The eight part-time, paid staff at the office in Amsterdam dedicate themselves with great commitment to achieve the objectives of the foundation. They are helped by two volunteers for both projects as well as for fundraising and communication and carry out the necessary work.

In addition, the Eye Care Foundation has an honorary supervisory board (Amsterdam administration). The Board, in collaboration with the team and the manager, determine the policy and annual plans and budget of the organization.

The field offices in Nepal, Vietnam and Cambodia are controlled from our offices in Amsterdam.
Regularly there are reciprocal visits for  the local and Amsterdam employees.

Staff headquarters The Netherlands

Ruud Wiedijk

Yvonne Reifler
Head of projects

Margreet Geels
PR & donor contacts

Tessa Wortman
Communications & fundraising

Bas van Leeuwen
Head of finance

Maaike van Veen
Head of communications & fundraising

Elise Kenter
Program manager

Annelies Spitteler
Donor contacts & administration

Lia Marmelstein

Laurine Nuij

Field office Staff

Luong Thi Quynh Lan
Country representative Vietnam

Tran Phan Quy Ngan
Administration and finance Vietnam

Khounkham Inthasone
Project manager Laos

Pol Sambath
Country representative Cambodia

Thong Chun Leng
Senior program manager Cambodia

Ouk Somuny
Administration and finance Cambodja

Anil Gorkhaly
Program Manager Nepal

Mani Ram Pradhan
Logistics Nepal

Sujata Gautam
Administration and finance Nepal


Marianne van Efferen

Committee of Recommendation

Arnon Grunberg

“Seeing the world is to change the world.”

Angela Groothuizen
Singer, presenter

“The Eye Care Foundation is a non-profit basis organisation doing magnificent work in developing countries where people suffer from eye diseases and blindness. The care is focused on the poorest people for whom medical care is unaffordable. The foundation gives so many people their lives back. “Photo: © Nick from Ormondt

Paul Schnabel

Professor at the University of Utrecht, member Senate D66, former director of the Social and Cultural Planning Office

“35 years ago I first went to Nepal and fell in love with the mountains, the people and the ancient cities. I’ve been back many times, during my treks I saw how little people had and how little the government has done for them, but they always had food to eat and a warm fire in their homes.”

It is terrible to see how many houses are no longer there, and how many beautiful temples and historic buildings have collapsed. Especially sad to see that in many places there is nothing left and for  those that remain receive little help. ” I wholeheartedly support this foundation to build a new future for these people and to give the sight back to cataract patients”

Ruud Lapré
Former chairman of the  Eye Care Foundation; honorary professor of health policy and economics of healthcare, author

“Never have I had so strong a sense of the power of nature and the inadequate human response. Nature has struck there again and of course we need help . I myself had surgery on both eyes and knows only too well how important it is for them to see. “

(Ruud Lapré visited the country many times and was always moved by the beauty of the culture and nature)

Gabriel Kousbroek
Illustrator, auteur

“I wear glasses and I need my eyes to earn a living. Once I had an eye infection, I could not work for a month. I was given antibiotics and was able to work again. Unfortunately, in  many developing countries this is a utopian vision. I attach great importance that others have the right to medical care, which is a sign of civilization; our civilization. “

Tom Okker
Former tennis star

“As a former tennis player I know how much it means to get proper nutrition and adequate clean water. A warm body is a necessity for everyone. For the residents of Nepal, it is now more difficult than ever. I also know, after two successful cataract surgeries how important good vision is. I support the Eye Care Foundation Nepal as it tries to achieve both goals! “

Board of Directors

Thijs van Praag

Marjo Septer

Hedwig Kemme
Board Member

Linda Hummel
Board Member

Nild van den Brink
Board Member