Started her professional life at the Fund for Central and East European Book Projects, a small NGO supporting independent publishers in Eastern Europe, and Mama Cash, an international women’s fund financing pioneering projects worldwide. Facilitated participatory art projects with young people in Eastern Europe and North Africa at the European Cultural Foundation. Moved to Tunisia, where she studied Arabic and worked as a trainer of business English for the American-Tunisian Chamber of Commerce.
Back in Amsterdam, she worked at LPG multinational SHV Gas, organised and hosted weekly talkshows for WOMEN Inc., developed corporate and cultural events for Cultuurfabriek and set up a platform for Corporate Social Responsibility for Foundation Hart voor Amsterdam.
An independent change agent since 2007, facilitating participatory change projects for a wide range of public and private clients including Zuidas Amsterdam (multistakeholder management, neighborhood development, events), Nike (with This Memento, participatory consumer research and strategy development) the Dutch Ministry for Education, Culture and Science (stakeholder sessions and Kracht on Tour). In 2013, she joined the European Elections Programme Committee of PvdA (Dutch Labour Party).
In November 2013, Kirsten van den Hul received the Joke Smit Prijs from Minister Bussemaker. The Joke Smit Prijs is a bi-annual lifetime achievement award from the Dutch government for people or organisations working to achieve gender equality.
Kirsten is a guest lecturer at Amsterdam University and The Hague University of Applied Science. Furthermore, Kirsten is a member of the Board of the Dutch Red Cross and a member of the International Committee of the Dutch Labour party PvdA.