Martine is the humanitarian coordinator of Save the Children Netherlands. Her aim is to further build up the humanitarian structure and portfolio of SC Netherlands and further improve the work of Save the Children in the field. Martine is focused on close collaborating with other organisations in the Netherlands and abroad, as she feels working together is key to reach the most impact. She is active in partnerships like KUNO, SHO/GIRO 555, DCHI and DRA. She is leading the SCNL humanitarian team, consisting of 4 people.
Secondly, as Chair of the Innovation Working Group of the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA), Martine is leading on the set objectives for the DRA for innovation. Early 2018, Martine worked intensively together with DRA colleagues on the creation of the DRA Innovation Fund (DIF), a fund created to stimulate and support innovation in the humanitarian sector.
Martine has been working for Save the Children for more than 4 years. She is strongly involved in the Dutch Relief Alliance, already from the very begin of the establishment of the alliance in 2014/early 2015. As South Sudan Coordinator, leading the first DRA Joint Response, she has worked for 3 years on implementing the vision and work of the DRA in the field. So far Martine has worked on humanitarian projects in South Sudan, Yemen, Syria, Ethiopia, Nepal and Vanuatu.
Martine studied Public International Law at the University of Leiden. In her masters she followed a specialisation on Humanitarian Law. After her studies she decided to work in the humanitarian (operational) sector, instead of moving towards the legal sector. When Martine is not working, she likes to enjoy her hometown Amsterdam, or travelling abroad.