We love your charm.

Architect/Academic Head within an Institute for capacity development of professionals, my former supervisor and colleague lecturer.

You are good at asking direct yet open questions (to professionals and government representatives in country). Your whole attitude, charm, is anything but offensive. People respond super well to it, and it really gets us forwards.

Independent technical advisor with whom I collaborated in the roll-out of a large WASH program funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs NL, on our local fieldvisit to deliver a TOC workshop.

You are an innovative thinker, you give new insights, new approaches. You ask questions we didn't think of. You're unafraid of giving your opinion, even when you know it is different from what the others think.

Independent consultant working internationally at the organisational level of NGO's and with whom I collaborated remotely in a large Ministry of Foreign Affairs NL funded program on youth employment.

You are intelligent - and sensitive. And diligent. You're humble. You worry whether things actually land with people.

It's pleasant to work with you.
Your challenge is to simply express a feeling in the interaction with a person in power - its a matter of making enough flight hours, it'll come.
You have my full permission to also now and then, take a lazy day.

Director in the civil society organisation I worked in, on my very last day on contracts for employers.

You have an organic approach to project management and being the lead. You also make an effort to connect at the human level with professionals you work with.

Senior program manager and colleague at an international civil society organisation, over an espresso and a morning walk in the park close to the office during lockdown.

You are not so Dutch. You have more of an European quality in the way you go about things.

Technical advisor, on a monitoring visit to a Country Office on behalf of an international civil society organisation.

I like your conceptual thinking.

Teamleader from a Private Consultancy Firm with whom I collaborated on a scoping study for a large youth employment program Funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs NL.

A strong point you have going for you in being an independent consultant, is that you are good at having a deadline, and ensuring the deliverable, with good quality, within billable hours, on the due date.

Independent consultant with whom I collaborated on a large program funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NL.

You enjoy enabling the programs to run well from a we-perspective. You are structured, and like to do things with attention - do them well. You have the ambition to reach higher (e.g. impact policy), you are strong like that. You need a place for your creativity also.
Ensure your billable hours are all at the right level of mid-senior, and work just those.

Head of Finance in the civil society organisation I worked in.

I really love it as a potential client, how in your budget negotiation tool - this is a stellar job by the way, how you built the tool - you show me - fully transparent - how costs are built up,
and especially, guide me on how we can play around with the tool, to see the effects of options on the budget,
and then you knowleagably guide me, on what the implications will be thereof for the blended platform, and whether or not you think that's a good idea, have an alternative suggestions.

- "I need this for my own work. When can we have that espresso in the park again?"

"You do a stellar job with budget-tools, showing us all the options and trade-offs, really hands-on and creates clarity on choices we can make instead of being in the dark."

- Two consortium teamleaders for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a Senior Education, in our last calls, with the budget negotiation tool and open-building framework proposal I left them as a civil society organisation, Jan 2021.