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Meet the board

We would like to introduce you to Cordaid's directors and the members of the Supervisory Board.

Staff members

  • Name

    Heleen van den Berg

    Position
    Chief Executive Officer

    Before Heleen van den Berg joined Cordaid in October 2023, she was the director of National Assistance at the Netherlands Red Cross. In the preceding years, she held different board positions at IOM and the Royal Dutch Touring Club (ANWB), where she led the marketing department for four years.

    Heleen is a seasoned director and with social commitment, international experience and connecting leadership, she is determined to make the organisation and its work for people in fragile settings future-proof.

    “I feel very connected to Cordaid’s mission to work for – and together with – people who live in the world’s most challenging areas and circumstances,” says Van den Berg. “Poverty and insecurity are on the rise all over the world and Cordaid links emergency relief to structural development, wherever it is needed most. I believe in this approach and in the power of partnerships and collaboration.”

    Other functions: member of the Supervisory Board at the Prison Gate Museum and the Historical Museum in The Hague.

  • Name

    Lorena Paz Quintero

    Position
    Chief Financial Officer

    As of January 2021, Lorena Paz Quintero is Cordaid’s Chief Financial Officer. Previously she filled the same position at Oxfam Novib.

    Inspired by her upbringing in Venezuela and backed by her experience in finance and the development sector, she firmly believes she can provide a valuable contribution to Cordaid’s mission to fight inequality in the world’s most fragile regions.

  • Name

    Ylse van der Schoot

    Position
    Chief Operating Officer

    In October 2021, Ylse van der Schoot joined Cordaid as its Chief Operating Officer. Previously she held a variety of (board) management positions, amongst others executive director of North Star Alliance, and director of investor relations at Oikocredit International. Through her earlier work with Oxfam Novib, Life & Peace Institute and ICCO in and on sub-Saharan Africa she gained valuable experience in working in fragile contexts.

    With 25 years of experience in development programs and leading international teams, Ylse van der Schoot is a seasoned manager and well-equipped to ensure the continuity and impact of Cordaid’s work.

    Other functions: Member of the Supervisory Board of Hivos-Triodos Fund

Supervisory Board

Staff members

  • Name

    A.J.M. Heerts

    Position
    Chairman

    Current function: Mayor of Apeldoorn

    Other functions: Member of the Human Rights Commission (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Chairman of the Social Advisory Council of Socires, Committee of Recommendation Foundation Inca Educa Apeldoorn, President of the Labor Affairs Board of VNG, Chairman of Employers’ Association Cooperating Municipal Organizations, Member of the board of VNG, Member Curatorium SBI Doorn, Treasurer Schuldenlab, Committee of Recommendation Foundation Present, Honorary Member Apeldoorns Christian Men’s Choir, Member of the Advisory Board of the Hoge Veluwe National Park Foundation, Administrative Connector for the functioning of the mobility teams in the 35 labour market regions

  • Name

    G.R. Peetoom

    Position
    Board Member

    Current function: Chair of GGZ, the national organisation for mental healthcare

    Other functions: Member of the Supervisory Board SIC, Chair of the Supervisory Board ARQ National Psycho Trauma Centre, Chair of the Christian Social Congress

  • Name

    J.N. Alders-Sheya RA, MSc

    Position
    Board Member

    Current function: Fund Manager Triodos Investment Management

    Other functions: Board Member Women in Financial Services

  • Name

    D.C. Cheng

    Position
    Board Member

    Current function: De Zee Consulting, freelance financial consultant

    Other functions: Member of the Supervisory Board of ARKIN (GGZ) Amsterdam, Member of the ROM Supervisory Board, Utrecht region, Member of the Supervisory Board of Groene Hart Hospital, Director KHMW (Royal Dutch Society of Sciences), Member of the Supervisory Board of DICA (Dutch Institute of Clinical Audits), Member of the Board of Foundation for Natural Leadership (FNL)

  • Name

    J.A. van den Bos

    Position
    Board Member

    Other functions: Chair of the Stichting Diaconaal Centrum Pauluskerk Rotterdam, Member of the Supervisory Board GGZ WNB (Westelijk Noord-Brabant)

  • Name

    J.M. Niessen

    Position
    Board Member

    Current function: JN2consult, Human Resources & Organisational Development

    Other functions: Member of the Supervisory Board St Jansdal Ziekenhuis, Member of the Supervisory Board Klaverblad Verzekeringen

  • Name

    L. Mulder

    Position
    Board Member

    Current function: Secretary General at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap)

    Other functions: Board Member of the Roosevelt Foundation

  • Name

    Fr J. Stuyt SJ

    Position
    Board Member

    Current function: Rector of the Roman Catholic Church De Krijtberg

    Other functions: Chair of the foundation of the Roman Catholic Church De Krijtberg in Amsterdam, Board Member of the Sint Bonifaciusstichting in Nijmegen, Board Member of the Kardinaal Alfrink Vredesfonds, Member of the International Development Group of the Jesuit Refugee Service International

    It has been agreed with the Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board that Father J. Stuyt will refrain from discussion and decision-making if the subject of financing the Jesuit Refugee Service is on the agenda.

  • Name

    M.I. de Wal

    Position
    Board Member

    Current function: Director HR and Senior Advisor & Researcher at the Dutch Research Institute For Transitions (DRIFT), Erasmus University Rotterdam

    Other functions: Organisational Lead of Design Impact Transition (DIT) platform, a strategic initiative of Erasmus University Rotterdam

Audit committee: J.N. Alders-Sheya, D.C. Cheng
Remuneration committee: L. Mulder and J. Niessen

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