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Anna Timmerman Joins Committee of Recommendation

Anna Timmerman Joins Committee of Recommendation

“I am committed to Humanity in Action because I am convinced of the mission and vision and the necessity of such an organisation in our time.”

Humanity in Action the Netherlands proudly announces the newest member to our Committee of Recommendation, Anna Timmerman. We are grateful for the advice and support she has informally offered us in the past, and look forward to our continued collaboration in the future. Welcome to the team Anna! 

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Anna Timmerman was a Fellow in the first Dutch Humanity in Action Program in 1999. Inspired by that first program, she signed up as an intern in 2000 and left as the director of the Dutch branch in 2009, to become the Director for Human Rights Watch in the Netherlands. Timmerman was the founding director of the Dutch Human Rights Watch office until 2017. Currently Anna is working as a consultant in the non – profit sector, advising civil society and philanthropists. Her clients include organizations like Lawyers for Lawyers, Refugee Company and Mama Cash. Timmerman is a historian by training and graduated at the University of Amsterdam. Her volunteer commitments include the chairmanships of Theater Na de Dam and Mensen Maken Amsterdam and membership of the Netherlands Human Rights Watch Committee. She is ambassador of the National Holocaust Museum.

Why do you support Humanity in Action?

I am committed to Humanity in Action because I am convinced of the mission and vision and the necessity of such an organisation in our time. Humanity in Action has given me a lot: I became part of worlds and networks that I did not have access to before. I got to know people I would never have met otherwise. I was nourished and inspired and felt empowered to take on leadership roles and to speak out. Thanks to Humanity in Action I am part of an international network of highly talented people with the same dreams and fears as I have myself. I want many young people to have the same opportunities and I want to work for a strong Senior Fellow Network that contributes to positive changes in society.

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