Nelleke van de Walle

Nelleke van de Walle

Project Director, Great Lakes

Crisis Group Role

Nelleke van de Walle is the project director for the Great Lakes region, covering Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. She joined Crisis Group in April 2019 and is based in Nairobi. 

Professional Background

Prior to joining Crisis Group, Nelleke was a Dutch diplomat in The Hague and Kinshasa and worked for the UN peacekeeping mission MONUSCO in the DRC. She was a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and worked for a major consultancy firm in Kenya.

She holds master’s degrees in both History and International Relations from the University of Groningen and received a scholarship for a postgraduate course at the Clingendael Institute of International Relations.


  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • Swahili (basic)

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