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Our Supervisory Board

War Child’s Supervisory Board is responsible for supervising and acting as a sounding board for management, supervising general affairs and for monitoring and evaluating War Child’s Statutory Director. The Board has no managerial responsibilities and is responsible for its own composition and the quality of its own performance. In 2013, the Board updated the Board Rules for better alignment with up-to-date principles of governance. The revised Board Rules were adopted by the Board in its meeting of April 25, 2014 and will be available on War Child’s website.

Composition of the Supervisory Board

The Board Rules specify the member profiles needed to ensure a diverse, independent and collegial board, which is able to competently perform its responsibilities and tasks. Board members are appointed to a term of four years and can be reappointed for an additional term in the interest of continuity. In 2013 two new board members were elected:

  • Max Glaser brings extensive field experience in conflict-affected areas to the Board, holding previous positions with Doctors without Borders (MSF) and as a consultant for numerous NGOs. Focusing on security, Max will fill a position left vacant after the unexpected passing of board member Marcel van Soest in 2011. As security and operations is an essential aspect of any NGO’s operations, Max is a welcome addition to the Board.

  • After advising War Child on strategic issues for a number of years on a volunteer basis, Rob Theunissen, Principal at McKinsey & Company, also joined the Supervisory Board in 2013. Rob will be replacing Evert Greup, who has been a dedicated board member since 2005 and will step down in 2014. Rob will focus on HRM, Finances and ICT and brings a very broad and in-depth understanding of organisational changes and the business market to the Board.

Both new members were nominated to the Board by one or more existing members, and a specific profile has been drawn up for each position. The Board is satisfied that its current composition adheres to the profile outlined in the Board Rules.

Name Function in the board Portfolio Year of birth Term of office Additional functions
M.P. (Peter) Bakker Chairperson General Affairs 1961 2010 - 2014 President of The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) (from Jan 2012)
J.W. (Willemijn) Verloop Vice Chairperson Marketing, Communications and Fundraising 1970 2010 - 2014 War Child Founder Director Social Enterprise NL Board member Achmea Foundation Advisory Board ASN Bank Board member at Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam Advisory Board Ashoka Board member Amsterdam School of the Arts (until December 2013) Board member Stichting Natuur en Milieu (until December 2013) Board member Movies that Matter (until March 2013) Board member at Ecorys (until November 2013) Board member at Mundial Productions (until January 2013)
R. (Raymond) Cloosterman Member Marketing and Fundraising 1964 2012 - 2016 Founder and CEO of Rituals Cosmetics
E.K. (Evert) Greup Treasurer Finances and Information 1956 2005 - 2014 Board member AMC Foundation Board member Flowfund Board member Fred Foundation Board member StartFund
Dr. G.C.A. (Gerd) Junne Member Post-conflict development 1947 2010 - 2014 Professor Emeritus at University of Amsterdam
Drs. A.G. (Bert) Koenders Member Advocacy and International Networks 1958 2011 - 2015 Head of UN Mission Côte d’Ivoire Former Minister of Development Cooperation Chair Rutgers-World Population Foundation Co-Chair Busan Conference on Aid Effectiveness

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