Maria Elena Tabares

Events and Administration Officer

Maria Elena joined the Bernard Van Leer Foundation in 2018 as Events and Administration Officer, working with the Programme and Knowledge for Policy teams on event planning, organising convenings, project management and grant administration for global partners.

Previously, she co-founded and managed projects at Incombinacion, a Dutch non-profit organisation. Her role involved identifying funding opportunities and seeking out new projects and partners on topics related to youth and entrepreneurship. She has worked in the private and non-profit sector in Ecuador, Switzerland and the USA. Maria comes from Ecuador, holds a Degree in Business and International Relations and has lived in the Netherlands for over 18 years. She is the proud mother of 2 boys, Seve and Martien.