Iris Bouma is from the Netherlands and she joined the Martens Centre in September 2018. Prior to this, Iris did a traineeship with the European People's Party Group in the European Parliament for the Press and Communications unit. She has also been a trainee with the Embassy of the Netherlands in the Czech Republic, in the policy department.
Iris obtained her BA degree in Communication and Information Studies at the University of Groningen. She is now pursuing a MA degree in Communication Science from the University of Groningen, with a specific focus on political communication and public diplomacy. Iris speaks Dutch and English, has an intermediate knowledge of German and basic knowledge of Spanish and French.