Bram Dijkstra supports the work of the Open Society European Policy Institute on elections and democratization, security governance, and gender in Africa. He joined the Open Society Foundations in August 2014.
Before joining the Open Society Foundations, Dijkstra worked for the Gender and Social Development Unit of the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam and for the Climate and Energy team of Greenpeace Netherlands as a trainee. He also conducted field research for the Tanzanian NGO, Sauti Moja, on sexual and reproductive health rights among the Maasai.
Dijkstra holds an MSc in social anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His dissertation addressed labor unrest in South Africa’s platinum-belt and its eruption in the Marikana Massacre of 2012. He received a BA in liberal arts from Utrecht University College. Before and during his studies, Dijkstra lived in Singapore, South Africa, and Tanzania. He speaks Afrikaans, Dutch, English, and German, and has knowledge of French and Kiswahili.