We are team workers dedicated to achieving the greatest positive impacts possible
Ard Lengkeek - Managing Partner
With many years of experience in the tropics – in the private sector, international research and rural development – Ard is a flexible team player with a hands-on approach, positive attitude and excellent intercultural skills. Besides being a DIBcoop board member, he is also a co-founder and co-owner of agroforestry companies in Mali and Burkina Faso. Ard has an MSc in Tree Breeding and a PhD in Agro-forestry, both from Wageningen University.
Drocelle Musabyimana – Director Rwanda Office
Drocelle is a Water and Environmental Engineer who uses her skills to contribute to the sustainable development of Africa, combining them with her interest in small farmer empowerment, wealth equality and financial inclusion. She believes that small farmers in Africa are the key to achieving sustainable development, for which a bottom-up approach is crucial. Before joining DIBcoop Drocelle worked as technical project officer, gaining experience in natural resource management, working with farmers and in construction. She contributes to the DIBcoop team in Rwanda by supporting community engagement processes, developing and implementing integrated water catchment plans, and assisting with M&E reporting.
+250 785 507 355 (RW)
English, French, Kinyarwanda
Zeynep Yazan - Project Financial Officer
With more than 20 years' experience as a financial and operational executive in international companies, Zeynep excels in developing financial models and implementing operational controls that streamline business operations, increase efficiency, transparency and profitability, and drive growth even with limited resources and in challenging environments. With her strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills, Zeynep fosters good relations with all levels of staff, clients and partners, creating pleasant collaborative environments.
Thijs Boer - Strategic Business Manager
With over a decade of experience in East Africa, Thijs is known for his pioneering efforts in establishing the first potato crisps company in Rwanda, Thijs is dedicated to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers while making a sustainable impact on the community.
Thijs holds an MSc in Development Studies from Wageningen University, with a specialization in agricultural economics, which he complemented with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. With a passion for developing profitable and sustainable value chains with a social or environmental impact objective, Thijs brings a unique blend of academic knowledge and hands-on experience to the table. His strategic vision, coupled with a deep understanding of the East African market, has resulted in the successful implementation of his venture and other projects that prioritise both financial returns and societal and environmental well-being.
Annie Polman - Financial and Operational Manager
Annie is DIBcoop’s allrounder. From her long experience with medium-sized companies in many sectors, including water technology and the building industry, Annie now puts her practical, financial and communications skills to good use in our office.
Daud Nor – Resource Mobilisation East Africa
With more than 17 years’ experience in resource mobilisation, programme management and public-private partnerships, Daud excels in project development and management in the private and humanitarian sectors. His skills are manifold: project planning, multi-sectoral programme management and coordination, institutional capacity development, proposal/report writing, M&E. He has excellent communication skills and is used to working with government authorities and at international level. Daud has a Master’s in human development and food security from Rome Tre University. His principal areas of operation are Kenya and Somalia.
Kenya: +254 113035868
Somalia: +252 616953936
UK WhatsApp: +44 7735534808
English, Dutch, Somali
Alessia Capurso – Project manager
Alessia is a ‘sustainability’ entrepreneur with a background in forestry and organic agriculture. She is a proactive team worker with an aptitude for problem-solving and is experienced in working in diverse and multi-disciplinary teams. Before joining DIBcoop, Alessia gained experience abroad in the forests of the Peruvian Amazon, where she conducted research for her master’s thesis, and in Argentina and Mozambique, where she coordinated audits on the working and living conditions of farmers.
English, Italian, Spanish
Moussa Fofana - Project Officer West Africa
Although Moussa’s training is in journalism, translation and interpreting, his heart lies in agribusiness and agroforestry. He is a fervent tree planter too and has been closely involved in a Jatropha agroforestry project – the nuts of this tree have many uses including the production of biodiesel. Moussa is DIBcoop’s man in Mali, from where he coordinates our projects in West Africa.
+223 76 187 605
Bambara, French, English, Dutch, Spanish, Bulgarian, German
Moussa Mar - Project Officer Senegal
Papa Moussa specialises in logistics and project reporting. After studying and living in the US for several years, he moved back to Africa, setting up a fishing company in Sierra Leone, which works with smallholder fishermen, and running several logistic companies in Senegal. He has assisted USAID with project reporting on agricultural projects in English, French and other languages. His excellent interpersonal communication skills have helped him to build a wide network in Senegal, a great advantage when it comes to developing locally based projects. Papa Moussa collaborates with DIBcoop on project development in West Africa, providing expertise and profound knowledge of the local context and dynamics.
Moussa Ouedraogo - Project Officer Western Africa
Moussa Ouedraogo is a forest genetics conservation and breeding expert with solid experience in tree seed production and distribution, inventories and mapping, field experiments, tree improvement and vegetative propagation. Based in Burkina Faso, Moussa has worked for over 30 years with research and development institutes throughout the West African region, participating in regional research projects in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Benin, Togo and Senegal. He is also an excellent proposal writer. A former Director General of the National Tree Seed Center in Ouagadougou (2003-2006 and 2016-2022), Moussa did his Bachelor’s in Tropical Forestry at the University of Ouagadougou, received an MSc in Biostatistics from Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Liège, Belgium, and his PhD in Tree species breeding and conservation from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
+226 70 26 71 17
+226 66 19 87 88
English, French, Mooré
Mathilde Maijer – Project Manager Water
Mathilde brings a wealth of experience to the DIBcoop team in the fields of international development and local community involvement. Specialised in water management and gender issues, but with experience in many other fields, she excels at thinking out of the box and at adapting to changing circumstances. Her sharp analytical skills make Mathilde well equipped for change management, where she can combine her leadership skills with the ability to guide multi-cultural teams to produce the necessary outputs and results