Kinder Team

Mathys van Abbe


As a social tech entrepreneur, Mathys wants to disrupt the charitable sector by creating a direct and transparent channel to donate to highly effective organisations, so that available funds will actually contribute more to making the world a better place. Besides Kinder, Mathys runs several tech companies and he acts as a mentor for young entrepreneurs and other creatives.

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Linsey Groot

Head of Research

After obtaining a research master degree in Philosophy of Science, Linsey turned towards creating social and sustainable impact. At Kinder, she is responsible for developing the vetting framework.


Maarten Mulder

Managing Director Kinder Foundation

Maarten is responsible for the strategic operations of Kinder Foundation, working mainly on developing the vetting framework and fundraising. Knowing the NGO sector from within, because of his previous work with AMREF Flying Doctors, Maarten is well-placed to contribute to the longer term goal of Kinder Foundation: to improve the performance of the charitable sector.


Laura Koenders

Executive assistant

Laura takes care of daily operations in the office. This includes, but is not limited to, the much needed bowls of fruit and candy, organising office parties and streamlining communication with partners, charitable organisations and app users. Besides working at Kinder she's a volunteer with TEDxAmsterdamED.


Sam Ansmink

Tech lead

Sam has been working together with the team designing the back-end and web interface for the Kinder platform. When not at work, Sam is studying for his Masters in Computer Science, specialising in computer systems security.



Junior Content Manager

Ruta writes and manages Kinder World’s content. She is a dog person. Enough said.

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Davide Banis

Kinder World Publisher

As publisher, Davide oversees Kinder's content strategy. He takes care of content management, media partnerships, and business development. When he grows up, he wants to be a superhero.


Deniz Gülsöken

Kinder World Content Editor

As the Content Editor for Kinder World, Deniz is the woman behind all changes in your Google Doc (if you're a Kinder World writer). She works with Davide on Kinder’s content strategy and management. She’s a big fan of dogs, sea turtles, and the oxford comma. She thinks its weird to talk about yourself in third person.


Anna Bijl

Community builder

Anna has a background in communication and psychology. At Kinder she’s responsible for building the Kinder community and creating events. She’s obsessed with her cat and can't live without cappuccino.


Rens Poesse

Software Engineer

As a tech geek, Rens helps translating our ideas into flows, smaller pieces and eventually code, and oversees all technical processes. He has teamed up with Mathys and Bram before on other projects and likes to do things fast, precisely and to have fun doing them.


Michiel van Abbe

Creative  (Creative man... dunno what the 'O" stands for)

As founder of VANABBETOTVESSEM and Studio van Abbe Michiel knows his way around all kinds of NGOs. For the past ten years he has been working as a creative director and producer for a lot of organisations that are 'doing good' every day.


Erik van der Plas

iOS Developer

Erik is a passionate 16-year-old iOS developer who wants to help make donating easier and more transparent by building the iOS app. He has been awarded a scholarship by Apple to the annual developer conference ‘WWDC’ three times.

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Bram Pelgrom

Tech Lead Kinder World

Bram is our digital Jedi Master that spends most of his spare time at the dog park with his furry young padawan Obi. Writes code, manages servers and is always keen to learn new things.


Hien Le

Front end Developer

Hien is doing a Bachelor of Sciences at Amsterdam University College (joint UvA & VU), with a focus on Informatics. At Kinder, she helps with the front-end implementation of the different platforms and portals. Besides studying and working, she spends her time taking photos, exploring Amsterdam, and occasionally teaching.


Koen Hoogendoorn

Interaction Designer

Koen is a user interface designer for Kinder. If you see him with his earphones in, he is either listening to country, hip-hop or disco. He is also “really good at computers and the internet”.




Peet is currently studying communication multimedia design at the University of Amsterdam. What makes Peet happy? Beautiful and useful visual designs with a good cup of coffee. His next big challenge will be behavioural design. More psychology to improve designs!


Marnix van Abbe


Marnix takes care of the financial aspects. Besides his work for Kinder he is a secretary for Stichting Coolsingel and the chairman of Stichting Mammarosa Den Haag. Marnix also works as an independent personal coach.


Jenny Cusveller

Financial Administrator

Besides Kinder, Jenny works with Mathys at Mobypicture and at MediaXplain. She likes diversity in her daily routines.



Kinder World intern

Safiya is currently studying for her MSc in International Development at the University of Amsterdam. As a keen writer, she contributes to Kinder World as well as doing some research on the side. Besides interning for Kinder, Safiya works as a freelance writer for The Investment Observer.



Junior Research Analyst & Junior Content Writer

Tanisha is an International Development student at the UvA and a passionate advocate for gender equality. Her talents include making pancakes and singing in the shower. At kinder, she is one of our research and operations interns.

LinkedIn - Articles by Tanisha


Junior Research Analyst

Jasmine is a British born public policy masters student at UvA, working on finding solutions, impact analysis and fueled by critical thinking and iced hazelnut lattes.

LinkedIn - Articles by Jasmine

Ida Veivo

Junior Research Analyst

Ida is currently studying international studies with a specialisation in Africa at Leiden University. After studying for a few years, she is now hoping to put her acquired skills to use and do something more concrete. That is why she’s vetting charities and working as a research intern at Kinder. Whilst not drinking tea, you can find Ida trying to hide from the rain and trying to find the rare Dutch phenomenon called “the sun”.


Samuel John

Research intern

Sam is currently studying for a MSc in International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He has experience working for an international charity, and is currently vetting new charities for Kinder, fuelled by copious amounts of tea.


Nina Tom

Research intern

Nina is a bachelor student at UvA, studying politics, psychology, law and economics. She is now hoping to apply her broad education and critical thinking skills at Kinder, where she is a research intern.


Huib van de Haar 

Research intern

Huib is in the final year of his biology bachelors at the University of Groningen. He spends his free time reading, practicing martial arts, and commuting between Groningen and Amsterdam. Huib is one of the research interns at Kinder, where he complements the research team with his knowledge of ecology and conservation.


Jordy Backes

Front-end development intern

Jordy hopes to make an impact on the world of doing good by applying his passions: Solving problems and looking for stuff on the internet. Some say that his headset is an extension of his head.


Rachel Taylor

Operations intern

Rachel has just finished her Master’s in International Development Studies at the UvA and is an operations intern for Kinder. She is passionate about education rights and development, particularly in Latin America. When not vetting organizations or working on fundraising for Kinder, she can be found soaking up any sun to be found in Amsterdam.



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