Team Netherlands

Joke Le Poole – Founder and Director                                                                                                                        Joke and her husband founded Max Foundation in 2005. They had just lost their eight-month-old son Max who died from a viral infection. Inspired to turn tragedy into hope, Steven and Joke set out on a journey to give as many children as possible the future that Max never had.  Having worked at Heineken in Innovation and supply management for almost ten years, Joke decided to fully commit to this cause. Now, twelve years later, she still enjoys managing her motivated team and stays closely involved with the projects on the ground. She is thrilled to see that so many children got a healthy future in the name of Max.

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.

Evelyn Boks - Funder Relations 

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!

Anne-Marth Vrind - Director Finance and ICT                                                                                                        Anne-Marth started at Max Foundation in June 2017 and brought over 25 years of work experience. Her goal is to optimize and transform processes, both in logistically and financially. She likes to work in the area of becoming aware of organizations to transform to a circular economy. After many years in the commercial sector, she had the strong desire to use her expertise for a sustainable impact with a business approach. "Max Foundation was very clearly my spot”. I became part of a team with a lot of knowledge, a strong inner drive and strength to inspire people as well as to set up projects implemented in an effective and transparent manner. "

Judith Ros - Finance Officer                                                                                                                                           Over the past 10 years Judith for several human rights organizations. With a background in finance she could work in any sector, but she chooses to work for an organization that aims to make a difference. She is driven to work in areas where there is inequality and a lack of access to basic facilities and care. Her broad experience with financial grant management, liaising with both partners and donors, and her ability to simplify processes in order to make an organization more efficient are great assets to us!

Carlein Kuperus - Office Manager                                                                                                                            Carlein started with us as an intern early 2017 and soon after was taken on permanently as our office manager, helping us to run our office smoothly and professionally. And in her words: “the emphasis on the effectiveness and sustainability of projects, with a business-like approach was completely different to what I had learned about NGOs. Since I started with Max Foundation I have been given the opportunity to grow immensely, as a person and as an employee, something that is so important for young people!”