Hans joined the BEST Fund in January 2011 with over 25 years of work experience on the African continent in a variety of positions. He holds a degree in African Studies from Leyden University in the Netherlands with a focus on information flows in low literacy societies. As Fund Manager he is specialised in civic engagement in good governance and inclusive policy processes. His experience cuts across various sectors: health and education, human rights, extractive industries, small industries and rural development, and also includes less common development sectors: creative industries and the media sector. Partners that Hans has worked with range from grass-roots level initiatives up to policy research institutions and political society.