YEP period 2018 - 2019, batch 14
I am working as a food security Young Expert at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nairobi. I am also part of the Talent Pool, a group of young food security professionals working at three embassies and at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture.
In the Embassy in Kenya, my work evolves around four food and nutrition security programmes. Three are related to value chains (dairy, horticulture, and aquaculture) and one is a research project that assesses the effectiveness of the programmes and validates underlying assumptions. Next to supporting my colleagues in the project management of these programmes, my role will also be to look for opportunities within the current programmes to give attention to nutrition security, climate change and youth in agriculture.
I will also be involved in the development of the new country strategy in which new national level policy goals will be translated into the country context. Next to this, I’ve organised an Alumni-event and will organise a Food Security Partner Day and work on a joint assignment with the Talent Pool. The joint assignment focuses on knowledge management between the embassies, the two ministries, and other stakeholders.
Project and knowledge management; research; networking; analytical; flexible; creative; curious; and solution-oriented.
- MA Advanced Master International Development at the University of Nijmegen.
- MSc Research Master International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Thesis on trade-offs between conservation and development in relation to the Interoceanic Highway, Madre de Dios, Peru.
- BA International Relations at the University of Groningen
Experience before YEP
Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) – Knowledge Broker, working on the topics food wastage, land governance, nutrition security, gender, and landscape approaches.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – Researcher Supply Risk Analysis, internship on analysing supply chain risks of companies partnering with the WWF Market Transformation Initiative.