Who we are

Kaat Boon obtained cum laude her degree as Master in Civil Engineering and Architecture in 2001 at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. For 5 years she worked in urban planning, mostly on public space and regional development projects, as designer, researcher and teacher; first in the private context, for Studio Secchi Vigano, later for the Universities of Leuven and Eindhoven. In that capacity she partook in a number of international price winning projects. Since 2006 she is active in the humanitarian sector, undertaking many short- and long term missions for IFRC, several Red Cross National Societies, UNICEF and the private sector. Starting off with more construction oriented projects, she, over the years, broadened her expertise to general DM, capacity building, coordination and shelter research.

Birgit Vaes obtained her degree Master in Architecture in 1993 at the Academy for Architecture Sint-Lucas Ghent, Belgium. For 12 years she worked as an Architect in Belgium responsible for the management of various projects. In 2002 she obtained a degree in Risk Assessment and Management at the Catholic Academy Limburg, Belgium. For several years she safeguarded that architectural designs include all necessary safety measures and ensured the safety of workers on construction sites in Belgium and the Netherlands. In 2005 she applied for a position as Construction Delegate for the Belgium Red Cross in Sri Lanka after having seen the devastation by the 2004 Tsunami. This would be a short term mission but lasted 3.5 years. Many short- and long term missions for IFRC and different Red Cross National Societies followed since.




Published by Birgit Vaes and Kaat Boon. Updated 220816