Our story starts with Max

Max Foundation is named after Max Le Poole who passed away at 8 months old due to a rare viral infection. Max’ parents Steven and Joke Le Poole wanted to bring something positive out of this great loss and prevent other parents from suffering the same sorrow. They also wanted to reach the most impact with the limited resources they had. Principles of effective altruism and Maximum Value for Money guided their search.

Mission & vision

- Our mission -

A healthy start for every child in the most effective and long-lasting way

- Our vision -

A world where easily preventable diseases are no longer a cause for child mortality

Our strategy

Our five-year strategy (through 2023) has three main aims:

• Create more urgency around just how big of a problem undernutrition is in the world

• Support innovative entrepreneurial models; not business-as-usual

• Get proof of our results and then shout about them – for us and others to be more effective.

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Theory of change

Our Theory of Change describes how and why we want to reach our development objective: providing a healthy start in life for children under five in the most effective and sustainable way

Find our Theory of Change here >

Riad Mahmud Director
Maartje Pronk Max Social Enterprise Product Development Manager
Kazal Adihul Senior Programme Manager
Jamal Hossain Administration and Finance
Mohammad Irfan Program Manager
Manaye Seyoum Country Director Ethiopia
Meseret Yetubi Programme Manager and Consortium Lead
Ayichalim Goshu Advocacy and Influencing Specialist
Askalemariam Adugna Finance and Admin Manager
Max Heeg Healthy Village Development Officer
Gizachew Mulu Nutrition Specialist
Abebe Aragaw Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Hana Mulugeta Office Assistant
Elleni Girma Admin assistant
Joke Le Poole Director and Co-Founder
Inge Klaassen Director of Operations
Kate Pearson Director of Business Development and Partnerships
Suzan van der Wilt Portfolio Manager
Laurien de Vos Senior Advisor Public Affairs
Margherita Maninetti Financial Controller
Remco Geervliet Data and Monitoring Specialist
Colette Beukman Communications Manager
Madeleine van Wensen HR and Finance officer
Céline Kamsteeg Impact Measurement and Business Development Officer
Nina Leus Communications Officer
Joost van de Meent Chairman
Marleen van Thienen Financial Specialist and Controller
Nico Terra WASH specialist
Sjef Ernes Max Social Enterprise

Our partners

NGO & consortium partners
Network, advocacy & research partners
Business, foundation & institutional partners

Jobs & internships

At Max Foundation we work towards a healthy future for all children. A business-driven approach is in our genes. Does this sound good to you?
Check out our open positions and see if there is a match with your profile.