Maxime Smeets

Project Manager - Business Unit Sub-Sahara Africa, Latin America and South East Asia

Master's degree in International and European Law, as well as Dutch law with a specialisation in constitutional and administrative law. Irregular migration in both the Horn of Africa (Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and towards Europe (Master's research) is another area of expertise.

The inclusion of both local authorities and communities in the process of change is a core strength of the IDEAL programme and VNG International in general. I am sure this is the only way to create a sustainable impact. Moreover, it gives me the opportunity to learn from as many different people as possible.