PlanetRomeo Foundation

Board and Staff

Management Board

Supervisory Board - PlanetRomeo Foundation
From left to right: Pieter Brokx, Tieneke Sumter, Karen Kraan, Jackie Breedveld, Marie Ricardo and Roy Cremers

The Management Board takes care of the Foundation’s ongoing activities, like reviewing and granting funding requests, management of the Foundation’s resources and fundraising. In addition, the Board is responsible for the Foundation policy and for reporting on its work to the Supervisory Board. The Management Board consists of six members.

Karen Kraan – Chair

 “…I believe that we should contribute to improve the pressured lives of LGBTI people around the world. Solidarity within the international LGBTI community is crucial. If we support each other, we will make the change that is needed…”
Karen is founder and owner of Flowz, which offers facilitation/training, fundraising consultancy, interim management, online research packages and strategic consultancy.

 

Jackie Breedveld – Secretary

 “…Everyone deserves a safe haven, a supportive community and the sense of a ‘right to belong’, irrespective of which country you’re born in. Local initiatives can lead to improved circumstances for LGBTI people all over the world, and I am proud that I can contribute to that…”
Jackie is General Counsel and Company Secretary at real estate fund Vesteda and member of the Supervisory Board of Noordwijkse Woningstichting.

 

Pieter Brokx – Treasurer

 “…Brave individuals and small projects have a big impact on the emancipation of the LGBTI-community worldwide. They deserve our solidarity and support because everyone has the right to live a life without discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity…”
Pieter is Managing Director of Hiv Vereniging Nederland, the Dutch Association of people living with HIV.

 

Marie Ricardo – Member

 “…Supporting people in LGBTI communities to strengthen themselves, find their voice and become their true selves is one of the most essential types of support that can be offered. PlanetRomeo Foundation recognizes that and acts upon it, and I am happy to contribute to that…”
Marie is International Project Manager at COC Netherlands, and has been working closely with the LGBTI movement in the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Tieneke Sumter – Member

 “…Social change and equality start with passionate activists, and supporting them is not only wonderful, but also necessary. It is my mission to contribute to the development of (LGBTQI) organizations and people. Being a PlanetRomeo Foundation Board member is one of the ways I work towards this…”
Tieneke is a human rights activist and is the chair of Survibes. She has managed several organizations in Suriname and The Netherlands.

 

Roy Cremers – Member

 “…Supporting initiatives of and by passionate individuals or grassroots organizations is extremely important, especially if a country or region does not accommodate these initiatives. Helping activists who are on the front line of emancipation is in my opinion crucial in achieving emancipation goals…”
Roy is founder and Managing Director of ‘voordekunst’, a Dutch non-profit crowdfunding platform for arts and creativity.
 

Supervisory Board

Supervisory Board - PlanetRomeo Foundation
From left to right: Herman Bijkerk, Johan Bos and Raphaël van Kraaij

The Supervisory Board has final responsibility for the decisions and work of the Foundation and its Management Board. The Supervisory Board consists of three members.

 

Johan Bos – Chair

 “…PlanetRomeo Foundation supports small, local LGBTI community projects worldwide. This is important for the improvement of people’s lives, especially where education can stimulate a future with more diversity for young people. I’m glad that I’m able to be a part of this cause…”
Johan is Financial Engineer at the Economic Department of the City of Amsterdam.

 

Raphaël van Kraaij – Member

 “…As long as there are places in the world where people face discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, it’s necessary to fight against this and support the local communities. PlanetRomeo Foundation supports small projects in countries where LGBTI rights are not self-evident…”
Raphaël serves as Secretary of the Board for an organization specializing in elderly care and as a member of the Amsterdam City Center Committee.

 

Herman Bijkerk – Member

 “…PlanetRomeo Foundation acknowledges brave individuals with great initiatives on the long road towards emancipation. Our task is to allocate funding where it is needed most…”
Herman represents ROMEO BV in the supervisory board of PlanetRomeo Foundation.

 

Staff

Staff - PlanetRomeo Foundation
Marc van Zijp and Kevin Schram

The Staff takes care of the Foundation’s daily affairs and supports both the Management Board and Supervisory Board.

 

Marc van Zijp – Coordinator

 “…PlanetRomeo Foundation supports the LGBTI community in regions of the world where their basic rights are not respected, where people are not able to be who they are and to love who they want to. That’s why I feel priviledged to be able to contribute to changing this for the better…”

 

Kevin Schram – Project Assistant

 “…We’re so much more than a community. I think that diversity binds us and flourishes if we keep striving for equality…”