The team of Kentalis International Foundation consists of 6 employees working on deaf education projects.

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.

Aubert Ouango - Project manager

©Kentalis Aubert OuangoAubert has a background in finance, specializing in project management and partnership development. He worked as a program manager at Plan International and Edukans and was team lead at Cordaid for a World Bank-funded education project. Aubert believes in education and wants to contribute to building the bridge to ensure all children have access to quality education.

At Kentalis International Foundation, Aubert initiates and executes projects with stakeholders in the Global South and actively contributes to acquisition development.

Peter Drijfhamer - Project controller

©Kentalis Peter DrijfhamerPeter studied business economics and has focused his career on the education and healthcare sector. He worked as an assistant controller at Inholland University of Applied Sciences and as a controller at a Dutch foundation offering care for people who are homeless, face domestic violence, or have psychological problems. Peter is dedicated to contributing to organizations with socially meaningful projects. 

At Kentalis International Foundation, Peter monitors project budgets and handles financial project administration. 

Esther Kool - Program officer

©Kentalis Esther KoolEsther is a European Studies graduate, wants to contribute to a better tomorrow, and has an eye for detail. She started her career working for various Dutch municipalities as a policy advisor and project officer. After 5 years she moved on to the field of international development cooperation. First working at the Netherlands Helsinki Committee as a program officer, before joining Kentalis. 

At Kentalis International Foundation, Esther takes care of contracts, project logistics, and online communication.

Roel van Eijk - Project manager e-learning