Who we are

The HEINEKEN Africa Foundation is proud to work with an extremely committed and diverse team of people.

On a day to day basis the Foundation is managed by the General Manger who is assisted by a range of highly motivated people working for HEINEKEN at Head Office and in the African operating companies. The Trustees are responsible for the decision making and depend highly on the diverse range of expertise of the Advisory Board members.


Suzanne Giele

General Manager

After several commercial roles with TNT and HEINEKEN, Suzanne became General Manager of the HEINEKEN Africa Foundation in 2013. A challenging and versatile position in which she works with many stakeholders from different backgrounds on both strategic and practical projects.

Board of Trustees

Guus Lubsen

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

After multiple senior management positions in the US, Guus was a member of the HEINEKEN Executive Board from 1995 through 2002. During this time he had amongst others the responsibility for the activities of HEINEKEN in Africa which he still considers a fantastic experience getting acquainted with a fascinating continent.

Robin Hoytema van Konijnenburg

Treasurer of the Board of Trustees

Robin started his career in Burundi for the United Nations Development Program after which he pursued his career as a financial specialist. He is currently the Executive Director Global Tax & Financial Markets for HEINEKEN and has been involved with the HEINEKEN Africa Foundation since the start in 2007.

Gerard Nieuwe Weme

Member of the Board of Trustees

Gerard gained extensive experience working abroad for Stichting Nederlandse Vrijwilligers (SNV) amongst others as regional director for East and Southern Africa. His current position as Director Omgevingsdienst Groningen brought him back to the northern part of the Netherlands.

Advisory Board

Stefaan van der Borght

Advisory Board Member

Stefaan holds a Msc. in Public Health in Developing Countries and has gained extensive experience in the medical field of many African countries like DRC, Angola and Sudan. He worked for Médecins Sans Frontières, HEINEKEN, the European Commission and currently holds the position of Global Head of Health at Anglo American.

Jacqueline Langeslag

Advisory Board Member

With a track record of more than 15 years working in public health and emergency health programmes in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda and South Africa, Jacqueline is experienced in medical emergencies, primary health care, tropical and infectious diseases. In addition she has been working on safe drinking water projects in Mozambique and South Africa. Currently she works as a general practitioner in Amsterdam.

Nellie Kirschner-Timmer

Advisory Board Member

Nellie is of Dutch/Ghanaian decent and the founder and director of To Be Worldwide Foundation. With more than ten years of experience in the field of Human Resources in the Hospitality and Media industry, she brings conceptual, strategic and practical experience to the HEINEKEN Africa Foundation.

Jennie ven de Weerd

Advisory Board Member

Jennie worked and lived in a broad range of developing countries, especially in Africa. Graduated from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine she is specialized in the field of health system strengthening and health financing. She is currently working for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mali as a theme specialist SRHR and HIV/AIDS.

Patrick Chukwumah

Advisory Board Member

Holding a medical degree, Patrick was responsible for the healthcare of the employees of Nigerian Breweries for almost ten years. In his current role as Global Health Manager for HEINEKEN he is improving the health care in the HEINEKEN operating companies in the Africa & Middle East region and other developing countries.

Herbert Schilthuis

Advisory Board Member

Herbert is the Director Global Health and Safety for HEINEKEN. He studied tropical medicine in Antwerp and worked for Médecins Sans Frontières in South Sudan and Cambodia. His interest and experience lie in infectious diseases, tropical medicine, health promotion and organization of health care.

The Trustees and Advisors are not entitled to any compensation for their activities but are entitled to a reimbursement of their travel expenses. The Foundation’s General Manager falls under the HEINEKEN Collective Labour Agreement and one quarter of his/her salary is charged to the Foundation. No other support staff provided by HEINEKEN is charged to the Foundation.