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.
Hans is an organisational development expert with an extensive track record in successfully managing international organisations and complex international projects. Hans was CEO of the Resource Alliance and COO of the European Council on Foreign Relations in London, after heading the Organisational Development Unit at WWF International near Geneva. He has been involved in reorganisations, change management and designing new strategies.
In addition to his work in Europe, Hans has also worked in Africa and Asia. Recognised as an inspirational people manager with a passion for bringing out the best in his team, Hans has supported senior managers for more than five years. He uses his extensive experience to help them improve their performance, impact and well-being.
Hans enjoys coaching executive managers, improving teams, and helping organisations increase their effectiveness. As the owner and founding partner of ODS, he understand what it means to be responsible for the success of an organisation.
Hanneke de Bode
Hanneke is a European Affairs Specialist with a solid track record in public and social purpose organisations. She is an expert in internal governance and has worked at the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, the Dutch Refugee Council in Amsterdam and ACEVO, the association of CSO leaders in London. As a consultant for Berenschot International, she advised the Dutch regions on how to become ‘EU proof’. Hanneke also has a strong background in gender issues and has worked in various roles to address gender discrimination and gender policy mainstreaming. Having worked for a long time in the heart of Europe, she has a good grasp of both bid and project writing. Hanneke enjoys working in international and multicultural environments, especially where content meets organisation.
For Hanneke de Bode, the most fascinating aspect of this work is the opportunity to get involved with so many different organisations, look into the issues that inevitably arise and find appropriate solutions to help CSOs make a difference.
Alan Al Yussef
Alan Al Yussef is a researcher at ODS. Trained as an economist, Alan has a solid background in empirical quantitative research methods with a special focus on institutions and development economics. Before ODS, Alan worked as a visual communication consultant. In the past he has also worked as an interpreter for the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons in Brussels. Alan’s work at ODS ranges from data visualization and analysis to desk research and literature review.
Alan holds Master of Science in Applied Economics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a MicroMasters in Data, Economics and Development Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Beside being a native speaker of Arabic and Kurdish, he speaks English, Dutch and French.
Zdena joined ODS in 2017 and provides administrative and research support. 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. She has thematic expertise in migration, development and human rights and has practical expertise in research, facilitation and evaluation. Some of the organisations she has worked for include Khulumani, Save the Children and Farsight.
Zdena is currently pursuing a PhD with the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies with a focus on transnationalism as it relates to diaspora activities and migration for development. She has a Master in International Relations from the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy and a Bachelor degree in Organisational Psychology from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Zdena is Zimbabwean and speaks English, French and basic Dutch in addition to Ndebele and Shona.
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.
In the Summer of 2015, Veronika Horvath joined ODS as a senior consultant. Veronika has experience in conducting ongoing and ex-post evaluations and policy analysis for the NGO, government and private sectors. Prior to joining ODS, Veronika worked as policy analyst for the RAND Corporation. She has experience in qualitative methodologies such as conducting document reviews, key informant interviews and surveys.
Veronika is an experienced project manager. She has an MA in European Studies from the University of Florence. Veronika is a Hungarian native speaker and is fluent in English, Italian and French.
Kaat is joining ODS in January 2018. She is an organisational development consultant. She has extensive experience working in the humanitarian sector having worked in the sector since 2006. Starting as a rehabilitation/shelter delegate, she broadened her technical expertise to general disaster management, with specific expertise in disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction, capacity building, governance, supply, partnership management and gender based violence. Kaat’s main professional interest is understanding how to turn complex challenges into opportunities to improve humanitarian action. Kaat holds a Masters in Civil Engineering and Architecture from the Catholic University of Leuven, and has training in International Relations and Conflict Prevention.
At the beginning of 2016, Anna Cesari joined ODS as a Project Manager. She is responsible for operational aspects of various projects and supports (financial) administration as ODS as well as for some of our clients. Previously, Anna worked at IDEA - the International Debate Education Association- as a Network Associate. There she was responsible for coordinating Network activities with IDEA offices in Tunisia, Macedonia, Kyrgyzstan, the UK and the US, and acted as internal Project Manager for the Brussels office.
Anna completed a Bachelor in Business Administration from from the University of Florence, Italy, a Master in Languages for Communications in Businesses and International organisation from the University of Modena and a second master in International Politics in Bologna, Italy. She is a native Italian speaker, and fluent in French, Spanish and English, having lived, studied and worked in Belgium, Spain and Australia.
Emma Harte is a monitoring and evaluation consultant at ODS. Emma ́s professional background is in formative, real-time, and ex-post programme and policy evaluations, and policy research and analysis. Emma has worked extensively with the European Commission and UK public and private sector clients, primarily in the evaluation of services and programmes. She has a range of methodological expertise including interview, focus group and survey design, conduct and analysis, document, literature and systematic reviews, and reporting. In addition, she has experience in project management at national and international level, having recently coordinated and delivered a multi-partner pan-European project.
Emma has a M.Sc. in Comparative European Politics, with qualitative and quantitative components, from Trinity College Dublin, and a B.A. in European Studies, French and anthropology, from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She is a native English speaker, and fluent in French having lived, studied and worked in France and Belgium.