Board of Directors

Marie-José van Schaik (Chairperson)


Marie-José van Schaik is a cultural anthropologist from the Netherlands. She has diverse work experience on the topic of migration. She works as trainer, teacher and project coordinator on several migration and inclusion related projects. She did research on migration in Malta, Turkey and Greece and focused especially on migrants’ fight for autonomy within the restrictions of the European border politics and the ethics of her own (non-migrant and researcher) position in the field. She developed several international training courses in political education on the topics of migration, inclusion, anti-racism and postcolonial perspectives. She also works for different NGOs in the Netherlands with migrant and refugee adults and children. Currently she is involved as initiator and project coordinator of the international project “In the Footsteps of a Migrant”, to develop a non-formal educational method that aims to bring awareness in society about the complexity of the migration process and the problems and barriers migrants and refugees face in European societies (see www.minosia.eu). Through experiential and empowered learning she hopes to introduce a new approach of educative activism. 

Olga de Wit (Secretary)


Olga de Wit is a social worker in Amsterdam. She has worked for and collaborated with different types of target groups and organisations. 

Nowadays, she works for ‘Stichting Prisma’ as a coach for people with special needs.

In 2018, she joined New Women Connectors while she was writing her thesis about social (self) reliance of new women in Amsterdam Nieuw-West. Therefore she organised a successful conference in a women community housed together with New Women Connectors.

Mohammad Mansoor Alam (Treasurer)

Mohammad Mansoor Alam is a Marketing & Sales professional and an expert in Media & Communication. He is a Board Member of the Progressive Thought International, Brussels with the Treasurer portfolio. Mansoor is also a member of The New Women Connectors Netherlands and its treasurer.