Koen is a social, economic and political geographer with more than 10 years of international experience. He has used his expertise in geography, GIS and remote sensing to support: cultural heritage and landscape protection; health surveillance; water and sanitation interventions; food and nutrition interventions; infrastructure analysis; gender-based violence protection; coordinating humanitarian and development interventions; multi-stakeholder consultations in conflict affected areas; analysing socio-economic vulnerabilities to conflict; government strategic planning; and, most recently, environmental impact assessments.
Koen has supported the design and implementation of GIS-based information management systems to facilitate community planning, humanitarian, peacebuilding and development interventions in Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe. He also has been an active promoter of inter-sectoral information management working groups between the UN, governments and NGOS to standardise and exchange data in order to identify critical data gaps and needs.
Based in Canada, Koen is an experienced trainer with an enthusiasm for designing and organising workshops in cross-cultural settings. He has worked for the World Health Organisation, the Humanitarian Information Centre, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, iMMAP and Save the Children. He is fluent in English, French and Dutch and has a working knowledge of Spanish and German.