Ellen is an independent advisor on sustainable (local) development. Through advice on integrated governance approaches and practical tools she assists municipalities in achieving social, economic and environmental sustainability in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Ellen previously worked for 18 years as diplomat and civil servant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international cooperation, notably in the areas of (economic) governance, service delivery, human security and aid effectiveness. She has extensive experience leading multi-disciplinary programs and processes. With strong analytical, writing and networking skills and an open, informal attitude, she successfully connects people and ideas across thematic areas and organisations. She also has experience as local councillor in the areas of spatial development, environment and biodiversity.