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Meyken is an expert in evidence based public policy making, policy evaluation and qualitative research methods.

She has a Phd in social and behavioral sciences and designed an evidence based ideal type model for public policy making.

She has a broad work experience, including in several Committees of inquiry into political and governmental high profile issues.

Furthermore, she is a well experienced and certified coach in nutrition and exercise, especially concerning healthy ageing.


Meyken has a broad interest in various topics, especially social and health related political and societal issues. She has the gift to thoroughly yet quickly dive into it.

Characteristic in her M.O. is the translation of scientifically based insights into practical solutions.

This hands on approach reflects her own career. On the one hand research and advise on complex social and political issues. On the other hand practical coaching of individuals and groups.


In the past, Meyken worked for several Dutch Committees of Inquiry. She was involved in the Committee of Inquiry into the Central Works Council of the National Police (Ruys Committee). Prior to that, she was the deputy research manager for the Dutch Committee of Inquiry into confiscation agreements (Oosting Committee I and II) and for the Committee of Inquiry into Sexual Abuse and Violence of minors in the Roman Catholic Church (Deetman Committee).

During that same period, she succesfully achieved her Phd within three years. Her dissertation concerns research into the relation between the quality of public policymaking and the ultimate effectiveness of public policy.

Furthermore, she started her company Flex Gym Mobile Health and Fitness that offers coaching in nutrition, exercise and especially in Healthy Ageing.

More information  LinkedIn Meyken Houppermans

Earlier, Meyken worked at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, ministry of Agriculture and ministry of Defense, in the field of policy research, political and policy advice, risk and management control and financial affairs.

Before that, she fulfilled several functions in the private and public sector, including as an advisor and coach in public policy making and evaluation and as a coach in human resource management. Parallel, since 1996 Meyken has worked as a coach in nutrition and sports specialised in healthy ageing.

In addition to working fulltime, Meyken studied in the evening hours. She obtained a Bachelor in Business Administration in Human Resources Management at Hogeschool Rotterdam (2004), followed by a Master of Science in Sociology (2006) and a post Master of Science in Policy Research (2008) at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2011 she obtained a Phd in Social and Behavioural Sciences, with a groundbreaking research into the relation between the quality of public policymaking and the effectiveness of public policy.

Parallel, Meyken succesfully completed several courses in the field of coaching, nutrition and exercise, specializing in healthy ageing and coaching seniors.

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