Marianne Eelens, MSc. Global Health, BSc. Interdisciplinary Studies in Health & Psychology
Marianne has a post-graduate degree in Global Health and over a decade of experience in research, policymaking and programming in the field of global health, population and development.
She has worked for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in China, the Aruban government and the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) which has given her dynamic experience in a wide array of global health and development areas.
Her technical areas of expertise include sexual and reproductive health and rights, health promotion, health financing, youth development and empowerment, non-communicable diseases, among others.
She has quantitative and qualitative research experience and served as the database manager for the UNFPA/NIDI Resource Flows Project at NIDI and led the development of a National Health Account (SRHR subaccount) in China.
She led the development of the National Multi-sectorial Action Plan on the Prevention and Control of non-communicable diseases in Aruba, as well as the National Roadmap for Mental Health and Substance Use in Aruba.
She began working with hera as a consultant in 2020 and became Associate Partner in 2022.
Her work with hera has included the development of a Country Evaluation Brief for the Democratic Republic of Congo, updating the SADC SRHR Scorecard, and designing an external assessment manual for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI).
Marianne has excellent communication and report writing skills and is an enthusiastic and driven team player.
Countries of experience include Aruba, Albania, Bangladesh, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Timor-Leste, among others.
She speaks Dutch, English, Papiamento and Spanish and is based in Aruba.