Irna van der Molen
University of Twente & Scientific Director Relief Base
Irna van der Molen (1969) is coordinator of the Centre for Risk management, Safety and Security at the University of Twente. She holds an MA degree in Public Administration, an MSc in Risk Management (Cum Laude), and a PhD in Water Resource management.
She conducted research in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the USA and paid visits to India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Israel, Egypt and Lebanon, and has been responsible as project leader for several international projects in the Middle-East. In 2006, she completed the ‘Training of Experts in Rapid Assistance and Co-operation for Conflict Prevention Operations, Crisis Management and Post-Conflict Rehabilitation’ (REACT), in Madrid, Spain. Between 2008 and 2011 she participated in the Dutch Knowledge Network on Peace, Security and Development. She organized and facilitated workshops on social harmony, conflict management, mediation, negotiation, and diplomacy; both in the Netherlands and abroad. She regularly combines her work at the University of Twente with other universities or organizations. For example, between 2007 and 2011, she has worked closely together with the Centre for Conflict Studies, University of Utrecht. Between September 2012 and December 2014, she worked as Assistant Professor in Water management, Security and Governance for the Maastricht School of Management in addition to her position at the University of Twente.
At present, she combines her work at the University of Twente, with a role as UT-liaison at Twente Safety & Security, under the umbrella of the Twente Safety Region. Furthermore, she is scientific director of the Relief Base Foundation. www.reliefbase.com