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Simone Reinders

Simone  Reinders

History: Young Expert at North South Consulting - Ethiopia
YEP period 2021 - 2022, batch 22

First position after YEP

Consultant at Fair & Sustainable, Ethiopia

YEP Role

I have different roles, the main one being that of an all-around consultant. My primary activities are to work on assignments on different topics in Ethiopia, as well as supporting the day-to-day activities of North South Consulting. I am responsible for research, data analysis, reporting, and instructing research teams on data collection and analysis, either as a lead consultant or in a supportive role. In addition, I work on acquisition and manage the development of, and content for, our website.

Beyond consultancy, I build networks and support the development of partnerships for stakeholders that are identified as socially, economically, and/or environmentally relevant by North South Consulting. For example, I work with an Ethiopian research centre focused on building sustainable energy and agro-food systems. I connect them to relevant stakeholders, support partnership development, and help them acquire funds and organize events.

Finally, I aim to use the insights gained from a number of consultancy assignments for academic publications, building connections between academia and practice. My goal is to base a Ph.D. thesis on these publications, focusing on the role of higher education in Ethiopia.



Research and Analysis



Proposal writing

Creative solutions

Organization of training, workshops, and (international) conferences

Specialized in higher education and job creation



Nationality: Dutch


  • Advanced Master International Development Studies (AMID) - MSc. acquired 2018
  • Research Master International Development Studies - MSc. acquired 2016

Thesis: Opportunity for Change. A Study of Innovation Culture as an Analytical Tool and the Case Study of Ethiopian Civil Engineering Students.

  • Bachelor in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology - Bsc. acquired 2013

Thesis: A life abroad. Making a home in Goa and Pana


Experience before YEP

Researcher, Centre of African Studies (University of Edinburgh)

April 2019 – June 2020

Literature review, publication, and blog series on inequality in higher education in low- and middle-income countries.

Knowledge manager at INCLUDE Knowledge Platform

February 2017 – January 2019       

Author of policy publications, online content development, organizing and attending conferences and knowledge-sharing events, organizing and following up research and policy networks, and presenting findings.

Project officer at African Studies Centre Leiden (Leiden University)

February 2017 – January 2018

Development of two research programs and grant applications regarding the role of knowledge systems in development processes.

Conference organizer at African Studies Centre Leiden (Leiden University)

November 2013 – October 2014

Part of the organizing team for 'Africa Works! Creating New Partnerships organized in 2014 by the African Studies Centre (ASC) and the Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC).

Research assistant at African Studies Centre Leiden (Leiden University)

July 2013 – September 2013          

Supporting a frugal innovation study on agricultural business hubs in Uganda. Quantitative and qualitative data entry, qualitative data analysis.

Academic publication

Reinders, S.; Falisse, J.B.; Dekker, M. (2020): Inequalities in higher education in low- and middle-income countries: a scoping literature review. Development Policy Review. First published 25 November 2020.

Policy publication

Reinders, S.; Dekker, M.; van Kesteren, F. (2019): Inclusive Development in Africa. INCLUDE Knowledge Platform, synthesis series.

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