I trained as a development economist – with gender studies as an elective – and graduated in 1985 (Free University Amsterdam, Netherlands). Between 1987 and 1998 I worked for UNDP and was stationed in the Dominican Republic, Bolivia and Ecuador, involved in the programming and management UNDP coöperation. I was also stationed in New York, Human Resources Department, where I worked on internal training, learning and change management. After my return to the Netherlands, I worked until 2001 with SNV – Netherlands Development Cooperation as policy coördinator and later regional manager. In 2002-2003 I was senior advisor on gender and conflict at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Between 2003 and 2006 I was director of PSO, a Dutch network of organizations active in capacity development. PSO funds capacity development programmes of its members in developing countries and facilitates exchange of knowledge and experience to promote innovation, quality and learning
Since 2007 I work as freelance consultant, based in Brussels. For more details check out my advisory work. During most of 2009 I was (interim) director of Euforic, a cooperative that I had to close down and dismantle because of chronic lack of funding and an inappropiate businessmodel. Former staff and associates of Euforic continues to provide consulting services to support the use of web2.0 for collaboration and communication in development under the name of Euforic Services, with which I remain associated. I worked between 2011 and 2014 full-time with the European Foundation Centre, publishing GrantCraft resources on collaboration between funders, on exits and moving on, and on investing in women and girls.