Sanne Vermeulen from Social Side Up at work in Kenya


To promote increased engagement of communities and other stakeholders in projects and plans by consulting and utilising their knowledge, expertise, and implementation power to achieve positive social, environmental and economic outcomes. 


“When working in environments across Africa, Asia, and Europe, I discovered that end users are often being excluded in project/plan development and implementation. Although their input to decision-making, development and implementation of solutions to common problems or goals is crucial for sustainable change. My drive is to contribute to meaningful involvement of end users and other relevant stakeholders in projects and planning. I now dedicate my expertise to advocate for change and to those organisations who want to contribute to this change.”  

Sanne is an experienced stakeholder and community engagement expert, specialised in social inclusion. She has expertise in community & stakeholder engagement, end user/community needs assessments, advice and evaluation of community risks and social impacts, participatory projects and plans, inclusion of vulnerable people, community consultation & coproduction, (field)research and analysis, and partnership building.

Sanne worked for private sector companies, NGOs and the United Nations. She has country experience in Africa (Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenia, Mozambique, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger); Asia (India, Indonesia, Thailand); Latin America (Guyana); Europe (NL; Brussels). Sanne lived in Burkina Faso, India, Kenya, and Brussels.

Sanne is proud member of the Social Practice Forum (forum of experienced social performance practitioners), and social expert in advisory working groups of the Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment.

View Sanne Vermeulen’s CV via LinkedIn

“The staff of Ethiopian Partners for Resilience consortium member organizations (Cordaid, Netherlands Red Cross, Wetlands International, Red Cross climate center, and Care Netherlands) have benefited largely from the support provided by Sanne. Her role in shaping up the country level policy advocacy, capacity strengthening, and urban resilience building plans were immense.”


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