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 DIHAD International Scientific Advisory Board, Dubai;
    Board member, Foundation Max van der Stoel, The Hague;
    Board member, Littlebitz Foundation, The Hague;
    Member of the advisory board, Centre for Theory of Change, New York.

  • Michel Richter
    Director of Programmes

    Next to his work at SPARK, Michel Richter also holds the following unpaid post:
    Director, Stichting voor Bewaring van IGNITE Fund (unpaid).

  • Bilal Amin
    Director of Finance

Supervisory Board

  • André Veneman

    Corporate Director Sustainability at AkzoNobel (retired)

  • Tamar Schrofer
    General member

    Programme Coordinator Develop2Build, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)

  • Wassim Beaineh
    General member

    Manager International Cooperation, MENA, Wageningen University & Research

    Co-Chair of the Advisory Board, Robert CARR Fund for Civil Society Networks

  • Fred de Vries
    General member
    Head of Internationalization Strategy, University of Twente and partner in Accent
  • Peter de Ruiter
    General member

    Former Tax Partner at PwC and Senior Counsel at NABC