Tineke Ceelen has been director of the Refugee Foundation since 2003. She travels tirelessly and with great commitment from crisis to crisis to draw attention to more than 100 million refugees in the world.
Tineke Ceelen has worked in humanitarian aid since 1993 and has been leading the Refugee Foundation for the past two decades. She travels all over the world, because as director, she wants to see the problems with her own eyes.
With her media appearances, she gives victims of many crises a voice and brings their story to the fore in the Netherlands.
Born: 1963, in Maren-Kessel
Study: Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University
1993-1997: Head of Missions at Memisa
1997-2000: Coordinator at the Red Cross in Tibet
2000-2003: Regional delegate for development organisation SNV in Cameroon
2003-now: Director Refugee Foundation
2009: Publication of her book ‘Hier en daar een crisis’ (‘A crisis here and there’)
2012: National Woman in the Media Award
2020: Decorated Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau
2023: Decoration Comenius Award
(in Dutch only)
On the radio Tineke regularly talks about current humanitarian crises and aid.
Tineke also joins TV programs. Here she talks about current crises and the assistance that the Refugee Foundation provides.
Presentation and lectures
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