I have known Annemarie Middelburg for some five years now. I was one of the supervisors of her PhD-thesis and as the then Director of INTERVICT I also came across her on a frequent basis in all kinds of different activities she undertook during her tenure in Tilburg. From day one she has struck me as a very active and able member of staff. She always operated in a remarkably independent way. She is curious by nature and has an astounding appetite for knowledge. She works long hours and she is highly disciplined. This enables her to be a prolific writer, as is also testified by her substantial list of publications. She is dedicated to her job and very result oriented. Annemarie operates on the basis of high quality standards; she is always looking for ways to improve her research and is never shy to consult others who can add a dimension or perspective to the problem at hand. All in all, I regard Annemarie Middelburg as a person who is ideally positioned to run her own business in consultancy and research in her extensive areas of expertise.
- Prof.dr. Marc Groenhuijsen, Founding President INTERVICT (International Victimology Institute Tilburg)
Annemarie moderated the final panel of our conference on 'Gender-related vulnerabilities in the EU asylum procedures: Spotlight on FGM’ in November 2016. She was extremely thorough in her preparation of the event and coped with professionalism and grace with last minute changes. The panelists and participants were a mixture of different backgrounds, professions and experiences, including those directly affected by FGM; Annemarie was sensitive to the challenges that this presented and adapted the discussion accordingly. She also had the difficult task of summarizing and rounding up the conference at the end of the day. She did this succinctly, with energy and clarity and was really able to highlight our key recommendations and demands. I would recommend Annemarie as a speaker, moderator or panelist very highly. Aside from her professionalism, commitment and astute strategic thinking, she is a real pleasure to work with.
- Natalie Kontoulis, Advocacy and Communications Officer End FGM European Network
Annemarie was my internship and Master’s thesis supervisor. She is a great professional, truly passionate about her Ph.D. research on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting and fully devoted to her work. Not only was I impressed by the love she showed towards her work as well as extraordinary supervisory skills, but also, due to her guidance and constructive feedback, she motivated me to perform well while working with her. Annemarie is a hard-working person, with great communications skills, knowing how to talk to people regardless of their background, has a strong personality and hands-on attitude. On a personal level, Annemarie has a warm and kind personality. I highly recommend her as a professional and knowledgeable researcher as well as a cheerful and amazing person.
- Alina Balta, graduate of Tilburg University and former INTERVICT intern
We invited Annemarie to chair and moderate an informative evening about female circumcision, organized by the Women's Group of Amnesty Nijmegen. Annemarie gave an interesting presentation about her fieldwork in Senegal and she clearly presented to the audience how complex the problem of female circumcision is. She nicely introduced the other speakers and she led the discussion with the audience perfectly. Annemarie closed the evening with a striking recapitulative speech. Tribute to the way Annemarie has led this evening.
- Hélène van der Sijp, president of the Women's Group Amnesty Nijmegen