I am a software development engineer, linguist and e-learning consultant with more than 18 years of working experience as a linguist and more than 8 years of working experience in IT, both in freelance and in-house positions. I am much interested in challenges at the intersection of language and language technology, such as language localization and speech technology.
From 1989 to 1993, I studied French Language and Literature at the Free University in Amsterdam. In 2002, I earned my Ph.D. at Leiden University on a study of the grammar of Wambule, a minority language of Nepal.
I started my career as a linguist in 1995. During my affiliation with the Himalayan Languages Project, from 1996 to 2000, I conducted field research in Nepal and studied two different Kiranti languages. After obtaining my Ph.D. in linguistics, from 2002 to 2005, I took part in the European research programme Languages and Genes of the Greater Himalayan Region as a postdoctoral fellow.
From 2010 to 2012, I was employed as a lecturer (“Assistent”) at the Department of Linguistics at Bern University, Switzerland, where I taught various courses in Phonology, Historical Tibeto-Burman Linguistics and Language Description and Linguistic Fieldwork. In the summer of 2011, I went back to Nepal to undertake fieldwork on Tilung, one of the most endangered languages of the Himalayan region. Nowadays, I can be found working on the Kiranti Database Project.
In 2006, I started working in the e-learning industry. For years, I was responsible for the successful planning and execution of various e-learning projects at three companies: Effecta Learning, ISM eCompany and Pegamento. I also created and contributed to various e-learning courses and product presentations. Since 2012, I work as a freelance e-learning consultant at my own company Mindbits.