We are proud to present our board members
Peter has over 35 years of banking experience, mainly as a career expatriate with ABN Amro, holding positions across different functions and geographies. He was CEO in Venezuela, Greece and Romania. Currently, Peter holds a number of non-executive board positions with financial institutions, private companies, NGOs and educational institutions.
Steven van Groningen is a banker who has over the past 20 years occupied various top management positions in subsidiaries of Western European banks in Romania, Hungary and Russia. He is also very much involved in several organizations and professional associations which aim to improve the climate for investment, stimulate the development of the Romanian economy and the quality of life. Steven teaches an MBA business ethics course at Maastricht School of Management in Bucharest. He is a former canoeing Olympian and Ironman triathlete and has remained very active in sports. He is one of the founders and the first president of United Way Romania and a former chairman of the United Way Worldwide Leadership Council.
Henriëtte has been general manager of Kansfonds with heart and soul for over ten years. Caring for vulnerable people is a leitmotiv throughout her career. After a start as budget consultant for the disabled, she helped shape social policy for two municipalities. Eventually, she found her place in the world of NGOs, initially as a senior advisor at Oranje Fonds, later as general manager at Kansfonds.
A great-grandson of Theo van Gogh, the painter’s brother, Willem has been working for Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum since 1999. After a career as a lawyer, he joined the museum as director of its shops. From 2009 he has been advisor to the board, working as an ambassador for the expansion and strengthening of the museum’s national and international networks.
Pien started her career in various commercial positions at Heineken NV. She subsequently worked at Philips NV before moving to Yess International executive search. Pien has been lady-in-waiting to HM Queen Máxima since 2013. She is also currently a board member of Rijksmuseum Fonds and has been on the boards of various foundations throughout her career. She holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Amsterdam.
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Machiel is an experienced representative with a demonstrated history of working in international affairs. He is a strong professional skilled in humanitarian assistance, international law, policy analysis, refugee law, diplomacy and international humanitarian law. He recently retired after a distinguished career with the United Nations, where he held various positions in ten countries, including that of UN resident coordinator. In his most recent capacity as head of policy of the development and evaluation service in the cabinet of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Machiel published various reports. He is the founder of United Way the Netherlands.
Born in the former Yugoslavia, Ivan has lived in countries around Europe. He has acquired a background in psychology and is skilled in communication, pedagogy, andragogy and educational product design, as well as creative and outreach writing. Ivan has extensive experience in online content management, project coordination, social media management, e-learning and youth training. He worked closely with organizations in the non-profit, developmental and educational sectors, including Olde Vechte Foundation and Anne Frank House (both in the Netherlands) and Meta Terra in Suriname. His own company, Illumniscate, focusses on playful learning.
Terri is a multilingual writer, editor and communication consultant based in Amsterdam and France. While thinking of herself as a generalist, she likes to focus on cultural, humanitarian and travel-related subjects. Working for such clients as KLM, World Press Photo and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has deepened Terri’s international orientation. She developed formulas for a wide range of magazines and newsletters, for publication in print and online.
Majd is a Syrian refugee living in the Netherlands. He made his way into the Dutch higher education system and is currently studying cultural anthropology at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam. He has gained experience of volunteering with NGOs that focus on the empowerment of displaced people and refugees in his home city of Aleppo, in Greece and in the Netherlands.
Myles is a Dutch and British dual citizen. He is currently studying artificial intelligence at the University of Amsterdam. His experience of volunteering with international organizations in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and the Netherlands has been focussed on developing sustainable communities.
Anne has been involved with refugees since she taught Dutch as a foreign language as a student/volunteer in a refugee centre. She is motivated by her solidarity with people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. Initially, Anne’s career focussed on international cooperation in education and development cooperation. At Oranje Fonds, she served as deputy director and head of the grant-making department. Currently she is working as consultant and supervisory board member of Lokalis, the Netherlands’ largest youth support organization in Utrecht, the Netherlands-Helsinki Committee and SKKJ, a small-scale foster home for disabled children in India.
Jan Erik is head of the educational projects department of the Anne Frank House. As coordinator of the international outreach programme of the House he has been involved in raising funds and building international teams to present exhibitions on the life and times of Anne Frank in almost 6,000 communities in more than 90 countries worldwide.
Rosa recently obtained her bachelor in communication science at the University of Amsterdam. Before commencing a master in September in international relations, Rosa will contribute to the team by identifying potential funds, assisting in projects, and taking care of our social media.
Julie Barikmo is 21 years old and comes from Norway. She has spent the last couple of years studying journalism and international studies in London. Currently she is pursuing her BA in political science at University of Amsterdam. Together with her professional knowledge in media, international studies and political science she has a long history of being engaged in volunteer work and community outreach through Norway´s largest student organization. She is dedicated to make her surrounding community better for absolutely everyone.
Valentina is a psychiatric rehabilitation technician from Italy. She is passionate about helping people who are experiencing severe trauma and works for a local NGO in Sierra Leone, as well as helping refugees in Italy. Valentina has become much interested in problems related to refugees and asylum seekers all around the world, dedicating her life to finding solutions. Currently, she is taking a master in humanitarian aid and international cooperation with a view to gaining more knowledge and experience.