During my studies and professional life I have always been looking for the best way to make in impact in healthcare. After studying Medicine with the aim of becoming a tropical doctor, I realized that I wanted to make an impact at the level of health systems. So I studied International Relations and Development Studies and was thrilled to be able to start my professional life working on Global Health at the Dutch Ministry of Health and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After that I joined the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT Health) in Amsterdam, where I worked with national governments, UN agencies and NGOs to strengthen health systems (health workforce and health financing) in low and middle-income countries, notably in francophone West Africa. During those seven years of working on healthcare policy and strategy, I learned how important it is that organizations and processes be fit for purpose.
At Vintura I now focus on strategy consulting for commercial organizations in the health- and life sciences sector, with the aim to develop actionable solutions in complex political environments.
My professional driving force is the contribution I can make to the quality of life of patients, by improving the accessibility, quality and sustainability of health services. I do that by bringing stakeholders together, solving strategic puzzles, optimizing processes, and creating a positive impact on organizations. I gain energy from learning new things and understanding complex systems and processes. I enjoy bringing together people with different interests, perspectives and expertise in order to generate knowledge and support and to enable proactive working. My strength lies where strategy and operations meet: in creating feasible solutions that work at the operational level.
Personally, what really drives me is engaging with other people. I believe that “a person is a person through other persons.” This must be why I enjoy living in the heart of Amsterdam. There is always something going on, and there are always people around me. In my free time I enjoy running, camping, sailing on the canals and a dozen other things – all in the company of my partner, son, friends and family.