Staff and associates


Huib Cornielje, director  … trained as a physical therapist he worked for 10 years in various rehabilitation programmes in South Africa. He is the founder and director of Enablement, with many years of experience in training, evaluations and research in Community Based Rehabilitation.



Marije Cornielje, research coordinator  … is trained in the field of development sociology and research methodology with a broad interest in the fields of public health, wellbeing, politics and vulnerable groups. She has working experience in Nepal, Bangladesh, Ireland, Malawi and Nigeria in programme evaluation and research in inclusive water management and leprosy-related stigma.



Mirian Wester, development officer  … trained as social worker and in the field of international development, with working experience in the mental health sector. She conducted research in the Philippines on Disability Inclusive- Disaster Risk Reduction, and believes that bridging the gap between policy and practice is necessary when striving for an inclusive society.

Angelique Kester, RehApp project coordinator  … is an occupational therapist and has worked in Vietnam since 2006 in capacity development of service providers working with children with disabilities and their families. Besides Enablement, she is working in pediatric rehabilitation. Her passion is to increase participation of children with disabilties in daily life and empowering caregivers, which is urgently needed in low resource areas.



Evert Veldman  … an occupational therapist with training and work experience in Asia and anglophone and francophone Africa who believes that participation in everyday occupations is one of the most powerful means to help people overcome internal and external disabling conditions. Together with Huib he wrote “The Dream of Inclusion for All"



Joyce den Besten  … with her experience stretching from ‘hands on’ nursing in a hospital to researching the area of disability and development Joyce is eager to contribute her expertise to Enablement. She believes that CBR and participatory research is the combination necessary to improve the lives of persons with a disability.


Roelie Wolting … recently resigned as coordinator of the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development and wants to utilize again her expertise in the fields of CBR and (pediatric) physiotherapy. Her Asian experience, especially gained in Indonesia and Vietnam, makes her an highly valued CBR trainer and consultant.


Marieke Boersma  … is a physiotherapist and medical anthropologist and has lived and worked in Ethiopia since 2002. She currently is a CBR consultant for Light For The World and is highly motivated to get the issue of protection of children with disabilities on the agenda of organizations working in the fields of disability, children and especially CBR.

Johan Velema… an academician who incorporated reflective reasoning in his daily routines after years of working as a consultant for The Leprosy Mission International. He’s one of our experts in Monitoring and Evaluation.


Han Verhoeven… inspired by her experiences in Chad from 1996-1999 she works with a management training and consultancy firm specialized in development cooperation. Besides, she is partner in the Perspectivity Network, and a specialist in Training of Trainers and Facilitation skills.

Fiona MacLeod Budge… originating from New Zealand she completed a Masters degree in Medical Anthropology and Sociology, has her own Communication and Training Methodology Consultancy, and works as a lecturer at the VU University in Amsterdam.



Karin Schepman  … is eager to utilize her expertise as a physiotherapist, gained in Tanzania, Zambia and Papua New Guinea. She works in a private practice in Amsterdam, is a lecturer and supervisor for international students at the Amsterdam School of Health Professions (HvA). Her credo is: 'Begin with what there is and build on what is known'.


Hanke Drop …worked as a physiotherapist in Namibia, studied Arabic language and Islam and is the owner of drOpinie: a consultancy agency in the field of diversity, Islam & the Arabic world. She tries to build bridges between people of different cultures to find common grounds in understanding disability.



Anthony Rombach… an occupational therapist and certified orthotist and prosthetist (CPO) with a strong passion for equality. His drive is to facilitate the development of orthopedic workshops and offer education in lower-income countries. His passion is to share technical knowledge and experience with the aim to empower disabled people to move freely and independently.



Henk van Apeldoorn…is passionate about working at a grassroots level to enable people in lobbying and advocacy. That’s what he did together with his wife Han in Chad, that’s what he still does today with his projects in Wajir, Kenya. An out-of-the-box thinker with thousands of ideas.