Team Nederland

Joke Le Poole – Founder and Director
Joke worked as an interim project manager in the field of innovation and logistics at Numico, Heineken and other companies. When their son died from a viral infection in 2004, Joke and her husband Steven decided to found Max Foundation in 2005. They wanted something positive to come from their enormous grieve and prevent the death of more children due to easily preventable diseases. As Director Operations, Joke enjoys managing her motivated team. Furthermore, she is closely involved with the projects on the ground. Now – ten years later – she is thrilled to see that so many children got a healthy future in the name of Max Foundation.

Suzan van der Wilt – Portfolio Manager
In January 2017, Suzan joined the Max Foundation Netherlands office as portfolio manager. She was already very familiar with the organisation, as she has worked on business development for the Max Foundation Bangladesh office from 2015. Suzan is responsible for monitoring progress, assuring quality and reporting of all programs. Also, she is always looking at ways to expand the work of Max Foundation. Suzan is motivated by the mission of the organisation to have the biggest effect on child health and child mortality possible – doing good better.

Kate Pearson – Director of Business Development and Partnerships
Kate joined the Max Foundation in April 2017 as Director of Business Development and Partnerships. She brings 20 years of experience in community-based, sustainable development in Africa, Asia and Latin America, working with various non-profit organizations. She has specialized in resource and project development and organizational strengthening. She believes that the Max Foundation’s mission of preventing child mortality is special and inspiring.

Linda Verbruggen-Lap – Communications Manager
Linda worked as a communications manager in the private sector for De Lotto and other companies. Since 2014 she supports the Max Foundation team where she is responsible for the communication policy. She builds a strong reputation and brand name for Max Foundation in the Netherlands and abroad. Furthermore, she maintains close contact with the press. Linda enjoys working for a young and professional organization like Max Foundation. The efficient approach of Max Foundation to prevent child mortality is the main incentive for her work.