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On this website, I would like to present myself as candidate for the Governing Board elections of the IFRC, on behalf of the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC). My name is Marieke van Schaik and I am board member of the NLRC, and secretary-general. On this site, you can find my motivation letter in the language of your preference, and a short video that we made.

We are ready to help building a strong Federation and an impactful Movement

Improving humanitarian aid through data, building climate change resilience, strengthening the impact of our joint efforts; these are just a few of the important topics to which we would like to contribute, on behalf of the IFRC membership. As Netherlands Red Cross, we have always committed ourselves to strengthening the collective. It would be an honor to be actively involved in supporting the implementation of Strategy 2030 and the Agenda for Renewal.

Climate change resilience

My team and I have worked hard to become and remain a relevant partner for emergency response in the Netherlands, but also for our sister national societies around the world. Not only in for instance water management, but also in financial sustainability and in building resilience for climate change. We co-founded, host over here The Hague, and support the acclaimed Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, which works with a vast number of national societies.

Improving humanitarian action with data and digital

And in recent years we started the 510 initiative. A team of highly skilled professionals and volunteers supports national societies in improving their humanitarian aid through data and digital solutions. 510 already built an impressive track record in realizing this ambition.  We need people and initiatives like this to work on a futureproof Power of Humanity.

We look forward to making a stronger contribution to the collective, with this experience. I hope you are willing to support me in this ambition and I am happy to hear your thoughts on our collective future as Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. So no one will be left behind.

Read my motivation letter

Please find my motivation letter (pdf) below in your prefered language.

English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic

More information

You can always reach me via contactcenter@redcross.nl or let’s get connected on LinkedIn.