Jeske van Seters, a Dutch national, is Deputy Head of Programme for the Food Security Programme. Her research and facilitation work relates mainly to the areas of regional markets for agricultural development and food security in Africa, aid for trade, and the institutional architecture and policies for EU external action, particularly EU development cooperation. Prior to joining ECDPM in 2008, she worked for UNDP in Djibouti as a programme officer for three years. In that function, she was responsible for projects that focussed on reforming the national statistical system, strengthening aid coordination and management and promoting gender mainstreaming. In 2004 and 2005, Jeske worked for the Directorate General Development of the European Commission in Brussels on development and trade issues related to the Southern African region. She also worked in Costa Rica and Nicaragua for the consultancy firm CDR-ULA, where she conducted research on micro credits for female entrepreneurs. Finally, Jeske has two and a half years of experience working for SEO Economic Research in Amsterdam, where she conducted applied quantitative and qualitative economic research, with policy makers and practitioners as commissioning bodies. Jeske holds Masters Diplomas in Development Economics from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne.