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Irene Sleven

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

  • Agricultural and rural development
  • Entrepreneurship development and training
  • Gender and/or youth enterprise development or finance
  • Market research
  • Markets and Cash based interventions
  • Resilience and Recovery in a humanitarian context

CAREER-DEFINING EXPERIENCES

In close coordination with the Government of the Kurdish region of Iraq, designed and implemented a large scale cash transfer program for humanitarian relief, reaching over 10,000 vulnerable families in 2 months.

Organized and coordinated the Ebola Emergency Response of Welthungerhilfe in Liberia, successfully developing 4 new projects with a budget value around USD 8M.

As a Project Manager of the Urban Agriculture and Nutrition Project funded by the European Union, I worked on a project to improve smallholder farmers’ livelihoods through urban and peri-urban Value Chain Development (VCD), supporting improved nutritional practices and establishing access to micro-credits for women.

Ensured conceptual and strategic program development and a holistic community-based approach for a USD 25M, multi-component program with initiatives in agriculture, WASH, infrastructure, education and gender-based violence.

CURRENT LOCATION:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES:

Sri Lanka, Liberia, Iraq

LANGUAGES:

Dutch, English

EDUCATION:

Master’s in Public Administration, Policy, and Law, Tilburg University, 2010 Faculty of Law, the Netherlands

Minor International Relations, Corvinus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, 2008 Budapest, Hungary

Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Policy, and Law, Tilburg University, 2008 Faculty of Law, the Netherlands

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY:

In today’s world, where the richest 1% now has as much wealth as the rest of the world combined, bridging the gap between poor and rich is something we should all strive for. I believe that every single individual should have the opportunity to make most of their lives, no matter where you are born , what or who you are born, or what your belief system is.

Over the years, I have always been amazed by the resourcefulness of people in poverty and people in crisis. Even in the most remote village in the rainforest of Liberia or in an unstable environment such as a refugee camp in Iraq, businesses emerged and collaboration started.  When we have the slightest opportunity, we will move forward making today a better day then yesterday. Bringing stakeholders together that share the vision of creating a world that is cleaner and greener, more equal and more inclusive, and enabling tangible change is what motivates me the most.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Irene Sleven
Title: Consultant, Sustainable Business Practices
Email: isleven@encludesolutions.com