A project is only as strong as its participants. At Butterfly Works we have people working locally as well as from our studio in Amsterdam. In our team you can find the heart of our organisation – a dedicated team of designers, strategists and organisers. We proudly present:

Michiel Huisman

Managing Director

With a an Msc. in Financial Management from Nyenrode, Michiel has been running a consultancy firm to assist enterprises with their growth. At Butterfly Works he brings his experience with social enterprises and impact investing. He is responsible for the financial side while developing and maintaining the organisation’s overall strategy.

Sanne Slijkerman

Office Manager

A real jack of all trades, Sanne takes on any job and tackles any issue or question.  She has studied Regional Development and Innovation, and has been a coach at the Design Thinking course at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. At Butterfly Works she uses her hands-on way of working to make sure the organisation and projects run smoothly.

Joppe Rovers

Graphic Design Freelancer

While studying illustration at the Willem de Kooning Academy, Joppe never thought he’d ever be a teacher. Fifteen years later he has taught and worked in graphic design in both Africa and China. At Butterfly Works he is concerned with using graphic design to illustrate, communicate and visualise our work.

Shirley van der Maarel

Research and Communication Officer

A master of getting to the reason behind the reason, Shirley is able to make the theoretical practical. She studied Philosophy and International development in Amsterdam and completed a Master Human Rights at University College London. At Butterfly Works she works on research and communication, combining her experience in analytical thinking with strong writing skills.

Céline Herbiet

Education Designer

As Education Designer at Butterfly Works, Céline develops interactive education materials for youth in emerging economies. With a background in Sociology and a Research Master Women and Gender Studies, her expertise lies in the field of SRHR, contributing with accurate knowledge and a well-grounded approach to Butterfly Works’ educational SRHR projects.

Bethany Dobson

Graphic Design Intern

Bart Leijssenaar

Bussiness Developer

With a Msc. in Business Administration with a specialization in Entrepreneurial studies Bart aims to explore and seize opportunities with a social impact. Bart is currently based in East Africa. His love for Africa grew when he was conducting his thesis research in Tanzania on small business development. Working abroad gives him a lot of energy and new insights.

Merel Sas

Freelance Design Manager

Graphic Designer by trade, Merel co-founded design agency ‘178 aardige ontwerpers’ before she started as Design Manager at Butterfly Works. Her added value shows in leading a process that results in a well-chosen design and a successful end product, while making sure everyone’s skills are used to achieve the maximum achievable.

Hanja Holm

Managing Director

A natural talent for overseeing processes and thinking ahead, Hanja knows how to make sure any process runs smoothly. She has a background in culture, management and organisation and several years of experience in managing projects. As Managing Director at Butterfly Works she makes sure everyone is working according to their talent while managing the organisation’s operations.

Britte Visser

Multimedia Design Intern

Merel van der Woude

Creative Director

Graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven, Merel is specialised in social design.  As Creative Director at Butterfly Works, Merel leads co-creation processes all over the world, develops mobile service systems, learning environments and social campaigns. She is a star in out-of-the-box thinking and getting to the core of user needs.

Lisanne van Vliet


With a law background, Lisanne works at Butterfly Works as a strategist and enjoys ensuring a project’s successful start. During co-creation processes she sparks new ideas with inspiration from all over the globe while using her analytical and critical view to guide the end result in the right direction.

Thais Costa


Rianne Doorneweerd

Project Manager

By working and living abroad in remote areas in the past, Rianne is able to manage international projects realistically. At Butterfly Works she works as a Project Manager, using her knowledge of cultural diversities and organisational skills, bringing projects to a success. She studied Visual Art and Design Management and is able to put creativity into action.

Lia Schalkwijk

Financial Officer

With many years of experience in financial administration, Lia works as Financial Officer at Butterfly Works. She has a great overview of the financial side of all projects, while making sure there is time for a personal chat.

Dorieke Looije

Project manager

A background in Development Economics and years of experience managing developing projects in the Netherlands and abroad, Dorieke knows how to make a project a success. As Project Manager at Butterfly Works, she makes sure the projects are carried out as planned and motivates and connects people in the process with her endless energy and optimism.

Willem Timmers

Education & Communication Designer

As an Education & Communication Designer, Willem gives shape to innovative and context-specific media tools, formats and contents. He has a keen eye for (audio)visual storytelling and uses pedagogical- and design thinking principles to create for (and with!) the end users and other creatives from around the world.

Arnoud van der Zee

Supervisory board member

Bas van Berkestijn

Supervisory board member

Ineke Aquarius

Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member

Hester Ezra

Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member

Emer Beamer

Co-founder and advisory board member

Anita van Duin

Supervisory board member

Patrice van Riemsdijk

Chairman supervisory board