Natalia Aguilar Ruiz

International Relations Graduate
Nationality: Spanish
Birthday: May 1999





Leiden University (Netherlands)
International Relations and Organizations BSc | September 2017 – July 2020

  • Cum Laude. Thesis grade: 9/10
  • Courses on human rights and international law, international development, economics and security studies.

Leiden University (Netherlands)
Honours College, Faculty of Social Sciences | March 2018 – July 2020

  • Courses on journalism, new technologies, and sustainability

The University of Tokyo (Japan)
Exchange semester | September 2019 – January 2020

  • Grade average: A
  • Courses on governance, gender and conflict, and Asian studies

Work Experience

Climate Policy Research Intern
Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies Japan | November 2019 – January 2020

  • Draft background reports and country analysis on climate regulation and sustainable energy policies
  • Provide administrative support in conferences and interviews.

Student Assistant
Centre for Sustainability | October 2018 – December 2018

  • Participate in meetings as secretary and moderate the database
  • Support liaison within research groups and with external stakeholders.


Citizen Scientist, Researcher
The Ocean Cleanup | June 2020 – August 2020

  • Conduct interviews and gather primary data on marine pollution.

Spanish Teacher for Migrants
Almeria Acoge | July 2019 – August 2019

  • Teach basic and intermediate-level Spanish to migrants and refugees.

Outreach and Training Coordinator
Extinction Rebellion Netherlands | January 2019 – June 2019

  • Design and oversee outreach campaigns for self-organising working groups
  • Manage social media and draft newsletters

Student Ambassador
Centre for Sustainability Students | October 2018 – April 2019

  • Organise academic lectures on climate change and circular economy
  • Represent the organization in student fairs and conferences

Acquisition Officer
Leiden University Political Science Student Association | October 2017 – June 2018

  • Forge working relationships with companies and donors.
  • Create fundraising material.

Youth Tutor
Red Cross Spain | September 2016 – August 2017

  • Tutor children from disadvantaged and migrant backgrounds.
  • Accompany hospitalised children.


  • Spanish: Native
  • English: Academic ( C1 Cambridge)
  • French: Academic (C1 Alliance Française)
  • German: Basic
  • Japanese: Basic

IT Skill

  • SPSS statistics
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Atlassian
  • Canva

Conferences and Seminars

7th Annual Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference  Bangkok, Thailand. December 2020

“Rape, Unrest, and Rational Choice: A Cross- National Analysis of Wartime Rape and Natural Disasters”. This conference is organised by the Tomorrow People Organisation.

Kyaripro project: Empowering Fukushima High-School Girls Fukushima, Japan. October 2019

I gave a presentation on personal development to Fukushima girls coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Honours and Awards

  • Bachelor’s degree with Honours Cum Laude | Leiden University. October 2020
  • Finalist Team | The Sustainable Business Battle. June 2018
  • Winner of Almeria’s Economics Olympics | The University of Almeria. June 2017
  • High School degree with Honours: Matrícula de Honor | IES Alborán High School. June 2017

Courses and Certificates

  • Introduction to Blockchain Technology | Leiden University, October – December 2018
  • Protocol & Techniques of International Negotiation | The University of Almeria, 4-6 July 2016
  • Driver’s License, B | Spanish National Traffic Agency