Our pool of experts around the world combines international quality standards with local knowledge and respond to your working realities. We are continuously challenging ourselves to provide you with the best service possible. We consistently reflect on the quality of our work, and explore new approaches to keep abreast with our changing world. Our ISO 9001:2015 certification ensures that we apply a suite of widely recognised and professionally accepted management systems that are robust and reliable.
Did you know that MDF experts are both trainer and consultant?
Our experts are involved both in training and consultancy activities to ensure they maintain a close link with day-to-day practices in the field whilst staying up-to-date with the latest concepts. We believe this way of working enriches our training courses and keeps our experts at the forefront of emerging ideas and best practices.
We believe in an ever-changing world where there is a growing urgency to create more equitable societies, people who continue to develop themselves are best equipped to contribute towards making a sustainable difference.
Our mission is to foster competent professionals and improve the functioning of organisations and networks in order to increase their positive social impact.
Our core values (derived from the Rhineland Values)
- We value long-lasting connections. We believe a healthy relationship and concern for the human factor are vital to success.
- We consider trust as the basis for working together, between colleagues and in collaboration with partners and clients.
- We believe in acquiring crafts(wo)manship. Being experts in our own respective fields and motivating our partners and clients to set their ambitions high too.
In 1984 Henk van Loo, an expert in international co-operation noticed the strong focus on technical expertise in international development projects. However, he found that the managerial expertise to successfully run projects and achieve sustainable results was missing. Henk figured that by offering support in this field, international co-operation could reach higher levels. Using his entrepreneurial spirit he developed project management trainings and found the perfect location to offer these at his parents’ hotel in the forests of Ede, the Netherlands. The organisation was given its name 'Management for Development Foundation', in short 'MDF'. Other experts soon joined forces. From the introduction of the first project management training a whole range of training and consultancy services in the area of project, programme and organisational management followed. In 15 years MDF gained significant experience as learning facilitators through its training and consultancy services. By then it was time to widen the geographical spread of our services by creating a second office in Sri Lanka. In 2000 the name grew into ‘MDF Training & Consultancy’. We kept the well-known acronym ‘MDF’ followed by its core services ‘Training and Consultancy’. More offices followed and now MDF Training & Consultancy has offices in Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Belgium, DR Congo, Kenya, and Ghana. We also have two project offices in Benin and Rwanda. Meanwhile, the MDF Training & Consultancy in the Netherlands remains in Ede, where it all began.
Board of Directors MDF Training & Consultancy
The management team consists of two Managing Directors and the Finance Director, overlooking the daily activities.
Managing Directors - Mr Mike Zuijderduijn & Ms Ingrid Plag
Directors regional offices
The board of directors consists of directors and representatives for each office, responsible for activities in their respective regions
Managing Directors - Ms Ingrid Plag & Mr Mike Zuijderduijn
Director Netherlands office - Mr Dick van Blitterswijk
Director Sri Lanka office - Ms Miriam Lindwer
Director Belgium office - Ms Maddalena Bearzotti
Interim manager Kenya office - Mr Willem Kevenaar
Director Vietnam office - Mr Matthijs van den Broek
Director DR Congo office - Mr Per Hedberg
Director Ghana office - Mr Richard Yeboah
Director Indonesia office - Mr Bart van Halteren
Director Bangladesh office - Mr Thilikan Sathasivam
Director Myanmar office - Ms Susanne van Lieshout
Mr Herman Snelder, Mr Mike Zuijderduijn, Ms Ingrid Plag and Mr Dick van Blitterswijk
Board of Advisers
Mr Kees Zevenbergen - Director and Free Agent in International Cooperation, ConsultINQ
Mr Hidde van der Veer - Director Executive Education Erasmus School of Law
Ms Ans Voordouw - Independent Advisor Higher Education
Mr Paul van Aalst-Tjasker - Sustainable Investing and Business Development
Ms Catharien Terwisscha van Scheltinga - Researcher Alterra, Wageningen University and Research
Ms Anneke Slob- International Evaluation and Management Consultant