Wouter joined the NIMD Africa Regional Team in November 2009 on behalf of the Dutch social-liberal party D66 after several years working abroad in democratic governance programmes and specialised consulting assignments.
Wouter worked for the European Centre for Conflict Prevention (ECCP) and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) mission in Kosovo on rebuilding the media landscape after the conflict. He also was a trainee at the European Commission, DG EuropeAid.
After leaving Brussels he worked for almost 3 years in the field at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh on a governance and development programme focused on peacebuilding. He then moved to London to work for a development management consultancy on social and governance projects.
Wanting to be more politically active in the Netherlands but continue to work on democratic governance, he joined NIMD as political advisor for Democrats 66 (D66) and currently works on programmes in Kenya and Mali.
Wouter holds Master degrees in International Relations and Communications and in his spare time likes to cook, propagate trivial knowledge in conversations with friends, and daydream about owning a goat cheese farm in the mountains.