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
Peter de RuiterCEO
Michel RichterDirector of Programmes
Next to his work at SPARK, Michel Richter also holds the following unpaid post:
Director, Stichting voor Bewaring van IGNITE Fund (unpaid).
Ian VogesDirector of Finance
Corporate Director Sustainability at AkzoNobel (retired)
Wassim BeainehGeneral member
Manager International Cooperation, MENA, Wageningen University & Research
Co-Chair of the Advisory Board, Robert CARR Fund for Civil Society Networks
Fred de VriesGeneral memberHead of Internationalization Strategy, University of Twente and partner in Accent
Shireen YacoubGeneral member
Managing Partner at Istidama Consulting; former CEO at Edraak
Fawad ShahGeneral memberChief Operations Officer at fintech, Alphacomm
Lizette van der KampGeneral memberRegional Team Lead Public Infrastructure, West Africa & MENA at Invest International; former Senior Advisor International Development at Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO)