Fleur Ravensbergen is onderdirecteur en medeoprichter van de Dialogue Advisory Group, een Nederlandse organisatie die bemiddelt in gewapend conflict....
Onderhandelen met terroristen, gewapende groepen ontwapenen en bemiddelen in de lastigste conflicten ter wereld met als doel geweld te verminderen. Niet veel mensen hebben zo’n trackrecord, Fleur Ravensbergen doet het al vanaf haar 25ste.
Fleur Ravensbergen is onderdirecteur en medeoprichter van de Dialogue Advisory Group, een Nederlandse organisatie die bemiddelt in gewapend conflict. Zij is een gedreven spreker met een objectieve aanpak. In haar werk voert ze gesprekken met leden van gewapende groepen met als doel om het geweld te stoppen.
Daarnaast is ze coördinatrice van de International Verification Commission die het staakt het vuren van ETA, de Baskische separatisten groep, monitort en geeft ze les aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Haar ervaring als onderhandelaar heeft ze onder andere opgedaan in projecten in de Democratische Republiek Congo, waar ze onderhandelde met een rebellengroep in een afgelegen gebied in de jungle, en in Irak, waar ze werkte aan de status van een bestreden olierijk gebied. Ze was in 2010 onderdeel van een klein team dat een groep in Noord Ierland ontwapende en werkt hier nog steeds met leden van gewapende groepen die in de gevangenis zitten.
Fleur is een bevlogen maar ingetogen spreker met een no-nonsense aanpak en een voorliefde om met haar publiek te delen hoe ze als mens en als professional haar werk doet in een context die gekarakteriseerd wordt door geweld.
In June 2014 Marieke Westgeest was interviewed by OHIM in order to provide her view on the new policy of our European Office. Marieke was chosen to speak in this interview for promotional purposes. She speaks very self-confidently with a lot of empathy , easy to understand and to the point, even on technical issues. She is an assertive personality with high degree of common sense combined with the right human comprehension for the real important things. How does she come across for the camera? She looks comfortable in public speaking, is photogenic and has a pleasant voice. Is she a good speaker? She is definitely a very charismatic speaker, who can address any public and will be able to act convincing and sympathic.
“I had the opportunity to listen to Fleur Ravensbergen speak at the Friendship and Conflict discussion hosted by De Balie in June of last year. The discussion topic was an original one and the...
"Castrum Peregrini organises its activities programme in thematic strands, shedding light on its history as a hiding place during WWII with regards to pressing issues of society today. In 2013 the...
"Fleur Ravensbergen has been a guest lecturer over the past several years in the Masters Program in Conflict Resolution and Governance at the University of Amsterdam. We have come to depend on Fleur ...
“I had the opportunity to listen to Fleur Ravensbergen speak at the Friendship and Conflict discussion hosted by De Balie in June of last year. The discussion topic was an original one and the three panel members approached the subject from varying angles. Coming from very different cultural backgrounds, the Filipino and Cameroonian speaker that preceded Fleur gave fascinating accounts of how friendship was perceived in the particular cultural (and conflict) contexts to which they each belonged. As someone from a peaceful European country addressing a sizable Dutch audience, it was a difficult act to follow.
But Fleur quickly got the audience's attention. In the confident yet unassuming tone and style that characterizes her, she skillfully drew in the audience by basing her presentation on her personal experiences with friendship and conflict. Her unique experiences in having to engage with violent individuals in places like the Congo proved both fascinating as well as highly entertaining for all of the audience. Her funny anecdotes on dealing with tough yet charming dissident Republican prisoners in Northern Ireland, in particular, were one specific highlight which everyone obviously enjoyed. Most importantly, Fleur proved skilled at drawing out the various challenges, tensions and dilemmas that a job such as ours entails. Presented in a clear, yet entertaining way, I thought she did an exceptional job at adjusting her speech to her specific audience. The talk was the perfect balance of intellectually challenging, personally-based and simply entertaining.
While I had worked closely with Fleur for over a year by that time, I had never seen her speak in public to a large audience. I was truly impressed. In our specific (and very small) field of work, most people involved don't have the ability to explain what we do to a wider audience. When they do it either sounds too informal or exaggeratedly grandoise. Fleur has managed to find the right tone and she presents it brilliantly. I hope that she has many further opportunities to share the unique experiences she has. I believe there is much to learn from the kind of work we do that is applicable to anyone irrespective of their work or background.”
"Castrum Peregrini organises its activities programme in thematic strands, shedding light on its history as a hiding place during WWII with regards to pressing issues of society today. In 2013 the programme with the title My Friend. My Enemy. My Society. addressed the role of friendship for freedom and culture. The activities embraced an exhibition, publications, theatre, lectures, debates and much more. Castrum Peregrini co-operates in these programme with many national and international partner. For a symposium about friendship in areas of conflict in the well-known Amsterdam centre for public debate Castrum Peregrini co-operated with The Prince Claus Funds and the Dialogue Advisory Group.
Castrum Peregrini was very privileged to have Fleur Ravenbergen as a speaker and panellist in this symposium. She gave a fascinating account of her work at the Dialogue Advisory Group that was both analytical and personally motivated, which made an abstract theme accessible for a broad audience. Fleur is a well-informed, thoroughly prepared and illusive speaker, sovereign in her appearance and careful in her formulations. The lecture was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Andrew Makkinga in which Fleur entered in a conversation with Aburedwan (Palestine) en George Ngwane (Cameroon). This conversation proved her experience in tuning into divers subjects, cultures and reference systems while maintaining a clear and distinct own voice.
We would like to recommend Fleur as a speaker beneficial for various audiences and I would also like to stress that we would invite Fleur at any suitable occasion in our own programme again."
"Fleur Ravensbergen has been a guest lecturer over the past several years in the Masters Program in Conflict Resolution and Governance at the University of Amsterdam. We have come to depend on Fleur for an annual lecture on the topic of mediation in international settings. This occurs in a seminar on conflict resolution and governance practices at the domestic and international levels. Fleur has not disappointed us with regard to her generosity in taking the time to talk with students or in her ability to deliver an engaging and insightful talk.
One facet of Fleur’s succsss in these lectures is that she clearly knows her field. She has a solid command of the workings of mediation. This command means that Fleur is not tied to one approach to presenting the material. She is able to respond flexibly to the students’ interests as they vary from year to year and still ensure that the essential features of mediation practice come out and are discussed. The students walk away with a grasp of core features and a clear understanding of some additional ‘landmarks’ that they can use to make sense of other cases of mediation practice.
What sets Fleur’s sessions apart, however, is that she is able to convey to students the ‘view from the driver’s seat.’ She is confident enough to talk directly and candidly about her experience with mediation. Her willingness to share the moments of uncertainty when she did not know exactly what would happen or what to do gives students a feel for the way in which doubt and creativity are joined in these critical moments in practice. This insight helps students not only to advance their understanding of mediation, but also their grasp what it means to act effectively in setting of conflict that are marked by fear and doubt. I don’t know what could be more valuable for Masters students at this point in their development."