Board of Directors
The board of the Stepping Stones for Africa Foundation consists of 5 people:
Cindy Noordermeer-Panou, MSc
Cindy Noordermeer-Panou is the co-founder and president of the foundation. Cindy earned her professional degrees in Nutrition (BSc) and International Public Health (MSc) at VU University in Amsterdam. Cindy has been living in Ghana since 2003 where she gained her working experience in the health, development and tourism sector in urban and rural parts of the country. Ghana revealed her entrepreneurial skills and a great passion for social responsibility and development.
Remco Kalf, MSc
Remco Kalf is the co-founder, treasurer and secretary of the foundation. Remco lives in the Netherlands where he has his own (web)design and -development agency. He designs and builds websites and applications for companies and government bodies and works as a freelance consultant, designer and front-end developer. His motivation for founding Stepping Stones for Africa is his belief and experience over the past 10 years, that real meaningful impact on people’s live can be made. People living in deprived communities can be inspired to take their own responsibility and their entrepreneurship and they mostly need guidance and practical help, and people who believe in them.
Margriet Reinders started her career in West-Africa three decades ago in Tiebele in South-Eastern Burkina where she worked as a volunteer for SNV, a Dutch development Organisation. During the rest of her career, she worked for various organizations among others the Gender and Water Alliance in West Africa and a farmer’s organization Trias in Guinee. She established her own successful weaving gallery in a small village outside Ouagadougou that became a sustainable source of livelihood for many women in the area. She is currently living in Ghana and working for MDF West Africa as a trainer and consultant. She joined SSFA as a board member based on broad experience in the development sector and her belief in small-scale community-driven development projects.
Naa Ashiley Vanderpuye
Naa Ashiley Vanderpuye is a medical doctor and advocate for the provision of accessible healthcare services delivered at the community level. She is the Medical Director of the International Health Care Center (IHCC), a private infectious disease clinic and CEO of the West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF). She is specialized in the clinical management of HIV and TB and has been involved in the capacity building of many Key Affected Population groups as well as in care and support to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC’s).
Petra van Liere
Petra van Liere is from the Netherlands, followed her Bachelor studies in International Tourism Management and Consultancy in the Netherlands and finished her Master degree in Tourism and International Development in the United Kingdom in 2012. She is currently living and working in Ghana as a consultant. She has work and research experience in different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and has great passion for the continent and community-based tourism, community participation and empowerment initiatives. She is the deputy secretary of SSFA in Ghana.