Wijnand van Ijssel became a secondant at the World Bank Group after 10 years at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague in 2016 for a period of 3 years to help lead the Food 4 All Partnership initiative between the Netherlands and the World Bank Group, this article shares the most important outcomes from his placement period.
Tell us something about yourself.
Well, I was born and raised in Rotterdam. I received my Master’s degree in tropical forestry at Wageningen University a long time ago. After that, I spent 20 years in Mauretania, Bhutan, Costa Rica, Kenya, Vietnam, and Mozambique, with FAO, SNV, DHV Consultants, and eventually the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands. I love working in global development, particularly in the domains of rural development, sustainable land use, and environmental management. It has been great to be able to live in all these countries with different cultures and to meet different people – together with my family (my wife and three children, now all 20+). After 10 years at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, I opted for this secondment at the World Bank Group.