About Us

What is IWCO?

IWCO (International Week Coordinating Organization) is an organization which members are voluntary committed students from around the world. It holds a legal entity established in Rotterdam, Netherlands and is still striving for expansion. Its purpose is to create and support international exchange between students of prestigious universities from all over the world.

Every member (IW - International Week) organizes an annual local week full of activities that will help to dive into the culture and explore the country. Thanks to corporations with local student unions and external sponsors, the only financial expenses for participating students are their trips to the country itself. Each IW has to include events related to the 4 pillars of IWCO: Business, Culture, Academic and Social Exchange.

All the different IW's are coordinated and connected by the at the annual general meeting elected IWCO board:

IWCO Board

    • Melánia Iritz

      President

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      The President of IWCO supervises the processes and work of the IWCO Board as well as all IW Members. The main task is to ensure the wellbeing of IWCO in many aspects including recruiting, financing, strategic planning, sponsoring, improvement & development and marketing solutions - both globally and locally.

      Strategy Statement:

      By leveraging expertise and insight to implement forward-thinking and strategic network development solutions, I will do my best to connect all IW Members and the IWCO Board in order to build profitable, lasting partnerships - both internal and external - that sustain the growth of IWCO and therefore, the growth of everyone in it.

      IW Experience

      • Participated in IW Barcelona 2013
      • Project Manager Assistant of IW Budapest 2014
      • Participated in IW Tel Aviv 2014
      • Project Manager of IW Budapest 2016
      • Participated in IW Istanbul 2016
      • Participated in IWAW Slovenia 2016
      • Participated in IW Lund 2017
      • Participated in IWAW Cologne 2017
      • Delegate at the IWCO Conference 2017 in Warsaw

      Contact:
      president@iw-co.org

    • Philipp Sperber

      Communications Manager

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      The Communications Manager is responsible for the internal and external communication of IWCO. He maintains and improves the connection of the network, collects feedback from IW organizers and participants and is responsible for supervising the organization of the annual International Week Alumni Weekend.

      Strategy Statement:

      My goal is to facilitate the connection between all IWCO people including participants, hosts, organizers and Alumni.

      IW Experience:

      • Organized IW Cologne 2015, 2017
      • Organized IW Alumni Weekend Cologne 2017
      • Participated in IW Belgium 2016
      • Participated in IW Tel Aviv 2017
      • Participated in IW Alumni Weekend Slovenia 2016
      • Delegate at the IWCO Conference 2017 in Warsaw

      Contact:
      communications@iw-co.org

    • Verena Unger

      Marketing Manager

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      The Marketing Manager’s duties include to strengthen the brand IWCO in all possible ways and to create marketing material for the organization. Furthermore, she updates and maintains the website and works closely with the Social Media Manager in regards of the public image of IWCO.

      Strategy Statement:

      My most important aim is to improve the professional image of IWCO by creating unified marketing material and content for all IW’s that will help to explain the concept of IWCO and to create a visual “red string” throughout all the members.

      IW Experience:

      • Organized IW Vienna 2016, 2017
      • Chief organizer of IW Vienna 2018
      • Participated in IW Tokyo Summer 2017
      • Delegate at the IWCO Conference 2017 in Warsaw
      • Contact:
        marketing@iw-co.org

    • Julia Pettersson

      Fundraising Manager

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      The Fundraising Manager is responsible for supervising the financial procedures of IWCO as well as of all IW committees. She maintains the bookkeeping and aims to raise money for the organization through external sponsors.

      Strategy Statement:

      During my board year I will first of all strive to optimize the processes of bookkeeping and treasuring of IWCO funds, with focus on financial transparency. I also believe this to be a necessary step towards global fundraising for IWCO. My goal is to alter the strategy for sponsorship as to not only appeal to local sponsors, but global ones too!

      IW Experience:

      • Host during IW Uppsala 2015
      • Participated in IW Barcelona 2015
      • Project Manager of IW Uppsala 2016
      • Participated in IW Alumni Weekend Slovenia 2016
      • Delegate at the IWCO Conference 2016
      • Advisor of the IWCO Board 2016-2017
      • Participated in IW Alumni Weekend Cologne 2017
      • Delegate at the IWCO Conference 2017 in Warsaw
      • Participated in IW Tel Aviv 2017

      Contact:
      fundraising@iw-co.org

    • Khrystyna Zabytivska

      Network Development Manager

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      The Network Development Manager carries out the important task of enlarging the IWCO network. She contacts new universities and/or student unions in order to establish new IWs and provides information to interested students from all over the world who would like to become part of IWCO.

      Strategy Statement:

      The main task for the upcoming year is to determine well-functioning of all inactive members and to expand the network by establishing connections with new students' unions. Adding new countries is necessary to increase our intercultural spirit.

      IW Experience:

      • Organized IW Lviv 2015, 2016
      • Chief Organizer of IW Lviv 2017, 2018
      • Participated in IW Belgium 2017
      • Delegate at the IWCO Conference 2017 in Warsaw
      • Participated in IW Cologne 2017

      Contact:
      networkdevelopment@iw-co.org

    • Anita Fejér

      Social Media Manager

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      The Social Media Manager of IWCO creates posts and content for all existing social media profiles of IWCO. She is responsible for the entire public social media communication and therefore an important part of keeping the network and its alumni connected.

      Strategy Statement:

      My goal is to create content which strengthens the relationship among our members, and to share joyful memories.

      IW Experience:

      • Organised IW Budapest 2015, 2016, 2017
      • Participated in IW Warsaw 2015
      • Participated in IW Slovenia 2015
      • Participated in IW Prague 2016
      • Participated in IW Indonesia 2017
      • Participated in IWAW Slovenia 2016
      • Participated in IWAW Cologne 2017

      Contact:
      socialmedia@iw-co.org

VISION MISSION VALUES

IWCO VISION

Allow business students around the world to experience cross cultural exchange.

IWCO MISSION

We want to encourage international exchange for partner universities’ students by joining an International Week abroad which is organized, hosted and guided by local Students, in order to raise awareness of acceptance and understanding.

IWCO VALUES

We cherish the most important values and want to act accordingly to them. We believe that nowadays mutual cross-cultural respect, diversity, inclusion and international collaboration among young and ambitious students, who are creating the feeling of unity and tolerance, is what really matters.