OUR CORE TEAM

THERA VAN OSCH
THERA VAN OSCHDirector OQ Consulting BV & Independent Consultant and Trainer

Thera van Osch is the founder of OQ Consulting BV. She is an economist and gender expert with over 30 years of worldwide experience in policy dialogue, project cycle management, capacity building, research and training.

ANA STEFANOVIC
ANA STEFANOVIC Senior Development Expert

Ana joined OQ Consulting in September 2019 and is a senior development expert with 15 years experience on social policies, child rights, gender equality and gender mainstreaming. She worked for the UN, EU, Council of Europe and in Civil Society Organisations in Asia, Latin America and South East Europe, and is fluent in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Serbian.

LIN MCDEVITT-PUGH
LIN MCDEVITT-PUGHIndependent Consultant

Lin is an award-winning writer and expert in building and using networks as resources. Her vision is that people with valuable ambitions work together, to empower each other and to empower society. Her book So You Think You Can’t Network is available in Dutch, Spanish and English as an e-book to OQ Consulting clients.

MARGHERITA SOFIA ZAMBELLI
MARGHERITA SOFIA ZAMBELLIAssociate Gender Expert

Margherita is involved in OQ Consulting as an associate gender expert. She has a Bachelor in Cultural and Linguistic Mediation and a Master in International development Cooperation and Relief Services. She is engaged in tendering, project management and gender trainings.

EMMA L. POPOVA
EMMA L. POPOVAMarketing Coordinator

Emma works with OQ Consulting as a Marketing Coordinator in charge of the strategic outreach as well as the image and visual representation of the OQ brand. Driven by passion for authentic brand messaging as well as social innovation and gender equality, Emma joined the team in 2019 hoping that her experience and drive will help OQ Consulting expand its impact.

LA KENYA HOUSTON
LA KENYA HOUSTON Associate Gender Expert

La Kenya Houston is a medical anthropologist, who joined OQ as an associated independent expert in 2019. She has over 8 years of experience in anthropological and medically-related research, and more than 10 years of clinical practice. In the past 25 years she built up a solid record as a trainer and consultant of language, education and inter-cultural understanding, particularly between the USA and Germany.

JOHANNA HACHMANN
JOHANNA HACHMANNAssociate Junior Consultant

Johanna joined OQ Consulting in 2016 as an associate junior consultant. She graduated at the University of Applied Sciences Kleve (Germany) as Bachelor ‘Gender and Diversity’. She is engaged in tendering and gender trainings.

CLAIRE LELOUP
CLAIRE LELOUPGender Expert Independent Consultant and Trainer

Claire Leloup is a social economic gender expert and trainer with over 25 years of experience in French and Portuguese speaking Africa. She has a strong record of gender mainstreaming in development cooperation.

BRIGITTA SCHEEPSMA
BRIGITTA SCHEEPSMA Associated Local Governance Expert

Brigitta is a philosopher with a master degree in spiritual care, specialised in ethics of care and altruism. As an activist for human rights she took initiatives, and has been engaged in many fields, including the rights of migrants, visualising unpaid care work, promoting social benefit policies with a holistic approach on social participation, and international solidarity. She is an expert in local governance, based on many years of experience as a member of the municipality council of Tytsjerksteradiel in Friesland (Netherlands).

JAN ATZE NIKOLAI
JAN ATZE NIKOLAIAssociated Local Governance Expert

Jan Atze is a writer and a poet with a long track record in the health sector and in local governance. He has been working as a healthcare manager and has solid experience in local governance as member of the municipality council, and as Alderman on sustainability of city of Leeuwarden (Netherlands). In politics he has been engaged for many years in issues related to the protection of the environment, to the paid and unpaid care sector and to basic income.

MATT HORNSBY
MATT HORNSBY SUPPORT TECHNICIAN

With several years of IT support experience, Matt serves as support technician and website developer for OQ Consulting.