Dita Anggraeni has been living in New York for five years, where she works for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as an in-house graphic designer of OCHA pooled funds. Her responsibility is to visualize the specific needs of people living in developing countries, and to put relevant data about funding and humanitarian needs into maps and infographics for a better understanding of the situation. Quite a few ITC alumni work for OCHA as well, and she regularly works together with them in the field. Anggraeni studied Geo- Information Sciences at ITC from 2008 to 2010, and is thankful for the opportunity to study and learn so much. ’I remember seeing some Applied Earth Sciences lecturers starting a snowball fight outside. These professors are brilliant lecturers and professionals in their field, but they were also so much fun! It made me feel very lucky to study with them at ITC,’ she describes. She explains that ITC has a high reputation as a specific institution that is focused on GIS and mapping: ‘My degree and experiences at ITC are highly regarded and ITC has opened up global opportunities for me.’ With her Indonesian roots and bachelor in Oceanography, her dream project would be to create a floating ‘boat’ school for Indonesian students and teach them about Indonesia’s coastal system and marine life, as well as team building and management.
Text: Marjolein Gosseling
Photos: Arjan Reef & ITC Faculty