Charmae Pyl Wissink-Nercua is an urban management and development expert specializing in land and housing development strategies with more than 15 years of professional experience in the field. Charmae obtained her MSc on Urban Management and Development with a specialization on Housing and Land Development strategies at IHS in 2009.
Before joining IHS in 2013, she worked for local government organizations (Cebu City Government, Philippines), non-government organization (FORGE, Inc, Cebu City, Philippines) and Kaabag sa Sugbo (Cebu City, Philippines), national governments (National Anti-Poverty Commission, Philippines and National Housing Directorate in East Timor) focusing on housing & land issues, participatory governance, participatory community development and urban poverty reduction programs.
In the Philippines, she was very passionate towards advocating for land and housing rights of the urban poor and the vulnerable sectors in society. In her stint as the urban poor and social housing consultant of Cebu City, Philippines, she was involved in the development and implementation of community-based land and housing programs such as the Community Mortgage Program (CMP) and in implementing participatory and multi-sectoral processes on issues of land tenure security, evictions and resettlement, and the urban poor’s access to basic services like water, health and sanitation services. At Dili, Timor Leste (East Timor), she provided full guidance and advice to the Ministry of Infrastructure- DNHEPU towards the formulation, policy lobbying and implementation of the National Housing Policy and the National Housing Program.
At IHS, she coordinates the Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) course and is a member of the Urban Land Governance for Sustainable Development team. She is actively involved in IHS’ project acquisitions and implementation which includes international tailormade trainings/courses and Refresher Courses. Charmae is currently working on the themes of community resilience, nature-based solutions, sustainable urban development, housing and land rights and participatory community development. She has work experience in Philippines, East Timor, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, and Colombia