Meet the Founders

Hi there!

We’re Fay de Waal and Simone Hilhorst and together we founded Librae this year to tackle diversity in Delft. We’ll update this page soon but for more information about how we got the idea check this article in the TU Delta (also available in Dutch).



Fay de Waal

Hi there! I’m Fay, originally I’m from Shanghai, China, where I was adopted and raised by Dutch parents and moved to the Netherlands to start my studies in Delft. Being from such a diverse and mulicultural city, I really had to get to used to life in Delft. However I never really stopped to think about it until last year when I came across all these women that were supporting each other and talking about diversity and gender equality. I also realised that these topics are hardly ever discussed among students, which is why I decided to start Librae.

Simone Hilhorst

Hi, I am Simone, a pre-master Econometrics  student in Rotterdam. In my premaster and during my bachelor in Delft I was never really aware about the lack of diversity and gender equality at universities. I was actually shocked about the low percentage female econometrics students because to me it seemed pretty equal during lectures. I guess I just don’t see the inequalities anymore. Talking about starting Librae made me aware and inspired me to make other people  aware of gender (in)equalities and stimulate them to start thinking and talking about these subjects too!

Meet the team

My name is Rajae Atahiri, I am a Multi passionate mechanical engineering student. My interests lie in the world of Business, Personal Growth, Fashion & Technology. My personal dream is to help people explore their abilities.



Hi, I’m Anna! Through my experience as a bachelor student of Life Science and Technology, I quickly noticed that us female students in STEM are studying and will later pursue careers in primarily male-dominated industries. Being in this minority, it is important that we learn to support each other in achieving our ambitions, so that we can be confident in the paths that we will take. Shortly, I believe it is so important that we help each other and bring our each other’s strengths; this is why I have joined Librae!


Hi, I’m Femke! During my studies Maritime Technology at TU Delft, I came across many situations in which men were in the majority. Not only the ratio between female and male students at the lectures, also most lectures are given by men. This ensures that the technical sector radiates male dominance. The result is that it is more difficult for women to get a good idea of what they want to do and how to get there. With Librae, I hope we can change this image and make the STEM branch more accessible for women to join.


My name is Tessel Grubben. I am currently doing a masters in geotechnical engineering at the Delft University of Technology. The amount of women that are active in the STEM sector is still very limited. This doesn’t only apply to industry, but also the academic and political world. As I am approaching the end of my studies, and therefore have to start thinking about future career steps, it made me realize that I was missing the presence of female role models. In order to stimulate gender equality, I think it is very important that young women are connected to more experienced women in the same field of interest. In this way they can learn from their stories and experiences and apply that to their own life and careers. Besides, It also sets a very encouraging example to see the successes of other women and can thereby provide support for young women to pursue their ambitions.


Hey! My name’s Loes, and I’m studying Chemical Engineering and Management of Technology at the TU! As I have lived in Delft for the past six years, I know what influences a male-dominated environment can have, both positive and negative. With Librae, I’m looking forward to taking another step in the direction of gender equality!


Hi, I’m Maartje! I’m currently graduating from my studies in Industrial Engineering at Unilever. I hope to be able to contribute to the (in)equality discussion in a positive way by organizing inspiring events focussed on equality and self-development!


Hi all!

I’m Daphne. In February I started to be part of the Data Analytics team as an intern at Unilever to develop myself beyond my bachelor in Applied Mathematics. After that internship I will be starting a master in Econometrics. 

As a girl with a technical and analytic background it’s unavoidable that once or probably more than once you have to do with positive discrimination. My personal goal about genderequality and one of the reasons I joined Librae is to speed up the moment

 that the society and business have nothing to do with positive discrimination anymore.


Hi, I’m Jelske and I am a mechanical engineering student at Delft University of Technology. Ever since i was little i dreamed of working at Porsche, which led me to one of the dream teams of the TU. Here i worked on a formula-style race car with 75 men and only 4 women. This made me realize that if i want to have more female colleagues in the future, things will have to change. By joining Librae i hope to contribute to a better balance between men and women in the STEM branch.

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