ColourFields was founded by Maaike van der Velden. Maaike has a rich experience in the non-profit as well as in profit, national and international organisations. Her drive is always to contribute to the world around her and to empower people. Maaike is trained as a coach, organisation development consultant and HR / People professional. She mainly works with positive psychological methods and has a pragmatic attitude.
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 therefore 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. I love working with people from different cultures. By switching your cultural lens, you always discover new things.
Through working 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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