Who we are

The HEINEKEN Africa Foundation is proud to work with an extremely committed and diverse team of people.

On a day to day basis the Foundation is managed by the General Manger who is assisted by a range of highly motivated people working for HEINEKEN at Head Office and in the African operating companies. The Trustees are responsible for the decision making and depend highly on the diverse range of expertise of the Advisory Board members.


Suzanne Giele

General Manager

After several commercial roles with TNT and HEINEKEN, Suzanne became General Manager of the HEINEKEN Africa Foundation in 2013. A challenging and versatile position in which she works with many stakeholders from different backgrounds on both strategic and practical projects.

Board of Trustees

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Bilikiss was educated in the USA and holds an MBA from MIT. After a successful corporate career she returned to Lagos and founded WeCyclers, a social enterprise for waste collection and recycling serving as its CEO for 5 years. She then transitioned to the public sector and currently holds the position of director-general for the Lagos State Records and Archives Bureau. An experienced board member, Bilikiss has served 5 years as a trustee of the Lagos State Employment Trust fund.

Stacey Tank

Member of the Board of Trustees

Stacey is currently the Chief Transformation & Corporate Affairs Officer at HEINEKEN where she shepherds the company’s global “EverGreen” transformation. Dedicated to the intersection of business and positive impact on society, she has repeatedly authored large-scale movements across enterprises like General Electric, HEINEKEN, and Home Depot. She is an active board member for multiple foundations, an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Roland Pirmez

Member of the Board of Trustees

Appointed President Africa Middle East and Eastern Europe in 2015. From 2013 until 2015 he was President Asia Pacific and Chief Executive Officer APB. Roland joined HEINEKEN in 1995. From 1995 to 1998, he was Managing Director of HEINEKEN Angola. In 1998 he was appointed General Manager Thai Asia Pacific Brewery Co. Ltd, Thailand and in 2002, he became Chief Executive Officer of HEINEKEN Russia. In 2008 he returned to Asia as Chief Executive Officer of Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd (now Heineken Asia Pacific Pte Ltd) until the takeover by HEINEKEN.

Marc Goumans

Treasurer of the Board of Trustees

Marc is a retired & experienced Financial Director with a successful career working over 30 years in the food & beverages industry in seven countries as a regional or operational Finance director. He has led successful business integrations in Zaire, Hungary, Poland, and Mexico, as well as leading a diverse team of over 100 internal business specialists.

Advisory Board

George de Gooijer

Advisory Board Member

George has 30 years of experience in managing water resources, WASH and climate change. He has worked in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe for governments, at university and as a consultant. He is currently based at the Netherlands diplomatic office in Niamey, Niger, as an expert on sustainable development. As a PhD researcher he is connected to the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.

Pandora Hardtman

Advisory Board Member

Pandora is a trained midwife and maternal health specialist. She has gained over 23 years of nursing and midwifery experience whilst working in a wide variety of healthcare settings in the Caribbean, South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She is currently employed as a Midwifery Capacity Building Consultant for various international agencies.

Marieke Ridder

Advisory Board Member

Starting her journey in Yemen, Marieke has traveled around the globe and designed, developed and implemented many sustainable programs in the field of SRHR, Human Rights and HIV. She graduated from the Utrecht University in Organizational Science and has worked for over 15 years in Africa with many different African (community based) organizations and networks. Currently she is the Director International Programs for Rutgers.

Nellie Kirschner-Timmer

Advisory Board Member

Nellie is of Dutch/Ghanaian decent and the founder and director of To Be Worldwide Foundation. With more than ten years of experience in the field of Human Resources in the Hospitality and Media industry, she brings conceptual, strategic and practical experience to the HEINEKEN Africa Foundation.

Herbert Schilthuis

Advisory Board Member

Herbert is the Director Global Health and Safety for HEINEKEN. He studied tropical medicine in Antwerp and worked for Médecins Sans Frontières in South Sudan and Cambodia. His interest and experience lie in infectious diseases, tropical medicine, health promotion and organization of health care.

Jennie van de Weerd

Advisory Board Member

Jennie worked and lived in a broad range of developing countries, especially in Africa. Graduated from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine she is specialized in the field of health system strengthening and health financing. She is currently working for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mali as a theme specialist SRHR and HIV/AIDS.

Pam Baatsen

Advisory Board Member

With over 25 years of experience, Pam has extensive expertise in managing complex health programs and performing mixed methods research. She has worked on projects related to HIV prevention, SRHR and WASH for numerous organizations in South and East Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. She became an anthropologist after graduating from Utrecht University. Currently, Pam works as a Senior Advisor for KIT Amsterdam.

The HEINEKEN Africa Foundation (HAF) is a foundation established by the HEINEKEN Company in 2007. It is a separate legal entity and registered under Dutch law and has non-profit status (ANBI).

The aim of the Foundation is to improve the health of needy communities in Sub-Sahara African countries where HEINEKEN operates by supporting mother and child healthcare and water related projects. The Foundation is funded by an endowment fund provided by the HEINEKEN Company. The Foundation works closely with the local HEINEKEN operating companies in Sub-Sahara Africa and with selected NGO’s to look for projects which meet the objectives of the Foundation.

The Foundation obtains support from different departments at HEINEKEN Head Office (legal, communication, financial control). The Foundation’s General Manager falls under the HEINEKEN Collective Labour Agreement and part of her/his salary is charged to the Foundation.

The Foundation is independent in its decision making with regard to the assessment, - final selection and awarding of the projects: this is done by the Board of Trustees that bases their decisions upon the recommendation of the Advisory Board, which consists of mainly external experts. The external advisory board members receive a yearly voluntary contribution to cover costs, including travel costs.