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SPARK Founder, Yannick du Pont, has been working in the field of development cooperation in fragile states since 1994. With an MA in International Relations and Sociology from the University of Amsterdam, Yannick worked for the Netherlands Minister of Development Cooperation from 1996 to 1997. Later with the Dutch IKV; and the Development organization of the Dutch Labor Party, the Evert Vermeer Foundation, Yannick was engaged as a researcher for the Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Clingendael” to evaluate the performance of the OSCE Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2000/2001).

Highly mobile professional in development of Higher Education and Private Sector in (Post)-Conflict Societies. Good at initiating developments and working in high-risk environments.

Experience in press relations and (political) campaigning. Gets stuff done.
Specialties: International Relations, Project Development, Negotiating, Volatile Environments.

Also serves on the Board of the Max van der Stoel Foundation (Amsterdam), Advisory Board of the Centre of Theory of Change (New York) and Steering Board of the knowledge platform on security and rule of law.


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