Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken has dedicated her three-decade career to international development and civil society issues. For nearly 16 years she 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.
Tosca has done extensive work with mid-sized to large INGOs helping to direct customized leadership development, including executive coaching. Her work extends to change leadership and management, including organizational level evaluations.
Her experience is deeply rooted in the world of INGOs, including 16 years as an international development practitioner. She worked at the European Center for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) in the Netherlands, served as UN District Electoral Supervisor in Cambodia during the UNTAC peacekeeping operation, and worked with UNDP and the NGO PACT in Cambodia (1992-1994).Her experience also includes positions at the World Bank both in Washington DC and in Hanoi, Vietnam.
While at the World Bank’s headquarters in Washington DC, Tosca was in charge of mainstreaming the use of public participation practices in the Bank’s South and East Asia programs. At the Bank in Vietnam, Tosca had the responsibility of heading the Social Development Team. You can review her full professional CV. Today Tosca leads a strategic alliance of NGO professionals through Five Oaks Consulting.
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