Jessica leads our work on climate security and conflicts around access and protection of land, water and forests.
She works closely with country teams to develop and improve the understanding and approaches to reducing conflicts due to climate change and competition over natural resources.
Jessica is a project manager for the Water, Peace and Security partnership and the Sida funded project ‘Turning up the heat: Exploring the linkages between climate, conflict and natural resource management’.
Before joining Alert, Jessica worked with ActionAid International, where she provided strategic leadership on the organisation’s resilience programme and advocacy work, all through a women’s leadership lens. Prior to that, she worked with organisations such as HelpAge International, the UN Mission in South Sudan, CARE Somalia, CARE South Sudan, Cordaid and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Jessica holds an MA in Advanced Development Studies from Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands), an MA in Governance and Development from University of Antwerp (Belgium) and a combined MSc and BSc in Public Administration from Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands).