In 1988 I was born in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After completing secondary school there, I enrolled at the Utrecht Law College, where I obtained my Honours Bachelors in Law. I spent one of my semesters abroad at Sydney Law School. In 2014 I graduated cum laude (with honours) from my Masters in Legal Research at Utrecht University. I am specialized in international children’s rights and legal anthropology.
I have experience with a wide variety of NGO’s and (international) organizations including in East and Southern Africa, Latin America, the Balkans, Oceania and the Netherlands.
For Defence for Children the Netherlands, I researched the position of juveniles in police custody in the Netherlands and four European countries, resulting in a report and subsequent publications.
In the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, I evaluated the impact made by a multi-year programme of UNICEF in the area of justice for children, through the lens of Theory of Change. In my work I liaise with government officials, international organizations, professionals in the youth sector, civil society and children and youth.
I count with more than a decade of experience as a trainer, facilitator and moderator, mostly in youth(-related) programmes. I trained youth advocates in Kenya on advocacy and Monitoring & Evaluation skills and imprisoned children and youth in Dutch juvenile justice institutions on debating, presenting, negotiation and other skills for meaningful youth participation.
My first book, I write with the right, on indigenous migrant children travelling from Panama to harvest coffee in Costa Rica, is to be published shortly.