Tessa de Geus
Tessa de Geus

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Advisor social and urban innovation

Tessa de Geus

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As a social innovation advisor and researcher at Kennisland, Tessa de Geus focuses on what it is governments and civil society++Civil societyAdmittedly a contentious concept, civil society in this context is considered to be the grey area between the government and the private sector, where communities of citizens are linked by common interests and collective activity. need in working towards a just and sustainable organisation of society. Her interest in subterranean politics and how these powers relate to established structures is the starting point for her work. She currently works on the European Social Innovation Competition, Amsterdammers, Maak je Stad! (Amsterdammers, Make your City!) and Open Overheid in de Praktijk (Implementing Open Government). 

Before joining Kennisland, Tessa helped design local development strategies for IDPs++IDPsThe term Internally Displaced People (IDPs) is used to indicate refugees who are displaced within their own country. in Ethiopia, worked with the civil society team at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York, and conducted research for the public and private sector in Africa at consultancy firm Berenschot International in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Aspiring to contribute towards global justice, she now leverages this experience by focusing on empowering civil society, particularly in the urban environment. Meanwhile, Tessa hopes to continuously deepen her knowledge of multilevel governance and bottom-up politics.

Tessa holds a Master’s degree in Global Politics and Global Civil Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Previous to her graduate studies, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Anthropology and Social Geography from the University College Utrecht, with a minor in Political Philosophy from Sciences Po Paris.

Tessa is a certified dance teacher and you will often find her in the dance or yoga studio. At the moment she is enrolled in a tap dance course, in a serious attempt to become the new Ginger Rogers++Ginger RogersGinger Rogers was Fred Astaire’s most famous dance partner. For instance, check out this epic scene shot in one take.. In the summer, she often leaves the city to hike trails such as the Laugevur in Iceland or the Alta Via I in the Dolomites.

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