Willemijn joined INTRAC in 2019 as Research and Programme Coordinator. She holds an MSc degree in Management, Policy Analysis & Entrepreneurship in Health & Life Sciences, specialising in International Public Health with distinction. She wrote her dissertation for UNICEF South Africa, for whom she conducted a study to assess learners’ perspectives on the provision of sexual and reproductive health and rights services in South African public schools. Before joining INTRAC, Willemijn worked as a project coordinator and researcher at the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Prior to that she was employed as a junior consultant at AMPC International Health Consultants in the Netherlands. She has also been a fairly hands-on board member for a Tanzanian NGO aiming to improve maternal health services through the establishment of community groups, called the African Woman Foundation.
Willemijn is INTRAC’s Programme Coordinator for The Development Alternative. In her capacity as researcher she undertakes in-house research on INTRAC’s strategic themes and outreach ideas, and provides support to the consultancy team applying a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods.