Sylvia Vriesendorp has over 35 years of experience working in developing countries. Her main expertise is in capacity development of health professionals, public health managers and leaders in order to improve the performance of the health systems at national and local levels. For the last 28 years she has worked in various positions at Management Sciences for Health, a nonprofit public health consulting organization based in Washington DC and Boston, MA. As one of the founders of MSH’s successful leadership development program (LDP) and co-author of MSH’s publication ‘Managers Who Lead,’ she has successfully transferred ownership of such programs to local leadership champions, and tracked the improvement of performance and morale as reported by the local teams. She has taught sessions and courses on public health and leadership at various US universities, in South Africa and at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. She has a degree in Psychology (1977) from Leiden University and is a Certified Professional Coach. She has made cross-cultural and organizational psychology her particular professional niche.
She has authored, co-authored and published chapters in several books and journals, and given countless presentations and workshops at professional conferences in various parts of the world. She has lived in Afghanistan (2009-2011), Senegal (1979-1981), Lebanon (1976-1978) and (North) Yemen (1976). Born, raised and schooled in the Netherlands, she has made the United States her permanent home since 1981. She has travelled extensively in the Middle East, all regions of Africa, South and South East Asia as well as Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition to her native Dutch, Ms. Vriesendorp is fluent in English and French.