Team

Meet the Bernard van Leer Foundation team. Many are located at our head office in The Hague, the Netherlands, while others are based around the world in the countries where we focus our work.

Cecilia Vaca Jones

Executive Director

Yigit Aksakoglu

Representative Turkey

Daniella Ben-Attar

Representative Israel

Michael Feigelson

Chief Executive of the Van Leer Group

Alicia Fernández

Programme Administrator Lead

Claudia de Freitas Vidigal

Representative Brazil

Esther Goh

Early Childhood Development Specialist

Avishag Hefer

Israel Programme Support Officer

Irina Ivan

Lead, Learning to Scale

Vanesa Lainez Nunez

Programme Coordinator Peru

Kay Lankreijer

Programme Coordinator Refugee Response

Rushda Majeed

Representative India

Neil van der Meer

Operations Director

Teresa Moreno García

Communications and Publishing Officer

Sana Mulla

Programme Support Officer India

Neslihan Ozturk

Turkey Programme Coordinator

Leontien Peeters

Representative the Netherlands

Blanca Rey Ariza

Assistant to Executive Director

Fernanda Rezende Vidigal

Programme Coordinator Brazil

Elvira Thissen

Representative Refugee Response

Andrea Torres

Programme Director

Senior Early Childhood Development Specialist

Imke Verburg

Programme Coordinator the Netherlands

Julien Vincelot

Urban95 Coordinator

Patrin Watanatada

Knowledge for Policy Director

Melissa van Well-Dijkshoorn

Communications Officer - Digital Platforms and Outreach

J. Leonardo Yánez

Senior Representative Latin America