Prior to joining Akvo, Anita worked as a consultant in Indonesia as coordinator of SNV’s advisor introduction programme, and researcher on human trafficking for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Indonesia. She has also held roles as the senior PME officer at SNV Head Office in the Netherlands, an advisor on civil society strengthening at SNV in Nicaragua, a programme manager at SNV in Ethiopia, and the gender advisor at a Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) integrated rural development programme in Sri Lanka.
As a child Anita lived in Pakistan, Kenya, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mozambique and Swaziland. Anita has a Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Leiden. She is based in Amsterdam.