Kayin Venner currently works as an intern for the Inclusion and Rights section at UNESCO in Paris. He is passionate about social sustainability and topics that lie at the intersection of social justice and environmental sustainability, particularly at the urban level.

Professional background

Prior to his current position, Kayin worked as a research assistant (trainee) on urban climate change adaptation at the Basque Center for Climate Change (BC3) in Leioa, Spain. Kayin Venner holds a European Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratization from the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC) in Venice, Italy. Prior to obtaining this degree, he graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a MSc in Public Policy and Governance and from Wageningen University with a BSc in International Development Studies. During his studies, he was secretary and chairperson of study association Ipso Facto and worked as project coordinator at Green Office Wageningen. He also worked as secretary of Hellingproef, the young scientific bureau of GroenLinks, and co-worker housing and advocacy at Vluchteling Onder Dak Wageningen (foundation for Refugee Housing). Kayin was one of the initiators of the Aan De Slag campaign, a campaign for broadening the work and study opportunities of undocumented refugees and migrants in the Netherlands. Within the framework of a research project at Wageningen University, Kayin did an internship at the Center for Environment Education in Ahmedabad, India, where he was involved in engaging young people in improving the sustainability of their university campus.

Personal motto
“I am responsible for myself and for everyone else. I am creating a certain image of man of my own choosing. In choosing myself, I choose man.” — Jean-Paul Sartre

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