains or camping in some desolate place, but if that’s not possible, than the dunes or the Amstel river will do as well. ”

What qualities do you think are essential for success??

“I think there are a lot of qualities that can lead to success. For me, enthusiasm and genuine interest in the topics I work on and the people I work with have been very important. Furthermore, also just trying different things and seeing if they work out has led to surprising successes (and some valuable lessons). “