Stichting Friends of Webster Leiden Campus

Webster Leiden Campus
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 Friends of Webster Foundation

About us
Governance
Board of Directors
Advisory Board
Management Board
Anbi Information




The ‘Friends of Webster’ Bijlmer Bridge2Hope project is led by a diverse team of multi-disciplinary professionals. 
Our organization consists of a board of directors, an advisory board, a management board, a vocational coordinator and many specialist trainers.

Bridge2Hope

About Us

The purpose of the Stitching Friends of Webster is to serve as an anchor for survivors of human trafficking, empowering them towards economic, psychosocial, and spiritual freedom.

The specific aims of the stitching are:

  • Advocacy and contribute to policy reformation in the area of human trafficking;
  • Design and deliver an exclusive program on economic rehabilitation and mental health to survivors of human trafficking;
  • Provide undergraduate and graduate students with experiential learning opportunities in the “community as a classroom’ to develop global citizenship”;
  • Conduct research on target group demographic and conduct program evaluation;
  • The core of the project is to deliver an exclusive vocational training program based on a bottom-up philosophy and a peer-learning model. The program focuses on local language and culture integrations skills, health and wellness training and therapy, entrepreneurship and economic sustainability, human rights and legal support. 

 The foundation governance is guided by its Articles of Association.

The ‘Friends of Webster’ Bridge2Hope project is led by a diverse team of multi-disciplinary professionals. Our organization consists of a board of directors, an advisory board, a management board, a vocational coordinator and many specialist trainers.

 

Governance

Board of Directors

Board of Directors (consists of J. P. van Marissing (Chair), F. Guobadia and Islam Qasem;

 

Responsibilities:

•           Create long-term values in support of the vision, mission and strategic policy of the foundation;

•           Commit to investing time and effort to support the accomplishment of the strategic goals of the foundation;

•           Govern the structure and composition of the management board, the financial systems, transparency in the organization, and its overall performance including risk management;

•           Ensure that the interests of all stakeholders are served to the fullest possible extent;

•           Facilitate the management board and regional operational entities when needed;

•           Oversee and monitor the realistic assessment of risks.

 

Profile:

•           Relevant degree-level qualification;

•           At least 10 years’ relevant experience, ideally in a senior leadership role;

•           Strong interest in human rights issues, human trafficking for sexual exploitation and the aims of the foundation;

•           Willing and able to invest time to attend Management Board meetings,  Advisory Board meetings, working group meetings and ad hoc meetings if required;

•           Fluent in English and/or Dutch

 Furthermore, members of the Board of Directors should have the following characteristics:

•           Team work skills – supports colleagues to ensure team success;

•           Vision – sets a long-term direction that anticipates future changes, without losing sight of the current strategy and needs;

•           Ability to inspire others – creates a clear sense of team spirit that inspires enthusiasm;

•           Influential – builds a coalition to get agreement on moving forward;

•           Ability to manage ambiguity – is comfortable with ambiguity and can decide between (seemingly) conflicting situations or priorities, using clear principles.

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Dr. Professor Jean Paul van Marissing is the Director of Webster Leiden Campus-Webster University USA. He specializes in competitive policy, and has worked as a consultant for legal issues related to the European Union. He is currently involved in implementing his strategic plan to push Webster Leiden Campus to the forefront in the Netherlands. A strong advocate of women’s leadership across the board, he has been supporting the Bijlmer Project/Bridge 2Hope and its vision and mission since 2012.

Folake Guobadia
Folake Guobadia is a committed member of the Bijlmer project. As the Finance Manager of Webster Leiden Campus, she supports the Bijlmer Project with financial advice and services as required. Folake feels very strongly about the education of young girls, having come from an environment in which this is not to be taken for granted. She believes in second chances - “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

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Islam Qasem

  

Advisory Board

Advisory Board (consist of A. Koopmans (Chair), N. Krul , L. Paz Quintero)

 Responsibilities:

 • Supervise long-term value creation in support of the vision, mission and strategic policy of the foundation;

• Supervise the tasks and activities of the Board of Directors, execute the strategic policy and the general course of affairs, manage the financial goals and risks, and monitor compliance with the procedures

• Ensure that the interests of all stakeholders are served to the fullest possible extent;

• Offer solicited and unsolicited advice to the Board of Directors.

 

Profile:

 • Specialists and professionals in relevant fields (e.g., law, finance, psychology, NGO's, business and human rights);

• 10 years’ relevant experience;

• Committed to the aims of the foundation;

• Willing and able to invest time to attend Advisory Board meetings, executive meetings, working group meetings and ad hoc meetings if required;

• Fluent in English and/or Dutch.

 

Angélique Koopmans (chair)

Angélique is the founder and managing director of SheSuit, a company that designs Personal Couture: unique bespoke tailor-made clothes for women. She is actively involved in Bridge2Hope as a volunteer, now focusing on legal support for participants. Further, she is chair of the Bridge2Hope Advisory Board. “My drive is empowering women, make them visible, so they will be seen and be heard.”
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Lorena Paz Quintero

Lorena is a member of the Bridge2Hope advisory board. She has been actively involved in the Bridge2Hope project as a volunteer since 2015. Lorena is originally from Venezuela and has lived in the Netherlands for 18 years; she has an educational background in business management and extensive managerial experience in the areas of finance, human resources, project management, procurement and logistics in the private sector. During 2014-15, she followed the International NGOs Master’s program at Webster University in Leiden, and since 2016 she has made a shift to working in the non-profit sector, where she applies, with great pleasure, her knowledge and experience to support the professionalization of NGOs.
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Namita Krul-Taneja

Namita is a winner of The International Alliance for Women’s 2013 'World of Difference' Global Award and the director of New Yardsticks. After obtaining her MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management of Erasmus University, she began to apply theoretical business models to real-world social problems. New Yardsticks was the logical result. Her background and cultural knowledge of both the Eastern and Western worlds, (on the one hand, genetic, and on the other hand, environmental,) enables her to produce concrete results as a change maker. Her drive and compassion have served well to motivate others to join hands with her and to contribute to the cause of women’s empowerment.

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Management Board

Management Board (consists of S. Shah (Chair), M. van der Steege, M. J. Roy, A. Khosravi, Beatrice)

Responsibilities:

 • Daily conduct of the strategic policy of the foundation;

• Provide reports on the financial status and strategic execution to the BoD?”;

• Consult with BoA;

• Manage and motivate staff, management board members, project coordinator, trainers and volunteers.

 

Profile:

 • Relevant degree-level qualification;

• At least 10 years’ relevant experience, ideally in a senior leadership role;

• Strong interest in human rights issues, human trafficking for sexual exploitation and the aims of the foundation;

• Willing and able to invest time to attend Management Board meetings, Advisory Board meetings, working group meetings and ad hoc meetings if required;

• Fluent in English and/or Dutch.

 

Characteristics:

• Passionate, experienced or interested in the field of Human Trafficking;

• Team worker skills;

• Ability to initiate, supervise, and implement management board portfolios and projects;

• Committed to values and purpose of the B2H project;

• Time and ability to commit to the project and deliver tasks on schedule.

 

Sheetal Shah (chair)

Sheetal is Head of Department of Behavioral & Social Sciences at Webster Leiden. Dr. Shah has been a psychologist and counselor in practice since 1999; she conceptualized The Bijlmer Project based on her experience working at the grassroots level in Asia and Europe. She specializes in counseling related to chronic illness such as Epilepsy and HIV/AIDS, and for special target groups like commercial sex workers—victims of human trafficking. The experience of working in the field and seeing the implications of trauma first hand guides her vision for Bridge2Hope.

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Madeleine van der Steege

Madeleine (“Mads”) is an Adjunct Professor at Webster University, Leiden, and a management board member of the Friends of Webster Foundation and the Bridge2Hope project. She is a managing editor, award-winning female entrepreneur, business coach, researcher and writer on entrepreneurship, leadership, cross-culture and gender equality issues.

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Mary Jane Roy

Mary Jane Roy is co-owner of KEYSTONE success. She is passionate about sharing preventative stress management and resiliency tips within organizations. In addition, creating the irresistible employee experience for happiness at work is a top priority. She has also served as the Vice President of Professional Women’s Network (PWN) Amsterdam since 2014. Her involvement with the Bridge2Hope project began in 2012. In 2016, she took on a fundraising role and has recently accepted the Management Board role of Marketing & Communications portfolio In addition, she continues to support fundraising for the project. “We can’t succeed without your support!”

 

 Azar Khosravi

Azar is a member of the Bridge2Hope management board at Webster University, Leiden. She joined the project in 2015 and since then, she has been actively involved in fundraising activities and facilitating the viability of the project. Now she has the Fundraising & Budget portfolio of the project. Azar is originally from Iran and has been living in The Netherlands since 1983. After finishing her education in Computer Science and Mathematics at Webster University, she continued her study in event management and project management. Since then, she has based her career on organizing national and international non-profit events, conferences, and conventions. Azar is a mentor at Webster University, and she is an active member of the FairTrade community in Wassenaar, where she has been living since 1997.

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Elected Participant

Our elected participant ‘B’ is a survivor and a participant of the Bijlmer Project’s Bridge 2 Hope intervention program. She represents the voice of our participants and is a great example of grassroots leadership.



ANBI Information

The team’s efforts in public fundraising have translated into an increase in income (from 1.185,- in 2014 to  7.340- in 2016). The income has been mainly used to fund the operations of the Bijlmer Project’s Bridge2Hope Intervention, of which, in 2016, 98% was put towards the running of the program.

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