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.



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Gertjan Balm


Two years ago Gertjan got introduced to Stichting Vialisa. Together with his wife, he traveled to Dhaka (Bangladesh) with the aim to collect memories. Rina, Gertjan’s better half, was adopted out of Bangladesh when she was a child, hence this journey was more than just an ordinary holiday. During their stay, they met Lisa and visited her project in Korail, located in Dhaka’s biggest slum.

In my professional life, I work as an environmental manager at Dura Vermeer. In that role, it is my responsibility to coordinate large infrastructural projects such as the construction of roads, bridges, wind farms, and parking garages. Essentially I am the linking pin between various stakeholders such as residents, competent authorities and it is my job to keep them informed and manage their expectations. I’d like to fulfill a similar ‘connecting role’ as Treasurer for Vialisa.

“What struck me, aside from Lisa’s drive and passion, was the commitment of the people itself that Vialisa is helping. It felt as if the Vialisa project is intrinsically driven by the people it is supporting, which in my view is the essence of development aid. Dit is volgens mij de basis voor het slagen van ontwikkelingshulp. Also, the ambition of Vialisa to support the underprivileged youth in building a sustainable economically independent future is something I believe in. The ultimate goal is to establish a model in which revenues from the various Vialisa programs flow back into the organization on a structural basis, such that financial aid from funds isn’t necessary anymore to be sustainable.

“When Lisa asked me for the vacant role of Treasurer I didn’t have to think long before I accepted it. Being part of a small-scale NGO, which character resembles David far more than Calimero, simply because Vialisa is capable of doing great deeds and making a positive change, appeals to me. Misschien niet in omvang maar wel in behaald succes. Being an ‘appropriate cheese head’ I’d like to be the connecting factor between the two worlds Vialisa interacts in. Whilst being a small organization, providing it a large stage in The Netherlands.”

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

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The Netherlands

Bank Account: ING Bank (Amsterdam)

IBAN: NL95INGB0009552228

Swift / Bic code: INGBNL2A

RSIN / ANBI nummer: 8120.95.261

K.v.K (in Venlo): 12050567

Stationsweg 100

3072 MK Rotterdam

The Netherlands



Road 23/b, house 1, Apt A4

Gulshan 1, Dhaka – 1212

Education Centre

Korail Bou Bazaar Slum Area

Unit-Kha, House 152

Ward 19, Ershad School mud field


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