Femke supports the establishment and management of existing and new parliamentary capacity development projects, including the design and delivery of courses and other knowledge services to parliaments. Additionally, she helps NRGI regional offices to expand and systematizes NRGI's approach to building the capacity of parliaments.
Previously, Femke worked as program manager at the Association for European Parliamentarians with Africa. She was responsible for the management of capacity building program aimed at strengthening African regional parliaments toward achieving the MDGs. Prior to this, Femke was a reporting, monitoring and evaluation officer for American Near East Refugee Aid, based in the Palestinian territories. She also worked as a policy officer at European Parliament in Brussels, where she gained in-depth experience with legislative processes, budgetary oversight and political strategizing.
Femke holds a master’s and bachelor's degree in international and European law from the University of Groningen and a postgraduate diploma on governance, democratization and public policy from the International Institute for Social Studies in the Netherlands. She is a Dutch native speaker and is also fluent in French.