The board of the foundation
Aad van den Huijsen
Aad is the treasurer of the foundation. He is a senior financial specialist. He was the CFO of GTI-Holding and Controller Groep Productiebedrijven SVH. Now he is advisor and commissioner. Aad is married, has two children, four grandchildren and lives in Oisterwijk.
Anne-Marie's is founder of Leading2change, Consultant Organisation & Leadership. Her contribution lies in facilitating change through good governance, organisational performance and personal effectiveness. After six years in Bhutan as Senior Advisor Organisational Development in SNV, and honorary consul to Bhutan, she now lives in Amsterdam.
Ank has extensive international experience as an executive search consultant in Brussels. She has also worked for John Stork International in London and Amsterdam.
Since 1990 she has been part of Marina Wijn Consultants. Ank has been traveling to Bhutan many times. Ank lives near Amsterdam, has two children and five grandchildren.
Rieki Crins (chairman and founder of the learning exchange foundation)
Dr. Rieki Crins is a cultural anthropologist and specialized on the Himalaya kingdom of Bhutan. She obtained her PhD in 2008 on Gender and Sustainability in Bhutan. Rieki authored many articles and a book on Bhutan, gives lectures at university’s and institutions and is tour manager for cultural travels to Bhutan, Sikkim and India.Rieki Crins is married, has one son, and lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Tthis board is a group of renowned people, sympathetic towards the Learning Exchange Foundation and its cause. The board task is to support the LEF with advise. The Advisory Board has a special task in initiating and maintaining international contacts and presenting a distinct profile for the Learning Foundation internationally.
Bob is an international lawyer with 30 years' experience practicing law in Europe and the US. Living in Amsterdam since 1994, he has devoted his career to environmental protection, civil rights law, international poverty alleviation, and corporate law. From 1995 until 2011, he was General Counsel at Oikocredit International, one of the world's largest investors in microfinance and other anti-poverty finance.
Elisabet Merle Petersen
As a Danish designer, trained to analyze and communicate worldwide vibrations and trendsetting movements, Elisabet Merle Petersen will bring a contemporary identity to Bhutanese arts and crafts. She lives with her husband and two children in Amsterdam.
Mr Kipchu Dorji, Mr Kinley Gyeltshen and Mr Kesang Namgyel
They jointly own a high-quality, well-respected travel agency called Gangri Tours and Travels.
Drs. Peter van der Lende
Peter completed a study of Symbolic Anthropology at the Free University Amsterdam in 1979. He started as tour operator with four different specialist travel organizations in 1983. Since 2006 He has been responsible for the tour programs to faraway destinations with Labrys Reizen BV Nijmegen, The Netherlands. In addition he has visited Bhutan since 1983 on a regular basis. Peter is married and has two children.