Curriculum Vitae

Ans Zwerver (J.H.)


Gender: Female
Date of birth: 13 September 1955
Place of birth: Elburg, The Netherlands
Nationality: Dutch
Marital status: Cohabitation (legally registered)
Children: Daughter Sara (1985)


Director of Policy and Planning/Chef de Cabinet, OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina 2006 - present
Head of Provincial Election Office, Badghis, UNOPS/JEMBS Afghanistan Jun 05 - Nov 05
Long Term Observer, EUOM Ethiopia April 05- June 05
Head of Field Office, IOM Iraq OCV, CO Iran/FO Qom Jan 05 -Marc 05
Field Expert, EU Afghanistan Sep 04 - Nov 04
International Secretary, Green Left Party 2003 - 2004
Senator, Upper House of Dutch Parliament 1995 - 2003
Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 1999 - 2003
Member of the Benelux Parliament 1995 - 2003
Coordinator, senior Policy Advisor, Municipality Amsterdam 1994 - 2000
Policy Maker, Municipality Amsterdam 1992 - 1994
Project Manager, HIVOS/CORDAID The Hague 1991 - 1992
Project Developer, SNV, Cameroon 1984 - 1988
Trainer, Vocational School, Hengelo 1981 - 1984
Teacher, Special School for Mentally Disabled, Enschede 1975 - 1980


Memberships and Chairmanships

  • Chair of the Foundation for Sustainable Solidarity (since 2004);
  • Board member of the Amsterdam Centre for Reproductive and Sexual Health (2004-2005);
  • Vice chair of the Netherlands Institute South Africa (2000-2005);
  • Board member of Fair Trade Assistance (1997-2005);
  • Advisory board member of the Dutch Green Left party in Europe (1997-2005).
  • Member of the feminist network of the Dutch Green Left party (1991-1995).
  • Co-organiser European conference 'Nationalism, Racism and Gender in Europe', Amsterdam (1993).
  • Executive member of Prisma, a Dutch organisation that supports income-generating activities in developing countries.
  • Secretary/Treasurer of the regional special education board of the Dutch Teaching Union.

Awards and Honours

  • Honourable member of The Parliamentary Assembly of The Council of Europe


Master of Arts in Development Studies; Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, 1990
Modules: Alternative development movement and politics; politics of structural reforms, analysis and alternatives; global political economy and development; global governance; development.
Research paper: State, Religion & Family: The Turkish case from a feminist perspective.

Management course; CBBM, The Hague, 1988
Modules: Theory of organisations; strategic management, marketing and market research; business administration; communication.

Bachelor of Arts (Teacher Training), Doetinchem, the Netherlands, 1975

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