Global Talk: The world is getting better

25 oktober 2018 12:45 t/m 14:00 - Locatie: CEG Lecture Hall F - Door: Meike van Ginneken - CEO of SNV, an international development organization

How can we use data as an antidote to negativity and hopelessness?

Reading newspapers and watching TV leaves you with a feeling of doom and gloom. Epidemics, natural disasters, hunger, and violence seem to be everywhere every day. However, looking at the data over the past decades shows a different and more hopeful picture. It shows that while the situation certainly is bad for some people, at the same time things can be getting better for billions of others. How can we use data as an antidote to negativity and hopelessness? 

About our speaker


Meike van Ginneken has been innovating in complex environments for over twenty years. Since January 1, 2018, she is CEO of SNV, an international development organization with specialist expertise in Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. Before working at SNV, Van Ginneken served as the World Bank’s Water Manager for South Asia. Van Ginneken holds Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering (TU Delft) and in Change Management and started her career with the NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF). In 2002 she joined the World Bank and since then has held several positions in the water, agriculture, and energy sectors.  

Meike van Ginneken


In the Global Talk, thought leaders on global development share their ideas. Ideas on how the academic community, policy makers, and business sector can work together and use science and technology to find concrete solutions to worldwide problems. 

The Global Talks are organized by TU Delft | Global Initiative