I was born in Leuven, Belgium. I spent the first 8 years of my life growing up in Belgium, until my dad, working for the parent company Johnson and Johnson, was offered a job in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. We lived in Switzerland for 7 years where I spent most of my time at an english speaking international school and at a local swiss german speaking football (soccer) club. When I was 15 we moved to Singapore, for the same reasons we moved to Switzerland. We travelled East and Southeast Asia extensively throughout this time and finally moved to the US when I was 18.

At the same time my parents moved to central New Jersey near Princeton where they currently still reside. My two year younger brother finished his High School degree in the US. He subsequently pursued a bachelor degree in Philosophy and is currently pursuing his PhD.