Public and Keynote speaker, expert on Youth Power and Participation, Concept Developer, Intersectional Environmentalist, Climate Justice, Trendwatcher, Intergenerational Collaboration and stories of Impact.
So far there hasn’t been a job description that fits perfectly with the work that I do. This is because, I guess, what I do and who I am are so intertwined that I can’t squeeze that into a title. Therefore, taking a look at my work and archive might help if you want to get to know me better.
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What people say.
“Eefke is thoughtful, bold and inspired. A unique combination. I wouldn’t hesitate to put her in sessions about sustainability, climate, inclusivity and youth participation.
Eefke is an all-rounder. She acts intuitively to what the scene and ambiance of the room is asking for. A remarkable talent. As UN Youth Representative on Sustainable Development she spoke to world leaders in formal halls, but she is also very effective in smaller groups. For example when she speaks at schools or in nature with youth, experts and policy makers.
She knows how to engage participants effortlessly, in a full theater as well as in a small working group. This is because she radiates this natural balance, is always well informed and knows how to provoke the audience with surprising questions and ideas.”
— Leonie van der Stijl, Senior policy officer climate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs NL
*acts super surprised:
"Wow! You're actually pretty funny!"
— My dear collegue and friend Mert Kumru
Kind yet fierce when it comes to global justice, Eefke is a perfect match with Dr. Monk. Her antennas pick up any signal of the emerging brave new world. Her notebook with world-changing concepts gets filled every day.
— Ama van Dantzig & Lynn Zebeda, Dr. Monk.
Two of the most important mentors in my life and work.
Her wisdom, calmness and positive attitude had a lasting impact on the project, the children and her fellow volunteers. It was a pleasure to get to know her and be part of the team which she so ably led. I hold her in the greatest admiration and respect.
— Lisa Caruso, - Los Angeles
As we worked in a Greek refugee camp.
Everyone drew energy and happiness from Eefke’s love for serving and working. Despite all the difficulties she faced, she never lost sight of the ultimate goal: making the refugees’ lives better, no matter what. Even across cultures, she was amiable: laughing, talking, being friends with them after just a few days of working together. I can’t say enough about Eefke; the fact that she is a university student and has already had all of this leadership experience is incredible. I cannot wait to see what she does with the rest of her life and career.
— Lauren Chan, San Francisco
While working together in Greece on Humanitarian Aid
Your kindness and courage, your enquiring mind and social conscience are surely the qualities for a very successful future.
— Cate Sutton, Australia
Who I met walking the Camino Frances
'Having had the privilege of working together with Eefke for two years has shown me how she both possesses the empathy and openness that the world so desperately needs today while at the same time maintaining her fierce and driven energy.'
— Hajar Yagkoubi, former UN Youth Representative on Human Rights and Security