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Rianne Harmsen

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Rianne Harmsen


Rianne has a PhD in medicinal chemistry and currently holds a post-doc position at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Ås.

Rianne lived in Ghana for a year in 2007-2008 to teach biology, chemistry and physics at the Nandom Secondary School, a school located in the remote northwest of Ghana. Rianne and Carolina happened to be working in Ghana in the same period, allowing Rianne to visit The Optical Foundation project a number of times, so she is very familiar with the project and our local contacts in Ghana.

Having spent as much time in Ghana for as she has, Rianne is very familiar with the culture and values ​​in Ghana, so therefore her value to The Optical Foundation is beyond measure. In 2014, Rianne’s advisory roll was pivotal in helping The Optical Foundation establish a more professional decorum. We have therefore asked Rianne to take place in our government and in the future to think about. This resulted in us offering Rianne a position as a board member in early 2015, were she will continue participating in the progress of The Optical Foundation.