Truus has over 25 years of experience in Communications with a specialisation in Sustainability and Communications. Before joining the IKEA Foundation as Chief Communications Officer, she was part of Unilever’s European Leadership team in Rotterdam as VP Sustainable Business and Communications. Prior to this, she led Unilever’s Global Issues, Crisis Management and Media Relations in London, and was also responsible for Unilever’s EU Affairs office in Brussels.
During her sabbatical she worked on a project to improve livelihoods of women plastic waste pickers in Mumbai, India.
Truus studied History and Management of International Organisations at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. She specialised in Sustainable Business at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and in Social Finance at the Oxford Said Business School. She was a trainee with the US Congress and The European Institute in Washington, DC. Truus is also a lecturer at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication in Rotterdam and the Marshall Institute at LSE.
As part of her non-executive roles, Truus is also member of the Cocoa Horizons Foundation board which has been set up by Barry Callebaut and member of the European Foundations Centre Governing Council.