Marylene Smeets (1968) is a Dutch jurist with passions for health, the environment, and writing who currently works at UN Headquarters. She would love to be able to dedicate herself fulltime to her Health of People and Planet Project (HOPPP)™.

Marylene studied law at the University of Amsterdam and international relations at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. She has worked for the UN mission in Guatemala and the New York-based nonprofit Committee to Protect Journalists. She gained ample speaking experience in both positions, giving presentations to a wide variety of audiences.

She took a course in freelance journalism at the Hogeschool Utrecht and a course in fiction writing at the Gotham Writers Workshop in New York. She has written articles for, among other publications, the US dailies the Houston Chronicle and The Christian Science Monitor, the Dutch dailies Het Parool and Trouw, and the Dutch edition of Marie Claire. She has also written several short stories — including for her nieces and nephews.