Thymen Ballering

Project Manager - Business Unit Sub-Sahara Africa, Latin America and South East Asia

Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Leiden University, and a Msc in Global Governance & Diplomacy from the University of Oxford, both with with a specialisation in Chinese foreign policy. Previous experiences at the Economic Affairs Dept. of the Dutch consulate in Shanghai, and with emergency relief in South Africa and Mozambique. Currently involved in VNG International's projects with Ghana (local taxation), South Sudan (WASH), Ethiopia (Social Accountability) and China (decentralisation cooperation in the Netherlands).

Strengthening and empowering local governance has a deep impact on how communities go about their daily lives. Therefore, I profoundly believe that our motto - 'building better futures by strengthening local governance' - serves as an antidote to growing despair and unrest the world over