Areas of expertise:
– gender in (agricultural) value chains
– gender analysis, evaluation and capacity development
– clean cooking expert

“Gender equality and social justice are leading principles in my personal and professional life. I want to contribute to a world in which everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc. has equal rights and opportunities. I aim to always include a rights based perspective in my work and to use participatory, empowering methods.”

Els is a gender & development expert with over fifteen years work experience, of which five years as freelance consultant, focusing on gender analysis, evaluation and capacity development. Els is very experienced in doing gender analysis of agricultural value chains and developing strategies that empower women and strengthen value chains and has successfully completed assignments for NGO’s, private companies, and international organisations. She has in-depth knowledge of gender issues in the clean cooking sector and is frequently engaged as gender expert by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC).

Els developed gender mainstreaming strategies, systems and capacities, and she has designed and evaluated several development programmes with a focus on gender equality and the rights of women and girls. She also developed and managed the portfolio of women’s rights organisations in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Iraq and Syria. Els lived in Kenya and in Cambodia, for eight years total.