The Board

Daniel Kropf

Chair

Daniel is the Founding Chair and Chair of the Learning for Well-being Foundation, formerly the Education Foundation. From a young age onwards, Daniel took a great passion in a more holistic approach of human beings, education and health care.

As a healthcare entrepreneur, Daniel has always pursued a deeper understanding of human functioning. With diverse approaches encompassing tools and methodologies from the Western and Eastern cultures. He has established, chaired or directed several healthcare businesses ranging from biofeedback and cognitive behavioural therapy to tools for genetic diagnostics, cell therapy, glycol-protein mapping, finger printing and sequencing to medical devices. He is also a Board member of the Evens Foundation, of EPTO (European Peer Trainers Organization) and on the board of EIESP (European Institute for Education and Social Policy).
Daniel is married with two young children and currently living in The Netherlands. Send an email to Daniel

 

Corinne Evens

Founder and Treasurer

Ms. Evens is a leader in the fields of international business and philanthropy. As President of the Evens Foundation, she has worked to promote diversity, respect and tolerance in Europe by providing grants, organizing conferences, and recognizing worthy initiatives in culture and education. The Evens Foundation awards Prizes for Intercultural Education to contribute to European social integration.

Ms. Evens began a career in real-estate by starting a business in Paris dealing with property acquisition, renovation and resale. She has carried on real-estate investments internationally in places such as Belgium and France, and since 1997 has been manager of several real-estate companies and holdings in France. Before entering the business world, Ms. Evens worked in the arts. She trained at New York University’s cinema department from 1975-1977 and then worked as an assistant to a producer. From 1981-1985 she worked as a director of documentaries and video-art in Paris and Belgium.

 

Maria Herczog

Board member

Maria Herczog has started working as the senior technical advisor of Better Care Network in November 2015. She is an economist and a sociologist with over 35 years of experience in teaching at university courses and in vocational training courses.

Maria has been playing an important role in the child protection reforms of Hungary and other transition countries in Central and Eastern Europe during the last almost three decades in different capacities, as a temporary scientific advisor of UNICEF, WHO, Council of Europe, national governments, and the EU. She has been also active in the building of the civil society in the CEE region, becoming the first Eastern European member of the executive board of IFSW for 6 years, later a board member of IFCO for two years. She was elected to the UNCRC Committee in 2006 and reelected in 2010, where she was the rapporteur of the Committee for the last 2 years. A founding member of Eurochild on behalf of the Family, Child, Youth Association operating in Hungary with her different leadership roles since 1993. She has been working as an elected member of the Management Board in 2009, and as president since 2010 in Eurochild.

 

Freek Noordman

Board member

Freek Noordman is a senior tax consultant for Pereira. Although he is an all-round professional, he mainly focuses on the planning of corporation and income tax of companies and private individuals. The clients are mainly international corporations and internationally operating private persons. ‘As a tax consultant, I am constantly challenged to solve relatively complex issues, and to find concrete solutions for complicated tax situations. I really enjoy bringing in my creativity in my work.’ Working at Pereira since: November 2008 Educational background: Tax law, University of Groningen. During his studies, Freek was the editor-in-chief of a tax journal, Forfaitair.

 

Gabriella Kropf

Board member

Maria Orejas–Chantelot

Board member

Maria Orejas-Chantelot is the Director of Policy & Programmes and a member of the Leadership Team at the European Foundation Centre (EFC).  Maria has held senior positions at international associations for more than a decade. At the EFC she leads policies and programmes helping to increase the impact of member foundations and institutional funders. Maria has designed and implemented programmes addressing a variety of pressing social needs and societal issues, from vulnerable populations such as disabled people or Roma to environmental issues and scientific research. Maria is currently Board Member of Social Economy Europe, the voice of social business in the EU, Member of the Steering Committee of Community Living for Europe: Structural Funds Watch created by the Lumos Foundation and Co-Chair of GAP, UN Habitat III philanthropy group. She also dedicates time to help as an Advisory Board Member of Belgium Play 4 Peace and as correspondent in Belgium for the Olbios Network.

Before joining the EFC in 2009, Maria was Manager at a European Play Association where she could learn and network with many children’s stakeholders in the public policy making. She project management positions in Paris at the International Chamber of Commerce and the French territorial competitiveness agency (DATAR), in charge of international projects. Maria started her career as a practising lawyer and is a Member of Madrid’s Bar. She graduated with a Law degree from the University of Oviedo (Spain) and the University of Aberystwyth (UK) in 1997, and she completed post graduate studies in European Affairs Law at the University of Paris – Assas II (France) in 1999.

 

Pro-bono collaborators

 

Marwan Awartani

Founder and Secretary General / Lead Palestine

Professor Marwan Awartani is President of the Palestine Technical University. He has served as Chairman of the Arab Foundations Forum, Acting President of AlQuds University, Co-Founder of the Palestine Academy of Science and Technology and Co-Founder of the Network of Palestinian Scientists and Technologists Abroad. He has also served as Director of the Science and Technology Planning Unit at the Ministry of Planning, Director of the National Policy for Scientific Research, Founding President of the Palestinian Society for Mathematical Sciences and Chairman of the Palestinian Mathematical Olympiad.

Professor Awartani is the Founding President of Alpha International for Research, Polling and Informatics, a member of the Supreme Council on Innovation and Excellence, and a member of the selection committee of the WISE Prize and of the Arab Achievement Awards.

He has consulted for the World Bank, UNESCO, ESCWA, the EU, and other international organizations in the areas of education, innovation, science, technology and development, monitoring and evaluation systems, survey research and knowledge management. Send Marwan an email

 

Jonathan Wohl

Legal Advisor to the board

Jonathan Wohl is a lawyer in the Paris office of the international law firm McDermott Will & Emery where he advises on international business transactions and is also head of the pro-bono practice of the office.