Our Team

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Our team members!

Meet the amazing team that makes HAN4L possible.

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TEAM LEADER

Tim Durinck

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My name is Tim Durink, I am 22 years old born and raised in the Netherlands, currently on the 4th year of HAN Automotive.

I am the HAN 4L team manager, this mean that I am responsible of overviewing all the operation of the team and leading the team members to the final goal.

The offer to become team manager came from a very close friend of mine, I never doubted and took this opportunity right away with the idea of bringing this team to the next level!

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Operational manager

Ahmet Ulusoy

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My name is Ahmet Ulusoy, I`m 22 years old and an industrial production design student.

I am the operational manager of the HAN4L team, my task is to handle and overview all the business and communication operations of the team such as sponsors research, event organization and finance.

I chose this project because I wanted to challenge myself with a task completely different from my studies and at the same time, I loved the idea of making a positive impact on the lives of other people, this is something I`m really proud of.

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Engineering Manager

Brian Neulen

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My name is Brian Neulen, I`m 28 years old and I’m from a small village called Broekland in the Netherlands.

Here at HAN4L I am currently working on my internship researching on a hybrid powertrain and at the same time I`m one of the managers, therefore I overview the work of the team members.

The reason why I joined this team is because I love working on classic cars, developing new ideas and creating projects. This project is the perfect combination of both.

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Engineering manager

Danny de jong

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My name is Danny de Jong, I`m a 24 years old, from Purmerend, the Netherlands.

Here at HAN4L I`m the engineering manager, this means that I`m responsible for the correct execution of the engineering assignments, if the team members have any issue, they come to me and my job is to assist them with their problems.

Together with my colleague Brian I`m also responsible of taking care of the technical state of the vehicles.

I choose this project because I liked the International aspect and I really think the humanitarian side is something amazing.

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Emmission research

Bart peelen

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My name is Bart Peelen, I`m 25 years old and I`m from Gendt, The Netherlands.

I am a last year student doing research on the emission and giving help to anyone who needs it in the team.

I joined this team because I wanted to use my knowledge to help people within this cause and I love working on classic cars.

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EMS

David van puijenbroek

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My name is David van Puijenbroek, I`m a 21 years student from Amersfoort, the Netherlands.

At HAN4L I work with my colleagues on the EMS (Engine Monitoring System), this system is crucial for the success of the rally, it displays the engine parameters and alerts the drivers if there`s any issue with the engine.

I chose this project because I`m a classic cars enthusiast and I want to gain knowledge on how to work on electric systems for my personal projects.

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EMS

khizr Sheikh

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My name is Khizr Sheikh, I`m 20 years old and I`m from Karachi, Pakistan.

Here at HAN4L my job is to implement the EMS (Engine Monitoring System), improving this system will help the drivers to keep an eye on the engine parameters during the rally and will notify a failure if it occurs.

Why did I choose HAN4L? I have a passion for restoring old cars and I enjoy working on something that will have an humanitarian outcome such as helping the kids of the Moroccan desert.

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EMS

Mitja primovic 

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My name is Mitja Primozic, I`m 24 years old and I`m from Koper, Slovenia.

Together with my teammates I am in charge of the EMS (Engine Monitoring System), a vital system to constantly monitor the engine parameters and be sure the car won`t fail in the rough conditions of the desert.

I was helping the first team in 2019 during the preparation phase and I joined the team because I can learn how to apply my skills here and gain more knowledge about the automotive environment.

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roll cage

Thomas kersten

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My name is Thomas Kersten, I`m 24 years old and I`m from Groesbeek, The Netherlands.

Here at HAN4L I am working on the roll cage for the safety of the drivers and at the same time I am rebuilding the engine to make it run smooth.

I choose this project because I am an old timer enthusiast, I drive one myself and I enjoy working in a team and share ideas to gain more knowledge about the automotive industry.

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roll cage

Mihnea otel

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My name is Mihnea Otel, I`m 21 years old and I`m from Bucharest, Romania.

At HAN4L I`m in charge of designing the roll cage for the new Renault 4 Furgonette, this is crucial for the safety of the drivers in the rare case of a roll over.

I chose HAN4L because I wanted to work on a project that will have real life results, this will help me too apply the knowledge I learned in the past years at HAN Automotive.

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roof rack

Tom van leeuwen

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My name is Tom van Leeuwen, I`m 20 years old and I`m from Volendam, The Netherlands.

Here at HAN4L my job is to design and build the new aerodynamic roof rack for the Renault 4 fourgonnette, this way the drivers will have more storage space in the car for putting daily used supplies on the roof of the car.

Why did I choose this team? I chose HAN4L because I was already working on the cars before the beginning of the year and I like the combination of making the car more eco-friendly and at the same time the goal of the rally itself.

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roof rack and social media

Matteo Cappelli

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My name is Matteo Cappelli, I`m a 21 years old an I’m from Rome, Italy.

At HAN4L the task I share with my teammate is to design the new roof rack and at the same time handle the social media pages of the team to have a clean look for sponsors and supporters.

Why did I choose HAN4L? I`ve seen the project beginning in 2019 and immediately showed my interest towards it.

I love classic cars, I drive one as well myself and I am very proud of what we`re doing working on the project, looking forward to help the kids of the Moroccan desert!

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adaptive suspension

Matei Iancu

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My name is Matei Iancu, I am 20 years old guy and from Iasi, Romania.

In the team I am in charge with a colleague to upgrade the suspension system of the cars, during the last rally the rear suspension failed in the desert, we have been researching new shocks to withstand the rough road conditions of the desert.

Why did I choose this project? I am an old car fan and I love to restore my classic Cadillac from ‘76, I am a very practical guy who loves to work with his hands and I can apply and gain knowledge from this project.

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adaptive suspension

Marijn bindels

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My name is Marijn Bindels, I`m 20 years old and I`m from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

My task in the team is to design with my teammate a new rear suspension for the Renault 4 fourgonette to avoid any failures during the rally like the one that happened back in 2020.

Why did I choose HAN4L? I decided to join this project because I was involved in the restoration of the cars even before the beginning of the school year, I am a classic car enthusiast and I like the purpose of the rally of bringing supplies to the kids of the Moroccan desert.

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electric throttle

fabrizio troisi

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Hi everyone, my name is Fabrizio Troisi, I`m 19 years old, I`m from Naples, Italy, even though I`ve been living for 7 years in China.

Here at HAN 4L my task is to work on a new project concept, the electric throttle control.

This feature will convert the old gas cable to an electric throttle valve and will help the drivers during the rally.

Why did I choose this project? I chose HAN 4L to gain more knowledge on electric circuits and because I wanted to join such a team where I can learn how to work with other people in this environment.

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Electric throttle

mars de bruin

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Hi everybody, my name is Mars de Bruin, I am 21 and I`m from Arnhem, The Netherlands.

In this project I am in charge with my teammate of designing a brand-new electric throttle control, this way the opening and closing of the inlet valve is electrically controlled to improve the carburation of the engine and get better performances.

I chose this project because I am interested in the electric component of cars, how they work and behave, how to merge two completely different period of construction of the throttle system from the 21st century and the car from the 20th and how this two can work together.

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Skidplates

Maarten rink

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Hello, my name is Maarten Rink, I `m a 19 year old guy from Horssen, The Netherlands.

Here at the HAN 4L team I am in in charge with my teammate to design new skid-plates for the car, those are metal sheet that are cut and formed to be put below the car and protect important component such as the engine and the gearbox from rocks that the drivers may drive over during the rally in Morocco.

I choose to work on this project because I am an old car enthusiast and I love working on them, moreover I think that the purpose of the rally itself is great, with our work we`ll be able to help a lot of people

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Skidplates

dylan hendriksen

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Hi, my name is Dylan Hendriksen, I`m 20 years old and I`m from Westervoort, The Netherlands.

My job here at HAN 4L is to design and produce new skid-plates for the rally, these steel plates are located below the car on the front and back and they`re meant to protect important components during eventual collisions to external bodies such as rocks.

Why did I choose this project? I chose HAN 4L because during the presentation of the tasks it gained my attention and I applied for it thinking I would have applied my knowledge and gained even more working in a team such as this one.

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Winch

Abel van dijk

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Hello everyone, my name is Abel van Dijk, I`m 19 years old and I`m from Almere, The Netherlands.

My task here at the HAN 4L project is to design and build a winch housing to allow an easy and quick installation of the machine when needed when the car might get stuck in the desert sand.

I chose this project because I like to work on classic cars and the idea behind the 4L Trophy of bringing supplies to the kids of the Moroccan desert interests me.

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Internal events

Anh tran

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Hello everyone, my name is Tran Ngoc Que Anh, but you can call me Annie, I`m a 21 year old girl from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Here at HAN 4L I am in charge with my communication colleagues to organize internal and external events and in particular to keep the team in contact with the HAN ISB (International School of Business).

I joined this amazing project because I really love the meaningfulness of it, and I want to see how greatly we can help children and people in the end.

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Events

Chahrazad bouhtat

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Hi everyone, my name is Chahrazad Bouhtat, I`m a 17 years old Dutch girl with Moroccan origins.

In the HAN 4L team my task I share with my colleagues is to create and organize events such as the Voedselbank collection days and many more.

Why did I join the HAN 4L? I decided to join this team because I like the vision it has and the aim of helping people is amazing, this project has a huge impact on a lot of people and it`s very important, that`s why I was so enthusiast on joining it.

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Events

Harley Vu

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Hi, my name is Vu Anh Nhu, but you can call me Harley, I am a 19 year old girl and I`m from Sai Gon, Vietnam.

I am a communication student and with my teammates I am in charge of organizing new events to attract new potential sponsors and get new supporters.

Why did I join the team? I decided to join the HAN 4L because I like the final purpose of the project that brings ethical values and not only, I also wanted to learn how to work in a team with talented and motivated people.

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Graphic design

HANK Nguyen

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Hello, my name is Nguyen Hien Anh, but people call me Hank, I am a 19 year old girl from Ha Noi, Vietnam.

Here at the HAN 4L I oversee the design for our social media pages and events materials such as posters and flyers.

I decided to join this team because I`ve always been working on charity organizations, also back home in Vietnam and I can feel that the message behind this project is very meaningful and we`re working to put a smile on other`s people face.

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administration/finance

Mati Delag

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Hi everyone, my name is Mateusz Deląg, I am 19 years old and I was born and raised in Lodz, Poland.

Here at the HAN 4L I am working on financial and finance, together with my colleague we keep a keen eye on the economics of the team, it`s very important to know where all the money we use go to!

I choose this project because I have always liked volunteering and here at HAN 4L I can develop even further my skills that will help me in the future.

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Sponsors

Marco allous

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Hi everyone, my name is Marco Allous, I am 22 years old and I`m half Dutch and half Lebanese.

The task I`m working on here at HAN 4L is to deal with sponsors and contact new companies that may be interested in supporting us in our big project.

I joined the team because I was present to the first year project presentation and immediately got me, this year when I had the opportunity to join the new team I couldn`t let it go and I became a new member.

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Administration/finance

Pascal ishimwe

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Hello, my name is Pascal Ishimwe, I`m 19 years old and I was born and raised in Kigali, Rwanda.

Which is my task here at HAN 4L? together with my teammate we track all the expenses the team has, like new components needed for the cars or tools the engineering department may need, it`s very important to know precisely how we spend our budget.

Why did I choose this project? I think the cause of it is great and I believe that in this team I can apply my competences and gain even more knowledge.

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Our team experts ADVISORS and tutors

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PROJECT TUTOR

Arthur Appelman

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Workplace supervisor

Appie Peters

Workplace supervisor

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