Jitske is an expert in the area of diversity and change. Working as a coach/consultant/facilitator in the field of communication, teamwork and leadership, she specializes in cross cultural issues, inclusiveness and leading cultural change. In 2006 she founded the international network organization HumanDimensions.
It is Jitske’s ambition to (re)connect people through their differences. In other words: to release and synchronize the power of differences to drive execution power. To embed desired (new) behaviour into the everyday routine of teams and organizations. Jitske facilitates teams and leaders to manage their (cultural) polarities, improve their decision-making processes and to create new ways of doing.
Jitske has written about her vision and method of working in and with diversity in her 2009 book ‘Managing Cultural Dynamics’ (original Dutch title: ‘Normaal is anders!’) and the book ‘Wow! Wat een verschil’ (2012, Dutch). She frequently speaks on these issues in the Netherlands and throughout the world (Dubai, Germany, UK, Bolivia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, China). Jitske is a certified Voice Dialogue coach, Deep Democracy facilitator and Psychodramatist.
Jitske was born and raised in the Netherlands. At the age of 14 she spent the summer with her family in Australia. During this stay, she learned English and realised that there was something different in the way people behaved and thought in the countryside of Australia compared to the city life in the Netherlands.
During her study of Cultural Anthropology, she carried out research in Botswana and Uganda, followed by a study trip to South East Asia. She decided to set up a business with the Netherlands as her base. Fifty per cent of her work is with international groups, either working in the Netherlands or in different places in the world (e.g. India).