Maaike de Langen

Program Head, Justice for All

Maaike de Langen is currently Program Head, Justice for All, which is part of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies project at New York University's Center on International Cooperation. She has over fifteen years of experience leading national and international programs and teams in the areas of Governance, Rule of Law and Legal Empowerment. She has worked in the Netherlands, Mali, Chad and New York.

Maaike started her career as a researcher and project manager with the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance, and Development (Leiden University), where she worked on a legal cooperation project between the Netherlands and Mali and did socio-legal research in the North of Mali on local courts and on the effects of decentralization on land governance.

She joined the United Nations Development Program as program officer for governance and human rights in the Chad Country Office and later became business analyst in New York. As policy specialist on Legal Empowerment of the Poor for UNDP in New York, she was involved in drafting the Report of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor and created UNDP's first global project on Legal Empowerment of the Poor.

Maaike then returned to The Hague and became first advisor to the National ombudsman of the Netherlands. She led and shaped the Department for Strategy and Policy to significantly enhance the strategic capacity of the National ombudsman institute.

She returned to Mali in 2014, where she designed the Dutch bilateral program on Security and Rule of Law in Mali for the period 2014-2018. Major components of this program were support to the successful community paralegal program of Malian NGO Deme So and bringing together actors from the criminal justice chain in the post-conflict setting of Northern Mali to enhance cooperation at the local level.

She currently lives in New York city with her husband and two daughters.