Team Netherlands

Joke le Poole, Max Foundation, effective altruism

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.

“We've been active for fifteen years now, and it's wonderful to see that so many
children have access to a healthier future in Max' name."

Kate Pearson, Max Foundation, WASH

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.

“Max Foundation’s mission of preventing child mortality is special and inspiring.”

Inge Klaassen, Max Foundation

Inge Klaassen - Director of Operations

Inge brings along 20 years of experience in the WASH-sector in East- and South-Africa as well as in Asia, and is experienced as the founder and director of several international organisations and programmes. These skills drive Inge’s passion to bring Max Foundation’s business-driven work further into the world, starting with a country that’s close to her heart: Ethiopia. Inge started as associate consultant for Max Foundation in 2017 to start building up Max foundation’s presence in Ethiopia, became ‘Director Business and Programme Development Ethiopia’ in 2019, leading her to become Director of Operations for Max Foundation in 2020.

"I believe the integrated approach—WASH and nutrition, creating demand and supply—brings the change we dream of for children and the societies they live in. Let’s make ‘doing good’ everybody’s business!"

Suzan van der Wilt, Max Foundation, Nutri WASH

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.

 "The mission of Max Foundation motivates me tremendously: to have the biggest effect on child health and child mortality possible – doing good better!" 

Colette Beukman, Max Foundation, Nutri WASH, Policy Advocacy, Communications manager

Colette Beukman - Communications Manager

Schooled in the fields of International Relations and -affairs, Colette is passionate about getting international projects off the ground. After developing a programme supporting social entrepreneurs in the renewable energy sector in Tanzania, Colette worked for a Berlin-based organization that empowers entrepreneurs globally through mentoring and connecting startup ecosystems. As Communication Manager she's responsible for the positioning, visibility, and stakeholder engagement. Max Foundation’s approach to creating impact truly inspires Colette; it combines the entrepreneurial spirit that drives her with the sector that inspires her most. She's very proud to be the one responsible for sharing with the world the wonderful work Max Foundation does! 

Margherita Maninetti, Max Foundation, Nutri WASH

Margherita Maninetti - Financial Controller

Margherita started at Max Foundation in January 2020 and brought over 17 years of finance work experience with her. She loves to identify and implement process improvements and automation opportunities, and is passionate about sustainability and the 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. That's when she found Max Foundation! 

Max Foundation's YEPers (Youth Expert Programme)

Max Heeg, Max Foundation, Healthy Village Ethiopia

Max Heeg - Healthy Village Development Officier Ethiopia

Max has joined the Max Foundation at the beginning of 2020 in the position of Healthy Village Development Officer, as part of the Young Expert Programme (YEP). Previously, he has worked in Uganda with farmer communities and in Northern-Greece in a refugee camp. For the next 2 years, he will support the development and initiation of the Ethiopia Healthy Village Programme as well as the establishment of the Max Foundation Ethiopia Country Office. He is excited to learn more about the dynamics of development aid in Ethiopia and support the start of the Max Foundation in the country.

Bram Pauwels, Max Foundation, Nutri WASH, Policy Advocacy, Communications manager

Maartje Pronk - Product Development Manager Max TapWater

    • Maartje Pronk lives and works for Max Foundation in Bangladesh since 2019, where she develops the Max TapWater product. Maartje previously worked in the humanitarian and development sector, including three years managing a program for the Bangladesh public health sector. “During my career, I’ve worked in the Middle East, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia – and every time I came across access to safe water as a major barrier for all kinds of development activities, it affects everything a person can do. That is my major motivation for joining Max Foundation and setting up the Max TapWater social enterprise.”