How a computer nerd with stage fright grew into a role model

An interview with Cyberworkplace founder Mary-Jo de Leeuw about her growth from a computer nerd to an influential infosec specialist. Featuring also, Cyberworkplace student Mohammed Charradi: ‘Behind the laptop, I learn more than at school’

“I’m not smart on paper,” says Mohammed Charradi (16)… “The education system does not suit people like us, especially with autism.”

Mohammed Charradi © Jan de Groen

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Cyberworkplace – Turning Over a New Leaf

Cyberworkplace is accepting three new board members into its team: Mira Golsteyn, Ruud Jongejan, and Theo Sinnema. All of them are acquainted with the world of IT and cyber security, and each of them also has a unique skill-set which will complement Cyberworkplace beautifully.

Ruud Jongejan, a true “Rotterdammer” works in the area of cyber security and privacy, and he is highly motivated to help young people immerse themselves in this world.



Mira Golsteyn is a senior manager with over twenty years’ experience in operations and IT management. She delivers results and is passionate about security, quality, and compliance.



Theo Sinnema, a believer in bringing out the best in individuals with integrity and clarity, works as a Senior Project Manager in the field of risk and security.



Although we are incredibly excited to welcome them on board, the news is overall bitter-sweet; as unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to Mary-Jo de Leeuw. Previously the Chairman of the General Board at Cyberworkplace, Mary-Jo de Leeuw resigned on November 30th, 2018, due to her new position as Director Cyber security EMEA in London. Cyberworkplace wishes her good luck and sends her tender regards. “With pain in my heart, I leave the Cyberworkplace and Rotterdam! I am incredibly proud that we have put this together in a relatively short time. I am therefore very grateful for all the opportunities that we have received from the Municipality of Rotterdam and  42Workplace”, said de Leeuw.

Mary-Jo de Leeuw, Previously Chairman of the General Board at Cyberworkplace

As of December 1st, Anouk Vos is taking the position of a Chairman of the General Board at Cyberworkplace. With these changes taking place, Cyberworkplace is confident it will persevere, and continue to be a place where outcasted youngsters can finally belong, learn about ethical hacking, tackle real issues, and explore the digital world together.



Vacancies at Cyberworkplace

Cyberworkplace is expanding and we are looking for two (!) New members to join our General Board.
So are you passionate about cybersecurity and the possibilities that it offers? Do you want to contribute to a digital secure world (for just a couple of hours a week) or a fast-growing international community?

So how about it? Become a member of the General Board! A management fee is part of the deal to compensate for your time and as a thank you for sharing your knowledge.
More info? Drop us a message at

We are also looking for an intern to assist us with the execution of our upcoming projects. Working under the supervision of our project manager Nasya.
Duration: 4-6 months / 3 days a week
More info? Contact

About the Cyberworkplace
A non-profit initiative that helps reduce the current shortage of cybersecurity experts in the labor market and provides much-needed 21st-century skills to vulnerable young people (dropouts/ gamers/students, who lack practical experience in their study programs).