Tineke Ceelen studied cultural anthropology at Utrecht University. In 1993, she became the department head ‘Missions’ at the Catholic aid organization Memisa. In 1997, Tineke became coordinator at the Red Cross in Tibet, where she worked on improving basic healthcare for the Tibetan nomadic population. From 2000 to 2003, Tineke worked for SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in Cameroon as regional delegate.
Since 2003 Tineke has been the managing director of Stichting Vluchteling. As the face of the organization, she has many years of experience with media and communication.