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Susanne Roelofsen

Susanne Roelofsen

History: Young Expert at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. - Ghana
YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 9

Position after YEP

Trainer/Consultant/Business Development at MDF West Africa, Ghana

YEP Role

MDF provides training and consultancy to a wide range of organizations. Here in Accra, my fellow YEP-ers and I set up a centre from which we supported (agri-)businesses by developing a more sustainable business model and have better access to market and financial instruments. We tried to strengthen the internal (management) capacity of these businesses by offering several services; from training and business model support to advisory services and financing. During my YEP-period, I was the coordinator for the Inclusive Agribusiness Centre.

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  • International  development
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Project management
  • Value Chain Integration
  • Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
  • Micro Finance
  • Business Development

Nationality: Dutch

  • University of Groningen, MSc Strategic Innovation Management (distinction)
  • University of Groningen, BSc International Business & Management
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey, Guadalajara Campus Mexico, Minor in International Business 


Experience before YEP

Project Officer Africa / Innovative Finance at The Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) – The Hague, the Netherlands (Jan 2016 – Aug 2016)

We worked on setting up the Kenya Innovative Finance Facility for Water, and the Kenya Pooled Water Fund, together with the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi. My role was supporting the team in writing the business plan, join scoping missions and general program management.


Business Development Manager at Cordaid – The Hague, the Netherlands (April 2014 – Dec 2015)

During my time at Cordaid, I worked on their social entrepreneurship agenda. In a partnership with Enviu, we set up the Social Business Incubator, through which we supported 8 social start-ups in several countries. As part of their management team, I was responsible for idea generation, screening, and supporting the implementation of these business cases, together with the entrepreneurs.

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Organisation: MDF Training & Consultancy B.V.
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