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Board members

Lisa van Gerven

Founder and board member

Lisa is the founder of the Vialisa Foundation. As a 2 year-old girl she was adopted by a Dutch family and grew up in Baarlo, Limburg. During her Welfare Management studies at the Arnhem and Nijmegen University she did an internship at BRAC, the biggest NGO in Bangladesh (and the world). In addition, she gained work experience in Vietnam during her studies in Development Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen. Since February 2004 she is employed and a resident in Dhaka on behalf of Vialisa. In this way, she takes up the communicative role between the Dutch board and the executive activities in Bangladesh.

Christian Huurman


Christian is born in Bangladesh and grew up in the Netherlands. After obtaining a PhD in 2006, he moved to Great Britain. In early 2013, Christian quit his job in London, left on a trip to Bangladesh and met the Vialisa Foundation for the first time. After being involved in several charity events that supported Vialisa with donations, Christian started as a board member Marketing in 2015 and has held the position of chairman of Vialisa since early 2017. With his organisational background, Christian is particularly concerned with the development of Benglish Crafts. This means that he is involved, among other things, in marketing the products produced in Bangladesh, as well as the legal aspects of setting up a business.

Shila de Vries


Shila is born in Bangladesh, just like Lisa and Christian, and came to the Netherlands at a young age. She grew up in Bilthoven and studied Technology and Innovation Policy for Developing Countries at University of Technology in Eindhoven, with a final project in Bangladesh. At the moment she is working as a legal adviser for research organisations in the field of technology. Shila’s strength lies in structuring promising initiatives and creating conditions in which they can be implemented. Shila is secretary on the board of Vialisa since September 2017. Shila is sinds september 2017 secretaris in het bestuur van Vialisa.

Ivan Genet


Ivan has worked for various multinationals and financial functions for 19 years. He now works as Finance Manager in an information analytics company. He has been back in the Netherlands for a couple of years, after having worked and lived in Asia for a while. During that time he visited South Asia several times and saw the challenges that deprivation and poverty bring for the youth. For him, the work and process of Vialisa in Dhaka was the reason to join us in December 2018.


All work as Board Members is done voluntarily. Nobody is receiving any financial compensation for their duties as board members.



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