Afke van der Woude
Young Expert at NABC/GNBCC - Ghana
YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 10
Business and Project Manager at Ghana Netherlands Business and Culture Council (GNBCC) in Accra, Ghana. GNBCC is an organization for all companies that have interest in doing business in the Netherlands and Ghana. We are a member organization with about 100 members from the two countries. GNBCC is also affiliated with the Netherlands African Business Council (NABC) in the Netherlands. Apart from organizing activities for our members, we are involved in many projects from the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Ghana, RVO and other clients.
In my role as business and project manager, I am responsible for the coordination of many of these projects. My focus is on projects in the agricultural and water sector, and working on improving sustainable entrepreneurship in Ghana. We work in a Dutch-Ghanaian team, and with a diverse range of public and private stakeholders in Ghana and the Netherlands. Ghana is a country with great opportunities, but also has to deal with serious challenges in the water and agricultural sectors. By mobilizing Dutch and Ghanaian entrepreneurs to grow to their full potential, we hope to contribute in a sustainable and positive way to the Ghanaian economy.
- Project planning, organization and coordination
- Proposal writing
- Financial planning
- Monitoring & Evaluation
- Intercultural communication skills and adaptiveness
Education: MSc in International Development Studies from Wageningen University; BSc in Human Geography and Planning from Utrecht University
Experience before YEP
Before moving abroad to become a Young Expert myself, I worked for the YEP program bureau! As a project officer, and later project manager, I was involved in the organization and coordination of the YEP training program, the writing of annual plans and reports, the management of the program budget and many other things. Working at the YEP program bureau taught me a lot about how to work in an innovative and international environment. At the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), I was also involved in the Water & Development program, for which I was contact person for the countries Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda. Now working and living in Ghana, I still benefit from the broad network in the water sector, that I acquired at NWP.