As an intercultural change facilitator, Alette Vonk specializes on Africa and Europe. Her expertise lies in improving the impact of development agencies and companies in Africa, supporting effective collaboration and strategic thinking. She’s an excellent trainer: knowledgeable, engaging and witty.
Alette Vonk is a trainer/consultant intercultural management and organisational culture, geographically specialized in the African and European continents. Her expertise lies in improving the impact of development agencies in Africa, by supporting effective collaboration and strategic thinking over cultural borders. She works as a change facilitator, combining culture and organisational development, with agencies like GIZ-Ghana, and she has provided intercultural training to participants from Oxfam and SNV. She also organizes training on Doing business in Africa for a wide variety of companies (like ECOM Agrotrade, Koudijs Ghana, Kinross Gold, Stratcomm Africa, NABC, various SME's etc.).
In Europe, Alette provides in-house training Intercultural Management to companies like TOPdesk, EJR-Quartz, Vlisco, Straumann or the ABN Financial Group. She’s also active within the health sector, providing intercultural training for Case Managers Dementia, nurses in training and psychologists (Breederode Opleidingen and PsyQ International). On top, Alette is working with a migrant grassroots organization in the Netherlands, Oumnia Works, striving towards a healthy multicultural upbringing of children and preventing (Islamic) radicalisation. Last but not least, Alette is a lecturer Intercultural Management at the University of Leiden and once a year she provides a training for the American University.
Alette holds an MSc. in Development Sociology and Practitioner's certificates in Intercultural Management (ICM); Organisational Culture (OC); Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Organizational Development (OD). It is the combination of using the Hofstede cultural dimensions, together with various OD interventions and organisational culture, which results in the ability to develop tailor made intercultural change programs. Alette is also said to be an excellent trainer: knowledgeable, engaging and witty.
Coming from the Netherlands, Alette lived in the US for one year and she has lived in West Africa for 10 years (Cameroon, Benin and Ghana). In Africa she was trained in Organisational Development and has worked extensively with local and regional governments, Ngo’s, cooperatives, farmers and women’s organisations, the main themes being organisational change, gender mainstreaming and transparent governance. Both before and after her stay in Africa she has worked for local government in the Netherlands for a total of ten years, on community development in several neighbourhoods in The Hague, some with (Dutch) nationalist tendencies, others almost entirely made up of migrants. Before becoming an Associate Partner of HI, she was employed as an organisational consultant for an advisory firm in Leiden (Blaauwberg).
Leadership development, Change management, Intercultural competence
Government and Supranational, Education, Consulting, Development Business
Intercultural Management, Organisational Culture
Worked and lived in
The Netherlands, Ghana, Benin, USA, Cameroon
Dutch, English, French