Ute Jansen is the new IIAS Deputy Director

01 January 2021

As of 1 January 2021, the International Institute for Asian Studies welcomes Ute Jansen as its new Deputy Director.

Ute Jansen has a longstanding experience as an executive manager in several development cooperation organisations including MSF, NUFFIC and Oxfam Novib. Besides collaborating with local partners on humanitarian projects, she was involved in higher education capacity building projects, with a special focus on Indonesia, Bangladesh and countries in Subsaharan Africa.

Her interest in Asia started 30 years ago with first a Master's degree in Japanese and Korean languages, and later, a position at the Embassy of Japan in Germany. After adding a Master's Programme in Humanitarian Assistance, Ute worked in numerous countries including Uganda and Burundi. Since 2004, she lives in the Netherlands.

Ute takes over from Willem Vogelsang who served IIAS as Deputy Director for more than 9 years. Willem plans to use his retirement to pursue his passion for researching, writing and curating.