Expat Spouses Initiative (ESI) helps internationals integrate and connect to professional opportunities in a community-driven way. We work to maintain a pool of highly-skilled international talent that companies in the region can easily tap into.


With our ESI Live event series, we are turning traditional recruitment upside down. Instead of presenting CVs to a company, we invite the companies come to see the candidates, and allow them to connect to the wider local-global community first-hand. After all, ESI Live all starts and ends with people.   
This is a unique concept in Eindhoven that brings experts and companies together, creating and strengthening a local, trusted international network.  For the next ESI LIVE, we are thrilled to be partnering with TUe and EUFLEX in the field of engineering. On October 27th 2017 from 1 – 5 pm, a group of TU/e PhD students and international engineers, living in the Eindhoven region, and members of ESI community will get the opportunity to present themselves in front of potential employers as well as TU/e and ESI stakeholders.
We also offer to the candidates, in collaboration with the Career Center of the Technical University of Eindhoven, a series of workshops that cover topics such as personal branding, presenting, and functional networking.


ESI Live is an exclusive talent showcase event. In this October event, ESI (Expat Spouses Initiative) prepares the candidates to get introduced to their ideal career.

1 > READY.
Don’t know where to start the job search? No worries, we’ve already done the work for our candidates.

2 > SET.
Connect with the right people at the right company. We introduce the candidates face-to-face with recruiters, HR managers, and team leaders at companies relevant to

3 > GO.
Learn, grow, and launch candidate’s international career locally. This is their chance to shine!


Our mission is to enable employee mobility by building communities and a dual career network of companies and internationals (and international spouses).

There are around 9,000 highly-skilled, highly-educated international spouses in the Eindhoven region alone. 86% of the 1000+ international members in our network will eventually leave if they don’t find a job. No wonder that one out of every three expat contracts fails, costing companies millions in employee turnover costs. At the same time, the region is confronted with a talent gap in the labor market. By making the connection between locally available, international talent and companies in the region, we are creating long term solutions that benefit the local and international communities, the businesses in the region and the local ecosystem.


13.00 Registration and coffee
13.30 Introduction by Kavitha Varathan, ESI CEO
13.40 Keynote speech by Jo Van Ham
Vice President of the Executive Board of TU/e
14.00 Candidate spotlight – interviews and pitches
14.30 Panel discussion
15.00 Candidate spotlight – interviews and pitches

15.30 BREAK

15.45 Company spotlight
16.15 Closing speech
16.20 “Dare to connect” networking

WHEN: 27th October, 1-5 pm.
WHERE: Senaatzaal – Auditorium Building, 5612 AZ Eindhoven, Netherlands. Download the map>


The candidates participation includes:

• 5 weeks of preparation guided by experienced coaches
• 4 workshops (one per week) focused on discovering your strengths, CV optimization,
storytelling, and pitch training.
• 1 Event Rehearsal.

The full program is offered for a subsidized price to support the economic growth of the region.

Participant ESI Live March 2017Arpita Sarkhar
Application Support Engineer, ASML – since June 2017
“ESI Live was very effective and impactful for my professional and personal growth.”