Contributing to a social and ecological balance worldwide is what drives Maaike. She is dedicated to maximize positive social change by challenging the status quo, creating entrepreneurial and innovative partnerships and realizing high-quality results.
In recent years Maaike has worked as a consultant on social issues focusing on strategy design and implementation, program management and organizational development. First as a part of Kirkman Company, later as an independent consultant and pro bono, she has worked for a wide variety of organizations such as the Goldschmeding Foundation, Heineken, Province of Utrecht, Macheo Children’s Foundation, Worldvision and Stérk.Brabant. She is characterized as an analytical thinker, decisive and a builder of connections.
Maaike holds an MSc in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Amsterdam with a philanthropy minor from the Vrije Universiteit. In her spare time she can be found in nature, trying new recipes in the kitchen or traveling from a passion in international development.
Pieter has been committed to a just and sustainable world for more than 25 years. In his view, philanthropy plays a crucial role in this as the ‘capacity for change’. It inspires Pieter to give substance to the desire of principals to make a tangible difference on important social issues.
Since April 2017, Pieter has been supporting families and companies in developing and deploying their strategic approaches, programs and philanthropic organizations. From 2007 to 2017 he was director of Adessium Foundation, a Dutch family foundation. He also worked at WWF Netherlands, FAO in Rome and UNDP in New York and is a member of several boards. In these functions, Pieter built and led organizations, teams and programs. He is described as strategic, result-oriented and enthusiastic.
Pieter obtained an MSc in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam, after studying French for a year at the Sorbonne in Paris. He likes to sail on the Frisian waters and enjoys cycling. He is married and lives with his wife and two children in Amersfoort.
Pieter is a columnist for De Dikke Blauwe. Read his latest articles here.