Nelleke van der Vleuten

Associated Expert
"Successful inclusive business builds on the synergy between complementary partners. NGOs and companies offer great potential to one another, provided organisations and individuals can think and act ‘out of the box’. This is accelerated when they jointly stand with their ‘feet in the mud’, in contact with the communities they wish to impact."

Nelleke van der Vleuten is an independent professional and specialist in social development, cross sector partnerships and gender issues. She has 30 years of hands-on and pioneering experience with account management, policy development, advising and training in the international NGO sector. Her main expertise areas are NGO-business relations; gender dimensions in development and business; female entrepreneurship and responsible business.

Nelleke has worked among others for the Dutch NGO ICCO and co-founded the BoP Innovation Center. She developed and implemented innovative activities such as the concept of “exchanges” as an innovative tool for corporate volunteering. For Endeva she co-facilitated a peer learning process for NGOs and co-authored the 2019 guide on NGO-company partnerships for inclusive business.

Nelleke has extensive work experience in African and Asian countries, especially India and Bangladesh. She started her career as a policy researcher and consultant on prostitution and migration at the University of Leiden. Nelleke holds a MA in Social Sciences with specializations in Social Anthropology from Radboud University Nijmegen and Women & Development from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague.