Marina Diboma | Marina Diboma is Deputy Managing Director of NABC and the host and facilitator of our Partos Innovation Festival 2018. Born and raised in Cameroon, Diboma is a graduate from the University of Amsterdam with degrees in Communication Science and Business Studies. She has proven experience in establishing and strengthening both South–South and South-North cooperation through trade, investment and development. Marina has a passion for building bridges between people and organisations and vice versa. Within the framework of her professional activities, Marina has already led more than 30 business missions to/from the African continent.

Mark Kamau | Mark Kamau is a Human Centered Designer at BRCK, a Kenyan company connecting people through revolutionary technology designed in Africa, for Africa. They design a digital classroom in a box, helping transform any rural classroom into a digital learning environment, leveling information access for all. Over 3 billion people in the world cannot connect to the internet due to the cost and lack of infrastructure. 800 million of them live in Africa. BRCK connects Africans to the internet for free. With his passion for Afro-centric solution design, he will take you on a road of African designed solutions and new ways of connecting people all over the world. Who said Africa cannot connect the world? Be inspired by real-world design from Africa. Afrofuturism is real!

Tulika Srivastava | Tulika Srivastava, who is currently the Executive Director of Women’s Fund Asia, is a renowned women’s human rights lawyer. Tulika has extensive experience in building and working with organisations and institutions dedicated to the realisation of women’s human rights. During the Partos Innovation Festival, Tulika will not only talk about the challenges she faces in her work, but most importantly about the progress that is being made: As inequalities rise globally, solidarities and alliances have also multiplied to challenge them. Leading from the South, Women’s Fund Asia is such an initiative. Led by southern women, WF Asia aims to challenge discrimination and inequality and to support the realization of human rights. Tulika will speak about the process of change in the face of backlash and shrinking democratic spaces for women and vulnerable communities. She will place women’s mobilisation to claim rights and freedom in the context of historic exploitation and disadvantage and will elaborate on the lessons learned from the local communities.

Julián Rodríguez | As the Co-founder and Coordinator of “PAZ a la página”, a youth peace initiative, Julián Rodríguez has mobilized and empowered thousands of young Colombians to work on peace processes and Peace Agreements between Government and Revolutionary Armed Forces in Colombia (FARC). In his speech, he will highlight the importance of young people in driving change to create a sustainable world, based on his own journey with “Youth for SDGs”, a UN Volunteers initiative aiming to train and empower representatives of youth-led organizations to sensitize, localize and advocate for the 2030 Agenda. Julián feels that the current generation of young people are the ones to really make a difference and he has worked passionately to engage, educate and empower young people, particularly from places remotely accesible. Julian, as active volunteer, is young leader and adviser on youth projects in Domopaz Foundation and Hanns Seidel Foundation and served as “My World Youth Ambassador”, leading the UN global campaign “The World We Want” in his country. 

Linda Raftree | As the need for accelerating the responsible use of digitalisation & data was one of the outcomes of the Future Exploration report, we are happy to have Linda Raftree who has worked at the intersection of community development, gender, youth participatory media, rights-based approaches and information and communication technologies (ICTs) for almost 20 years. She is the co-founder of MERL Tech, a platform and space for discussion, learning and sharing experiences and challenges in the social impact and humanitarian and international development fields. As an anthropologist by degree, in her session she will enlighten us with 'new' ways of working.

Wim Naudé | Wim Naudé is Professor in Business and Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets at Maastricht University and a Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT. Currently he is also Visiting Professor at RWTH Aachen University and at Saïd Business School at Oxford University where is inter alia working on a better understanding of the implications of digitisation and automation for developing regions and for public policy. He is one of the world’s leading scholars on entrepreneurship and development. His work is used by all of the global development organizations, such as the United Nations, World Bank and OECD to help design policies for innovative, entrepreneurial societies. His most recent publications include a book published by Oxford University Press on Industrialization in the 21st Century which includes chapters dealing with ‘climate friendly’ industrialization and a report published by the Bertelsmann Stiftung on Technological Innovation and Inclusive Growth in Germany. Previously he worked for the United Nations University in Finland where he was their focal point on the MDG Gap Task Force of the UN; for North West University in South Africa; and for the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University.

Merel van der Woude | Creative director of Butterfly Works. Butterfly Works is a social design studio pioneering the use of co-creation and design thinking towards solutions in international development. They are here to create a world in which people have a say in the future they want. Over the years, they have developed tools and techniques that can be adjusted to each context and used to tackle a wide range of social issues. As a facilitator of this process, we connect different people with diverse skills, viewpoints and backgrounds. Butterfly Works releases creativity, pushes to innovate and comes to unexpected and unconventional solutions. 

Jan van Betten | Former CEO of Reed Elsevier (Germany), Jan van Betten now dedicates his skills and experience to help create a more sustainable society. Eight years ago, Jan van Betten founded Nudge, a social enterprise for sustainable development. At Nudge, they believe in dialogue and bottom-up change which means that they support various initiatives by connecting people who want to contribute with ideas that are alike. All initiatives, small or large, have a focus on climate, environment or social sustainability. Once connected, these initiatives accelerate and amplify. By doing this, Nudge helps to turn ideas into reality. Their efforts were rewarded in 2017, when Nudge won the RESET-award for their positive societal impact.
During the Innovation Festival, Jan will moderate the session on migration.

Michele Turner | Michele Turner is an accomplished international development professional and change manager with over 15 years of experience in strategic, operational and volunteer management within the sector. Her expertise lies with complex educational and capacity building programs. In 2015 Michele joined World Learning Europe as managing director. At the Innovation Festival, Michele will present World Learning’s new open source toolkit: the Transforming Agency Access and Power (TAAP) Toolkit and Guide for Inclusive Development. During her workshop, you can learn and experience how this toolkit can support you to integrate inclusion throughout your projects.

Nelleke van der Vleuten | Nelleke van der Vleuten is an expert on NGOs, Inclusive Business and Endeva associate. Endeva is a a German thought leader on inclusive business innovations. During the Innovation Festival, Nelleke will lead the workshop on NGOs and Inclusive Business Partnerships.

Atta de Tolk | Yazan Fouad Bechara is an allround artist. As a spoken word artist, he is the closing act nobody will forget at a congres. A mixture of emotions, humor, inspiration and different perspectives create a reminder for people about what is really important. As a motivational speaker he is confronting and realistic. 

Ludo Hekman | Ludo Hekman is a freelance journalist, specialized in translating complex issues into thought provoking concepts and stories alike. He worked for print, online and TV in countries like Iran, Irak and Afghanistan. He is one of the founders of Lighthouse Reports, a journalistic production. He started many innovative and meaningful collaborations and has a good sense for the opportunities of emerging technologies. At the Innovation Festival, Ludo will contribute to the session on storytelling by talking on his project #DutchArms.


Recently, a collective of journalists set up a makeshift newsroom in Amsterdam. They opened their laptops and set to work, for two weeks straight, in the #DutchArms-bootcamp. The aim was simple: to track and trace the Dutch global arms trade. The Netherlands is a major international arms dealer. Since 2004, the export value of this industry has accumulated to almost 15 billion euros. This amount represents thousands of deals with 100+ different countries. The business is great for the national economy, but it also implicates risks: the Netherlands does not want these weapons to end up in the wrong hands. We started the track and trace program to find out whether they have. During his presentation Ludo will explain their methodology that was mainly based on open-source inteligence, their vision on storytelling and the impact of this project. 


Melle Smets | Smets presents an alternative view on the living environment and turns ideas into actions, with the aim of instigating change and involving people in designing our environment. To accomplish this Smets founded the Aardschap foundation, an action research group that develops communities-of-practice for challenging places, and piece together what makes them function. His fascination for footloose landscapes deepened his research of man and his surroundings. As an ‘archaeologist of the present’ Smets explores, investigates and interprets society through studying contemporary landscapes through ‘looking hard’ expeditions. By looking hard the presumed image in our mind will start to waver naturally. The expeditions find their reflection in visual art projects, day trips, lectures, publications and workshops.

Currently Smets is working on initiatives in Nigeria, the Netherlands and Colombia. The work session will explore how artistic interventions can contribute to complex problems in society.

Maaike Blom | Maaike Blom is educated in Development studies (UvA) and Communication and Media Studies (WUR) and has a vast experience in international development and sustainable business. In 2015, Maaike co-founded Data4Development (D4D). D4D supports non-profit organizations with smart solutions for their (IATI) data and information management in order to increase their efficiency and impact. Maaike is currently active as managing director for D4D. At the Innovation Festival, Maaike will participate in the Panel Discussion in the session Data and Digitization.

Tin Geber | Tin Geber is a creative strategist and artist and has been working mainly on the intersection of technology, art, and activism over the past decade. He holds a BA in Media Studies and an MA in Computational Arts. In his current role as Social Innovation Specialist at HIVOS, he designs different approaches for the implementation of social good programs. Previously, Tin worked as a Design and Tech Lead at The Engine Room, where he helped NGOs around the world to develop creative ways to combine technology and human rights advocacy. His artistic practice focuses on the examination of human-machine relationships: “the delicate evolutionary marvels that can't escape their programming”. At the Innovation Festival, Tin will participate in the Panel Discussion in the session on Data and Digitization.

Matthijs Nederveen | Matthijs Nederveen, head of Research & Development at Light for the World, has a passion for the inclusion of marginalised groups. His expertise in design thinking and the facilitation of social innovation Labs is reflected in his work: He has set up Social Innovation Labs in different East African countries, bringing together various stakeholders in order to find new concepts for innovation and to find solutions for problems such as the high unemployment rate of youth with a disability. Matthijs also facilitates the design of new tools for inclusion. The latest tool that Light for the World has developed is the Inclusion Game. This game aims for organisations to create a positive attitude towards disability inclusion, instead of it being seen as a burden. During the Innovation Festival Matthijs will play the Inclusion Game with you.

Anne-Marijke Podt | Having a talent for bringing very different people together for a common goal, Anne-Marijke has worked extensively with people in different sectors and countries across the world on Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL), ICT4Development and capacity development. She has over 15 years of experience in (international) project- and programme management in complex, political environments. Recently, Anne-Marijke joined Data4Development as a senior advisor. Besides her work in International Development, she is also a member of the city council of her home town of Utrecht. She is an experienced facilitator of multi-stakeholder and participatory processes and (large) events. These skills will be demonstrated at the Innovation festival, where Anne-Marijke will facilitate the session on Data & Digitization.

Stephanie Bakker | Stephanie Bakker is an Amsterdam based award-winning journalist who has worked as a reporter for Dutch and international newspapers, magazines and websites for the last 15 years. She is passionate about social issues and international development and interested in telling people’ stories and through them tackling broader issues. Working closely together with photographers and filmmakers the scope of her work has expanded to include new ways of storytelling and managing long-term documentary projects with a social component. Her latest project Future Cities was published worldwide and has been exhibited at the United Nations city summit Habitat3 in Quito. Stephanie is one of the founders of Laika, an innovative storytelling agency that initiates and produces (multi)media productions with a constructive approach and that strives for social impact. During the Innovation Festival, Stephanie will be part of the workshop 'storytelling'.

Ivan Mikulic | Ivan Mikulić, winner of the Golden Radiator in 2013, specializes in concept development for both TV and internet, as well as producing and directing. Nowadays he is active as a visual content consultant and account executive for MakmendeMedia: a media production agency with a global reach. Their aim is to help brands and organizations raise awareness on current issues through social impact stories using locally produced content and spreading this on a global scale. Makmende designs (online) media strategies and creates concepts that help their partners to enlarge their social impact. At the Innovation Festival Ivan will give a workshop on the Influencer Marketing for NGOs

Irene Guijt | Irene Guijt is Oxfam GB’s Head of Research and Publishing. She leads Oxfam GB's research team, which uses evidence to influence economic, environmental, and social justice. Prior to joining Oxfam in 2015, Irene worked for 25 years in rural development, natural resource management, collective action and social justice. She is a keen advocate for making the less heard voices more audible and influential. Irene holds a BSc and MSc in land and water use engineering from Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands. Her PhD focused on small-scale producers in Brazil. She examined how messy partnerships among civil society, government and research can lead to learning and innovation when seeking transformational change in food systems. At the Innovation Festival, Irene will share her insights with you in the session on the roles of evidence in the influencing journey.

Irene de Goede | Irene de Goede works as a Global Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Advisor at Oxfam Novib in The Hague, where she focuses on public opinion research and monitoring and evaluation of lobby and advocacy. Irene is co-leading the influencing working group of the Oxfam Research Network and was conference chair and project lead for Oxfam’s Evidence for Influencing Conference. She has a background in psychology, international development studies and management sciences and holds a PhD in social sciences from Utrecht University. Previously, Irene worked as a survey researcher at Utrecht University, the Dutch central government and the National Committee for Sustainable Development and International Cooperation, focusing on youth, public opinion and active citizenship. On October 11th, Irene will contribute to the Innovation Festival in the session on the roles of evidence in the influencing journey.

Robin Miller | Robin Miller is a Johannesburg-based partner with Dalberg Advisors. Dalberg is a group of companies working across the world and across disciplines to create a world in which everyone lives life to their fullest potential. Dalberg Advisors contains capacity in impact investing, primary research, big data analytics and human-centered design. In 2007, Robin co-founded the Praekelt Foundation, an African organization that develops mobile technology in order to improve the health and well-being of people living in poverty. Nowadays, Robin globally leads Dalberg’s Digital Practice Area. She will share her experiences with you in the session Strategising for Digitalisation & Connectivity.

Carlijn Nouwen | Carlijn Nouwen is a Johannesburg-based partner with Dalberg Advisors. Dalberg is a group of companies working across the world and across disciplines to create a world in which everyone lives life to their fullest potential. Dalberg Advisors contains capacity in impact investing, primary research, big data analytics and human-centered design. Carlijn leads Dalberg’s Inclusive Business Practice Area and co-leads Dalberg’s Inclusive Industrialisation work. In the session Strategising for Digitalisation & Connectivity Carlijn will share her insights with you on the implications of technology for development organisations.

Kiza Magendane | Kiza Magendane is an Amsterdam based writer and policy entrepreneur of Congolese roots. He studied political science and has published for among others NRC Handelsblad, de Volkskrant en De Groene Amsterdammer. His works focuses on globalisation, culture critique, migration and the position of Africa in the world (economic, culture and geopolitics). He is currently working on his first book on what it means to be Dutch. During the Innovation Festival, Kiza will take part in the Panel Discussion in the session on migration.

Agnes Dinkelman | Agnes Dinkelman is an experienced mediator. She chooses to be involved in complex issues of deepfelt differences between people, with consequences for safety and stability. As a social engineer, she comes up with fresh interpretations and solutions that fit the mentality of the groups and individuals she works with. Agnes is the founder of Stillare, where her team designs frameworks for action in social undesirable situations, often in the field of policing, transparency and inclusive governance in African and Arab communities. Stillare works towards a deep understanding of the situation by combining the perspectives of all stakeholders with assessments of political and social history and large scale psychology. Based on life circumstances, current and practical day to day life they determine and execute interventions that fit the reality of the situation. During the Innovation Festival, Agnes will take part in de Panel Discussion in the session on migration.

Jeroen Doomernik | Dr Jeroen Doomernik is a researcher at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), where he focuses on national and European migration- and refugeepolicies and processes. During the session on migration, Jeroen will demonstrate his expertise on the subject during the panel discussion.

Mirjam Vossen | Mirjam Vossen is a journalist and media researcher. She obtained her doctorate in January 2018 at Radboud University on research into the framing of global poverty in the media. Her research shows that the media spread an unnecessarily gloomy picture of developing countries, which contributes to a negative mood among the public. Mirjam challenges journalists, development organizations and news consumers to adjust their image of the world. She does this through framing research, presentations and articles, and in her work for World's Best News, a Partos campaign that draws attention to progress in developing countries. During the Partos Innovation Festival, Mirjam will moderate the session on storytelling.

Aline Alonso| Butterfly Works | Butterfly Works is a social design studio pioneering the use of co-creation and design thinking towards solutions in international development. They are here to create a world in which people have a say in the future they want. Over the years, they have developed tools and techniques that can be adjusted to each context and used to tackle a wide range of social issues. As a facilitator of this process, we connect different people with diverse skills, viewpoints and backgrounds. Butterfly Works releases creativity, pushes to innovate and comes to unexpected and unconventional solutions. At the Innovation Festival, Aline will lead the workshop on design thinking and co-creation.