Education

  • Karthuizeracademie in Amsterdam, Personnel and Organisation, 1993
  • Graduated from the University of Amsterdam, department of Sociology of Labour and Organisation, 1999

Career

  • Board member Turkish Women’s Association (HTKB), 1991-1992
  • Representative in international trade union work in civil aviation sector
  • Social-cultural worker (for girls project) with the Turkish Women’s Association (HTKB) in Amsterdam, 1989-1990
  • Coordinator migrants’ consultation desk at the Bureau for Legal Assistance, responsible for three offices in Amsterdam, 1990-1992
  • Policy assistant welfare, city district de Baarsjes, 1990-1996; Vice-chairman entrepreneurial board of city district de Baarsjes
  • Dutch language lessons at Turkish Women’s Association (HKTB), 1990-1991
  • Community worker with the municipality of Amsterdam, 1990
  • Advisor to NCRV-documentary "De Zwarte Draad"; a television documentary about illegal sewing shops in the Netherlands, 1994
  • Board member Emancipation bureau Amsterdam, 1995-1998
  • Policy assistant ethnic minorities with FNV trade union, 1996-1999
  • Project coordinator youth secretariat FNV trade union, 1996-1997
  • Member of the core group Participation and Social Policy Quest (Zoektocht Participatie en Sociaal Beleid), Foundation for the Promotion of Social Participation, 1998
  • Municipal council member for GroenLinks in Amsterdam, March 1998 to November 2003
  • Panel member Social Participation Business sector of the National Centre for Community work (Landelijk Centrum Opbouwwerk), since 1999
  • Trade union leader/negotiator in Wholesale and Professional goods transport, FNV Bondgenoten trade union, 1999 to 2004
  • FNV Bondgenoten trade union leader and CAO (employment conditions) negotiator in the sector civil aviation covering KLM, Transavia, Martinair, Menzies Aviation, Aviapartner, AeroGround and GlobeGround, 2004 to May 2006
  • Vice-chairman GroenLinks, March 2005 - April 2006