Elker Van der Valk

Consultant Regionalisation at Fontys University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands)

CV summary

As Consultant Regionalisation at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, Elke is responsible for connecting Fontys as knowledge partner to the regions in the South of the Netherlands. Besides that she is also a consultant for the SDGs and advises the institutions of Fontys on how to integrate SDGs into education; research. She is part of the SDG Coalition that was created amongst UAS’ in June 2018 and coordinates the platform www.sdgsonstage.nl, which is created to connect students, teachers and businesses through SDG-related content and internships. She is multilingual, and the reach of her work is intercontinental: she has been the Erasmus+ Coordinator at Fontys, coordinated grants and scholarships at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and overseen European projects at Casa de la India, bringing European and Indian cultures closer together through educational, cultural and cooperation projects. She also travelled widely during and after her undergraduate studies, serving as an intern in Tanzania and France and earning her
international Bachelor’s degree in international tourism, management and consultancy in Breda, the Netherlands. Elke is currently a Steering group member in the Expert Community Employability of the European Association of International Education. She is an enthusiastic, internationally-oriented professional who believes in improving the world through cooperation projects.


  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

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  • Generalitat de Catalunya