As CWS’s Executive Vice President, I assist and advise the president in the daily management of the organization, while specializing in managing research, monitoring and evaluation and incubation. I am also the agency’s main representative to the United Nations and am the former country director and regional director of CWS in Indonesia/ Timor-Leste. In that position I led CWS’s multi-million dollar response to the tsunami and the earthquakes that devastated the region in 2004 and 2005 and directed the development and implementation of innovative HIV/AIDS programs and programs for youth.
Prior to joining CWS in 1999 I was project coordinator for an HIV/AIDS prevention project run by CARE Bangladesh. Before that I was an advisor to the Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh. A native of the Netherlands, I earned a Master of Science degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Leyden in the Netherlands.
In 2014, I also created the CWS Incubation Lab, a launching pad for testing and investing in new ideas. I believe that when people and organizations work together, their impact is greater than what each could do individually.