Nicole van Rooijen

Non-Resident Fellow

Nicole van Rooijen is a non-resident fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi). Her areas of expertise include the protection of civilians during armed conflict and other violent situations, humanitarian negotiations, and training on issues related to protection. 

Before joining GPPi in November 2018, Nicole worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the Protection of Civilians unit in Geneva. Prior to that she carried out several field assignments for the ICRC in Côte d’Ivoire, Colombia, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, the Gaza Strip and Jordan. In these positions, Nicole engaged with conflict parties to promote respect for international humanitarian law and mitigate the effects of the conflict on the civilian population and infrastructure. She worked closely with the relevant authorities in order to improve the living conditions and treatment of persons deprived of liberty. She also trained ICRC staff members on protection of civilians, detention, restoring family links, and protection data management.

Nicole has also worked for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Belgium, in a primary health care center that provides free medical services for undocumented migrants. Prior to that she worked as a Project Officer for an agricultural consultancy firm in the Netherlands (HVA International).

Nicole holds a master’s degree in human geography from the University of Amsterdam and has an executive master’s in international politics from the University of Paris-Sud XI.

Languages: English, French, Spanish, Dutch

Areas of Expertise

Humanitarian Action