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Dutch Malaria Stichting

Dodewaard, Netherlands

Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling



The Dutch Malaria Foundation comprises a Board, a Management and an Advisory Board.





Managing Director

Ingeborg van Schayk, MSc


Ingeborg is a communication and information expert with more than 15 years experience in the field of malaria. In 1992 she successfully completed a Masters degree in Adult Education at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Her understanding of information and communication needs is based on extensive professional experience in remote settings in developing countries – from 'grassroots' community projects and NGOs to international research organisations, the US National Library of Medicine, the Costa Rican Ministry of Education and the United Nations (UNESCO). She has worked and lived in the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica, Zambia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Ingeborg founded MalariaWorld and she is the Managing Director of the Dutch Malaria Foundation since October 2010.



The Board


Chair and Secretary, Dr. Bart Knols, PhD MBA

Malaria Expert


Bart GJ Knols (1965) is a malariologist with a PhD in Medical Entomology from Wageningen University (Netherlands,1996). He also holds an MBA from the Open University (UK, 2006). With 11 years of working experience in East and Southern Africa he has managed large-scale research and vector control programmes when working for ministries, international or national research institutions. Bart has also worked for the United Nations (IAEA), as a consultant for the World Health Organization, and is a Board Member of the UBS Bank Optimus Foundation in Switzerland. 




Marco Willemars, MSc


Marco Willemars (1969) is an econometrician with extensive experience in financial control and supply chain management.

He graduated in business econometrics at Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1994, with a specialization in operations research. Marco has worked in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Russia and in various international positions.







The Advisory Board


The Advisory Board consists of a team of experts. They assist the Board and the management with their knowledge.


Julia Royal

Global Health Consultant


Julia Royall recently retired as Chief of International Programs at National Library of Medicine at the US National Institutes of Health. At NLM/NIH, she created a malaria research communications network (MIMCom) to support scientists with Internet connectivity and access to medical literature at 26 research sites in Africa as part of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria.  Prior to her recruitment to NIH, she was Deputy Director of SatelLife, a pioneer in Internet connectivity in subSaharan Africa in the early 1990s, and was director of the HealthNet Information Service.  She has been working in international health and telecommunications in Africa since 1990 and has more than 30 years of professional experience in the communications field.  She is Adjunct Faculty in medical informatics  at Johns Hopkins University and on the Board of Directors of the Kenyatta University Foundation.



Fredros Okumu, PhD

Malaria Scientist


Fredros Okumu is an IHI Research Scientist and a final year PhD candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Health (Moi University, Kenya), a master degree in Applied Parasitology (University of Nairobi, Kenya) and a separate master degree in Geographical Information Systems (Lund University, Sweden). Fredros was born and grew up in Western Kenya. He is now 29 years old despite moving to south eastern Tanzania for his research, his mother and siblings still live in Western Kenya.




Arnoud Aalbersberg

Arnoud Aalbersberg

CEO Tropicare


Arnoud Aalbersberg (1967) is an entrepreneur with 20+ years experience in Travel & Health. He studied HEAO, business economics at the Hanze University Groningen. Tropicare develops and markets products and services for carefree travel. Care Plus is the product brand. The products are available online and in pharmacies, outdoor shops, and vaccination centres in 25 countries. Arnoud is CEO and owner of the Travel Health Group Holding BV and is a board member of the Dutch Senate JCI in the Netherlands.