> As a sociologist specialized in non-western societies Yvonne adds the (non-) governmental flavor to our team. Over the years she has trained and coached thousands of professionals from an impressive number of countries in enhancing their intercultural effectiveness with great pleasure and success. <

Yvonne van der Pol was born in a typical Dutch polder, 1.5 meter below sea-level. Early in life she spread her wings, to study in the United States and to conduct anthropological fieldwork in Costa Rica. She worked for over 10 years in the field of international cooperation, mainly focusing on Latin American and African countries.


In 2003 she successfully started her own business as an intercultural consultant, trainer and coach. Her passion is supporting professionals in optimizing the work relationships between persons from different cultures. She supports them in connecting to people with other cultural backgrounds, in performing in an international work environment, in managing uncertainty and last but not least in enjoying their intercultural encounters.

Since becoming an IRC-licensee in 2007 Yvonne collaborates closely with IBI, mainly on integrating diversity aspects in the IRC approach and in the development of the train-the-trainer workshops. Yvonne has become an IBI Associate in 2012.

Her most recent accomplishment is that she became a certified online and blended trainer in 2013. Nowadays, she designs and conducts blended intercultural training programs and interactive webinars, in close cooperation with IBI. Yvonne conducts training programs in Dutch, English and Spanish. She blogs about intercultural effectiveness on several websites and published her first book in 2017.

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