The Rodolfo Rivas Project

The Rodolfo Rivas Project

Colette van der Ven

October 11, 2021

Season 3 Episode 13 – Colette van der Ven. Founder and Director of TULIP – a Geneva-based consulting firm.

Colette is an international lawyer with expertise in trade and development. In her work, she advises governments and international organizations on leveraging legal and regulatory frameworks to promote inclusive and green development. Colette holds a Juris Doctor from the Harvard Law School and Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College.

In our conversation, she talks about how she got interested in impactful change to better the living standards of others. At first, this was in the direction of becoming a medical doctor, but soon after, it moved into trade and inclusive and green development. As she went from one professional experience to another, she did it systematically towards a very clear goal in mind- helping others. She founded and served as the director for Sidley Austin’s pro bono program – the Trade for Development Initiative. All this led her to create TULIP, where she spends most of her time. Although TULIP is just a few years old, it keeps growing and doing impactful work, being almost a synthesis of all the work Colette has been doing all along. Lastly, Colette tells us about her passion for helping younger generations discover their path, something she will be doing this semester as she teaches at the Graduate Institute.

It was a pleasure talking to Colette.

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