Marieke van Weerden has ten years of training experience and worked as a security advisor and trainer supporting national and international NGOs, embassies and universities. Her work has taken her around the world including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. She is currently the Global Security Advisor and Trainer at VSO International, an international development organisation with volunteer programmes in over 20 countries.
Marieke has previously worked with International Relief and Development (IRD), the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard, AMREF Flying Doctors, and Amnesty International. In 2014, Marieke established the American branch of the Centre for Safety and Development in Washington, DC, whilst fulfilling an expert advisory role for the Europe office.
In addition to her position at VSO International she continues to advise NGOs and universities on security and crisis management, and developed InterAction's Budgeting for Security in Proposals workshop curriculum. Marieke’s academic background is in History, International Organisations and Human Rights.