Foto van Tineke Ceelen in Oekraïne met totale verwoesting om haar heen

Our director

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 in gesprek met vluchtelingen die vast zitten in Tunesië

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.

Portretfoto van Tineke Ceelen
© Hielco Kuipers Fotoprodukties


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 

Tineke Ceelen wordt geïnterviewd door de NOS

Media appearances

(in Dutch only)

On the radio Tineke regularly talks about current humanitarian crises and aid.

Listen to a radio interview

Tineke also joins TV programs. Here she talks about current crises and the assistance that the Refugee Foundation provides.


Tineke Ceelen houdt een speech wanneer ze de comeniusprijs ontvangt

Presentation and lectures

We are happy to give presentations about the Refugee Foundation, the emergency aid we provide and the situation of displaced persons and refugees.

Would you like to invite an employee as a speaker for a lecture or presentation? Please fill in the form.

Stichting Vluchteling