Machteld is programme manager and part of the West Africa team. She manages multi-annual, multi-country programmes and is responsible for several partnerships.
Machteld has expertise in environmental and climate issues, integrated water management and water and agriculture. Before joining Akvo, she worked as an independent consultant and as a farmer. Prior to that, she worked for the Netherlands Water Partnership, where she supported the Dutch embassies in West Africa and the Middle East in the formulation and execution of their bilateral water programmes. She also worked as a programme coordinator of media and politics for the Palestinian Mission to the Netherlands.
Machteld has a bachelor’s degree in European Studies from The Hague University and a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences, specialising in Integrated Water Management from Wageningen University (MSc). She is based in Amsterdam.