KIYO-team / our staff members

Mélodie Arts

Director

Mélodie joined KIYO in 2017 after having worked for the United Nations on advancing sport as a tool for development and peace, and having managed high-quality international development programmes in Asia and the Middle East at the NGO Right to Play. After becoming responsible for the KIYO programmes in Belgium, the Philippines, Brazil, DR Congo and Burundi, she took up the role to lead the organisation. By providing strategy & change management, she is committed to making an impactful and sustainable contribution to children's lives around the globe.

Michiel De Baere

Education Specialist and Change Facilitator

Since October 2015 Michiel has committed himself to developing the KIYO schools programme, first as an educational assistant and currently as a coordinator of the school operations within Belgium. Michiel carries out various projects in which he - inspired by the experience in KIYO's partner countries - initiates change processes with youth, teachers and the school management. He focuses on raising awareness on children's rights in the world and on empowering youth to stand up for their rights and realise a positive change in society.

Sandra Bootsma

MEL Advisor, Change Facilitator and Programme Manager Morocco

Sandra has over 20 years of experience in the context of international solidarity. She has worked in Burkina Faso, Benin, DR Congo and Rwanda for projects in the agricultural, education and youth sector as well as for organisational development. She joined KIYO in May 2018. As MEL Advisor & Change Facilitator she is responsible for coordinating evaluation and knowledge management processes at KIYO, as well as for carrying out trajectories with development cooperation actors. She is also the manager of the programme in Morocco.

Alessandra Tranquilli

Programme Manager Region of the Great Lakes

Alessandra started working at KIYO in January 2020. She holds a Master in Development Studies and has 10 years of exprience working in the fields of child protection and gender. She previously worked for Africa Educational Trust in East Africa (Somalia), Plan International in West Africa (Sierra Leone and Benin) and Plan’s Asia Regional office (Thailand). She speaks French, English and Italian. As Programme Manager, Alessandra covers the region of the Great Lakes and Brazil. She believes in the crucial importance of youth engagement, participation and leadership in developing current solutions to current problems.

Charlotte Vroemans

Finance Manager

Charlotte joined KIYO in 2019 as Financial Manager, after having worked for the Belgian sustainability network The Shift on topics as development, employability and climate urgency. Charlotte holds a Master’s degree in Applied Economics and Sciences (Business Engineering) from the University of Antwerp with a specialisation in Finance and Management & International Business. She is convinced that a clear, transparent and straight-forward financial management of KIYO will strengthen the organisation and its partners, hence the empowerment of more children and youth around us.

Nastasia Tysmans

Programme Assistant

Nash started working at KIYO in March 2020. She received her Master in Governance and Development from the University of Antwerp’s Institute of Development Policy. Prior to moving to Belgium, she was based in her home country, the Philippines where she worked on issues of human rights, violence, and democracy. She believes in the power of stories to inspire action and brings to KIYO her experience as a researcher and a practitioner of communications for social change.

Sharon Huysmans

Sharon is finishing her Master’s degree in Criminology and an advanced Bachelor in International Cooperation North-South. She went on Erasmus in Valencia, Spain and on an intercultural exchange in Salvador, Brazil. In Salvador da Bahia, she was moved by the culture, but also by the personal stories of people. There, she learned that for her, justice and equality are important values and that they should be realised for everyone. At KIYO, Sharon is working on the YOUCA project.

Raymond-Blaise Habonima

Raymond-Blaise Habonimana is a Burundian researcher who is conducting an internship at KIYO. He already has a degree in Political Sciences and International Relations and is currently finishing his Advanced Master Governance & Development at the University of Antwerp. He has been working with international organisations in Burundi such as the Carp Vitam International Foundation and Impunity Watch. He is passionate about field research and the support of youth.

Jan Daniëls

Country Representative Brazil

After having worked for Broederlijk Delen, Jan has been Programme Facilitator in Brazil since 2003. In the development of KIYO's Brazil programme, he uses his long-term expertise to further improve the defence and integration of children's rights. Jan works intensively with Brazilian partner organisations that use innovative projects to strengthen children and youth in addressing their challenges.

Freddy Batundi

Regional Representative RGL

Freddy Batundi has more than 20 years of experience in community development. He has worked in Burundi, Cameroon, Kenya, DRC, Mauritania, Uganda and Tanzania on projects in the context of organizational capacity building, humanitarian interventions, peace building and human rights. He joined KIYO in April 2020. As the Regional Representative of the Region of the Great Lakes, he coordinates the regional strategy and works on expanding the organisation's programmes in the region. He believes that empowering youth and children and providing them with the right environment to become active agents of changes they want is the key to achieving development as a right for all. He speaks English, French, Swahili and other local languages spoken in the Region.

Roger Camps

Country Representative Philippines

After a career of six years as an industrial engineer in Belgium, and several visits to the Philippines, Roger started to do NGO work in the Philippines. For many years, food security and appropriate technologies were his field of work and contribution to a better life for the Filipino people. Since 2014 he is facilitating the KIYO programme in the Philippines, focusing on the realisation of the rights of children.

Fanny Polet

Coordinator of the joint programme with Viva Salud and Solidagro

After having worked as Partnerships Officer at the NGO Viva Salud for 10 years, Fanny coordinates the joint programme which links us with Viva Salud and Solidagro since May 2017. She facilitates the collaboration between the three organisations and promotes various synergy opportunities in order to reach more and more harmonisation between our three organisations.