Enya Seguin is dedicated to improving healthcare around the world. An alumni of ISB, she co-founded a start-up while at University and now works for a company that delivers unique health innovations to vulnerable communities. We sat down with her to discuss how her time at ISB helped seed her passions, how she got to where she is today and what advice she would give to fellow students.
Where in the world are you now and what are you up to?
I am currently in The Netherlands, working in the field of digital health with a geographical focus on the African continent. I work at a company called Delft Imaging. We specialize in medical imaging solutions for developing countries.
When did you attend ISB and when did you graduate?
2009 until 2014.
Did you always have an interest in policy and business development or were your school passions rather different?
I was interested in business from a young age. I did my Personal Project in MYP on advertising where I studied various commercials and pinpointed the key ingredients in making a successful marketing campaign.
I did a Bachelors degree in Governance, Economics & Development at Leiden University. Model United Nations (MUN) at ISB definitely played a significant role towards my interest for politics and international development. My passions in school were largely developed through extra-curricular activities such as the trip to Tanzania, being involved in the charity committee and also through MUN where I was a delegate at three conferences and Chair of the EcoSoc Committee in my last year. All these activities planted seeds that were further developed at University, and continue to evolve through various experiences.
What did you do after graduating from ISB, how did you get to where you are now?
After ISB, I started my Bachelor's degree at Leiden University. In my last year at Leiden, I co-founded a startup called YAPILI. It’s an app that connects health-seekers in Africa to doctors anywhere in the world. After graduating, I moved back to Basel for some months, worked a few odd jobs and focused on the startup. Then, I moved back to the Netherlands to pursue a Masters degree in Healthcare Policy, Innovation & Management at Maastricht University.
Now, I work at a company called Delft Imaging as a Business Development Manager. I came into contact with Delft Imaging through working at my startup and did my Master's thesis with them. For my thesis, I studied the African market implementation of their product for retina disease detection.
Where I am today can largely be explained by a whole bunch of experience in the years prior. I always got involved in as many activities as I could. This started at ISB, where I developed curiosities for social work and non-profits. I was involved in the Charity Committee of ISB and was a student representative at ISB for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
During my time at ISB, I also volunteered at the Swiss Red Cross. ISB gave us the amazing opportunity to do a service trip to Tanzania, which without a doubt, planted a curiosity seed toward East Africa. At Leiden, I developed curiosities for social entrepreneurship and healthcare. Leiden University was a great choice from the start because the flexibility of the degree allowed me to take courses in Global Public Health whilst I was enrolled in a non-health related degree.
Can you tell our current students about any challenges you faced on your career path and how you overcame them?
I faced the usual challenges associated with entrepreneurship; however, I look at them as positive hurdles to overcome because they speed up your learning curve and enable you to advance professionally and personally.
What are you most proud of?
Right now, my sister. She just graduated from ISB in 2020 and will be attending University Arts London to study Design for Art Direction.
What are your favourite memories of your time at ISB?
Probably graduating in June 2014. The last year was tough which made our graduation seem even more exhilarating.
If you had to give one piece of advice to your teenage self at ISB, what would it be?
Reach out to your teachers when you need help. I only figured this out in my final year and regretted not having tapped into that helpful network of ISB teachers beforehand.
Thank you to Enya for sharing her story with the ISB community. We love to hear from our alumni. If you would like to share your alumni story, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.