ODS’ connection to the not-for-profit world stems from the experiences of its team members. Aside from being respected consultants, each of the team members has previously worked in the not-for-profit sector, both in Brussels and internationally. For each project, we determine together with the client which of our colleagues are the best fit for the job and the organisation.
Lauren Foley is a Junior Consultant with ODS. Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from University College Cork and holds an LL.M in Law and Economics from Utrecht University with her thesis focused on how gender balances are achieved on the corporate boards of major Dutch and Swedish banks.
Lauren joins ODS after having worked with a Member of the European Parliament for two years from which she brings her extensive advocacy, project management and event organisation skills to ODS. Lauren has her own feminist website and Youtube channel and is also a freelance writer and will help ODS with our external communications in order for us to grow and work with new and exciting partners.
Lauren currently has various volunteering commitments including facilitating LGBTQ+ workshops with young Irish school students, helping young girls to increase their confidence and self-esteem with social enterprise The Shona Project and campaigning in 2018 to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution to achieve full reproductive rights for the women of Ireland.
Lauren loves to share information with those who need it. She is passionate about correcting the double standards present in our world and rectifying sexist and racist etc. microaggressions in our everyday life which chip away at our humanity.
She is a native English speaker and has conversational French and Irish.
Hande Taner is a Junior Consultant with ODS and brings her myriad experiences and knowledge in advocacy, world affairs and project management to strengthen the ODS team for our various projects.
Hande holds a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Leiden University, majoring in World Politics and International Justice. She also holds an MA European Affairs from SciencesPo Paris and an MSc European and International Public Policy from the London School of Economics as part of a joint dual degree programme.
Besides her studies, Hande has been and still is a youth activist. She has been part of the executive committee of the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO) as Head of Campaigns and Head of Media. Hande is also an elected Member of the Council of Europe's Advisory Council on Youth, where 30 youth leaders work together with government representatives on youth policy. In the Advisory Council, she leads the portfolios on Ukraine, Russia, and is the first anti-racism coordinator in the Joint Council on Youth.
She is a native Dutch and Turkish speaker, is fluent in English and French and has conversational Russian and German.
Wouter de Iongh
Wouter has a law degree from the University of Amsterdam, and has extensive practical organisational development experience. His qualities complement those of the rest of the team, allowing ODS to offer an even more comprehensive range of services. Within ODS, Wouter is responsible for network cooperation, communications & (social) media and strategy.
In the Netherlands, Wouter was a legal expert for several CSOs, including Victim Support Netherlands. After a move to New York, he worked as a Comparative Legal Researcher for US and international clients, and as a Marketing and Communications Strategist for start-ups with a focus on tech and healthcare. In addition to this, Wouter has worked as a freelance writer and journalist with a keen interest in international politics.
In the complex Brussels landscape, Wouter de Iongh enjoys navigating the political sensitivities as well as the financial, organisational and cultural challenges of CSOs, funders, media and EU institutions.
Veronika leads the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) practice at ODS. Keeping up to date with the evolution of this exciting field, she works with our clients in designing and applying MEL frameworks to strengthen their work. She also leads the evaluation of programmes and facilitates learning and capacity building around MEL.
Veronika has more than 7 years of experience in research and evaluation. Prior to joining ODS, she focused on policy research and analysis at RAND Europe. She holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Florence.
In her work, she is passionate about finding evaluation approaches and frameworks in which NGOs, funders and programme stakeholders recognise themselves. She enjoys facilitating participatory, horizontal and longer-term thinking around evaluation. Veronika is building ODS’s practice of working with MEL approaches that reflect the complexity of contexts, stakeholders and the dynamic aspect of NGO programmes. Her work focuses on distilling insights from multi-method research into practical recommendations for the everyday decisions of our clients.
Zdena is a senior research consultant at ODS. She leads research intensive evaluations with a focus on qualitative research methodology and also provides research support to other areas of work including strategy and organisational development.
She has worked for development and human rights NGOs in South Africa and Belgium and in development consulting focused on fragile states in Africa and Asia. Some of the organisations she has worked for include Khulumani in South Africa, Save the Children and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples’ Organisation (UNPO) in Belgium and Farsight (now Seefar) an international consultancy and social enterprise. Zdena is a thematic expert in intersectionality, transnationalism and development. This is also the focus of her PhD which she is completing with the University of Kent. She holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy and a B.A Honours degree in Organisational Psychology from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She is a Zimbabwean native and speaks English, French and basic Dutch in addition to Ndebele and Shona.
Zdena enjoys the holisism of organisational development work. She enjoys analysing the interconnections between the work of organisations and their macro and micro environments and assisting clients to find the balance that helps them achieve their goals.
Lisa-Marie is a Senior M&E Consultant with ODS. She specialises in qualitative research and feminist approaches to evaluation and has extensive experience working with a variety of NGOs, institutions and donors across the human rights and social justice field.
As a consultant, she has led and supported complex evaluation and baseline studies for Kvinna till Kvinna, Protect Defenders, Count Me In!, OMCT, Choice for Youth and Sexuality, EPIM and She Leads among many others. She has led on the review and design of organisational MEL practices including with Front Line Defenders and the Public Interest Litigation Project.
Lisa-Marie is also specialised in research ethics, with a focus on research with vulnerable groups. She worked as an External Expert for the European Commission ethically assessing research projects involving humans with a focus on informed consent processes, data security, research environment and avoidance of harm. Lisa-Marie has conducted research on marginalised populations for organisations including the Council of Europe, the European Programme for Immigration and Migration and CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality.
As a native English speaker, Lisa-Marie is currently studying her Masters in Ethics and has a Masters in Human Rights with a focus on reception systems for asylum seekers.
Andrés Narros Lluch
Andres is a Senior Evaluator with more than 15 years of experience conducting field-based participatory research and evaluations. During his career, he has always used qualitative social research (such as ethnographies of development, ethno-evaluations, impact and process evaluations) as the spearhead to identify key issues and provide evidence to shape strategic directions of future programs. He enjoys unfolding alternative research methods (such as forum theaters or discourse analysis), fostering participation among local actors to help to decolonize and localize Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks.
Andres’ research experience is coupled with extensive experience in NGOs´ program management in settings such as Guatemala, The Philippines, Iran, Malawi and Chile. He has worked for organizations such as Action Against Hunger, Save the Children and The Spanish Agency for International Development, amongst others.
Andres earned his PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from UNED (Spain). He was a visiting researcher at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies School Of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and at the Cultural Anthropology Department of London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), both part of the University of London. He was also an associated researcher at the Cultural Anthropology Department of the University of the Philippines and Xavier University (Mindanao). Andres’ work has been published in different books and international academic papers.
Hans is one of ODS’ founders as well as a managing partner. He is an organisational development expert with an extensive track record in successfully advising non-governmental organisations and complex international networks. As such, he has been involved in reorganisations, change management, strategy development and assessments of a broad variety of organisations worldwide.
Hans is a political scientist by training and worked in both the Dutch and the European Parliament. Hans headed Greenpeace’s European Unit in Brussels as well as WWF International’s Organisational Development Unit near Geneva before becoming CEO of the Resource Alliance and COO of the European Council on Foreign Relations in London. He is fluent in Dutch, English, French as well as German, and gets by in Italian.
Hans enjoys pinpointing organisational issues, advising senior managers and boards, improving stakeholder relations and helping organisations as a whole find the right way forward.
Hanneke de Bode
Hanneke is one of the founders of ODS, where she is the most senior research and policy adviser. She is an expert in internal governance and developed ODS’ unique approach to nonprofit consulting, together with ODS consultant Kaat Boon.
She is a theoretical and applied linguist by training and worked at the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, the Dutch Refugee Council in Amsterdam, Tilburg University - where she chaired its Emancipation Committee - and chaired the Education & Welfare Committee in her Amsterdam Borough Council. As a consultant for Berenschot International in Brussels, Hanneke advised several Dutch regions on how to become ‘EU proof’ and worked for 3rd sector infrastructure organisations NCVO and ACEVO in London. She speaks Dutch, French, German, English and Spanish, and gets by in Italian.
Hanneke enjoys working towards appropriate solutions in international and multicultural environments, especially where public authority meets nonprofit and content meets organisation.
Eva is our administration and office manager since May 2019. Contracts, phone bills, invoices, but also the search for the best fairly traded organic coffee, usually go through her hands.
She previously worked six years as an administrative assistant in a Japanese private company in Brussels. She also has former work experience in the sector of development cooperation (mainly in West-Africa), where she worked for various governmental, non-governmental, and private organizations.
Eva holds a master in Economic Science from the University of Bonn, Germany. She speaks French, German, and English, and has a basic understanding of Spanish and Dutch.
Eva enjoys being the “Swiss knife” of ODS, where, be it indirectly through many small actions, she can contribute to the development of a world where justice and the respect for our planet and its people receive more attention.