Elodie van Sytzama

E-mail: [email protected]

Elodie is an IMO consultant since May 2016. She has worked for more than 10 years as a  consultant, trainer and coach with leadership and teams in international and Dutch public and private organizations, NGOs and IGOs. She focuses on designing, facilitating and monitoring more effective and inclusive mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution processes and dialogues for difficult and complex conversations. And she teaches others to do the same.

She has practiced law, negotiated and mediated, for more than 25 years. She graduated from the University of Leiden The Netherlands, in Business Law and worked as an attorney (HOUTHOFF). Subsequently she was manager and director in several Dutch multinational companies (AHOLD, ING), until she went to work for the International Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France, where she was in charge of the Mediation Secretariat operations. She went on to become the CEO  of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, for executive programs in mediation, negotiation and leadership (until 2008).

She received extensive training in mediation and negotiation at the Universities of Leiden and Amsterdam, the Institute of Politics and Law Shanghai, China, the Pepperdine University School of Law and the Project on Negotiation at Harvard University.

With Dr C.M.L Hille she wrote “Inleiding Mediation”(Introduction to Mediation), focussing on the skills of mediation in the context of international affairs in the broadest sense (including business), now digital but soon in a printed version. Elodie also teaches International Mediation at the Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management, University of Nijmegen and at the University of Amsterdam.

In 2017 she was the creative director to design and with a team of 25 volunteers create a-state-of-the-art international conference on horizontal leadership in peacebuilding processes.

She is the mother of two sons and lives in Amsterdam.