About us

COMMEET is a foundation, i.e. a not-for-profit organisation. We present communities with the tools to empower themselves, taking their own future into their own hands! Scroll down to read about what we do, how COMMEET is organised and who are involved.

What do we do?

COMMEET contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals 4, 5, 8 and 10.

  • We focus on the empowerment of regions
  • Our approach includes raising awareness among community members and facilitating their access to our toolkits, knowledge and networks
  • We are independent, we have no personal interests or underlying agenda, only the drive to facilitate others
  • We base our work on scientific studies, international networks and years of experience in, among other fields, professional education. 

Why do we do this?

There are many reasons why we do what we do. To name but a few:

  • A basic human need is the ability to sustain oneself
  • Professionals form the backbone of any society
  • Technical developments are fast and multifold, requiring new skillsets and adaptable professionals
  • Skills acquired through (formal) education do not always meet labour market demands
  • Young people need to be able to develop their talents and learn skills required for the jobs in their region
  • Communities are indispensable in creating fair chances for their future generations.

How do we do this?

COMMEET facilitates tailor-made strategies for Sustainable Regional Development. We focus on the involvement and active participation of the four main regional stakeholders:

  • The community: a varying group, which can encompass all the inhabitants, but also specific subgroups (e.g. unemployed people, migrants, women, disadvantaged youth, etc.)
  • Educational partners: not only schools and institutions but also professionals (e.g. companies or organisations offering workplace learning)
  • Labour market partners: not only employers (small and medium sized enterprises as well as large companies) but also, for example, trade unions
  • Government partners: local, regional and national, Chambers of Commerce, etc.

To this effect COMMEET offers toolkits: checklists to help communities formulate tailor-made strategies and action plans to make improvements on their situations. We are available for additional information and offer coaching for advice. 

Who are we?

COMMEET is a Fellowship, with Fellows who make active contributions to COMMEET’s goals and development, and Well-Wishers who support our cause. You are always welcome to join us either as a Fellow, or as a Well-Wisher! All Fellows together form a community of passionate individuals.

  • They identify themselves with the vision and mission of COMMEET and actively contribute to putting the mission into action. Teams of Fellows are self-organised, and Fellows are encouraged to join one or more teams and pick up tasks based on their skills and interests; they are not assigned to teams top-down. They work and communicate pro-actively, and always strive for the expansion of the COMMEET network. Fellows are expected to invest a set number of hours in COMMEET.
  • Fellows/Ambassadors are people with lots of experience and large networks in the fields COMMEET is active in. They actively expand the COMMEET network by raising awareness about the organisation and its values on an international level. They frequently act as advisors to the Board.
  • Fellows/the Board are the people serving on COMMEET’s Board. It is the central team of highly committed individuals who take on formal roles needed for COMMEET to classify as a Foundation. In its home country the Netherlands, a Foundation like COMMEET is legally required to have a Board. Such a Board must at least have a Chair, a Secretary and a Treasurer, but it can consist of more than these three members.

Well-Wishers are divided in Friends, Sponsors and External Partners.

  • Friends are individuals who subscribe to COMMEET’s vision and may promote COMMEET through their own personal and professional networks, for instance on social media.
  • Sponsors are people or organisations that make contributions, financial or in kind, for instance by making staff available for a limited number of hours.
  • External Partners are (international) organisations that are linked to COMMEET because they are active in the same fields.

 

The COMMEET team

Fellows / the Board

Jos Hermans
Founder

Chair - External Relations | The Netherlands

I believe in a world with more solidarity. In communities where nobody is left behind there is less discrimination, less inequality and a safer future for all. And it has been proven that people who feel safe show more hospitality towards others who need our help. I founded COMMEET to encourage people to determine for themselves how they want to organise their community in this vision: collectively, safe and open. And I am more than happy with the support of so many dear friends and colleagues.

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Peter Ramakers

Chair - Management and Control

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Maarten Schrevel

Secretary | The Netherlands

Maarten joined COMMEET shortly before his retirement from Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Maastricht, The Netherlands, where he worked as a lecturer of English and a coordinator of internationalisation. He was keen to devote some of his time and energy to voluntary work after retiring, the call from COMMEET coming at just the right moment. Maarten firmly believes communities should help themselves moving forward to a better future for all; the COMMEET approach of preparing them for this self-empowerment therefore fits him like a glove.

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Rob Braeken

Treasurer - Financial Management

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Fellows / Ambassadors

Dr Shyamal Majumdar

Dr Shyamal Majumdar is the former head of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training(TVET).

My interest lies at rural transformation in response to sustainable development goals, using skills as a driver. I firmly believe in empowering rural community. Currently rural youth, girls, and disadvantages group are a particular focus.

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Katrin Kohl

| Executive Chair Coordinator at York University Toronto (Canada), Managing Director at the German Commission for UNESCO | Germany

COMMEET´s promotion of entrepreneurial thinking in communities as an overarching vision of seeing opportunity and fostering innovation contributes to the SDGs in a unique way.

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Charles Hopkins

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) | UNESCO Chair on Reorienting Education towards Sustainability, York University, Toronto | Canada

My interest lies in improving education and training while addressing a sustainable future for “all”. Currently Indigenous and other marginalized youth are a particular focus.

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Dzulkifli Abdul Razak

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) | Rector of the International Islamic University of Malaysia | Malaysia

From my experience - in diverse capacities - with education on a global level, I can subscribe wholeheartedly to COMMEET’s community involved approach to vocational education.

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Carolina C. López

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) | Founder of Living Lab/Centro de Diálogo y Transformación: RCE Borderlands México-USA | Mexico

COMMEET helps link like-minded individuals globally and locally, thus helping build world class global teams and allowing talented individuals to make connections for the job of their dreams.

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Dr Alex Mifsud

| Malta

Dr Alex Mifsud is a founding member of the Centre for Environmental Education and Research, University of Malta. She lectures Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Malta and the UK, with a focus on employee engagement and training. Dr Mifsud develops ESD courses and training programmes to a wide range of audiences. She is working on climate action and migration through her work in Carbon Literacy Training.

Nilar Win

Nilar Win @ Fahmida is a lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM). She is also a project leader of Real World Lab in the Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Greater Gombak @ IIUM, Malaysia. | Malaysia

“COMMEET never fails to surprise me with its tremendous achievement in leading the way towards sustainable development goals (SDG). Concise and comprehensive ten-points plans in toolkits of technical and vocational education training (TVET) toolkit and migrants and displaced persons exemplify excellent team work in building an easy way to accommodate community development.”

Jo Spaubeck

Entrepreneurship | Senior lecturer Zuyd University | the Netherlands

With our common efforts we can create a better balance in local labour markets and improve the value and image of many jobs within a new economic order.

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Sigfried Janzing

Mediation as Country expert Bangladesh | Director at Streekarchief Midden-Holland | the Netherlands

COMMEET enables me to develop my skills and knowledge while helping communities in developing countries toward empowerment and learning. COMMEET helps me to make the invisible visible.

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Ros Wade

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) | Professor of Sustainability London Southbank University | Great Britain

I share with COMMEET the drive to support migrants and refugees in developing their entrepreneurial skills, to better enable them to contribute to their communities and to improve integration.

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Alexandra Montague

Education | Lecturer at Faculty of International Business and Communication at Hogeschool Zuyd, Netherlands | the Netherlands

I’m committed to COMMEET’s ideals of valuing vocational training, bettering the lives of individuals through effective education and improving communities by connecting stakeholders with a capable workforce.

Vasiliki Kioupi

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) | PhD student in the field of Sustainability at the Centre for Environmental Policy of Imperial College London, United Kingdom | United Kingdom

I am happy to support COMMEET’s commitment to promoting Sustainable Development through empowering local communities and bringing bottom-up change.

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Dr Ayar Ata is a freelance social researcher and linguist working for Ministry of Justice in London

Ayar is an active member of Sustainability Research Group at London South Bank University and as part of his postdoctoral and action research he helped Croydon Voluntary Action to start Croydon Refugee and New Communities Forum in 2019. In the course of his PhD research Ayar has also helped to establish a small voluntary group called Maheen Project in Croydon-south London. This project is supporting unaccompanied refugee children to settle successfully in London (www.maheenproject.co.uk). Ayar has also served as ExCom member of International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) 2018-August 2020, and still the IASFM's Working Group as a blog commissioning author. Ayar has recently joined COMMEET to promote positive communications on migration, refugee, and social integration issues in London.

Joe Culhane

Sustainability Communications Coordinator at RCE Greater Portland | USA

Telling and creating better stories for a more peaceful, sustainable and socially just future.

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Ali Bukar Ahmad

Country expert Nigeria | Assistant General Manager at Transmission Company of Nigeria | Nigeria

I value COMMEET's richness of content in activities, sincerity of intent and its mission general in outlook nature, cutting across all developmental horizons, and culture.

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Saima Raza

| United Kingdom

Saima is committed to social and environmental justice and has campaigned against modern slavery and worked on migrant-based issues in Bosnia, Albania, Indonesia, Turkey, Greece, Calais and Budapest. She currently works with an INGO overseeing projects in Asia supporting vulnerable communities and internally-displaced persons and is a Researcher at the Centre for Human Rights, Multiculturalism and Migration (Jember, Indonesia) investigating migration movements. Saima was one of the Editors of the COMMEET Migrant Toolkit and is engaging with refugee networks in the UK to disseminate it as widely as possible.

George Giannopoulos

Postdoctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge towards applications in nanotechnology and environmental science | United Kingdom

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Mauk Wilbers

Mediation | Senior lecturer International Business, Hogeschool Zuyd | the Netherlands

COMMEET’s ideals appeal to me because they focus on sharing know how on the essential capacity building elements of education and entrepreneurship.

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Sumaiyah Jamaludin

Lecturer at Kulliyyah of Nursing, International Islamic University Malaysia. I’m very happy and feel proud to be part of the COMMEET team. My research interests include both nursing education and clinical practice, mainly in cardiovascular diseases, self-care and chronic diseases, and community health and wellbeing.THANDAR SOE @ SUMAIYAH JAMALUDIN

M Rabiul

Founder and Chairman Oasis for Posterity NGO, Balagram, district of Nilphamari, Bangladesh | Pioneer in the development of innovative Primary Education for cluster village ultra poor children and TVET in the community of Balagram. Establishment of the Oasis for Posterity Institute for Science and Technology (OIST) | Bangladesh

Being a versatile development catalyst, I share COMMEET's understanding for a common vision for togetherness in local development by strengthening hands and heads through technical vocational education and training and beyond.

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Ron Zwamborn

Internal Management | Programme manager Shared Service Center Zuid-Limburg | the Netherlands

I trust in our ability to make our world a better place. All I have to do is to put my energy to good use, and what better cause than that of COMMEET.

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Detlev Lindau-Bank

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) | Lecturer and researcher at University of Vechta | Germany

I am in line with the vision of COMMEET to empower communities by improving vocational trainings, because change is needed and change is only possible by creating good relationships among the involved partners.

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Luc Vandeput

Education | Educational expert at KU Leuven | Belgium

In and through COMMEET, we meet, think, discuss, share, develop, emancipate… we’ll make a relevant difference!

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Y P Chawla

PhD in Skill Gaps in Power Sector | Republic of India

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Ahmed I.A. Yameogo

Financial expert at MÂÂM group | Burkina Faso

Help to grow

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Engr. Elias Kanchon

Trainer on ARM, textile engineer | Bangladesh

I am really happy to be a friend of COMMEET. I really feel proud if I can work with you.

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Adama Zanga

etudiant | Burkina Faso

COMMEET is an opportunity to be helpful for my community and get experiences from others.

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Igor Arzhenovskiy

Coordinator, RCE Nizhny Novgorod | Russia

It is interesting to engage in projects in the field of sustainable development and TVET, especially at the regional level (Nizhny Novgorod Region, Volga Basin)

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Philippe Giblot Ducray

Junior engineer Emineo Ltd | Mauritius Island

I want to dedicate my time to promoting local community empowerment and sustainable development by providing them with the right tools and motivation. I am an optimist at heart and have faith in our future.

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Andrey Dakhin

Education expert, researcher RCE Nizhny Novgorod | Russia

International collaboration projects in the field of regional SD and TVET, especially regarding to aspects of SD of contemporary city agglomeration, social and creative communities of agglomeration are important.

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Marcel van Kasteren

Entrepreneurship start-up coach at Starters Centre Limburg, the Netherlands

COMMEET contributes to the worldwide development of entrepreneurship by connecting local needs, education & business into one framework where people can learn from each other and improve their living conditions in a true sustainable way.

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Yvon Prince

Mediation | Owner Prince&Advies | the Netherlands

I am strongly motivated to heal rifts in society; finding a new balance between self- and common interests, by using commonalities and cherishing meaningful differences.

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Medjahed Boumediene Djaoued

Partnerships & Advocacy Analyst at UNFPA | Algeria

SDG's

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Monic Zwamborn

Mediation | Former medical doctor specialised in Child Health Care | the Netherlands

As a former child health care professional I know from experience that in a healthy community all share responsibility for their own future and that of their children.

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Guido Vandevenne

Technical Vocational Education and Training | Former director of technical vocational education school | Belgium

Promotion and support of vocational education is very important for our society and out future. Involvement and participation of the community are major elements.

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