KIYO-team / our staff members

Mélodie Arts


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 Brazil and Great Lakes Region

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.

Yousra Ben Alita

Accounting and HR Officer

After having gained experience in different sectors and most recently at the department of mobility in Brussels, Yousra decided to commit herself to an organisation such as KIYO, that places children at the heart of its work. While occupying the position of accountant, her various skills as well as her dynamism also allow Yousra to support the team in terms of human resources management and administration. 

Amadeo Vandenheede

Programme Assistant

Amadeo holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the University of Brussels with a specialisation in Security, Peace and Conflict, and also a minor in Population and Development. He received the Prize for the best Master Thesis in Political Science (ULB 2017) after an exchange student programme in Rio de Janeiro and started a PhD project about policy transfers in Latin America. Amadeo is supporting KIYO with the implementation of the programme in Belgium around awareness raising and advocacy, communications and event management. 

Jan Daniëls

Programme Facilitator 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.

Roger Camps

Programme Facilitator 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.

Sandrine Sangwe

KIYO Acting Regional Representative RGL

After high school studies in Communication and Development, Sandrine launched her professional career with KIYO in 2015 as an intern in external communication. For three years, she was responsible for communication, awareness raising and advocacy for all the projects supported by KIYO in Burundi and DRC. Sandrine has made significant learnings on the job and is a role model for many young women in her context. Today, she is our acting regional representative in the Great Lakes region.

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.