Drs. Els Veenhoven achieved her Cum Laude MSc in environmental chemistry at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Later on she studied economic strategic management and organization and real estate economics, respectively, at the University of Amsterdam and the Delft University of Technology. She also obtained her propaedeutic in psychology. She started as a policy adviser in Amsterdam after which she led a multidisciplinary team to improve sea access of Amsterdam. As a manager in strategy she worked at ‘Hoogheemraadschap Rijnland’ developing the Water Board’s 2009 – 2015 management plan. In Tanzania under the RVO and in Ethiopia under Teampro she independently helped strengthen multicultural collaborations with local private companies and entrepreneurs. Els recently became a council member of the water board “Rijnland”.