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Staff of VNG International’s home office in The Hague.

Last name First name Department Position
de Mooij
Mirjam_de_Mooij

Ms. Mirjam de Mooij

Finance & Control

Project Controller

Bachelor degree in Economics. Background as assistant financial controller. Experience in financial control, preparation of financial statements and business administration

070-373 81 34
mirjam.demooij@vng.nl

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Ms. MirjamFinance & ControlProject Controller
de Groot
Martine_de_Groot

Ms. Martine de Groot

Secretariat

Project Officer

Responsible for overall logistical support of study visits, exchange activities and conferences “(Ranging from 30 till 300 participants)” within the wide range of services and activities of VNG International. Special support to the implementation of the ARIAL programme, the Dutch delegation of the congress of the Council of Europe, the LGCP programme and VNG International’s Millennium Municipality Campaign, focusing on the UN Millennium Development Goals.

070-373 8413
martine.degroot@vng.nl

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Ms. MartineSecretariatProject Officer
Braeckman
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Mr. Felix Braeckman

Asia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin America

Project Manager

Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Ghent and a strong background in delivering capacity building and data analysis in support of development policies and poverty reduction. Field experience in the South African War on Poverty programme and experienced in dealing with bilateral and multilateral donor organisations, as well as their partners.

Rwanda, Burundi DRC

+31 70 373 83 69
felix.braeckman@vng.nl

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Mr. FelixAsia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin AmericaProject Manager
de Boer
Anouk_de_Boer_2011

Ms. Anouk de Boer

Management

HR Business Partner

070-373 8603
anouk.deboer@vng.nl

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Ms. AnoukManagementHR Business Partner
Cnossen
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Mr. Boudewijn Cnossen

Europe, Middle East & North Africa

Project Manager

Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, majoring in History and Art History, at University College Utrecht and Master’s degree in Arabic Language and Culture – track in Middle Eastern Studies – from the University of Amsterdam. International experience working in Tunisia on Human Rights at the Royal Netherlands Embassy. Involved in project implementation in Egypt and Jordan with regards to decentralisation and local development.

Jordan, Morocco, Egypt

070 373 8404
boudewijn.cnossenatvng.nl

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Mr. BoudewijnEurope, Middle East & North AfricaProject Manager
Buis
Hans_Buis_2016

Mr. Hans Buis

Asia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin America

Senior Project Manager

Masters’ degree in Political Science (International Relations) from the University of Amsterdam. Extensive experience in strengthening local governments, decentralization and municipal international cooperation.

South-Africa, Capacity Development, Sustainable Development Goals

070-373 8675
hans.buis@vng.nl

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Mr. HansAsia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin AmericaSenior Project Manager
Hassan
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Mr. Mohamoud Hassan

Finance & Control

Junior Project Controller

Bachelor degree in Finance. Currently responsible for the administrative service and financial control of international projects.

070-373 87 67
Mohamoud.Hassan@vng.nl

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Mr. MohamoudFinance & ControlJunior Project Controller
Goelmohamed
Kelvin_Goelmohamed_2011

Mr. Kelvin Goelmohamed

Secretariat

Acquisition Officer

Responsible for the Acquisition and support to the Acquisition processes within VNG International with experience and focus on international donors, mainly EuropeAid, the World Bank and USAid.

070-373 8070
kelvin.goelmohamed@vng.nl

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Mr. KelvinSecretariatAcquisition Officer
George
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Ms. Pascale George

Finance & Control

ICT Support Officer

Versatile in Information Technology. Master degrees in Physical Education, University of Sciences, Nancy, France (Msc) and in European Studies, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (MA).

070-373 8402
pascale.george@vng.nl

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Ms. PascaleFinance & ControlICT Support Officer
Haezebrouck
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Mr. Nicolas Haezebrouck

Asia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin America

Project Manager

Master’s degree in Political Science and Conflict and Development Studies from Ghent University. Background in international relations, conflict management and resolution, international security issues and development problems in the global South. Involved in several local government strengthening projects in Western Africa, Central Africa and the Middle East.

Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Mali

070-373 8209
nicolas.haezebrouck@vng.nl

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Mr. NicolasAsia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin AmericaProject Manager
Hoogerdijk
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Ms. Anita Hoogerdijk

Secretariat

Secretary & HR Coordinator

Responsible for secretarial support of the VNG International team.
Support of the Director and the Human Resource Business Manager.
Experience with organizing national and international logistics and activities.

070-373 8774
anita.hoogerdijk@vng.nl

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Ms. AnitaSecretariatSecretary & HR Coordinator
Ivanova
Katja_Ivanova_2011

Ms. Katerina Ivanova

Finance & Control

Administrative Officer

Bachelor degree in finance and commerce from the State High School of Management  in Moscow and advanced study at the Vakschool voor Vrouwen in the Hague. Experience in public and business administration.

070-373 8536
katja.ivanova@vng.nl

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Ms. KaterinaFinance & ControlAdministrative Officer
Knip
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Mr. Peter Knip

Management

Director

Master’s degree in Modern History and International Relations from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Extensive experience in the fields of public administration reform and decentralised international co-operation. Chairs the foundation “The Hague Academy for Local Governance” and  the Capacity and Institution Building Working Group of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).

070-373 8386
peter.knip@vng.nl

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Mr. PeterManagementDirector
Linnekamp
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Ms. Floortje Linnekamp

Europe, Middle East & North Africa

Project Manager

Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Master’s degree in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam. Background in human rights, democratisation and environmental issues. Involved in local government strengthening projects in African and Eastern European countries, VNG International’s expert network and the acquisition of technical assistance projects funded by the World Bank and the European Commission.

Serbia, Egypt, Moldova

070-373 8079
floortje.linnekamp@vng.nl

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Ms. FloortjeEurope, Middle East & North AfricaProject Manager
Lodder

Ms. Anouk Lodder

Asia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin America

Project Manager

Bachelor’s degree in History and Master’s degree in International Relations from the Utrecht University. International experience working in Morocco on women’s rights and socio-economic development at the Dutch Embassy. Involved in local government strengthening projects with regard to land rights in Benin and decentralisation in Zimbabwe.

+31 70 373 85 45
anouk.lodderatvng.nl

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Ms. AnoukAsia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin AmericaProject Manager
Ma
Lingmei_ma

Ms. Lingmei Ma

Finance & Control

Project Controller

Master degree in Education from Beijing Normal University in China, followed Business administration(SPD) and Tax law studies in the Netherlands. Experience in Business Administration with several International companies, especially in Project Financial Administration.

070-373 8643
lingmei.ma@vng.nl

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Ms. LingmeiFinance & ControlProject Controller
Musch
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Mr. Arne Musch

Europe, Middle East & North Africa

Business Unit Manager

Doctoral degree in public administration and management at Twente University, The Netherlands. Experience in participatory processes, management of project in municipal service delivery, and local government in conflict areas/fragile states.

Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and North Africa and Middle East broadly

070-373 8765
arne.musch@vng.nl

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Mr. ArneEurope, Middle East & North AfricaBusiness Unit Manager
Oostveen
Irene_Oostveen_2011

Ms. Irene Oostveen

Asia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin America

Senior Project Manager

Master’s degree in International Relations and Organizations from Groningen University. Experience in institutional strengthening of associations of local governments in Central America, and local economic and social development for municipalities.

Nicaragua, Guatemala, Kenya, Uganda, Overall management LGCP

070-373 8773
irene.oostveen@vng.nl

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Ms. IreneAsia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin AmericaSenior Project Manager
Pijnenburg
Hilde Pijnenburg_2017_web

Ms. Hilde Pijnenburg

Europe, Middle East & North Africa

Project Manager

Master’s degree in European Policy from the University of Amsterdam. Implementing various technical assistance projects in EU accession countries and EU Eastern Partnership countries, amongst others focusing on participatory (local) governance, strategic planning, accountability, public safety, and strengthening the rule of law. Experienced in designing and managing capacity building activities for civil servants and civil society, such as (leadership) training programmes, study visits, workshops and conferences.

Albania, Georgia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine

070-373 8730
hilde.pijnenburg@vng.nl

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Ms. HildeEurope, Middle East & North AfricaProject Manager
Post
Jessie Post_2017_web

Ms. Jessie Post

Asia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin America

Project Manager

Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Leiden University and Master’s degree in European Policy from University of Amsterdam. Involved in VNG International’s Local Government Capacity Programme (LGCP) in Benin, Burundi, and Rwanda with a focus on capacity building of both local governments and local government associations. Also active in EC land governance programme in Ivory Coast.

Benin, Ivory Coast

070-373 8049
jessie.post@vng.nl

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Ms. JessieAsia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin AmericaProject Manager
Prast
Marsia_Prast

Ms. Marsia Prast

Finance & Control

Project Controller

Bachelors degree in Accountancy. Experience in the preparation of financial statements, administrative services and management of financial project administrations.

070-373 8533
marsia.prast@vng.nl

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Ms. MarsiaFinance & ControlProject Controller
Risseeuw
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Ms. Anne-lies Risseeuw

Asia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin America

Senior Project Manager

Masters’ degree in English and Spanish – interpreting and translation from the Catholic University of Antwerp. Extensive experience in strengthening national associations of local governments, municipal international cooperation and on-the-job capacity development.

Tunisia, Institutional Development

070-373 8594
anne-lies.risseeuw@vng.nl

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Ms. Anne-liesAsia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin AmericaSenior Project Manager
Snijders
Fleur_Sneijders_2011

Ms. Fleur Snijders

Finance & Control

Manager Finance & Control

Bachelors degree in Business Administration. Extensive experience in financial control, management of financial project administrations and composing financial procedures.

070-373 8013
fleur.snijders@vng.nl

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Ms. FleurFinance & ControlManager Finance & Control
Steenbergen
Renske_Steenbergen

Ms. Renske Steenbergen

Europe, Middle East & North Africa

Senior Project Manager

Master’s degree in Romance Cultures and Languages from the University of Groningen. Experienced in coordinating and advising Netherlands municipalities’ participation in international networks, such as United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the Congress of the Council of Europe. Coordinator of the UCLG Capacity and Institution Building Working Group.

UCLG, CEMR and Council of Europe

070-373 8707
renske.steenbergen@vng.nl

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Ms. RenskeEurope, Middle East & North AfricaSenior Project Manager
Swart
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Mr. Rolf Swart

Asia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin America

Business Unit Manager

Master’s degree in Land Use Planning from Wageningen University. Extensive experience in project and contract management, local government finance, inter-governmental transfers and capacity development for local governments and their associations.

Sub-Sahara, Africa and South East Asia broadly, Local Government Finance

070-373 8264
rolf.swart@vng.nl

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Mr. RolfAsia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin AmericaBusiness Unit Manager
te Pas
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Mr. Tim te Pas

Europe, Middle East & North Africa

Senior Project Manager

Master’s degree in Contemporary History from the University of Groningen. Experienced in the acquisition and implementation of EU, USAID and bilateral funded local government support projects in South-Eastern Europe and Africa with a specific focus on Mali, BiH and Moldova. Extensive knowledge of EU structural funds and the implementation of Interreg projects.

Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina

070-373 8851
tim.tepas@vng.nl

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Mr. TimEurope, Middle East & North AfricaSenior Project Manager
ten Teije
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Ms. Irene ten Teije

Asia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin America

Project Manager

Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology/Development Sociology from Leiden University and in Migration Studies from Utrecht University.

Involved in capacity building of local governments in Uganda and South Africa and in acquisition of technical assistance projects.

Uganda, Myanmar

070-373 8827
irene.tenteije@vng.nl

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Ms. IreneAsia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin AmericaProject Manager
Timmerman
Annika_Timmerman

Ms. Anika Timmerman

Europe, Middle East & North Africa

Project Manager

Master’s Degree in Political Science (MSc) from the University of Amsterdam and in Human Rights and Democratisation (MA) from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation. Background in international relations, human rights and democratisation processes. Involved in VNG International’s Local Government Capacity Programme (LGCP) in Ghana.

Ghana and Council of Europe

070-373 8184
anika.timmerman@vng.nl

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Ms. AnikaEurope, Middle East & North AfricaProject Manager
Tosserams
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Ms. Anne-Marie Tosserams

Asia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin America

Project Manager

Master of Science degree in Public Policy and Human Development from Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and a Master of Science degree in International Business from Maastricht University. Experienced in working with local governments in Africa, especially developing their capacity on waste, water and municipal finance management.

South-Africa, Uganda

070-3738234
anne-marie.tosserams@vng.nl

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Ms. Anne-MarieAsia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin AmericaProject Manager
Twaalfhoven
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Ms. Malinda Twaalfhoven

Europe, Middle East & North Africa

Deputy Business Unit Manager

Master’s degree in Development Sociology from Leiden University. Extensive experience in participatory strategic governance, municipal service delivery, performance management and EU policies in South Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus.

Turkey, Albania, Kosovo and Western Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia broadly

070-373 8115
malinda.twaalfhoven@vng.nl

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Ms. MalindaEurope, Middle East & North AfricaDeputy Business Unit Manager
van Bree
Gusta_van_Bree_2011

Ms. Gusta van Bree

Finance & Control

Financial Administrator

Bookkeeping experience with several international companies. Controls billing, intercompany costs and revenues contracts of experts and arrears of payments of debtors. Internal information system.

070-373 8116
Gusta.vanBree-Claus@vng.nl

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Ms. GustaFinance & ControlFinancial Administrator
van der Spek

Ms. Myrte van der Spek

Asia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin America

Project Manager

Bachelor’s degree European Studies from the University of Maastricht and Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Governance from the University of Amsterdam with a specialisation in Risk, Security and Law. Currently involved in local government strengthening projects in Colombia, Uganda, Myanmar and VNG International’s expert network (Steungroep).

 

070-373 84 01
myrte.vanderspek@vng.nl

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Ms. MyrteAsia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin AmericaProject Manager
van der Plas
Esmeralda_van_der_Plas_2016_groot

Ms. Esmeralda van der Plas

Secretariat

Manager Operations & Logistics

Responsible for the supervision of the secretariat and various operations within VNG International, including ICT, purchasing, branding, quality management and internal communication.

070-373 8342
esmeralda.vanderplas@vng.nl

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Ms. EsmeraldaSecretariatManager Operations & Logistics
van der Valk
Chris_van_der_Valk

Mr. Chris van der Valk

Europe, Middle East & North Africa

Senior Project Manager

Master’s degree in International Relations from Groningen University. Experience in supporting the Netherlands Antilles’ transition process as well as in strengthening local governments in other regions of the world. Experience with EU projects’ tendering and implementation procedures.

Egypt, Myanmar, Bangladesh

070-373 8437
chris.vandervalk@vng.nl

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Mr. ChrisEurope, Middle East & North AfricaSenior Project Manager
van Hemert
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Mr. Chris van Hemert

Asia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin America

Deputy Business Unit Manager

Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Birmingham. Background in democratisation processes and public participation. Broad experience with capacity development in the field of local governance, especially in (post ) conflict environments/fragile states.

South-Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Fragile States

070-373 8108
chris.vanhemert@vng.nl

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Mr. ChrisAsia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin AmericaDeputy Business Unit Manager
Verhoeven
Linda_Verhoeven_2017_web

Ms. Linda Verhoeven

Secretariat

Project Officer

Responsible for overall logistical support of study visits, exchange activities and conferences (Ranging from 30 till 300 participants) within the wide range of services and activities of VNG International. Special support to the implimentation of the LOGORep programme in Jordan and Lebanon, the new IDEAL programme, our Projects in Egypt and the Global Goals campagne.

070-373 8709
linda.verhoeven@vng.nl

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Ms. LindaSecretariatProject Officer
Ward-Boot
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Ms. Nicole Ward-Boot

Asia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin America

Senior Project Manager

Master’s degree in Political Science from Leiden University, and in European Studies from the University of North Carolina and Bath University. Experienced in implementing EU projects in Southern Africa on strengthening local (economic) development and municipal capacity building, and is based at VNG International daughter company CMRA’s office in Pretoria, South Africa.

South-Africa, Mozambique, Ethiopia, M&E

070-373 8361
nicole.boot@vng.nl

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Ms. NicoleAsia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin AmericaSenior Project Manager
Wiggers
Arthur Wiggers_2017_web

Mr. Arthur Wiggers

Management

Deputy Director

Master’s degree in Political Science from Nijmegen University. Extensive experience in strengthening national associations of local governments and with the role of local governments in conflict prevention and peace-building.

070-373 8613
arthur.wiggers@vng.nl

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Mr. ArthurManagementDeputy Director
Stelder
Daan Stelder

Mr. Daan Stelder

Asia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin America

Project Manager

Master degree in International Relations and International Organisation from the University of Groningen. International experience studying in Italy and working as an intern on food security and economic development at the Netherlands Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda. Involved in capacity building programmes on conflict prevention in Central America and disaster preparedness in the Philippines.

Central America, Philippines

070-373 8206
daan.stelder@vng.nl

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Mr. DaanAsia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin AmericaProject Manager
Stollenga
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Mr. Jarik Stollenga

Europe, Middle East & North Africa

Project Manager

Committed to improving service delivery and responsiveness of local governments, trusting that it will lead to better lives for more people.
Currently spending most of the time on managing capacity and resilience building of local governments in the Middle East, specifically Palestine and Lebanon.

Palestine, Lebanon

070-373 8207
jarik.stollenga@vng.nl

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Mr. JarikEurope, Middle East & North AfricaProject Manager
van der Harst

Ms. Maria van der Harst

Europe, Middle East & North Africa

Project Manager

Research Master Degree in Cultural Anthropology. International experience conducting research in Guatemala and Greece. Background in local democracy, decentralisation and processes to foster inclusive and accountable institutions. Involved in: advising Dutch municipalities through a campaign that revolves around the Sustainable Development Goals and by means of a monthly newsletter about international trends and events.

SDG’s, Dutch municipalities

+31 70 373 82 31
maria.vanderharst@vng.nl

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Ms. MariaEurope, Middle East & North AfricaProject Manager
Jitan
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Ms. Renu Jitan

Secretariat

Secretary

Responsible for secretarial support of the VNG International team and experts.

070-373 87 40
renu.jitan@vng.nl

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Ms. RenuSecretariatSecretary
Jongkind
Peter Jongkind_web

Mr. Peter Jongkind

Asia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin America

Interim Senior Program Manager

070-373 8361
peter.jongkind@vng.nl

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Mr. PeterAsia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin AmericaInterim Senior Program Manager
Paardekam
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Ms. Susan Paardekam

Asia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin America

Project Manager

Master’s degrees in Cultural Anthropology from Utrecht University and International Humanitarian Action from University College Dublin and the University of Groningen. Background in qualitative research, food and nutrition security, and gender. Experience in South Africa, Kenya, and Bangladesh. Involved in migration programming in the Horn of Africa and implementing the Interlinking Peacebuilding, Decentralisation and Development project in South Sudan.

Country: South Sudan

070-373 8381
susan.paardekam@vng.nl

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Ms. SusanAsia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin AmericaProject Manager
Soldatiuk
Julia Soldatiuk_2017_web

Ms. Julia Soldatiuk

Europe, Middle East & North Africa

Project Manager

Master’s degrees in International Relations from the University of Groningen and in Economic Geography from Kyiv Shevchenko University (Ukraine). Background in peacebuilding and sustainable economic development. Experience in acquisition and implementation of EU, USAID and bilateral funded technical assistance projects in Eastern Partnership countries, with focus on participatory governance, strategic planning and decentralisation.

Country: Ukraine, Jordan

070-373 8706
julia.soldatiuk@vng.nl

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Ms. JuliaEurope, Middle East & North AfricaProject Manager
Kremer
Wessel Kremer_2017_web

Mr. Wessel Kremer

Asia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin America

Project Manager

Master’s degree in Environment and Resource management, with a water management specialization, from the Free University of Amsterdam and a strong background in climate change adaptation strategies, sustainability policies, knowledge management and water management. Field experience in Ethiopia on the organization of stakeholder platforms, non-revenue water and sustainable rural water supplies, and currently involved capacity building programmes in Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia.

Country: Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia

070-373 8392
wessel.kremer@vng.nl

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Mr. WesselAsia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin AmericaProject Manager
Krantz

Ms. Chloé Krantz

Asia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin America

Project Manager

+31 70 373 82 86
chloe.krantz@vng.nl

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Ms. ChloéAsia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin AmericaProject Manager
Herouan-Guy
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Ms. Caroline Herouan-Guy

Asia, Sub Sahara, Africa, Latin America

Project Manager

Master’s degrees in International Development Studies from the University of Grenoble Alpes and in Programme Management from the University of Lille (France). Background in land planning, natural resources management and gender equity. International experiences studying in Scotland and working as an intern in Ghana and Senegal. Involved in VNG International’s IDEAL programme in Mali and Burundi, and in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in peacebuilding and stabilisation programmes. Also active in cross-cutting gender aspects of programmes.

 

Mali, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo

+31 70 373 8749
Caroline.Herouan-Guy@VNG.NL

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Ms. CarolineAsia, Sub Sahara, Africa, Latin AmericaProject Manager
Nienhuis
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Ms. Lotte Nienhuis

Asia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin America

Project Manager

Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and International Organization, and Master’s degree in Global Governance from the University of Groningen. International experience studying in France, and experience working as an intern on natural resources for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Currently involved in VNG International’s IDEAL programme in Burundi.

 

+31 70 373 8762
Lotte.Nienhuis@VNG.NL

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Ms. LotteAsia, Sub Sahara Africa & Latin AmericaProject Manager
van den Nouland
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Ms. Joëlle van den Nouland

Secretariat

Project Officer

Responsible for overall logistical support of study visits, exchange activities and conferences within the wide range of services and activities for VNG International team.

 

+31 70 37 38347
Joelle.vandenNouland@VNG.NL

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Ms. JoëlleSecretariatProject Officer
Kohlsaat
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Ms. Amandine Kohlsaat

Secretariat

Secretary

Responsible for secretarial support of the VNG International team.
Specialized in the English and French language.

+31 70 373 84 16
Amandine.Kohlsaat@VNG.nl

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Ms. AmandineSecretariatSecretary

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