Meet Maaike

Investing in your inner development, enables you to make more impact!  That is my drive and motivation as coach and trainer. I have more than 15 years of experience in coaching, organizational and team development and mainly worked within international organizations that drive social change. As a result, I have had the opportunity to work with many inspiring leaders all over the world.
In recent years I have translated these experiences into an effective coaching and training approach. I work a lot with positive psychological methodologies, such as appreciative inquiry, as well as transactional analysis, voice dialogue, systemic coaching and ACT (acceptance & commitment therapy).

Education & registration

  • Nobco  member (Nederlandse orde van beroepscoaches)
  • Coach expert senior level – Nonons
  • Coach Intensive – Nonons 
  • Chief Happiness Officer – Gelukkig Werken Academie
  • Postmaster on Art of Intervention   – Instituut voor Interventiekunde
  • AMID post master programme Development Studies – Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Master Culture Organisation & Management – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

More about Maaike

Since my childhood, I have had a passion for African cultures and countries. It was therefore no surprise that at the age of 19, I travelled to Kenya and Tanzania. After this journey, I started my Master’s in Culture Organization and Management, and I graduated with the theme “impact of HIV/AIDS within the police in South Africa”. This was followed by a career in the fight against HIV/AIDS, during which I was able to work in many countries and with fantastic and inspiring people.

 My talents and curiosity then drove me to personal and organisational development. After following a post-master’s in the art of Intervention, I decided to gain experience in a more corporate context. I coached and trained people in communication and leadership skills. The work was fantastic, but I missed relevance, impact and a greater purpose.

 In 2016, I decided to go work at Akvo as an HR/People manager. Akvo is an international NGO that creates data solutions for governments, the UN and NGOs.

In 2020 the concept of ColourFields was born and early 2021 I officially started. Read more about the name and the why of colourfield. 

Through working all these years in a diverse and multicultural environment, I learned to listen, to observe and to let go of my own preconceived ideas. I believe this is the fundament of proper coaching and training practices.



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