José was African Initiatives’ Chief Executive from September 2013 to August 2018. She is currently acting as a Technical Advisor, to support the transition phase and to wrap up elements of technical support. Following a career in the private sector in the Netherlands, she made the move to international development over 20 years ago. Her experience includes the design, management, monitoring and evaluation of social development programmes, including HIV/AIDS and education programmes for a range of for-profit and not-f0r-profit NGOs, including VSO and Futures Group Europe (now Palladium). She has worked in a similar capacity as a freelance consultant for UNAIDS and Comic Relief. Organisational development, capacity building and the use of participatory approaches are her forté.
José has a degree in Business Administration (HES Amsterdam) and an MSc in International Development from the University of Bath. She has lived in southern Africa and Guyana and has regularly worked in eastern Africa over the years. José is passionate about the well-being of our planet, and equality and rights for the people on it.