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The Ecological Management Foundation (EMF) and its younger business development spin-off, Micro Water Facility (MWF) are independent, typical non-profit, network organizations. To maximize efficiency, they share the same director and board of directors: their common head office is quartered in Amsterdam and staffed by a committed group of employees. In addition, EMF is supported by dedicated part-time volunteers and a number of partner organizations around the world which share the same ideals and ambitions and provide assistance where and whenever needed.

The foundations are run by a director supported by a board of governors. A secretariat looks after the foundations' day-to-day affairs, while the director and governors look after the various projects and ventures.

The activities of Micro Water Facility have been assumed by Aidenvironment with effect from 2015. EMF is housed at Aidenvironment and works closely together with the Land and Water team.


  • Robert Meerman, Director
    Robert Meerman has over 12 years’ professional work experience with international NGOs in both Asia and Africa and with private sector institutions. He has worked extensively in East and West Africa on rainwater harvesting and WASH related issues. In February 2017 he was appointed director of the Ecological Management Foundation.
  • Anneke Slob, Member of the Board of Governors
    Anneke Slob joined the Board in February 2017. Anneke is an independent senior consultant with more than 30 years of professional experience, especially in the field of development cooperation. She has been a member of several supervisory boards, both of development organizations as well as organizations with activities in Dutch societies. Before she started as an independent consultant, Anneke worked as Director for Ecorys, a research and consultancy company, at the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (IOB) and at Matrix Consultants in Development Management.
  • Jan Oomen, Member of the Board of Governors
    Jan Oomen is member of the Board of Governors since January 2015. Jan holds a MSc degree in Chemical Technology/Environmental Engineering with a specialization in (waste)water treatment. After a couple of years with SNV in Kenya, he joined DHV and acquired over 40 years of international experience through projects in all continents, holding posts such as Resident Project Manager, Project Director and Director International Consultants. Since retirement in 2012 he offers services as independent advisor and consultant to governments, private business and NGOs, including institutional and management consultancies, program and project monitoring, reviews and evaluations as well as identification missions.
  • Margot Ribberink, Member of the Board of Governors
    Margot Ribberink is member of the Board of Governors since February 2017. Margot studied biology at the Radboud University of Nijmegen and is working as a meteorologist for the MeteoGroup, one of the world’s leading providers of weather solutions. She is weather host, presenting the weather for more than 25 years on Dutch national television. Margot is also climatologist, frequently on stage as a speaker, topics such as extreme weather, climate change and sustainability.
  • ANBI
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    Ecological Management Foundation (EMF)

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