||Birgitte Beelen started her professional career as a lecturer in Dutch language and
trainer in communication skills, graduated subsequently in organisation psychology
and special education theory and completed a post-graduate course in clinical psychology
at the Groningen University. Birgitte is managing director of SYNTAGMA,
a practice for therapy, mediation, coaching and training. After having worked at the Child Protection
Agency of the Dutch Ministry of Justice and having been Head Treatment & Education of a
Penitentiary Institution for children and adolescents, she now also works as a manager in
the public mental healthcare domain and is court expert in psychology for the International
Criminal Court. Having gained considerable experience in high conflict cases and specialized
in treatment of psychotrauma, Birgitte became Cross Border Mediator at the IKO – International
Child Abduction Centre and the TIM- European Network for Child Abduction. Birgitte is an active
member of the NIP – Dutch Institute of Psychologists, the NVRG – Dutch Institute for
Relationship & Family Therapy, the APMF – French Family Mediation Association. She speaks
English, French and Dutch.
||Linda Reijerkerk is managing director and trainer at the Centre for Conflict Management (CvC).
Linda developed and gave training courses throughout her entire professional life; in the beginning as an international consultant
on all of the continents. The past 10 years as a trainer for people who are curious about mediation or would like to become a mediator.
Being a certified mediator, she has more than 10 years of experience in complex mediation cases. She holds a Masters Degree in
Dispute Resolution of the ADR Institute of the University 0f Amsterdam. Initially she graduated as an anthropologist followed
by a bachelor degree in Environmental Science. Linda is a mediator at the Dutch State Council. Linda Reijerkerk is also the vice-chairman
of EMNI, the European Network of Mediators and of the Foundation for Mediation in Ecology and Territorial Planning and is a member
of the board of several professional mediation organisations. Linda speaks 6 languages.
||Els Kim-Meijer graduated in law from the University of Groningen. She is active as a family-law lawyer for 18 years now at
Kim Meijer Law Firm and works as a divorce mediator as well. Els works as a cross
border mediator for the Mediation Agency, which is a division of the International Child Abduction Centre. She has gained
considerable (procedural and mediation) experience in complex (international) divorce and child abduction cases In her practice,
emphasis is placed on the position of children. Els is also active as a guest lecturer at recognized training institutes in the
field of family law and civil procedural law. Els is a member of the Dutch Association of Family Lawyers and Divorce Mediators,
Collaborative Divorce Holland, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Dutch Association of child abduction
lawyers and Reunite. Els holds a Masters Degree in English language as well.