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  1. Tessa Kersten portrait

    Tessa Kersten

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    Web Gardener

    A member of the regular staff since 2009.  Had previous jobs at Dutch ISP's working in the field of customer service and information and knowledge-management. Studied at the Willem de Koning Academy in Rotterdam.  Born and raised in the part of the Netherlands known as the Betuwe.    

  2. Denis Burke

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    Communications Coordinator

    Denis Burke is TNI's communications coordinator. He works on social media, press and publications. He holds an MSc. in Contemporary Asian Studies from the University of Amsterdam. He joined TNI in 2016....

  3. Lavinia Steinfort

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    Project Officer

    Lavinia Steinfort has a BA in anthropology and development sociology and an MA in human geography, "Conflicts, Identities and Territories". For her MA she went to Thessaloniki, Greece to research the communal performativity of the water, food and labour movements. At TNI she is focusing on public (service) alternatives, the potential of public finance, and the negotiations of the Trade in...

  4. Sol Trumbo Vila

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    Project Officer

    Sol Trumbo Vila works as a researcher, organizer and communicator at TNI since 2012. As a political activist engaged in the square movements and their evolutions since 2011, he has worked in particular to strengthen international perspectives and practices. His publications have been focused on EU Economic Governance and Corporate Power, in particular about who benefits and how from the...

  5. Katja Gertman

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    Finance assistant

    Katja is from Jekaterinburg, Russia. She moved to the Netherlands in 2003. She studied at the Economic University in Jekaterinburg where she received her bachelor in 1993.

  6. Amira Armenta

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    Amira Armenta (Colombia/Netherlands) has a degree in Latin American history from the Université de Jussieu (Paris).

  7. Elisabeth IJmker

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    PMEL Officer

    Elisabeth is TNI’s Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer. She supports staff in their strategic thinking and reporting and aims to improve demonstrable effectiveness of TNI’s programmes. She holds a dual MA in International Relations (Syracuse University) and Development Studies (Institute of Social Studies, The Hague). Before joining TNI in 2016, she was employed at the...

  8. Albert Janssen

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    Network System Administrator

    Albert Janssen is the dedicated server sysadmin for TNI since 2007. He's a passionate open source advocate since 1995, and helped TNI to migrate from Microsoft Windows to Linux on the desktops. When he's not behind a computer screen for work he likes to talk to his cat, play chess, work in the garden or meet with friends.

  9. Susan Medeiros

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    Office Assistant

    Susan came to the Transnational Institute in 2006 as a volunteer after her job at a women's organisation came to an end. She worked as a European Project participant at this organisation that was primarily concerned with the role of women in our society. She eventually went to work for Clean Clothes Campaign where she worked for 3 years. In 2011 she returned to Transnational Institute in the...

  10. Hilde van der Pas

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    Communications Officer

    Hilde van der Pas joined the 'Economic Justice, Corporate Power and Alternatives' programme in July 2011. She has a BA degree in journalism and a MA in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam.

  11. Brid Brennan

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    Project Coordinator Corporate Power

    Brid has put Transnational Institute at the heart of dynamic international networks from every continent campaigning against trade liberalisation. She is co-founder of the European Solidarity Centre for the Philippines and most recently, RESPECT, a Europe-wide anti-racist network for migrant domestic workers. 

  12. Cecilia Olivet

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    Project Coordinator Trade & Investment

    Cecilia Olivet is a social scientist who specialises in the European Union's trade and investment agenda and the international investment regime.  Cecilia is Uruguayan, has a BA degree in International Relations from Universidad de la República in Uruguay and an MA in International Politics and East Asia from Warwick University, UK. In 2005, she joined TNI where she is part of the Economic...

  13. Martin Jelsma

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    Programme Director Drugs & Democracy

    Martin Jelsma is a political scientist who has specialised in Latin America and international drugs policy.  In 2005, he received the Alfred R. Lindesmith Award for Achievement in the Field of Scholarship, which stated that Jelsma "is increasingly recognized as one of, if not the, outstanding strategists in terms of how international institutions deal with drugs and drug policy."...

  14. Pien Metaal

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    Senior Project Officer

    Pien Metaal is a researcher with TNI. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science and International Relations from University of Amsterdam. She has been a member of the Transnational Institute's Drugs and Democracy team since 2002, though her participation with the Programme dates further back....

  15. Tom Blickman

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    Senior Project Officer

    Tom Blickman is a Senior Project Officer at the Transnational Institute (TNI), based in Amsterdam. Since 1997, he has been working for TNI's Drugs & Democracy Programme, specializing in international drug control policy and the UN conventions, drug markets, alternative development, money laundering and organised crime. Tom is a regular speaker at international policy conferences and advises...

  16. Sylvia Kay

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    Project Officer

    Sylvia Kay is a political scientist with an MSc. in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Social Science (LSE). She joined TNI in 2011 as a researcher working on issues around land tenure, natural resource governance, and agricultural investment. She has written various studies and policy briefs for TNI on land and water grabbing, the role of public policy in rural development...

  17. Ernestien Jensema

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    Project Coordinator Drug & Democracy

    Ernestien Jensema (1971) is a social anthropologist who has been working as a researcher and project coordinator with the Drugs & Democracy Programme of TNI since 2008. She focuses on issues related to the UN drug control system and the Drugs and Democracy Programme’s Asia project....

  18. John Kerseboom

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    Personnel Officer/ Office Management

    John started in the beginning of 2016 at TNI as Personnel Officer. Before joining TNI he worked as a human resource adviser in the Dutch NGO sector. He studied personnel management at HAN University of Applied Sciences in Arnhem. Followed by the study business law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. As a volunteer, John is working for the Dutch trade union CNV. When not at work he can be found...

  19. Niels Jongerius

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    Dutch Outreach Officer

    Niels Jongerius joined the 'Economic Justice, Corporate Power and Alternatives' programme in February 2016. He has a BA degree in International Relations from the University of Groningen. He has worked in the European parliament from 2009-2014. In 2015 He  worked for the German Trade Union Federation in Berlin. He also studied and worked in Shanghai.

  20. Daniel Chavez

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    Fellow/ Senior Project Officer

    Daniel Chavez, a TNI fellow, specialises in left politics, state companies and public services. He is an active contributor of the Municipal Services Project (MSP) research network, has contributed to Alternatives to Privatization: Public Options for Essential Services in the Global South (Routledge, 2012) and has co-edited The Reinvention of the State: Public Enterprises and Development in...

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