Meet our team

The team of Kentalis International Foundation consists of 6 people working on deaf education projects. A few of our team members introduce themselves below.

Maria Brons - Program manager

©Kentalis Maria BronsMaria obtained her PhD in Political Science from Groningen University, published on the Horn of Africa, and worked as a university lecturer at Amsterdam and Leiden. About 25 years ago she entered the development cooperation field. Before joining Kentalis, Maria worked for the International Organization for Migration as a policy advisor and manager. Developing and fundraising for capacity-building projects for marginalized groups, such as migrants and persons with disability, is the core of Maria’s career.

At Kentalis International Foundation, Maria oversees program management and executes projects.

Marloes Williams-van Elswijk - Project manager

©Kentalis Marloes WilliamsMarloes has a background in music and dance as a tool for social cohesion, entrepreneurship, and inclusion. She previously worked on international projects focusing on knowledge exchange within the cultural and NGO sector. She lived in South Africa for several years before returning to the Netherlands. Marloes believes that improving access to education and boosting inclusion within the educational sector is critical for a more vital society. 

At Kentalis International Foundation, Marloes executes projects and actively contributes to acquisition development.

Eva Geneste - Project manager & expert

©Kentalis Eva GenesteEva worked as a teacher, specializing in teaching pupils who are deaf or hard-of-hearing or have a developmental language disorder. She has never stopped learning and completed among others a master’s in Deaf education. After 16 years of teaching, she became an itinerant teacher to coach teachers in a regular education setting. Eva’s heart is with our target group. With the right support from them and society, they can fully participate in society.

At Kentalis International Foundation, Eva executes projects and is involved in other projects as an expert

Peter Drijfhamer - Project controller