Ilse is an all-round strategic communications professional, who helps businesses secure their license to operate by effectively building and maintaining trusted relations with key stakeholders.
Throughout her international career, Ilse worked and lived in Brussels, the USA and the Netherlands. During her 20+ years’ experience, she spent over 15 years in senior corporate affairs roles, covering the full spectrum of corporate communications from public affairs, corporate and (crisis) media relations, CSR and community engagement, to employee engagement and executive positioning.
Ilse is driven by impact. Her solid business acumen and track record of activating integrated communications strategies to drive business results, both from an internal and agency perspective, enables her to be a true sparring partner for company executives, as well as helping corporate communicators engage with all stakeholders in a relevant and meaningful way.
Her sector expertise spans (renewable) energy, petrochemical (upstream & downstream), mobility & transportation, heavy industries and industrial services, semiconductor industry, hydrogen and fuel cell technology and sustainability.
Ilse holds a master’s degree in law in company & trade law and in International & European law. Prior to joining Edelman, she was Head of Global Communications at Stork, a Fluor Company, where she set-up a new global corporate communications function. Starting her career at ExxonMobil as an inhouse legal counsel in the Netherlands and the USA, she later joined FTI Consulting’s strategic communications practice in Brussels and Houston, TX before becoming global lead internal communications at ASML. Ilse is fluent in Dutch and English.