This is me
Program Manager Media for Development and Migration, October 2016- today
As Program Manager Media for Development I design, implement and manage media projects, with the aim to improve economic empowerment, social change and democracy. In the heart are capacity development, advocacy and the strength of local partners (grass roots groups, civil society organizations, private partners) in Africa and the MENA region.
Design and implementation of projects with African young people: campaigning and advocacy on empowering of new movements on social change and economic empowerment, using innovative tools and (digital) media. Main focus is to develop and support strong African groups of and for young people, with as an objective economic development, political inclusion and social cohesion.
Fundraising and business development for new projects and new opportunities: for the Geneva based NGO International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) I designed a new strategy for multiple funding of global programs on migration. Building relationships with donors e.g. European Union, Open Society Foundation, Ford Foundation, Swiss and Dutch government. I managed in the Brussels liaison office 3 European Union funded (5 million Euro) programs on migration.
Program Director RNW Media, The Netherlands, August 2015- Oktober 2016
Program Manager for RNW Media, the main Dutch NGO using innovative and digital media tools for behavior change and counter narrative on reconciliation, peace building and democracy with civil society movements globally. I managed projects on democracy, human rights, reconciliation, counter narrative all around capacity development of local partners in Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo,. Ivory Coast, Mali, Yemen, Syria and Libya; including identifying fundraising up to 15 million US$.
Country Director BBC Media Action South Sudan, November 2014- August 2015
As the Country Director for BBC Media Action I was responsible for the overall management of all programs in South Sudan. BBC Media Actions priorities are on counter narrative and behavior change programs on education, good governance and reconciliation. Management of 50 staff. Responsible for all security related decisions in civil war situation.
Regional Representative Development Media International (DMI) West and Central Africa, December 2013 – October 2014
As the regional representative of the London based INGO DMI I developed and managed programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo on campaigning for behavior change in health. Successfully achieved 1.5 million$ funding with Unicef, Save the Children.
Program Director Internews Europe Ivory Coast, September 2012 – November 2013
As a program director I managed a project on human rights, reconciliation, social cohesion and conflict prevention after the post electoral crisis in Ivory Coast; secured successful funding from ECHO (Humanitarian Aid European Union) of 400.000 euro.
Chief of Party Internews Network Central African Republic and Ivory Coast. April 2010- September 2012
As Chief of Party I managed 4 USAID, DFID and US State Department funded projects in Central African Republic (3 projects) and Ivory Coast (1 project) to improve media on production of behavior change programs on human rights and social cohesion.
Campaign director Multimedia event ‘Beforexile’, The Netherlands, August 2008 – January 2010
I developed a multimedia event ‘Beforexile’: a project with the aim to improve the image of refugees. Over 100.000 people visited an open air photo-exposition at 6 public locations all over the Netherlands, an interactive website and a book-on-line.
Professor in journalism and international media trainer in the Netherlands and Great Lakes District Africa, October 1997 - April 2010
Journalist and Chief Editor Dutch daily newspapers, Amsterdam, Maastricht, 1985-1997
University of Groningen, the Netherlands; Ph.D. international politics, February 2011; Dissertation: Biography on the First High Commissioner for Refugees of the United Nations (1900-1956)
Royal University of Leiden, the Netherlands M.A. of History, September 1996
Concentration: Political and Social Affairs
Advanced skills on leadership, certificate, Management Concepts, Washington DC, September 2012
Language skills: Dutch (native); English (fluent); French (fluent); German (advanced)
Special award ‘Nederlandse Dagbladprijs,’ (National Dutch Press Award), 1991
Dick Scherpenzeelprijs (National Dutch Press Award on publications about Africa), 1995
First prize National Belgium Daily Newspaper contest, (National Belgium Press Award on publications about Africa), 2004
- Owner of travel agency ‘Murakaza’ for adventure and ecological voyages in Rwanda (2008-2010).
- Founder and president of the Foundation ‘Women for Rwanda’: fundraising and support for 2 women associations in Rwanda. Objectives: economic independency, social and political awareness, sustainable education for 500 children. Successful fundraising of yearly 50.000 euro www.vrouwen-van-rwanda.nl