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Wessel Toonen

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Wessel is dedicated to building safe, inclusive and resilient societies by supporting motivated individuals to contribute to peace, justice and strong institutions.

Over the last decade, Wessel has gained professional experience in research, program management and communications on security, development and humanitarian affairs in Sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region. His expertise lies in skills development, personal effectiveness and capacity building for organizations and practitioners in the fields of peacebuilding, conflict prevention and the rule of law.

Results-oriented, flexible and curious, Wessel thrives in international, environments where he can help bring various people together for a common cause. He commits to addressing complex challenges and particular needs in an engaged and reliable manner.

Wessel worked for the Shared Action for Rule of Law Progress (SHARP) program in Libya, which is funded by the EU. He researched and published on international security issues at the NATO CIMIC Centre of Excellence (CCOE) and the Ministry of Defense of The Netherlands. At the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG), he supported training programs in local governance for UN/NGO professionals, development officers and civil servants worldwide. Wessel travelled to Uganda to report on efforts against gender-based violence and worked at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO). Wessel has a Research Master of Arts in Political Culture and National Identities (Leiden University) and received Diplomatic Practice & Foreign Relations training at Clingendael – The Netherlands Institute of International Relations.

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