Shady Elshaarawy - Treasurer ESN Board 2017/2018

My name is Shady Elshaarawy and I am the treasurer of the 10th board of ESN-Rotterdam. I am 20 years old and I am finishing my bachelor in International Business Administration this year. I am a full-blooded Egyptian, which makes me one of the two internationals in the ESN board this year. I schooled in Alexandria, Egypt where I am born - in a British school. I decided to study abroad because I was sure I would gain more experience if I leave my comfort zone. In my free time, I like to have drinks with friends and watch football.

Why the ESN Board?

During my bachelor I learnt some skills which I needed to learn before starting my working career, but I did not learn everything I wanted. I wanted to master the soft skills that my bachelor did not teach, which made me decide I want to be involved in some extracurricular activities, so there was no other choice better than ESN if you want to be in a truly international environment. My interest in ESN grew when I joined a committee last year, as I was surrounded by a fair amount of Dutch and international students where I learnt a lot about different cultures. Therefore, I still wanted to keep this experience and help international students a bit more in settling down because this is something that I needed once I arrived in Rotterdam.

Why Treasurer?

I chose to be the treasurer because I am interested in accounting and numbers in general. Being the treasurer makes you develop the analytical skills you need for a future job and is a good practice to start off your career. Even if you do not want to work in accounting, being the treasurer makes you learn other skills, since you are always in negotiations with your fellow board members because they are always requesting more.

Function description

As the treasurer you are responsible for all the finances of the organization. This includes being in charge of the cash inflow/outflow and the financial planning. This starts with making the budget for the upcoming year based on the goals of the organization that are already set by the previous boards or your board. Your daily job consists of controlling, forecasting, bookkeeping, banking, making payments, handling receipts and adjusting the budget whenever it is needed, since variances will definitely occur. Finally, you work together closely with the other board members to create budgets and makes sure they spend it wisely and correctly. Looking for more information? Don’t hesitate to contact me by sending an email to