First name: Julia
Last name: Samson
Occupation: Senior Associate @ Boston Consulting Group in Amsterdam
Climate range: -10˚C to 35˚C, low humidity
Dietary needs: Belgian chocolate, dairy products
Exercising needs: horse riding, diving, dancing
Intellectual needs: reading, traveling, music
Care instructions: thrives best in a multidisciplinary, international environment
After spending almost my whole professional life in academic settings, I felt it was time to go explore new horizons. I got the opportunity to join the Boston Consulting Group in June 2019 and am looking forward to gaining new skills, working on a variety of topics with very diverse clients, and learning how people and processes function in different fields. I'm standing at the beginning of my journey as a consultant and I'm excited to see what new interests it will spark and what new ideas it will help me develop.
Before I embarked on this new adventure, I studied (marine) organisms, their behavior, and their interactions with the physical environment. My PhD and postdoctoral research focused on the fluid dynamics of pulsing behavior in xeniid corals. These soft corals generate fluid flows that influence local nutrient and gas exchange and I tried to figure out whether there is a pattern to the collective pulsing behavior, what influences this behavior, and how differences in the collective pulsing (for example different timings or pulse frequencies) affect local flow fields.
My background is in biology, with a tendency towards biomechanics and mathematical modeling of biological systems. Whether I'm doing research or working in consulting, I aim to integrate different approaches to the questions I tackle and strive to look for solutions outside my own expertise through collaborations and teamwork. The more pieces we have, the better we can solve the puzzle!