Stephany Kersten

At a Glance

Nationality: Dutch
Location / Base: Yaoundé
Languages: Dutch, English, French
Key Competencies: Strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, integrating gender and diversity, policy monitoring and advocacy, capacity development, process facilitation and coaching

Stephany joined Well Grounded in April 2017 and is based in the Yaoundé office. She has a long term history in the region, working with different organisations and on different topics. The red ribbon through her career in development has been setting up and facilitating participatory processes, and supporting local organisations to be empowered to work independently on self defined issues.

Stephany is from the Netherlands, where she did her MSc in Tropical Agriculture and Rural Development, followed by a PhD in multi-stakeholder participatory process development obtained in Australia. She has worked in several West, East and Southern African countries and in Yemen on natural resources management and women’s empowerment.

Before joining Well Grounded, Stephany worked as a consultant, mainly supporting civil society groups to set up advocacy strategies to improve the legal framework to support their activities and improve conditions for their beneficiaries. A result Stephany is most proud of is the promulgated Parity law in the DRC in which she played a role as trainer/facilitator of the advocacy strategy.