Bringing together people who lead change towards a caring society

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    At the IEM Caring Foundation we bring together people who lead change towards a caring society

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    We believe that every person has a responsibility in the way Europe develops and we support those who take an active role to consciously shape a Europe in which people care

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    We are students, professionals and academics from across Europe, who share a background in industrial engineering and management in our studies and work

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    We foster cross-border collaboration in all dimensions as a key way to broaden perspectives, build respect and enable innovation addressing the challenges of our time

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    We are concerned about the growing social divide, human’s devastating impact on the environment and the quest for money versus happiness.

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What we do

The IEM Caring foundation aims to find ideas with positive impact towards a caring society. Therefore it brings together people and their ideas to make this change happen. It engages and fosters initiatives in five Fields of Impact.

Equal Opportunities

Fostering equal opportunities for participation within the IEM network and caring related education by bridging the substantial differences in purchasing power in Europe.

Social Entrepreneurship

Educating and engaging students and professionals to take entrepreneurial initiatives within new and existing businesses that are oriented towards more a sustainable, inclusive and equal society.

Conscious Leadership

Nurturing a growing consciousness in future leaders, so that they, by transforming themselves, ignite a change for good in their communities.

Strong Sustainability

Engaging IEMers in every role and position to transform the negative trend of depleting natural resources in order to solve the grand challenges of mankind (such as climate change, food security, biodiversity loss) and build essentially more resilient societies. We want to leave a liveable planet for our children.

United Europe

Foster a mindset in favor of a united Europe, in order to counteract the increasing trend of nationalism.

Dialogue Monkeys , an initiative founded under this field of impact, is the public channel for people to discuss a peaceful and sustainable future for Europe and its neighbours in a respectful, factual and diverse manner.

You can get futher information by visiting and watch the first European Talkshow took place in Geneva.





The IEM Caring Convention, which is a semi-annual gathering of IEM Caring fellows with students, academia and professionals, will take place from September 14 to 16 in Brussels, Belgium. The heart of Europe and a hub for many different sectors, this capital will provide for a vibrant format.

The agenda of this upcoming convention revolves around social entrepreneurship, and enables participants to engage with people from arts, science and business. The goal is to identify challenges on the first day of the Convention ad shape them into applicable projects/initiatives over the rest of the weekend.

After the first day of the IEM Caring Convention in Brussels a group of 40 people from all over Europe came up with the following projects that will be challenged and further developed throughout the rest of the weekend:

  • Cleaning the oceans, rivers and land: How might we use technology and change consumption habits to reach a wasteless planet and clean up the damage already done by 2028 without negative social impact
  • Digital Divide: How might we support the slow technology adapters towards being aware and integrated with the technological development
  • SMARTphone Fest: How can we organise a festival that promotes the responsible use of smartphones
  • Social Incubator: How might we break stereotypes and enable gypsies in Bulgaria to participate in the start up scene and contribute to the country’s economy
  • How might we raise awareness and action to impower small farmers in Macedonia to create new products and enter the European market

Partners for this Convention are:

Past Conventions

  • 1st Convention – Frankfurt, Germany, March 2015

    The convention in Frankfurt was the very first event of the IEM Caring Foundation. There were many ideas, that had been collected in our network, of what we could achieve together. As a conclusion, we decided to not focus on one big project, but to become a platform that people could bring their ideas in.

    The event was the first to gather academia, alumnus and students, which gave us a unique variety of perspectives. Everybody shared their experiences and learned from each other, which was so powerful that it lead us to organise a convention again.

  • 2nd Convention – Oirschot, The Netherlands, October 2015

    During the Oirschot Convention, participants presented their ideas and research in groups.

    Participants challenged each other during the discussion and reflection sessions to sharpen their ideas and grow their dreams. The event shaped the idea of what a convention could be. Main realisation was the value of bringing practitioners into the events in order to reflect on real-life stories and cases.

  • 3rd Convention – Madrid, Spain, March 2016

    The convention focused on Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability areas. It was the first convention we started to listen to practitioners and their experiences. During the convention a diverse group of alumni, professors and students participated in working groups and reflection sections.

  • 4th Convention – Kescked, Hungary, October 2016

    During the convention in Kescked, participants had a chance to reflect on “What can you do in your life?” We listened to social entrepreneurs from Hungary and reflected on how it could be possible for us to create impact in our life.


  • 5th Convention - Sofia, Bulgaria, March 2017

    During the 5th Convention, Social Entrepreneurship and United Europe were the two main topics of the convention. Bulgarian entrepreneurs shared their experiences with participants during the morning and in the afternoon participants reflected on their role to keep Europe united. A pre-Convention took place for the first time in order to enable interested participants to listen to the stories of even more local social entrepreneurs. It was the first time external participants joined to the conventions.

  • 6th Convention- Geneva, Switzerland, September 2017

    Inspired by the unique Geneva geography and 600 years of building bridges between communities, we interpreted Crossing Borders in a broad sense: country borders, industry borders, language borders and organisational borders during the 6th convention.

    The convention was a mix of workshops, lectures and experiences. Some inspiring speakers from the Geneva region joined us to share their stories and expertise. On the other hand, the first European Talkshow took place. Young people of 12 different nationalities joined the discussion around topics such as being European and purpose of Europe.

    A pre-convention took place for those interested and available on Friday during the day. Participants had chance to visit CERN and got inspired from multicultural working atmosphere.

  • 7th Convention - Ericeira, Portugal, March 2018


Get Involved

If you like what you have seen so far about the IEM Caring Foundation, here is your chance to contribute!

The IEM Caring Foundation provides the soil for all kinds of ideas that aim at a caring society and we appeal to all who want to make a contribution, to raise their voices, share their ideas and make a difference.

Support us

  • Become a member of the Club of 100 – Making a difference in ESTIEM The Club of 100 is a club of maximum 100 members, who commit themselves to donate at least 500 € per year for a period of 5 years. The Club of 100 is open to all individuals who have shown to appreciate ESTIEM as a network organisation.
  • Donate to a specific project we are supporting. Projects you could support:


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The IEM Caring Convention, which is a semi-annual gathering of IEM Caring fellows with students, academia and professionals. During the convention, participants are learning from the stories of practitioners, work in the groups, share their experiences and ideas, grow together, inspire each other and reflect on themselves.

Social Entrepreneurship MOOCs

The Lean StartUp Entrepreneurship Course teaches how to develop business ideas and turn it into a successful StartUp.
You can register through this link.

Leadership Camp

Leadership Alumni camp is an enhancing self-development in professional life through a program of 3×3 days over half a year including work sessions and lectures on healthy lifestyle, purpose finding, being self-aware and present, understanding leadership and change making experience.

Sustainability Camp

Sustainibility Bootcamp is a professional event by ESTIEM Alumni to raise awareness about sustainability.We aimed to have an exchange between academic, corporate and entrepreneurial perspectives. Participants are invited to share their own experiences and cases.

Impact Thesis

Impact thesis encourages students to work and share expertise with developing countries. Depending
on the topic of the thesis, it can relate to other fields of impact as well, specially Strong

The IEM Caring Foundation has been recognized as a public benefit organization under Dutch law. The foundation has been approved by Global Giving to be part of their online fundraising community.

IEM Caring Foundation is the English name of Industrial Engineering and Management Stichting, registered at the Chamber of Commerce in Eindhoven, The Netherlands under number 60887931 and at the tax authorities in The Netherlands under number 8541.04.483.

Join us

  • Join the next Caring Convention  to share your ideas, sharpen others’, and shape them into action.
  • Join one of the supported activities
  • Become a fellow yourself and help us grow our collective impact
  • Follow us on Facebook and Linkedin or subscribe for our news feed to keep up to date with our developments and hear where you can contribute.
  • If you have an idea in mind and are thinking about how to make it a reality, approach us! Let us know about your idea and the help you would like from the Foundation. We can discuss it together and find the best way to make it happen.

Cooperate with us

We call out to organisations, non-profit, as well as profit-oriented.

With non-profit organisation, we want to collaborate on ideas that are emerging on either side, so that a joint effort will materialize the full potential and assure the desired impact on our society.

For profit oriented organizations, we want to be a trustful partner that will channel your contribution in form of services or donation to the best effect for our various projects.

Please contact us at so we can find this out together.

Who we are

Our fellows are students, professionals and academics who dedicate themselves to the different fields of impact.

Anniina Heikkila

(Finnish, 1991)

Carmen Garcia Wang

(Spanish, 1993)

Christoph Hagedorn

(German, 1966)

Cosku Mutlucan

(Turkish, 1995)

Eleonora Nazander

(Russian, 1990)

Federico Bley

(Belgium, 1994)

Marija Berg

(Serbian, 1992)

Marlies van Laarhoven

(Dutch, 1969)

Krasimira Natova

(Bulgarian, 1991)

Sebastian Geese

(German, 1984)

Among the fellows, the foundation’s board is appointed and assigned for a period of one year.

Our Story

The idea for the foundation was born in Istanbul in 2013 as a joint initiative of IEM students, alumni and professors to expand the positive impact of our network in Europe.

  • In 2013, Natalie Gyárfás, a student in her role as ESTIEM’s VP of Finance, was frustrated by the unequal opportunities to participate and launched the idea of an alumni fund to support deprived students.
  • Marlies van Laarhoven, an alumnus and co-founder of ESTIEM, contributed her vision for the power of over 25 generations of ambitious people in the IEM network collaborating on their widely felt desire to have a positive impact.
  • Moreover, Jim Platts, a professor of Cambridge University and academic friend of ESTIEM, was an instrumental supporter of the founding of the Foundation with the aim to foster caring.

June 8th 2014 a letter of intent was signed by ESTIEMESTIEM Alumni and EPIEM in Budapest. June 17th 2014 the IEM Caring Foundation was established by its founding board in the Netherlands.


Today, the Foundation has found its place and purpose, is supporting different fields of impact and has a structure that makes it built to last.

Fellows & Board

Our fellows are students, professionals and academics who dedicate themselves to the different fields of impact. Fellows are the decision making buddies of the foundation and they are appointed for 3 year periods. Council of Fellows make policy plan, write reports, prepare budgets and work on different fields of impacts. Among the fellows, foundation board is elected annually. The current board is:

Marlies van Laarhoven


Krasimira Natova


Marija Turanjanin


Advisory Council

Currently ESTIEM, EPIEM and ESTIEM Alumni are the networks that supports and advices to the IEM Caring Foundation. The number of supporting networks is not limited to three, it can change by the time. Representatives of each network are the member of Advisory Council, which supports and advices to the foundation.



The activities of IEM Caring Foundation are exempt from VAT according to Article 11.1 section F of the Law on Value Added Tax (Wet OB) of The Netherlands.

Permanent office:

Paviljoen U.02
De Lismortel 65
5612 AR Eindhoven
The Netherlands

IEM Caring Foundation is the English name of Industrial Engineering and Management Stichting, registered at the Chamber of Commerce in Eindhoven, The Netherlands under number 60887931 and at the tax authorities in The Netherlands under number 8541.04.483.

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