I am both an academic and (freelance) consultant. Over the years I have worked as a researcher, trainer, coach, and facilitator, mostly in the fields risk and crisis management and disaster risk reduction (DRR). I aim to enable both communities and public and private entities to embrace and engage change. Even sudden, unforeseen, and perceived hazardous change because this will make it possible for them to secure sustainability and progress in the face of a future that is more and more uncertain, complex and volatile. My work has been diverse, in the fields of disaster and risk reduction DRR, particularly social preparedness, to sustainable development. I have worked in various countries, including the Netherlands, Belgium, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Brazil, Chile, and the US, and languages (Dutch, English, and Spanish). The projects I work on are tailor-made and highly participatory since proper results can only be obtained when stakeholders take the lead to jointly go through relevant processes of change.