“He who knows others is learned, and he who knows himself is wise.”- Lao Tse
My professional story
After working as a nurse in Rwanda, I took a teacher training course at the Amsterdam School of Social Work and started work as a vocational trainer in the care sector. In addition to my job as a teacher and supervisor, I studied Education Studies with a minor in Occupational Organisational Psychology at Leiden University. I became increasingly fascinated by the behaviour of people in organisations.
At the age of 35, I left with my family for Africa, Kenya, where I worked as a Board Member Human Resources for the Dutch School in Nairobi. Back in the Netherlands, I continued my career in the HRM field, where I was responsible for Management Development of senior and middle management and for supervising projects and organisational changes.
In 2003, I chose to dedicate myself fully to guiding managers and professionals in their personal and professional development. I started my own coaching practice. Based on my own experiences of living and working abroad, I also focused on coaching expats.
In 2004, together with five colleagues, I developed a Post HBO (university of applied sciences programme) Coach Practitioner vocational training course. I became one of the Founding Partners of the Alba Academy and, as a trainer and core lecturer, I remained associated with the institute until 2018.
Contributing to awareness through coaching is my passion. I continue to follow training courses about how to learn with your “head, body and heart” and the role that socio-emotional and spiritual intelligence plays in this context.