For more than eighteen years I have been in leadership positions in international organisations. From early childhood I was fascinated by the behavior of people and their ways of collaboration. During my studies Cultural Anthropology and afterwards in my professional life, I worked with many different leaders and teams in the Netherlands, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. I developed a strong interest in leadership development and in strengthening leaders and teams.
In my first leadership position, as director of a regional office in East Africa, I experienced all challenges of a new female leader with a multi-cultural team. I took this experience into subsequent executive positions in Cordaid and Oxfam Novib. In those positions I had central roles in organisational change and change management, with challenges faced by international organisations: political decision making, culture change, diversity management, distant management and crisis management.
Colleagues describe me as inspiring and passionate, strong in getting the best out of people and in connecting people to achieve lasting results in challenging and complex organisations.
I have accomplished a professional coaching qualification with the School for coaching and an international accreditation for executive coaching with Marshall Goldsmith. At The Arbinger Institute I was trained in the 'Outward Mindset' and at the Vitaliteitsgroep, I have been trained in stress and burn-out coaching.