Meet the volunteers of A4C
Our mission is to improve and develop children’s wellbeing with a focus on developing countries and the Netherlands to providing long lasting alternatives to children in need with a focus on education.
- Raise funds from the financial industry with a focus on the alternative investment network; and
- Carefully select projects involved with children
In order to
- Help children get access to (a better) education; and
- Ultimately help populations become self-sustainable.
During 2014 we better implemented our corporate structure, which is highlighted below. Although some of the committee functions lack a formal head, they are filled in by other people on an ad-hoc basis. We feel that this structure makes the reporting lines much clearer and delineates who does what. We continue to search for volunteers to fill the roles.
Project selection criteria
Our goal is to provide children with the opportunities they deserve by promoting education, safety and promoting development needs. Keeping this goal in mind, we choose projects based on the following six criteria:
- Provide alternatives for children. Focus on projects which significantly improve the chances of children living in difficult conditions in the following areas:
- Hygiene & clean water
- Housing and family support
- Sustainability. Focus on projects that have the ability of becoming sustainable either financially or through durability
- Independence. Our support should lead to self-sufficiency and the projects should not be dependent on permanent funding. Our support should contribute to an entrepreneurial, self reliant project. We require the projects we select to show personal involvement and commitment by setting objectives and realistic short plus long term goals. Therefore, we aim to support projects for a maximum of three years, although this may be extended depending on circumstances.
- Local anchoring. Personal involvement of parents, teachers and the local About Alternatives 4 Children community ensures the strong and steady commitment to the projects. This willingness is important to ensure the durability of the project and therefore a prerequisite for our project selection.
- Transparency. We require our projects to be fully transparent on the allocation of our funding. The project’s manager needs to clarify objectives as well as short and long term goals. We expect them to communicate regularly through our monitoring reports and update us when any relevant event occurs.
- Small scale. We will select small scale projects to ensure maximum added value and impact of our investment. This way we can set realistic goals for the projects we select and have a clear overview on how our funding is allocated. The growth of our funding will lead to diversification among several small projects.
A4C Executive Directors (executive board)
Role/responsibilities of executive directors: "het bestuur". They act as a go-between the Independent Advisory Board and the rest of the organization. They are the legal signatories and have financial responsibilities of the accounts. They may also be members of the management board but also responsible for the overall management of the charity and direction and ensure that the managers are following the correct strategic direction. They can be removed by the independant advisory board by unanimity for misconduct, misrepresentation and breach of ethical behaviour.
Didy Michels van der Schilden
Didy Michels van der Schilden began her career as a hedge fund analyst in 2003 with Insinger de Beaufort. In 2006 she became responsible for institutional sales. In 2009 she was made a director, managing the financial product advisory team of Insinger de Beaufort. Didy left Insinger de Beaufort in 2010 to start a new Asset Management Company, Melles & Partners. She is Managing Partner and Director of Melles & Partners. Didy holds a B.Sc. from the HES in Amsterdam and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). Didy is married and has two children.
Marc de Kloe
Marc is responsible for the Global Alternatives and Funds team for ABN AMRO Private Banking. He has a background in law and asset management, with over 20 years of investment experience including business development, fund management, legal, due diligence, selection, structuring, investments and ultimately sales. Marc has an LLB in English and German Law, from the University of Kent, an LLM in European Business Law from the University of Amsterdam and an MBA from Vlerick Business School.
Marc is Dutch and has lived in Germany, The United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Luxembourg before moving to The Netherlands in 2007. Marc is married and has one son
Sophie is the founder of Phenix Capital, an impact investing advisory and consulting firm. She has been working in the asset management industry in different roles including: research, financial analysis and marketing and sales roles since 1997. She is a French citizen, mother of 2, and has lived in France, Germany and the UK, before moving to the Netherlands in 2004. She founded Phenix Capital BV in 2012. Sophie holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of Kassel (Germany) and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). She grew up in France next to Auxerre and Chablis.
Independent Advisory Board
The board’s role is to advise on our activities. Its role is to provide strategic guidance in the running of the charity and provide valuable contacts and insight to the organisation. It is not involved in the day to day business of the organization.
We have an independent advisory board, which aims to meet at least twice a year. The board is made up of the following people:
Chairman Alternative Investments Group EY The Netherlands and Chairman of the Financial Services Sustainability Services Group of EY The Netherlands.
Remco Bleijs is an assurance and advisory executive director in the Financial Services practice of EY in the Netherlands. He started his career at EY in 1988. He graduated as CPA in 1999. Since 2007 Remco leads the Alternative Investment Group in the Netherlands. In 2011 he became member of the management board of the Asset Management Group in the Netherlands. In the same year Remco became responsible for the Sustainability activities of the Financial Services practice. His clients includes some of the largest Asset Managers in the Netherlands and several Alternative Investment managers and service providers in the Netherlands, BBC islands , Switzerland, London and New York. Remco is married since 2001 and has three children.
Director – Koornzaayer Foundation.
Hilde Klok developed expertise in the field health care and education in developing countries and grant-making while working as a director at the Koornzaayer Foundation trust fund. Before that she worked for an international company providing integrated solutions for the care of people with reduced mobility and related conditions.
Hilde is a board member of Ariadne a European network of philanthropist inhuman rights and social change. She recently has started her own company in advising other trust funds on their strategic planning.
Head of Equities, Hedge Funds and Special Investments, MN
Niels Oostenbrug joined MN in 2002, where today he is responsible for all its investments in equities, hedge funds and special investments. Niels started his career trading derivatives and bonds, before he joined the asset management department of Fortis Bank in 1998. Niels graduated in 1994 with a Masters degree in Quantitative Business Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Senior advisor to Lombard Odier, Senior advisor to KKR, Non-executive Chairman of Man's Institutional Department, President of Man Investments SGR S.p.A., Chairman of the advisory board at Financial Assets.
Ruud Hendriks has been working in the fund management industry for over 30 years. In the course of his international career, Ruud has held senior roles at some of the most recognised names in the business.
Ruud worked for Goldman Sachs Asset Management which he joined in 2001 as managing director, becoming co-head of sales for Europe (excluding Germany and Austria), Middle East and Africa in 2006. Ruud retired from Goldman Sachs in 2009. Prior to joining GSAM, Ruud worked for Rodamco, the property fund of the Robeco Group, between 1980 and 1996. He was a member of the Rodamco Executive Board between 1991 to 1996. He then moved to become Senior Vice President, Global Head of Institutional Sales at Robeco.
Ruud earned his MA in Private Law from the Free University in Amsterdam in 1972.
Role/responsibilities of managers: They communicate, seek advice and inform other board members of progress, and challenges on each of their respective areas. They aim to meet at least every 2 months, communicate regularly with each other on day to day business/ attend and report to at least two-thirds of the monthly calls. This managing board puts in an intensive amount of time to manage their team of subcommittee members and volunteers. The managing board is supported by an executive assistant. Managers may be appointed and removed by the executive board.
He started his professional playing career in Ajax in 1987, winning the UEFA Cup in 1992. In November 1992, Roy was traded to the Italian club Foggia and replaced as leftwinger by Marc Overmars. During his time there, he represented his country at the 1994 World Cup, scoring once as the Netherlands reached the quarter-finals He worked as headcoach by AFC Ajax of the E-Youth and began in summer 2010 as head coach of Jong Ajax. He acts as a general ambassador for A4C.