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Fred Foundation board members do not receive any kind of remuneration for their work. They do receive a reimbursement for expenses incurred in execution of their function. The foundation has two paid employees. 

Fred Matser, Founder & Chairman
Fred Matser is an inspiring humanitarian who, like many others, cares deeply about the future of the planet. He has made it his life’s work to contribute towards creating a more functional society by means of inspiration and empowerment. Towards this end he has been a (co-)initiator, (co-)creator and (co-)financer on a wide range of projects and over 15 foundations in both The Netherlands and abroad since 1983. The projects as well as the foundations cover the fields of healthcare, environment, conservation, peace and global transformation. His book Rediscover Your Heart was published in 2009.

Evert Greup, Secretary & Treasurer
Evert Greup (1956) is married and has two children. He studied econometrics at Erasmus University Rotterdam and obtained his MBA at the University of Rochester (USA). From 1982 until 2010, Evert worked in the financial sector, amongst which he functioned as CEO of Kempen & Co and afterwards at the VvAA group. By joining the board of War Child in 2004, a new world opened up to him. Ever since, his interests shifted to 'charity' (in the modern sense of the word) and social entrepreneurship.

Johan Bontje
Johan Bontje was partner and co-owner of Boer & Croon Strategy and Management Group in Amsterdam from 1980 until 2000 and amongst others lecturer at the Free University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Presently he works as an independent Boardroom Consultant and Executive Coach for individuals and teams. With his focus on General Management – with its human and business sides - he has a quick understanding of the work environment. He (co-)wrote 5 pragmatic books on strategy, flexibility, rational and emotional management and authentic leadership. He is Chairman of the Foundation for Natural Leadership and undertakes journeys with leaders to Africa and Europe.

Honorary board members

Jane Goodall PhD, DBE
Founder - the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, one of the world’s most famous scientists, is known for her landmark study of chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, Tanzania. In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), which supports the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. With offices in over a dozen countries around the world, the Institute is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa and a global youth program, Roots & Shoots, which currently operates in 90 countries. Today, Dr. Goodall devotes virtually all of her time to advocating on behalf of chimpanzees and the environment, travelling nearly 300 days a year.

Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Dr. Chopra is the author of more than fifty books translated into over thirty-five languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization. Time magazine heralds dr. Chopra as one of the top 100 icons of the century and “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.”


Aartjan Bontje, Director
Aartjan Bontje is director of Fred Foundation (as of May 1st, 2017). Aartjan has acquired extensive organizational and project experience in business services as advisor at KPMG and as manager at SNS REAAL/VIVAT over the past 15 years.

Aartjan lives with his wife Suzanne and their children Okke, Willem and Fiene in Hilversum. After his studies in Economics in Rotterdam, Aartjan traveled to Indonesia to volunteer in a local community. The fulfillment that this gave him has stuck with him ever since. Aartjan has thus continued to volunteer for various foundations.

"I am very pleased that I can find my social involvement in Fred Foundation's activities. It's great to work full time to help people gain their strength by contributing to the journey of finding harmony in themselves, each other and their surroundings."

Martine d'Hooghe, Donations & Operations Manager
After a career in marketing, art direction and copywriting, Martine currently manages the projects Fred Foundation supports to (co-)create a more peaceful, happy, just, sustainable and healthy world. She has always had a special interest in bringing integrative medicine into the mainstream. Your genes are a predisposition, but not your fate. When we eat well, move more, stress less and love more our bodies often have a remarkable ability to transform and heal and lead a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life. Her motto and quest: "The art of life is to move wisely between all the glorious contradictions life offers you. Choose wisely. Each and every time. And always go back to the middle. To the essence. Your own heart. The most beautiful and the most difficult place to be." 

Jan Ebeltjes, Program Manager
Jan is the founder of the CHOE Foundation (1994), an organization which leads several projects to improve the lives of orphans, psychiatric patients and students in Ukraine. Before choosing to pursue a full-time career in charity, Jan functioned as an interim manager for several telecommunication companies, such as KPN Netherlands, gaining experience in IT and business process management. In 2001 Jan accepted a full-time position with the Fred Foundation with the mandate to build a Ukrainian practice. He produced six albums of Ukrainian folk songs for children and is active as a composer and accompanies several choirs on organ and piano. His motto: music fondles the heart, organizes the soul and unites people.

Founder Fred Matser

Founder Fred Matser

Fred Matser is an inspiring humanitarian who, like many others, cares deeply about the future of the planet.

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Worldwide as well as close to its offices in the Netherlands, the Fred Foundation financially supported projects that contributed to the empowerment of people in a variety of fields.

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