We are proud to present our board members

Peter Weiss

Chair

Peter comes from Argentina and holds an A.B. from Vassar College and an M.B.A. from Duke University, both in the US. Peter has over 35 years of banking experience, mainly as a career expatriate with ABN AMRO Bank, holding management positions across different functions and geographies. Currently, Peter holds a number of non-executive Board positions with financial institutions, private companies, NGOs and educational institutions. In addition to chairing our Board, Peter also serves on the board of United Way in Romania.

Steven van Groningen

Secretary

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 Hulsebosch

Treasurer

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.

Willem van Gogh

General Board Member

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 van Karnebeek-Thijssen

General Board Member

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 Salomons

Executive Director

Machiel in 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 affairs 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 the Policy 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

Ivan Milovanov

Web Administrator & Designer

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 J. Kester

Editorial Consultant

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.

Myles Bavin

Programme Officer

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.

Julie Barikmo

Programme Manager

Julie is completing her third and final year of her BA in Political Science at University of Amsterdam. Before coming to Amsterdam, she studied Journalism and International Studies in London. Her mains interests includes combatting discrimination and promoting an equal society, and she believes United Way the Netherlands is a great starting point for such a cause. Julie works as a Programme Manager and ensures our projects reaches their goals.

Amy Ingenhoest

Intern

Grown up in Zürich, Switzerland, she returned to the Netherlands for her studies at the University College Maastricht, where she finalised her bachelor' diploma in the Summer of 2022.
During her studies, she focused on finding core reasons for and possible solutions to international conflicts. In many violent conflicts, the core issues that led to the spiralling into violence could be traced back to social fracturing. Therefore, she recognises the importance of United Way’s focus on social issues as a way to act at a root level. Amy is currently doing her internship, supporting the whole team in reaching their goals.

Olena Tiutiunnyk

Project Manager UWRA

Irina Borisov

Project Coordinator UWRA

From the first day of the Ukrainian-Russian war Irina was involved in Humanitarian aid for Ukraine. As the number of Ukrainian refugees grew, Irina shifted her focus on helping refugees. Her mission is providing Ukrainian women the tools for better integration in The Netherlands.
Irina has a master of marketing and communication, with 15-year experience in leadership and team management in international agencies. Irina is currently project manager of the Ukrainian project «Home from Home» and responsible for project implementation on a different level.