Dr Max Ooft


Max Ooft is Policy Officer at the Bureau of the Association of Indigenous Village Leaders in Suriname (VIDS). VIDS brings together the traditional authorities of all indigenous villages in Suriname, and has a secretariat, Bureau VIDS, which functions as its technical and administrative working arm.  Max has worked since 1992 in or for various indigenous peoples’ organizations at national, regional and international level.  He also does part-time consultancies and has done training and other work on the rights of indigenous peoples for, among others, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UNDP and UNESCO.  From 2002 to 2008 he was the Assistant Resident Representative and Programme Specialist Democratic Governance of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Suriname, and he also served for a year (1998 – 1999) as the first General Director of the National Institute for Environment and Development in Suriname (NIMOS).  Prior to that, Max worked for many years as journalist and editor in one of Suriname’s national newspapers.

Max has a Doctorandus (Drs.) degree in Medical Sciences from the Anton de Kom University of Suriname, a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Maastricht School of Management and has also done certificate courses on human development offered by the Jones International University and the Los Andes University in collaboration with UNDP.  He is currently enrolled in Bachelor of Law studies at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname.