Meeting with Lilianne Ploumen, Member of Parliament



Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch Parliament

Lilianne Ploumen, Member of the Dutch Parliament for the Labour Party (PvdA) and former Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (2012-2017) will visit her birth city of Maastricht for a work visit on Thursday 30 January 2020.

You are all warmly invited to join Ms. Ploumen from 13.00-14.00 in the brand new conference room of UNU-MERIT. She will first give a 20 minute-presentation about her work and career, with a focus on the link between research and policy, and the effect of policy on society. This will be followed by a 40 minute Q & A session during which she will be happy to answer all your questions.



About the speaker

Lilianne Ploumen has gained world attention with her initiative: She Decides.

In 1983, while still at university, Lilianne Ploumen became a community outreach worker in the Crooswijk area of Rotterdam. Two years later she joined the Institute of Psychological Market Research (IPM), working in the statistics department and as a research project leader. IPM focuses on research-based consultancy. From 1990 to 1992 she was a marketing and research manager for Foster Parents Plan in Amsterdam. Ms Ploumen then moved to PLAN, the London-based umbrella organisation, in 1993.

In 1995, she founded Ploumen Projecten, an organisation specialising in market research and innovation for commercial and non-profit clients. In the same year she also began working as a fundraising coordinator for Mama Cash, an international fund supporting women’s initiatives, going on to become director of the organisation from 1996 to 2001.

From 2001 to 2007 Ms Ploumen worked for the development organisation Cordaid, first as head of quality and strategy and later as director of international programmes. She was Chair of the Labour Party (PvdA) from October 2007 to January 2012. On 5 November 2012 Lilianne Ploumen was appointed Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the Rutte-Asscher government, a post she occupied until 2017. She is now a member of the Dutch Parliament for the Labour Party.

Lilianne Ploumen previously held the position of Vice Chair of the Evert Vermeer Foundation, and was a member of the Labour Party’s South-North Committee (advising on international cooperation). She has also been a board member of feminist organisation Opzij and Women Inc. and member of the Stop Aids Now! supervisory board.



Venue: UNU-MERIT Conference Room

Date: 30 January 2020

Time: 13:00 - 14:00


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