Joop is currently Senior Director of Development at the University of California Santa Cruz Library. Prior to this, he has worked as Development Director for the Firelight Foundation and has done programmatic work for numerous local as well as international non profits. His first job out of college was based in a South African township from 1997- 2000 where he launched a successful HIV/AIDS organization with local volunteers. This work heavily influenced Joop’s strong belief in the power of grassroots development and respect for local knowledge. Joop is also a professional photographer and his work has been published by the numerous International Development Agencies such as the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Hilton Foundation, Firelight Foundation, and others. Joop has a law degree from the University of Ghent, Belgium as well as a Masters in International Development from the University of South Africa. Joops chairs the Development Committee and also is a member of TIP’s Nominating Committee.
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