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Born in Paramaribo as the daughter of the late Johan Ferrier, 1st President of Suriname following independence, Kathleen Ferrier is well acquainted with the values, traditions and behavioural codes of disparate cultures. Like her father before her, Ms Ferrier’s dedication to uniting divisions is unequivocal.

With academic proficiency in Dutch, English, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese, her linguistic flexibility has furnished her with exceptional communication skills. The results of which can be seen in an impressive international network. Her mission is to realise equal opportunities for both men and women irrespective of race, colour and creed.

Living in South America from 1984 to 1994, she worked as an expert on international collaboration, initially in Chile and subsequently in Brazil. Upon her return to the Netherlands, she took on the post of Secretary General of SKIN: an organisation of migrant churches, and Secretary of the Latin American Mission of the Dutch Reformed Churches. Her inspirational and motivational approach was perceived as a gift of empowerment to all involved.

In 2002 she became member of Parliament.
In addition to her regular parliamentary work, Kathleen Ferrier served as OSCE Special Representative on Migration and participated in international delegations and assemblies including, UNGASS at the UN, the Global Forum on Migration and Development. Working visits were paid to Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine. A highly sought after keynote speaker, she is noted for her command of language and clear, compelling presentations.

She has operated training missions on democracy, development and empowerment for the Eduardo Frei Foundation of the Dutch CDA Party, and the NIMD: Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy. During the 2012 Atlantic Dialogues held in Rabat, Morocco, organised by the German Marshall Fund, Ms Ferrier spoke on migration.

Extensive travels throughout Africa and an affinity with Latin America and Northern Europe, both of which she regards as home, has afforded Kathleen Ferrier breadth of vision. With compassion and respect for human diversity, she also sees what unites us.

In 2012, recognised for her merits to society, Kathleen Ferrier was bestowed with the military and civil Dutch order of chivalry award: Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau. In 2011 she received the highest decoration awarded by Mexico to a foreign citizen: Order of the Aztec Eagle – Aguila Azteca.

After ten years as MP, Kathleen decided not to run for the elections in 2012, convinced as she is that democracy and politics are not strengthened by politicians who think they are irreplaceable.

She was asked to become one of the nine members of iERG, the independent Expert Review Group, appointed by the United Nations Secretary General to follow up and report on a yearly base on the developments regarding Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, MDG’s 4 and 5.

In 2013 Kathleen moved to Hong Kong, where she works at the Hong Kong Baptist University as lecturer Spanish and Spanish American Language and Culture and as lecturer Gender and Politics. She also teaches at the Lutheran Theological Seminay on Church and Society. 

She was appointed Honorary Professor of the Global Practice for Human Rights, at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangaldesh.

She is an ambassador for The Mekong Club, that fights the business of modern slavery.  

As a member of its Sustainabiliy Council she is involved in the European Chamber of Commerce.

As co-founder of Bright Hong Kong she is actively promoting a space in Hong Kong to discuss and promote societial issues and their interrelatedness.

Committed to promote democracy and equal rights she is a consultant for the National Democratic Institute, MySoP, the Myanmar School of Politics, and other democracy promoting organsiations, like the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

She is a sought after public speaker, master of ceremony and she writes columns and articles on international relations and politics with a focus on what is happening in Hong Kong, China and South East Asia. 

 

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6 augustus jl, was ik in Hiroshima en stond aan de oever van de rivier waar duizenden mensen kleurige lampionnen te water lieten. Al die lampionnen droegen een boodschap van vrede. Vrede voor de stad Hiroshima, die op die dag exact 72 jaar geleden in...  |  read blog »
 
 
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