Leontien is a creative leader with over 15 years of experience in network building, public-private partnerships, strategic positioning and systems change. She holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam.
Before joining the Foundation in April 2010, she founded the international project Youth Employment Spark and helped build the Business in Development Network. Leontien graduated from the THNK creative leadership program in 2015 and was the Dutch youth representative to the United Nations in 2002. She is a member of the Worldconnectors and of the sounding board for the Dutch government on the Netherlands UN Security Council membership in 2018. She is the proud mother of three-year-old Max and understands that no matter how much you know, the best way to support a child’s development is to be (able to be) present and responsive.