Marije Balt - director
Marije Balt is post-conflict expert and former diplomat, engaged in peacebuilding and conflict transformation since 1995. Her geographical expertise is Africa, from the Sahel to Somalia. Her main experience is as policy practitioner, having worked as a team leader at the Stabilisation and Peacebuilding Unit at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During her diplomatic posting in Nairobi, Kenya from 2005-2010, she played a key role in conflict resolution addressing the post-election violence of 2007-8. From 1995-2004 she worked on democratic transition and governance in Eastern Europe and the Balkans (Kosovo), for both the NL government and the EU. Through her work as a diplomat in crisis areas, she discovered her drive: young people, against all odds, connecting globally to shape their futures together. She now dedicates her expertise to organisations wanting to contribute to positive change in Africa and beyond.
Judith Serwaah Boateng
Judith is a student of International Relations at the Webster University Ghana campus in Accra. She was one of fourteen students in Ghana to be awarded and initiated to be part of the maiden group of Kufuor’s Scholar’s Program (A program run by the former President Kufuor’s foundation) which aims at training future leaders in all disciplines. Her ambition is to become a lawyer, a politician, an entrepreneur, a human rights and a peace advocate. During her term at Webster University Leiden she followed a course on Advanced Topics in Human Rights, focusing on foreign policy.
Alies Rijper - researcher
Alies Rijper is researcher at SpringFactor. She also works as project editor on Human Security at The Broker. She has an MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University and completed the Advanced Master in International Development (AMID) programme of Radboud University in Nijmegen in 2012. She has (field) research experience in Burundi on non-state security provision and Security Sector Reform. Alies will commence PhD research into police development in (post)-conflict societies at Durham University in January 2014. Previously she worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Policy Coherence for Development and Global Public Goods (2012) and the Great Lakes Region, development cooperation and political affairs (2010), and for ICCO & Kerk in Actie on capacity building and Disaster Risk Management in Bukavu, Eastern Congo. Her main fields of interest are human security, peacebuilding and (new forms of) international development.