I'm Tonia Dabwe

I'm an independent consultant who works both in the Netherlands and abroad. My expertise lies in advising companies about business development, international trade and export. For public sector clients, I work on sustainable economic development, entrepreneurship and access to finance.

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About me

My leadership is characterised by a clear vision of the results to be achieved, trust and clear expectations.

People I have worked with remember my humour, energy, drive, tenacity and ability to mobilise and inspire others. Including under pressure and especially when there are conflicting interests. Learn more about me.


Business Consulting

Business development for companies and healthcare institutions in the Netherlands, Europe and the United States.

Business coaching for start-ups and growing companies in Africa, Latin America and South Asia focused on business growth, increasing profitability, internationalisation and export.

Policy development

Area of focus: sustainable economic development and job creation. Hits the ground running and quickly builds relevant networks. Take all interests into account to gain supportand well-versed in managing (political) decision-making processes.

Programme & project management

Easily manages multiple projects and/or processes. Good at establishing transparant organisational structures with clear agreements about governance. Does so without losing sight of people or culture. Really good at coming up with innovative solutions and sometimes even wins awards for doing so.

My motivation? Positive impact

Entrepreneurship - and in particular business growth - is something that's close to my heart. In business, this translates as advising senior management about business development, international expansion and export. In the public sector, it s about sustainable economic development and job creation. And at my NGO in Liberia it's all about education and entrepreneurship development.

Clients that I've worked with

What clients say about me

Over the past years, I've gotten to know Tonia as a thorough, enthusiastic and creative advisor and program-manager with an eye for detail. she is always well prepared and informed and a clear forward thinker. Her aim is to get results and in order to realize that, she is pro-active, she manages processes very tightly and is not afraid to give feedback. Besides that, Tonia is a very social person and fun to work with. I hope to work with her again in the future.

Sander Spijker

manager, de noorderbrug

As an advisor, Tonia is versatile in terms of topics, looking beyond the obvious and always proposing new, innovative solutions to any challenge you might be confronted with. She is diligent about collecting information and doing research in order to deliver a tailor made recommendation. Due to her accurate work, you will definitely not be disappointed by the results of her assignment. Her presentation and communication skills are excellent in several languages. Tonia’s professional and refined approach makes her work much more valuable to clients. It’s always a pleasure working with Tonia and therefore I highly recommend her as your next business consultant!

Nicoleta Mitut

Manager international affairs, City of Deventer

I got to know Ms Dabwe just before the Ebola pandemic in West Africa. I was working and building a coalition for Sierra Leone and Liberia - countries I have adopted as second homes.
Tonia provided excellent professional support around strategy, helping develop our business case and fundraising. She is a thorough professional; her interpersonal skills are impeccable. I also supported her when she was in Sierra Leone to provide advisory services to a couple of business interests in that country. While the relationship itself was not successful with her clients, they ask of her often when we meet - a sign of respect and good impression.

Tonia will push you, think with you, lead with and take responsibility when it matters. If I could hire her ($$), she would be on my team!

Simon Tsike-Sossah

Director, think africa institute