Making policies work

Jeske van Seters

  • Private sector engagement for sustainable development in Africa
  • Trade and aid for trade
  • Agriculture and food security
  • Eu development cooperation
  • Policy coherence for sustainable development
  • Regional integration


Jeske van Seters, a Dutch national, is Head of Programme for the Private Sector Engagement team, Economic and Agricultural Transformation programme and is particularly interested in ways to leverage the private sector for sustainable development in Africa. Jeske is also a member of the ECDPM management team.

Her current work activities relate mainly to public-private dialogue and cooperation, responsible business conduct in regional and global value chains and financial instruments for private sector development.

Previously, she was Deputy Head of ECDPM’s Food Security Programme (2012-2016) and Policy Officer Development Policy and International Relations (2008-2011). Jeske conducts policy-oriented research, provides independent advice and facilitates dialogue. She engages with a broad range of actors, including policy-makers and development practitioners in Europe and Africa, as well as private sector and civil society representatives.

Prior to joining ECDPM in 2008, Jeske worked for UNDP in Djibouti, the Directorate General Development of the European Commission in Brussels, CDR-ULA in Costa Rica and SEO Economic Research in Amsterdam. Jeske holds Masters Diplomas in Development Economics from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne.

External publications and contributions

    EU trade policy for sustainable food systems

    Publications | Published on 16-10-2020

    EU trade policy for sustainable food systems

    Publications | Published on 16-10-2020

    Jeske van Seters

    Head of Programme Private Sector Engagement | Economic and Agricultural Transformation Programme




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