Members of the Board, Stichting Women on Wings

These are the Women on Wings board members. Find information below on their backgrounds including their additional positions.

Women on Wings Maria van der Heijden, co-founder, board member

Maria van der Heijden | non-executive, co-founder, chair

Maria van der Heijden is Director at MVO Nederland (CSR Netherlands), the national
knowledge and network organization for corporate social responsibility.

Added value for the board and Women on Wings:

  • Experienced in job creating business models for women in rural India
  • Knowledge of change management, CSR, governance
  • Broad network with stakeholders in India/NL trade lane
  • Specialized in business administration, change management and CSR

    Additional positions:
  • Chair Supervisory Board, Rabobank West-Brabant Noord
  • Owner of ComVerander
  • Partner, VOF Van der Heijden, farming company
  • Member, Supervisory Board at Het Groene Brein
  • Radar partner, Springtij
Women on Wings board member Smita Mankand

Smita Mankad | non-executive, as of 2017

Smita is Independent Director and Consultant to Social Enterprises and former Managing Partner at Fabindia.

Added value for the board and Women on Wings:

  • Knowledge of the corporate, government and development sector
  • A combination of both grassroots level work and board level governance
  • Experience in social impact interventions

    Additional positions:
  • Independent Director, Mahindra Waste to Energy Solution
  • Independent Director, Mahindra Heavy Engines Limited
  • Non-executive Director, TARSHI
  • Independent Director, Fabindia Limited
  • Independent Director, Imperial Auto Industries Limited
  • Independent Director, Swaraj Engines Limited
  • Independent Director, DSP IFSC board
  • Chevening Fellow, University of Oxford 2022
  • Core member of the team and Governing Council of Creative Dignity
  • Leader, various Vital Voices (USA) programs
  • Member, the Lady Shri Ram College Alumni Association – Executive Committee
  • Mentor for students of the Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University and the Vedica Scholars
    program for women in New Delhi
  • Actively engaged in women’s leadership development
Women on Wings board member Wout Dekker

Wout Dekker | non-executive, as of 2018

Wout Dekker is the former Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Nutreco N.V. and the former Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Rabobank. Wout is also former Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Randstad N.V. & Co-Chair of the Remuneration and
Nomination Committee (Nomination) and a member of the Audit Committee.

Added value for the board and Women on Wings:

  • Extensive (international) knowledge of Governance, Business Development
  • Strategic leadership experience
  • International network

    Additional positions:
  • Member, Supervisory Board at SHV Holdings NV
  • Member, Supervisory Board at Pon Holdings BV
  • Member, Supervisory Board at Hendrix Genetics
  • Member, Wageningen Ambassadors at Wageningen University and Research
  • Member, Paine Schwartz Partners Food Chain Advisory Board
Neelima Khetan Women on Wings board member

Neelima Khetan | non-executive, as of 2022

Neelima Khetan is a senior CSR and social sector expert with over three decades of experience in this space. Currently, she is partner of Nous Consultants, an organization that co-designs and co-executes strategic and long-lasting solutions for social impact.

Added value for the board and Women on Wings:

  • Wealth of expertise from across the profit and nonprofit sectors
  • Immense network in the profit and nonprofit space
  • She is an experienced CSR professional with a demonstrated history of working in the philanthropy

    Additional positions:
  • Former Visiting Fellow, Brookings India
  • Founding Governor, Aspire Circle
  • Board member, Arghyam, Charities Aid Foundation, Sadhna
  • Co-founder, Seniors in Seva