Maastricht, The Netherlands
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About Me

Hi there! I’m Sanne. A young professional who’s fiercely passionate about human rights, social development, gender and health. Shake The Dust is born from my ambition to shift perspectives, create unique solutions and hold engaging conversations. I want to get the most out of young people’s talents and insights. I want to create a world where sexual and reproductive health and rights is more than than a term, where it means change for all.

– Independent Consultant and Founder Shake The Dust

Sanne Thijssen is a Dutch/Kenyan national with a multi-cultural background. Sanne is an active advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights & youth engagement. Her work has led to her nomination as a Women Deliver Young Leader ( 2018-2020 Class).

Sanne has a Masters in Public Policy & Human Development from University Nations University-MERIT and Maastricht University, and a BSc in European Public Health also from Maastricht University.

Sanne’s previous experiences include working as the Dutch Youth Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR)( 2016-2017), which involved working in the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minbuza) and travelling to Kenya, Ivory Coast, Benin and Nepal. As well as being involved in new Dutch development policy and being part of the Dutch delegations on SRHR to the UN in Geneva and New York.

She previously worked as a research assistant at the European Centre for Development Policy Management ( ECDPM), where she also pushed for stronger integration of gender action within the organization, and published a piece of work on EU funding for SRHR.

Sanne has also been a data and report writing consultant to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) working with qualitative and quantitative data and has undertaken an internship with the Ministry of Health of Malta.


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