CooP-Africa team

  • LUUK EICKMANS – Executive director

    After finishing his bachelor’s degree Sports, Marketing and Management in Tilburg (the Netherlands) in 2001 Luuk Eickmans has worked commercial oriented jobs which he combined with his big passion travelling. From 2006 until 2009 Luuk has been working for the fitness industry in the Netherlands as sales manager and later as club manager. But during […]

    Phone: Kenya: +254(0)727381427, the Netherlands: +31(0)615895529, Uganda +256(0)785241746


    SKYPE: luuk_eickmans

  • MARIEKE DE WILD – programme manager

    In 2011 Marieke started as Programme Manager for CooP-Africa. She coaches CooP-Africa’s partner organisations in Africa in the execution of the bicycle projects, and takes care of relation management with partners in the South. Marieke has degrees in traffic engineering and in international development studies. Before joining CooP-Africa she worked as a traffic engineer for […]


  • Maaike Ruiterkamp – Marketing & Communication

    Maaike Ruiterkamp graduated as a health scientist, and also has a passion for Africa and development cooperation. In April 2012 she made her first trip to Kenya and that was not her last. She stayed in Kisumu several times to volunteer and study. During these trips, she also learned about the work of CooP-Africa. Why […]


  • Gerard van der Sterre – chair person

    Gerard van der Sterre finished his bachelor’s degree traffic planning successfully in Tilburg (The Netherlands) in 1976 and his masters degree at the University of Birmingham (UK) in 1977. From that year onwards Gerard has worked professionally as a traffic planner. For the last 17 years he has been working for Arcadis Netherlands. From 1998 […]

  • Inge Rosendaal – secretary

    Inge Rosendaal has been working for many years as staff member of the Personnel and Organisation department of a gymnasium. In 2013, she enjoyed a sabbatical and stayed in Jinja (Uganda) for three months. Here she worked as a volunteer and coached a group of women who wanted to engage in income generating activities. She […]

  • Clemens Nijhuis – treasurer

    Clemens Nijhuis has a diploma in business administration. After his studies he worked for several employers and gained experience in financial administration. Currently he works at an accounting firm where he is concerned with financial administration, sales tax return and preparation of financial statements. At one of his former employers he met Ineke Leenders who […]

  • Christel Hoogland – board member

    Christel Hoogland has her background in the international development cooperation. She worked in several countries in Asia and Africa. Her heart lies in the cities where she worked on urban development and multistakeholder initiatives to improve the living conditions in slum areas.  One of the cities where she worked for Cordaid was Kisumu, Kenya. This […]

  • Like Warringa – board member

    Like Warringa has studied business administration and has a long track record in financial services. As a project manager, interim manager and in marketing and sales roles she likes to improve business. Making difficult situations simple is her motto in life. As a real Dutch girl, Like has a passion for cycling and besides that, takes […]

  • FRANK VAN RIJN – ambassador

    Frank van Rijn is the ambassador of CooP-Africa, Cycling out of Poverty. Frank is a global cyclist and writer. He spends a large part of his live on his bicycle. What once started as a hobby became a way of life. He writes about his adventures in the farthest corners of the world in his books […]


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