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Michael van Koesveld

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Michael is a senior-level strategic leader with strong management, negotiation and operational experience in the human services and community sectors.

He has extensive experience in supporting high-performing organisations to achieve ambitious objectives in challenging contexts in Australasia, East Africa, the Middle East, South-East Asia and Europe.

Influential work

  • Facilitated collective impact strategies for multiple organisations committed to addressing the needs of refugees and people seeking asylum
  • Led operational transformation processes with human service organisations in Western Australia, and directed successful change management initiatives to increase productivity and impact
  • Designed and delivered major funding strategies for international humanitarian organisations to achieve a major increase in community access to essential services
  • Designed and managed a range of human service programs including healthcare, housing, mental health, protection, and other social programs
  • Led community and stakeholder consultations with marginalised communities in Australia and internationally
  • Conducted organisational and program evaluations in Afghanistan, Australia, Northern Ireland, and more.

Outside of Nous

Before joining Nous, Michael enjoyed a career in the international humanitarian and development sectors working with communities in Australasia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, South-East Asia and the United Kingdom. His career has included leadership roles with the British Red Cross, Save the Children, and CARE International; and most recently, the Association of Services for Torture and Trauma Survivors in WA.

Michael has also been privileged to work as a social worker and counsellor in Australia; working with individuals, families and communities affected by forced migration, mental illness, marginalisation, and poverty. He holds a Master of Science (security studies – first place) from the University College of London; a Master of Science (humanitarian management – first place) from the University of Liverpool, and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of WA.

In his spare time...

Michael loves travelling with his wife, eating with his friends, and reading with his cats (in that order). He also enjoys horse-riding and making unfulfilled plans to be more active.


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