Somaye Dehban (founder of Your Funding Network) is a strategic connector and professional networker. Her motto in her life and her career is “sharing is power”, as through sharing we can empower each other.

With about 20 years of experience in Public Relations, and 7 years of focused work on fundraising for non-profit and start-ups, Somaye is an excellent all-round fundraiser. She founded Your Funding Network in 2013, and in that capacity, aids many different organisations.

Somaye has a diverse yet interconnected educational background: After finishing an associate degree in Applied Mathematics in Computer Sciences in her birth-country Iran, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences at University College Utrecht, with a focus on Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology, that allows her to approach and analyse problems from many different angles. Combined with a postgraduate degree in Comparative Women’s Studies in Culture and Politics from Utrecht University, her education prepared Somaye to work in diverse situations and contexts.

Somaye is a 2017-fellow at International Visitors Leadership Program of US Department of States in NGO Management and Civic Engagement; moreover, she has a certificate in Change Management from Schouten & Nelissen.

In September 2019, Somaye will start her part-time PhD at Rotterdam School of Management.


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