Koen van Rossum

Koen van Rossum

Canada-based

expert in community engagement, SIA, disaster response, conflict management and GIS; consultant to UN-WHO & World Bank; formerly coordinator of humanitarian affairs, UNDP and Save the Children

Key skills/ experience:

  • Project Planning
  • Community engagement and consultation
  • SIA
  • Cultural heritage and landscape protection
  • Social risk assessment management
  • Humanitarian Intervention and disaster response
  • Conflict management
  • Information management, GIS & remote sensing
  • International development & capacity building

Koen is a social, economic and political geographer with more than 10 years of international experience.  He has used his expertise in geography, GIS and Remote Sensing to support: cultural heritage and landscape protection; health surveillance; water and sanitation interventions; food and nutrition interventions; infrastructure analysis; gender based violence protection; coordinating humanitarian and development interventions; multi-stakeholder consultations in conflict affected areas; analyzing socio-economic vulnerabilities to conflict; government strategic planning; and most recently environmental impact assessments.

Koen has supported the design and implementation of GIS based Information Management systems to facilitate community planning, humanitarian, peacebuilding and development interventions in Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe. He also has been an active promoter of inter-sectoral Information Management Working Groups between the UN, governments and NGOS to standardize and exchange data in order to identify critical data gaps and needs.  

Finally, Koen is an experienced trainer with an enthusiasm for designing and organizing training workshops in cross-cultural settings. He has worked for the World Health Organization, the Humanitarian Information Centre, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, iMMAP and Save the Children. He is fluent in English, French and Dutch and has working knowledge of Spanish and German. 

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