To further professionalize our organization and governance, it was decided in the March 14, 2024 board meeting to transform the Women on Wings board from a one-tier structure to a two-tier structure. The change became effective June 6, 2024. The board now consists of the two managing directors, Shilpa Mittal Singh and Ellen Tacoma, and a separate Supervisory Board. The non-executive members of the previous one-tier board are now the members of the Supervisory Board. 

In the two-tier board structure, the managing directors/board members are jointly responsible for the performance of the organization and have full authorization to act and sign on behalf of Women on Wings. Certain decisions need prior approval of the Supervisory Board, these are all included in article 9 of the Articles of Association. The Articles of Association also include stipulations on assignment, suspension, and dismissal of board members; the task and responsibilities of board members; the assignment, tasks, responsibilities, and decision making of supervisory board members and other stipulations. 

The principles and arrangements that are needed to govern the actions taken by the board are laid down in the Board Regulations. General matters such as the division of tasks and responsibilities are included. But also restrictions on management authority, for example in respect to transactions above a certain threshold. 

The Supervisory Board Regulations include principles on the composition of the Supervisory Board, the task and responsibilities, procedures on supervisory board meetings and other subjects.

Women on Wings Supervisory Board members

These are the members of our Supervisory board:

  • Maria van der Heijden, co-founder, chair
  • Girish Ramachandran, since 2024
  • Neelima Khetan, since 2022
  • Wout Dekker, since 2018
  • Smita Mankad, since 2017

Find information about Women on Wings Supervisory Board members here, including their additional positions.

Good governance and risk management

Women on Wings adheres to the key principles of Good Governance as formulated by the Dutch Central Bureau on Fundraising (CBF) and the Sector Association of Fundraising Institutions in the Netherlands (VFI). These include Supervision and Control Management of Risks and Transparency and Benchmarking.

We have defined sectors and for each sector we have identified risks and decided upon a policy and actions which we have installed to mitigate those risks. You can find a complete overview of all risks, policies and actions here.


Stichting Women on Wings has the ANBI status (Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling), granted by the Dutch Tax Administration, therefore tax exemptions apply to donations. The Dutch Tax Administration has determined that it is mandatory for ANBI’s to publish information regarding contact details, mission, financial data and current activities, and organization and remuneration online in order to maintain the ANBI status.

It is also required that we publish a standard form on our website which will be updated annually. This is the Recognition Passport of the The Dutch Fundraising Regulator (CBF).

Article of association, policies and regulations

Women on Wings articles of association (statuten)
Women on Wings privacy policy, in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation of the EU
Women on Wings integrity policy
Women on Wings Board Regulations
Women on Wings Supervisory Board Regulations