As an enthusiastic Sport Leadership professional I strive for gender equality. I use outdoor sports to empower youth and vulnerable young women and create tools for personal leadership.

I have my own one-women-business and specialise in female empowerment, gender equality and personal leadership. Here you can find examples of my expertise. For a full list and references, please see my LinkedIn profile.

At Erasmus University Rotterdam I’m responsible for the elite athletes policy, student coaching and administration, as elite athlete coordinator since 2016.

International work experience

The Fairy Meadows team in front of ” Killer Mountain” Nanga Parbat, Pakistan.

In December 2019 a group of 10 young Pakistani women went on a multiday winter outdoor adventure in the back country of Pakistan. I had the honour to go with them and joined the guiding team, as the only female guide. This was a wonderful experience full of ‘firsts’. For many it was their first time to go to a new region within their own country, the first time to go on a travel adventure at all, to go to the mountains in winter times, but most of all: for all of them it was the first time to go somewhere as solo females, without their (male) family members. An outdoor leadership experience to never forget.

Part of my Empowerment Class.

Throughout the summer I worked at the ngo Empowering Women of Nepal and their travel agency 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking Company in Pokhara, Nepal. During the unique training program I had the opportunity to work together with the team and was teaching the young disadvantaged female participants to become mountain trekking guides. My responsibilities included my own classes in Empowerment, Leadership and Intercultural Communication, but also basic English classes, Rock Climbing Training and to support and advise the office in their marketing strategies and fundraising activities. I worked closely together with one of the founders and executive director Ms. Lucky Chhetri.

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Lees het interview met Nederlands initiatief “Wereldvrouwen” over mijn werkervaring en de missie van Empowering Women of Nepal, voor de volgende generatie vrouwelijke berggidsen.

Experience in Sports, Events and Project Management

I have several years experience in (sports) marketing, communication and project management. In particular sport events and academic conferences, student coaching and social media. I’ve hold positions in management teams, worked as marketing manager, coordinated student club activities and have been the project leader of multiple international sport and academic events.

Apart of my experience in sports and project management, I have focused on using sports as a means to empower women. I specialised in the topic through my Ma Management & Leadership with a research thesis Managerial Leadership in College Sports in the Netherlands: A Focus on Gender.”, that I presented at the 2016 annual international forum of the European Network of Academics Sports Services.

Organisations I have worked for;
Program assistant J. Michael Dunn Sport & Wellness Scholars Program