Irma Specht

Managing Director

Irma is an anthropologist with 24 years of experience in the transition processes from conflict to peace. She has an international reputation in the field of socio-economic reintegration, youth employment, gender and conflict transformation. Seven years of field and headquarter experience in the ILO programme on Crisis Response and Reconstruction has provided her with expertise on employment issues and the inclusion of vulnerable or special groups in transition processes. She brings solid expertise in capacity building and training, conflict analyses, strategy and programme design, and applied research. Her record as a researcher and writer might is illustrated in her long publications list. Additionally, Irma has extensive experience in training, facilitation and design of tailor-made training courses and materials.

Bart van Gelderen


Bart van Gelderen is a former Naval Officer, now working as the Operations Manager of Transition International. He has served in both the Royal Netherlands Navy and the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps, including in Iraq. He has experience as a UN Military Observer in Sudan and as the military attaché of the Netherlands. Bart was previously the Head of the Department of Military Diplomacy and Foreign Relations in the Netherlands.