Our organisation

Our organisation

We have been around for more than 30 years. The story about our organisation began in 1985, when a group of gay men in Amsterdam could no longer see many of their friends dying of AIDS. They wanted to do something. What started as a fundraising campaign for Christmas hampers for people living with HIV and AIDS, developed into Aidsfonds.

Our organisation is based in the Netherlands and an approved charity by The Netherlands Fundraising Regulator (CBF).


Executive Director:
Mark Vermeulen

Supervisory Board:
Mieke Baltus, chair
Lucas Vos, chair audit committee
Harriet Birungi
Leonard Bukenya
Mmabatho Motsamai
Anna Zakowicz

Management Team:
Koos Boering, Finance & Services
Sally Hendriks, National Programmes
Eva Matze, Marketing & Communications
Lynn Werlich, International Programmes

Advisory Panel:
Cissy Kityo Mutuluuza
Amanda Mariga
Ndifanji Namacha
Denis Nzioka
Joy Ogingo
Peter Reiss
Jorian van Schagen (he/him)
Camiel Welling (he/they/she)
Marthe Zeldenrust

Diversity and Inclusion at Aidsfonds – Soa Aids Nederland

As an organisation, we are committed to diversity and inclusion as a reflection of the society and the communities we work with, in the Netherlands and globally, building on all that we share. A diverse workforce is key to greater innovation, flexibility, and better fulfillment of our organisational ambitions. By having an inclusive organization that puts communities first, also in our own workforce, we achieve greater impact in the field of sexual health, STI, and HIV/AIDS response.

In doing so, our organization encourages and safeguards an open culture in which all colleagues with their diverse characteristics, competencies, and lived experiences* feel respected and valued. This means that there is an organizational culture where differences are possible and welcomed.

The starting point for our inclusive organization is the extent to which each colleague perceives a sense of belonging, space for authenticity and safety and all are committed to contribute.

To achieve more diversity and inclusion, we work along the following three approaches:

  1. our organisation: our own composition, manners, working atmosphere, recruitment, and employment conditions, working conditions
  2. our partners: the networks, stakeholders, and communities with whom we work or want to work
  3. our expressions: the way in which we give shape to what we stand for in our communications, publications, (learning) materials


* For example, but not limited to: age, ethnicity, competencies, work styles, HIV status, illness or disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, sex characteristics, migration background or nationality, socio-economic status, educational background, religion, emotional expression, and language

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