“Marije’s contribution has been of tremendous value to our work.

A particular strong suit is her ability to translate abstract research findings into a clear and meaningful message, adapted to the intended audience. As a researcher, Marije applies high quality research standards.

She writes well and has excellent presentation skills. She is an independent thinker, coordinates her work well and always meets her commitments. It is a pleasure to work with her.”

MARIEKE DE WAL, Managing director Partnerships Resource Centre

“Marije Balt is a passionate teacher and an experienced professional in diplomacy and international relations. She has taught International Relations (IR) courses at Webster Leiden Campus for the last five years, during which I oversaw her teaching as the academic director. Her classes were always popular among students, thanks to her enthusiasm, excellent knowledge of IR combining theory and practice, and the ability to convey information clearly and effectively.

She never hesitates to go the extra mile to make a positive difference for students.”

ISLAM QASEM, Former Academic Director, Webster University

“Our anniversary event was a great success thanks to the role of Marije Balt. She came well prepared and provided useful inputs into the formulation and selection of thought-provoking topics for discussion. She was committed to and well versed with the theme (youth employment) and up-to-date on recent developments.

Marije was able to improvise when necessary and proved very creative at filling time if a speaker finished earlier than expected. We are very satisfied with her performance as a moderator of our event.”

(via speakers agency ZijSpreekt)


“Marije is an innovative, creative and hands-on professional, with a true entrepreneurial spiritand it translatesin SpringFactor. She helped Spark’s staff find ways to operate effectively in the most complex environments.

Thanks to Marije’s analytical and pragmatic skills she proved capable of developing successful concepts and ideas, initiating projects and building support bases to for launch, like in Mali, is one example. We also appreciate her as an excellent trainer, moderator and effective matchmaker in the fields of peacebuilding and conflict prevention. Her reliability and openness to feedback makes her a great partner to work with.”

YANNICK DU PONT, Director Spark

“Working with Marije Balt is always rewarding. She pairs strong analytical skills with a pragmatic attitude. This helps her to find a way forward in the complex situations associated with conflict prevention and resolution. Marije is a team player who is known for her high personal integrity.

Her wide experience has served her well and the proposals she presents are usually refreshingly innovative.She never ceased to amaze me. And in addition to all that she also has a great sense of humor!”

LAETITIA VAN DEN ASSUM, Former Ambassador for the Kingdom of the Netherlands

“Marije Balt is an outstanding diplomat, specialising in conflict management and with in-depth knowledge of fragile states, particularly in Africa and the Balkans. I worked with Marije on several occasions, also in Kosovo.

She was able to question all assumptions and propose creative solutions. She is hands on and concrete. She has humor and knows how to present arguments. Combined with her networking skills and strong drive, she makes good things happen.”

JAIME DE BOURBON PARME, UNHCR advisor and former ambassador for the Kingdom of the Netherlands

“During the set up and execution of Project Common Effort, Marije showed her abilities to bridge the gaps between organisations and individuals.

Her flexibility, devotion, people skills and ability to inspire enabled the steering committee of the project to integrate new ideas and get the commitment of various national and international partners.”

JACO BROSKY, Former Commander and strategic advisor at the Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

“Marije was very passionate about her work in Kenya.

She used to analyse situations objectively and decisively. She was a very social person who interacted freely with people at all levels, all protocols observed. For that matter, I found working with her very interesting.”