Esli Soetens

International social welfare and health policy  •  Web developer  •  Physiotherapist

International policy graduate with a versatile background in health care and ICT. My work style is best characterised as structured and well-organised. I am analytical, pragmatic and a fast learner. My motivation stems from a desire to help people and a strong set of morals and values.


International Social Welfare and Health Policy (MSc.)

OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University (Oslo, NO)

  • Main topics: International social welfare, International/global health, Risk theory, Globalisation, Research methods and scientific theory
  • Final thesis: Automation, Artificial Intelligence and labour market insecurity

August 2019 - November 2021


This Master’s degree has prepared me to analyse, develop and manage social welfare and health policies at a high level. The programme teaches a strong global perspective and has a comparative focus on policy analysis, providing me with the ability to conduct systematic documentation and evaluation processes.


This course presents key concepts and analytical models used in comparative analyses of social welfare policies.

This course presents main social protection strategies with regard to major social risks, as well as evaluation methods to assess the advantages and disadvantages of health and social policy interventions.

This course gives a comprehensive introduction to global health problems, health studies, and international and national strategies to meet these problems.

This course presents the main debates concerning the impact of economic, cultural and political globalisation on health and social welfare in different parts of the world, and the role of multilateral agencies (including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund) in influencing social and health policies in high, middle and low income countries.

One of the big controversies in the social sciences is how to model the relations between social structure, institutions and actors. This course provides an overview of some of these theories, with a focus on variants deriving from realist traditions. The course covers theories that emphasize a focus on individual, rational actors, those applying structural and functionalist explanatory models, those that emphasize social reproduction and feedback mechanisms in society to those cultural and phenomenological traditions that emphasize social construction and interactional processes.

These courses focus on quantitative and qualitative research tools, data collection and analysis. There is particular attention to methodological reflection, regression analysis, comparative analysis, and the links between research questions and research design.

During this course I worked as a research assistant for the Euroship project, an EU-funded research project which aims to develop policy recommendations on how to strengthen social citizenship on a European level.

This course combines a descriptive and a normative approach to reflection on social science. Among topics covered in philosophy of science are the role of values in research, objectivity, realism, social constructivism, social ontology, feminist philosophy of science, evidence-based policy, models, and causality.


Physiotherapy - English Stream (BSc.)

Fontys University of Applied Sciences (Eindhoven, NL)

  • Specialisation programme: Technology and Health Care Innovation
  • Final thesis: The future potential of Virtual Reality in paramedic care
  • Minor: Marketing and Mobile application development at University of Worcester (UK)

September 2014 - July 2018


This degree has taught me the skills needed to work as a physiotherapist. This includes theoretical knowledge on topics such as anatomy, biomechanics and physiology, as well as practical skills in diagnostics and treatment of patients. The degree has a strong focus on preventive care, social skills, research and innovation. Throughout the programme, I completed internships in neurology, cardiology, postoperative rehabilitation, geriatrics, osteoarthritis and pain management.

As part of this degree, I followed a specialisation track focusing on Technology and Health Care Innovation. As a result, I wrote my final thesis on the future potential of VR technology in health care. I also spent one semester at the University of Worcester (UK) to develop other skills, following courses such as Contemporary marketing communications, Advertising: influence and persuasion, and Mobile applications development.

Applied psychology (BSc. propaedeutic phase)

Fontys University of Applied Sciences (Eindhoven, NL)

  • Main courses: Cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, personality psychology, organisational psychology, consumer behaviour and persuasion, psychodiagnostic testing

September 2013 - July 2014


University degrees in the Netherlands teach students the foundational knowledge and skills during the propaedeutic phase. This is typically done in the first year, and serves as a selection criteria for continuing the studies. After obtaining my propaedeutic diploma in applied psychology, I switched to physiotherapy. However, this did provide me with essential knowledge on psychological theory in fields such as consumer psychology and organisational psychology.



Project coordinator

Artesia is a spa & fitness center with multiple locations in Norway. They hired me to set up and build Artesia Academy, a place where Artesia's therapists can improve their skills and learn new treatments. The goal is to establish quality quidelines for treatments, as well as to help with the onboarding process of new therapists.

May 2021 - present


Artesia is an exclusive health club in Norway, their facilities include a gym, spa and different body treatments. As part of my work at Artesia, I have:

  • Developed a strategy and plans for the development of the project.
  • Coordinated a team of employees working on this project.
  • Built an online learning platform in Webflow for therapists.
  • Written onboarding guidelines as well as treatment guidelines for different kinds of treatments.
  • Coordinated and helped with other disciplines such as marketing and management.
The project's success can be seen in the positive response and desire to collaborate from the Axelsons Institute, Scandinavia's oldest and largest school for body treatments.



Wecycle is a non-profit environmental start-up in Oslo focusing on the recycling of plastic waste. At Wecycle I am in charge of everything IT related, including building and maintaining the website and the internal SharePoint sites. I am also part of the marketing team, and I consult with the management on matters such as strategy and planning.

November 2018 - present


At their recycling facility in Oslo, Wecycle gives plastics a second life - by turning them into new products. Much of their efforts go into providing interactive workshops to educate people on the importance of a circular system to combat plastic pollution.

As part of my work at Wecycle, I have built a website with Bootstrap and I am currently in the process of building a new website with Webflow. I have also built a streamlined internal company portal in MS SharePoint, which helps with efficient collaboration and onboarding of new employees. I'm also involved with the development of an innovative device that uses NIR and machine learning to identify different plastic types (RICs).

Being part of the marketing team has allowed me to work with social media and analytics, and working with Wecycle has also introduced me to the non-profit business environment and the start-up ecosystem. As such, I have helped with the writing of funding applications and I consult with the management on company strategy.


Co-founder and programmer

JOOP is a small business venture providing IT services to companies as well as private individuals. The main focus is on web development, and helping companies build an efficient collaboration platform, internal knowledge base, and onboarding process for new employees.

July 2013 - present


The main focus of the company is on web development, including website design and hosting. I am proficient in the web-based programming languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP, and I know how to work with a large variety of CMS and software (see next section for more information).


(And more upon request)


Fontys University of Applied Sciences

Student member of the Participation Council

As an elected member of the university's participation council, my tasks included consulting with the executive board about matters such as the university's strategic plan, policy, regulations and budgets.

February 2016 - February 2018


Fontys University of Applied Sciences has 31 different institues. I first got elected for the participation council of the paramedic institute, where I -among other things- helped in the development of student specialisation programmes in response to emerging trends in health care.

Then I got elected to the university's central participation council, a group of 11 students and 11 employees who represent all of the 45.000 students and 5.000 employees to the management. The council has right of consent in a number of important executive decisions, such as the adoption of the university's strategic plan, the outline of the budget, the student's policy, quality care regulations and examination regulations.

During my time at Fontys I have learned how to work with policy and how to conduct professional negotiations on these matters. I specifically learned a lot about education policy, as well as policies warranting health, safety and equality.



  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • PHP
  • Bootstrap
  • Webflow
  • Wordpress
  • Shopify
  • Squarespace
  • Joomla
  • Wix
  • Microsoft 365
  • Google Workspace
  • Confluence
  • GitHub
  • Markdown
  • Ubuntu
  • MS SharePoint
  • Slack
  • Jira
  • Trello
  • Canva / Venngage
  • Affinity Designer
Other skills
  • Science communication & turning science into policy
  • Copywriting & proofreading
  • Conflict resolution & negotiations
  • Creating structure & systems


  • Date of birth: 26-10-1994 (27)
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • English: fluent (C2)
  • Dutch: fluent (C2)
  • Norwegian: basic (B1)
  • Phone: +47 915 44 194
  • Email:
  • References: Upon request