Meet Ana Rovzar
A self proclaimed fortunate result of a Mexican father and Flemish mother who met at university in the UK, she grew up in the safe havens of Brussels but she does get to go to Mexico quite often, including for her two previous internships. One of these internships was in international journalism, which made her determined to study political science back in the “complex political laboratory that is Belgium”. It was therefore at Ghent University in Belgium that she completed her undergrad in political science. She then went on to enrol at Sciences Po Paris for her master’s degree in International Public Management before switching it to International Energy (graduated in June 2013), something she felt was more favourable for her. Recently, she has been job-and-soul searching, whilst taking courses and travelling to the Middle East. She now has good news; Ana has found a job in Cairo and has recently moved to Egypt. So meet Ana Rovzar, the newest analyst at a regional centre that promotes renewable energy in the Arab states. Energy is not scarce in Ana, an absolute morning person who claims that with a morning coffee to her natural state she would “start scaring people”. I doubt it.
In ECON+, she has been impressed by the ambition of the founders to take this project to a very serious level. She greatly appreciates ECON+’s approach to question our current economic models, discuss current fallacies, and allow for debate about alternatives. Her strongest economic worries concern inequality and sustainability. She can’t really wrap her head around the fact that these have been regarded as inevitable collateral damage or externalities of a healthy and highly functioning economy. She sees a growing urge to rethink these abnormalities is taking place – chronic socioeconomic inequality and detrimental environmental degradation are now topics of major concern to this generation’s young people – and ECON+ allows its audience to exchange thoughts about this, which can make us more creative and pro-active. ECON+’s topic-approach (like Unemployment, Energy …) guides its audience’s thinking-out-loud, which is great. For Ana, apart from its forum for thought, ECON+ could be its audience’s barometer by measuring what lives in their minds. And could create a space to encourage readers to interact and engage with each other.
If Ana could have a super power it would be mind-reading as she’d be one step ahead. But, she also would have to log in and log out of that power, otherwise it could get quite chaotic. Ana loves documentaries and she is fond of nature docs – think David Attenborough’s videography. This is probably why one of her favourite animals is the quite exotic praying mantis; a rather funny looking animal which kind of looks like an ET. When asked about an afterlife, she states life is a form of matter and energy, that energy is everlasting and just changes periodically in shape and form. She has had many personal encounters with some of these forms of matter of energy that have challenged her mind in incredible ways and keep inspiring her.
Ana does not know what type of job would be ideal for her, but she does know what type of activities she’d want it to include: public speaking, writing, design and creativity, building things manually, working with people with a heterogeneous set of skills and talents, backgrounds and tastes. Right now, she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world as she is being a sponge and absorbing information in Cairo. But she does want to meet more of the world. Ana admires Nelson Mandela’s personal story – one of pure bravery – Winston Churchill’s quotes, Rene Magritte’s art and, Mahatma Gandhi’s approach of passive civil disobedience. Very rightfully so however, Ana points out that there are so many brilliant people we don’t even know about, that never made the history books.