Five Oaks Consulting

Five Oaks Consulting:


That Look Change Right in the Eye

Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken
Principal Consultant

Five Oaks Consulting 

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Leaders of international NGOs and nonprofits partner with Five Oaks Consulting to help them achieve maximum effectiveness. Our expertise is bringing out the best in mid- to large-size, global INGOs and philanthropies through skillful change management, cutting edge leadership development including leadership and team coaching, and organizational effectiveness related practices.

Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken

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Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken has dedicated her three-decade career to international development and civil society issues. After working as a development practitioner for 16 years (with a think tank, the World Bank, United Nations and NGOs), she turned into an ‘accidental pracademic’. Tosca managed, and eventually led the Transnational NGO Initiative (TNGO Initiative) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, USA, where her focus was on the governance, leadership and effectiveness of international civil society organizations. Since 2019, she has returned to practice as the owner and Principal Consultant of Five Oaks Consulting – named after her difficult-to-pronounce Dutch last name :).

Tosca has done extensive work with mid-sized to large INGOs and nonprofits by directing leadership development training programs, including executive coaching. Her work extends to change leadership and management, including organizational level evaluations.

As of 2023, Tosca is intent on equally serving clients who represent US domestic nonprofits and philanthropies given that the issues that international and US domestic organizations are facing share significant commonalities, even if the context obviously matters and can vary greatly.

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Between Power and Irrelevance:

The Future of Transnational NGOs

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Tirana Hassan

CEO, Human Rights Watch

Tosca’s meticulous preparation as well as ability to design training that is rooted in academic literature while balanced with the pragmatism of a practitioner resulted in a unique and enriching learning experience.