Jael van der Heijden is currently Executive Director and started as Director of programs at Dance4Life in 2013. She holds a MSc in Econometrics and a MSc with honours in International Development. After a short career in the business sector, she now brings 15 years of experience in the development sector, including at Oxfam Netherlands and Aids Fonds.
At Dance4Life she combines her passion for personal leadership and her drive for impact into Dance4Life’s newly designed Youth Empowerment Model. Dance4Life ‘s promise to the world is to empower 5 million young people to take personal leadership in their sexual lives by 2030 and contribute to a decrease in HIV, unwanted pregnancies and gender based violence. With the social franchise structure that will bring the Youth Empowerment Model to scale, Dance4Life aims to bring innovation and local ownership to the development sector. Dance4Life currently works in almost 20 countries, spread over 4 continents: Africa, Asia, Europa and Latin America.