“We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all.”

The Breakfast Club

A rolling stone from the appendix of the Netherlands, Meike has more strings to her bow than an overly cautious Bowyer on the payroll of big string. She grew up in Limburg, home of the quiz answer language “Limburgish”, but as only 1.6 million people speak it she covered her bases with Dutch, English, French and German (mostly learnt from reading translations of the Harry potter books).

Yes, it’s not every day you get to meet the Netherlands’ biggest Harry Potter fan; unless you were outside Piccadilly Waterstones waiting for the release of the 7th book in which case you could’ve easily had three with her. With an incredible eye for detail and encyclopaedic Potter knowledge she turned her childhood bedroom into a replica of the Gryffindor common room and made it onto the front page of a national newspaper, becoming the go-to font of knowledge for lazy Dutch reporters. However, with the series concluded, the global economy decided the good times had officially ended and took a nosedive faster than Viktor Krum on a firebolt. A dire shortage of superfan jobs available, Meike fell back on her degree in Communication & Media and masters in Arts Marketing & Management for a stint running market research before finding her way here.

Besides her talents running social campaigns at work Meike is an outstandingly good artist, specialising in realistic pencil drawings of TV characters under the moniker MZane (edgy) with her work described by Vice Magazine as “truly extraordinary”. Her most notable drawings of Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock went a bit viral and when she actually met him he already recognised her! In fact the cheeky ‘batch took an ink drawing of Tom Hiddlestone to give to the big man himself, she bumps into old Ben now and again on the London theatre scene and he tells her Tom loved it.

An artist now painting with numbers; whether it’s some big-picture analysis or a piece of optimisation magic, Meike is well versed in the art of paid social.