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Curriculum Vitae

Work Experience

  • 2015 – Present: Consultant at Middelburg Human Rights Law Consultancy, the Netherlands.
  • 2011 – 2015: PhD Researcher at the International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT) at Tilburg University, the Netherlands.
    • PhD dissertation: Empty Promises? Compliance with the Human Rights Framework in relation to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Senegal.
    • External research projects:
      • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA): a study to the implementation of the International and Regional Human Rights Framework in the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in five African countries (including Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya and Senegal).
      • European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE): a study to map the current situation and trends of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in 27 EU Member States and Croatia. The central goal of this study is to support and contribute to the future development of strategies for the abandonment of FGM/C in Europe.
      • Victim Support the Netherlands: a study to the National Ombudsman in the Netherlands and the possibilities for the Ombudsman to address victim’s needs.
      • Scientific Research and Documentation Center (WODC) of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice: a study to the extension of the Act on compensation and damages during disasters and major accidents, to include damages related to personal injuries and deaths.
    • Teaching and supervision:
      • Teaching in the field of human rights and public international law, both at the bachelor and master level at Tilburg Law School.
      • Teaching during the summer school program on ‘Addressing Global Challenges: an International Law Perspective’ both at Tilburg University as well as at Trisakti University in Indonesia.
      • Coordinator of the course ‘Principles of Law for PhD researchers’.
      • Supervision of bachelor and masters theses.
      • Supervision of interns at INTERVICT.
  • 2009 – 2011: Research/Student Assistant at various research departments of Tilburg Law School, (including CTLD, TSPB and TISCO) Tilburg University, the Netherlands.

Internship

  • August 2008 – December 2008: Intern at the political department of the Netherlands Embassy in Israel, Tel Aviv.
    As an intern, I attended political seminars and conferences, I was involved in various research projects and I wrote political reports for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I assessed project proposals from NGO’s that the Embassy received, visited NGO projects (including in the West Bank) and reported to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I Attended and took minutes of meetings of the economic and political department. Liaise with the Israeli government and army to facilitate passage of Palestinian students through the Gaza/Israeli border who wanted to come to the Netherlands to study for a semester.

Education

  • 2010- 2011: Research Master in Law, LLM (Cum Laude) Tilburg University, the Netherlands.
  • 2009-2010: Public International Law and Human Rights, LLM (Cum Laude) Tilburg University, the Netherlands.
  • 2008: Summer School ‘Human Rights Law, Contemporary Challenges’, North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa.
  • 2004-2008: Bachelor International and European Law, LLB, Tilburg University, the Netherlands.
  • 1998 – 2004: VWO – athenaeum (Profile: Economy and Society, elective: Management and Organization), ISW, ’s-Gravenzande.

 Ancillary Activities

  • July 2010 – October 2015: Board Member, Mukomeze Foundation, the Netherlands.
    The Mukomeze Foundation aims to improve the lives of women and girls who survived sexual violence during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. As the secretary, I was responsible for taking minutes during board meetings, manage and respond the incoming e-mails, organize activities, provide lectures/presentations (about the genocide, sexual violence and our foundation). From 2010 – 2013, I was also responsible for the sponsorships in Rwanda (monitoring sponsorships, write sponsorship reports, and communication with the sponsors). We visited Rwanda with the board of the foundation to monitor our projects in 2012.
  • July 2013 – July 2015: Chair, PhD Council Tilburg Law School, the Netherlands.
  • September 2010 – October 2011: Executive Production Editor Tilburg Law Review – TLR.
    The TLR is a journal of International and European Law within Tilburg Law School. As a board member, I was responsible for all the non-content aspects of issuing the journal (financial and logistical matters, copyright issues, communication with the publisher and subscribers).
  • December 2008 – March 2009: Harvard World Model United Nations in The Hague.
    On behalf of Tilburg University representative of Italy in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Committee.
  • December 2007 – May 2008: VAR Moot Court Competition.
    On behalf of Tilburg University participant in the moot court competition.
  • February 2007 – June 2008: Secretary Students for Amnesty – S4A Tilburg.
    Responsible for organizing activities with the aim of creating awareness among students of human rights violations in the world.
  • September 2006 – August 2007: European Law Student’s Association – ELSA Tilburg.
    As a member of the Seminars & Conferences Committee responsible for organizing monthly lectures and conferences.

Experience Abroad

  • November 2015 – March 2016: Travel to Malaysia, Australia and the Philippines.
  • September 2013 – February 2014: In-house researcher, Netherlands Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.
    During my fieldwork in Senegal for my PhD research, I was invited by the Netherlands Embassy to work two days a week at the Embassy. At the end of my fieldwork, I organised a conference to present my preliminary research results at the residence of the Ambassador.
  • January 2009 – February 2010: Volunteer, School 4 Kenya, Mpeketoni, Kenya.
    School 4 Kenya is my own development project. I collected a total amount of € 15,000 through sponsorship activities in 2009. In February 2010, I traveled to Mpeketoni (Kenya) to build a primary school with local construction workers. I initiated this project with my husband in cooperation with the Dutch NGO Stichting Ontwikkelingshulp Kenia. I am still closely involved (advisory role to the board) in various projects (wells, clinics, schools and agricultural projects).
  • October 2007 – July 2008: Volunteer, World Servants, Sidakatte, India.
    Preparation (including fundraising) and participation in a voluntary development project: the construction of a primary school in Sidakatte, India.
  • September 2005 – July 2006: World Travel
    I travelled independently, I widened my horizons, made friends for life and experienced other cultures. I travelled to New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Indonesia.

Personal skills and competences

Mother tongue: Dutch
Other languages: English, French and German 

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Publications

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"I am a passionate human rights scholar with unique expertise on the practice Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting."