Our management

SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship to empower young, ambitious people to lead their conflict-affected societies into prosperity.

SPARK is made up of a Supervisory Board, Board of Directors and a Board of Recommendation. The Board of Directors sets policy, develops organisational planning and is responsible for developing codes for good governance.

Board of Directors

  • Yannick Du Pont

    Next to his work at SPARK, Yannick du Pont also holds the following unpaid posts: Member of the Advisory Board, The Center for Theory of Change Member of the Board, Foundation Max van der Stoel Member of the Steering Committee, Knowledge Platform Security and Rule of Law (for more information).

  • Michel Richter
    Director of Programmes

    Next to his work at SPARK, Michel Richter also holds the following unpaid post: Director, Stichting tot Bewaring van Ignite Fund.

  • Esther Bosgra
    Director of Operations
  • Bilal Amin
    Director of Finance

Supervisory Board

  • Hans Huijgens

    Managing Partner Tellinq, The Netherlands

  • Tamar Schrofer
    General member

    Programme coordinator Develop2Build, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)

  • André Veneman
    General member

    Corporate Director Sustainability at AkzoNobel

  • Wassim Beaineh
    General member

    Manager International Cooperation, MENA, Wageningen University & Research

    Member of the Advisory Board, PAP, Robert CARR Fund for Civil Society Networks

  • Fred de Vries
    General member
    Head of Internationalization Strategy, University of Twente
    Digital Social Development Program Lead, African Higher Education, The MathWorks

Note: None of SPARK’s Supervisory Board members has any relevant additional occupations next to their roles on SPARK’s Supervisory Board.